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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Post-OTA Thoughts

Having only the info that was reported by others, here are a few
thoughts on OTAs:

*They like who they like:
Obviously they like their draft picks. No apparent buyers remorse.
They had great things to say about the attributes they'd be able to see
out of drills.

*Nate Chandler, a lanky DT who was an undrafted FA out of UCLA last
year, completely flipped sides of the line, suddenly becoming an OT. He
has good athleticism, size, and arm length, and has bounced around. The
team liked his hustle and raw ability last year, and saw him (despite
his size) playing some DE as well as DT. Hopefully that affords
Chandler the ability to continue to hang around at a suddenly much
higher profile talent position.

*No other positional changes
Doesn't look like there were any other real moves, for those of you who
are fans of the idea of Josh Norman at S (or any other changes). It
appears that Garry Williams may be back at OT, but it's uncertain. Ed
Kugbila appears to be on the right side as well, despite the Observer's
suggestion he's on the left behind Amini Silatolu.

*Depth Chart
It's impossible to do anything here outside of the on-paper projections
that would have already been in place post-draft. Nothing would've been
learned so far. It does appear that Jon Beason is playing strongside,
based on where Thomas Davis remained when Beason was out of drills.
That was expected, but Beason suggested it might be the opposite at one
point.

The RBs and WRs would seem to fall where you'd expect. The natural
inclination seems to be to have Ted Ginn behind Domenik Hixon, and then
possibly Armanti Edwards as the best of the remaining youth.

They want CB Drayton Florence to tale on leadership, which probably
also gives him a head start on starting. Captain Munnerlyn is an
incumbent, which seems to give him the first shot at LCB, with DJ Moore
behind him and probably playing nickel; Norman and Josh Thomas are
interesting wildcards. They are giving Mike Mitchell every chance to
earn the SS job.

They obviously prefer Star Lotuleilei at NT and Dwan Edwards and Kawann
Short as under tackles. They clearly prefer that Colin Cole be able to
make the team and produce as a NT, but Short will probably swing inside
occasionally, too. The fight for the backup NT job is essentially up to
Cole to be able to help; Frank Kearse and Sione Fua are just ready to
fight in the hope he's not.

Not coincidentally, Greg Hardy is a bit thinner without the prospect of
playing some DT, which should allow flexibility, but it didn't hurt him
last year to be bigger. There don't appear to be any other revelations
about any major growth in the weight room, but the local press isn't
generally on top of that until someone like Hardy shows up noticeably
much larger.

But, again, that's the type thing that remains on paper, largely
unchanged by lining up in shorts and doing non-contact drills.

*Specialists
No real changes in the kicking specialists (Chris Kluwe would be an
upgrade over Nortman at this point, but they appear ready to see what
the 2nd year has in him), but the return men jobs are 100% up for grabs.
Joe Adams has to show he can protect the ball, and while RB Kenjon
Barner shares that to a point, he's no less talented. Ginn is obviously
the favorite to pull at least one job if not both, but a lot of guys
will take that shot.

Given that Ginn doesn't have a lot of guarantee, there's always the
far-outside shot he doesn't make the roster if a young WR with Adams'
talent at returning really busted out in both phases. Barner doing so
would merely keep Ginn from being here next year, however. The team's
odd per-game bonus structure for Domenik Hixon does suggest they're
unsure he'll be around a full season (or they wanted to pass along some
of the bonuses as unlikely-to-be-earned to get 2014 cap credit if he
plays a full season).

*Open Jobs
The 3rd WR job will be interesting, and the CB and SS jobs will be
critical. But so far, one of the most intriguing will be the outlay
behind Greg Olsen. Ben Hartsock graded out very well as a blocker, and
that's not a less critical role this year. But there's literally no
experience behind that. Nelson Rosario is a WR convert with no
experience, and Richie Brockel is a fullback.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lotuleilei, Kugbila Signed

Carolina grabbed plenty of size in the 2013 draft, and now it's signed.
1st rounder Star Lotuleilei and 4th rounder Ed Kugbila join Kawann
Short, signed yesterday. The other two picks are expected to sign soon.

Carolina also added LB Logan Lau, and waived TE Logan Brock, a very
minor tweak at the back end of the roster.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Kawann Short Signed

Draft pick signings are now more routine, and early, than they were
before the new CBA was signed in 2011. So, it's tough to treat them as
terribly newsworthy.

