taylor made Posted June 11, 2022 Share Posted June 11, 2022 (edited) So I wanted to wait a while to make a general draft negativity thread and not do something knee-jerk but I think my reaction is warranted. If you told me we would have drafted Jahan Dotson and Phidarian Mathis with our first two picks before the draft, I would have laughed in your face. Yet sadly, that is our reality. I know it's the time of the year to drink the Kool-Aid and be Rah-Rah but I like to look at things objectively if I can. I liked the trade down, but your first two drafts picks are the most important ones that will land you the most value. I think what concerns me the most is the change in draft philosophy from drafting players with high upside (athletic, junior class, All-Americans players) to players with average athletic profiles and senior class players. Yes, you might sometimes draft a Jamin Davis, but you can also draft players like Antonio Gibson and Samuel Cosmi. The front office was pretty vocal about this change in philosophy as if we are supposed to be impressed. I do a lot of number crunching and draft research and I know that this isn't really a great strategy. Worse more is combining that strategy with the drafting of a high risk position like WR. But somehow, Martin Mayhew "knows" better and comes out in the media and defends this polarizing draft class, where they drafted for need and desperately. But just like last year with Jamin Davis and the LB position, the team locked onto one position and one player in particular and reached on him. Talk about inflexible and desperate. Jahan Dotson: The best thing I like about Dotson is his personality. He's pretty easy to root for and he kind of reminds me of Steph Curry in a way. Like Curry though, he needs to bulk up. I think Dotson profiles more of a WR2/slot receiver and that's just not getting good value for our 16th overall draft pick. You draft these type of WRs in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. He's got a lot of things I don't like: He's a Senior, he has average athleticism/size, he was never an All-American, and he plays in a conference that doesn't produce good first rounders like the other conferences do. And like I said above, he plays WR which is a risky position to draft. That's a lot of things to overcome what I look for in a prospect and I'm not sure that having good hands and being able to catch the ball will overcome that. Objectively, the consensus was Treylon Burks over Jahan Dotson if you wanted a WR. Players who I would have preferred: LB Devin Lloyd, OG Zion Johnson, WR Treylon Burks, DT Jordan Davis (No trade down) Phidarian Mathis: This might have been the most disappointing high round draft pick that I have seen this team draft in the last 5 years. Besides the absolute mismanagement of actually needing a DT, why are we picking a low ceiling high floor type prospect here? For $5 million a year, you re-sign DT Tim Settle and actually avoid needing to use a high pick on a DT. Brian Robinson: Finally a pick I could get on board with. Third Day: I think Cole Turner was the highlight here. I was never a Sam Howell fan. I’d be lying if I knew who Percy Butler was, but I felt that way about John Bates too last year. The other thing that bothers me about this regime is the total lack of direction in team building. It seems very passive and rudderless. It seemed like Rivera wanted to come in and rebuild our defense. That hasn't gone so well so halfway through his regime, he's changed his mind and wants to focus on offense. He’s just going in circles. I feel like Ron is trying to patch up leaks on a sinking boat. Ron has made a lot of bold choices this off-season. I feel like he is putting his chips all on the table with Carson Wentz and gone “all-in”. But if we don’t make any progress this year, I feel like Ron needs to go. He’s not failing as a coach but more-so as a GM. On paper, we have had the best QB we have had in years, but besides that? Our roster isn’t any better and arguably worse than it was since Ron took over. Could that strategy work? Yep, it could. But it could also fail mercilessly. Hindsight is 20/20 but the team could have landed some interesting combinations that I think would have been better than what they did. Tell me our offense wouldn’t have been scarier in the now with that second combination of draft picks. No trade down: R1: DT Jordan Davis, Georgia, R2 Alec Pierce, Georgia R4: Isaiah Spiller, RB Texas A&M R5: WR Khalil Shakir, Boise St. . Trade Down: R1: WR Treylon Burks, Arkansas R2: WR Skyy Moore, Western Michgan R3: TE Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio St. R4: RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M Oh well, what do I know? Sincerely, A checked out fan. Edited June 11, 2022 by taylor made Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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