There's nothing actually happening lately, however. So DT Kawann
Short, Carolina's 2nd round (44th overall) pick, is signed. Short is
the first of the 2013 draft class to sign. None are expected to be that
far off, however, and most will likely sign over the next week with
organized team activities coming up.

In the past, draftees would work through minicamps, and wouldn't worry
about contracts until training camp. If a pick made it to time for
camp, however, and there was no contract, that was generally a holdout.
Carolina's last real holdout was Jon Beason in 2007.

It's assumed that Short, likely to start out as a reserve but liberally
used next to fellow rookie Star Lotuleilei and vet Dwan Edwards, will
become a starter within the next season or two next to Lotuleilei.

Short will have a very similar structure to 2012's 44 overall, Jeff
Allen; Allen received a 4 year, $4.6 million contract with $1.8 million
in signing bonus.

After taxes and agents, that's likely a million dollars for Short to
play with before he gets his first game check (which even at the
expected minimum around $390,000, means $22,000 per week over the
season), not the worst consolation prize for a player some felt could
have been a first rounder. It's definitely enough to live on, and
enough to take care of those that took care of you.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Aging Names Are Struggling

It's the end of May, and some big names are out there. Brian Urlacher,
Charles Woodson headlining the all-unsigned team, with plenty others
behind them. As interesting, most of the names that would be on that
list? They've been out there a while.

It used to be that even aging names would find a roster spot, but
players have struggled to find homes. Dwight Freeney gets to keep his
ill-fitting OLB experiment going with the Chargers after a career as a
Colt, merely because of an injury that'll probably cost Melvin Ingram
the ability to achieve his potential. John Abraham continues to be
available. Ed Reed got in with the Texans, though it appears he duped
them about a hip injury he didn't disclose.

Meanwhile, Urlacher, Woodson were avaialble before the draft, and
remain available now, without many suitors. Age and effectiveness play
a part, but it's a pretty widespread situation for the older players.

But even younger offensive linemen are finding it tough to get out
there. Winston Justice might never have earned his pre-draft potential,
but Eric Winston out-played where I figured he'd be, and just last year
had a new deal with the Chiefs. Do the Chiefs need him? Not anymore,
but you'd absolutely imagine that he'd be useful to someone, somewhere.
Likewise, Jets G Brandon Moore is a top notch player, and he'll have to
find some last minute opportunity to be in camp (where he'll inevitably
win a starting job).

For Carolina, only the OL might make sense (and if you had to cut a
Garry Williams to get better depth, so be it). There's room for
improvement and depth, but chances are, it'd only be one guy. There's
no real space for an aging end, and absolutely no room for Urlacher.
Charles Woodson would be useful, but the team has nickel players coming
out of their ears and Woodson's made a living inside lately himself - he
really might be best used in more limited doses, and that does take
safety out of the equation if so.

I don't know how much of that is monetary expectation right now, on the
part of the aging defenders or the younger OL. But, it's time to find a
chair before the music stops.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Draft Picks Signing Soon, Other Changes?

With the Deangelo Williams re-structure comes additional money. $3.2
million leaves Carolina with an estimated $8.4 million to mess with,
$4.3 million of which will inevitably go to draft picks. The team seems
unlikely to push a lot of money into veterans from here out - the $4.1
million left will not go that far and there's a feeling that the team
will try to carry over to next year as much of that as they can.

But, at the least, there's enough room to sign picks and still have
reserve, a nice luxury compared to where the team started the offseason.
Other teams are signing their picks, with many being nearly done.
Last year's team signed fairly early, too. It's not necessarily a thing
done to prepare for training camp anymore, it's something done as often
while players are at rookie minicamp.

Carolina's rookie camp came and went without much information, and
without those contracts signed. But in general, holdouts are not a
worry in this CBA, and the only sticking point for prospects has been
offset language (rookie contracts are much more guaranteed, offset
language provides partial recovery if let go). So don't worry about
whether Carolina's behind other teams for contracts that will obviously
be signed - it's more that these should happen soon, than worry over
whether they'll happen soon.




The other part that could be found as change? Front office. Dave
Gettleman has made no bones about his want to keep together the staff in
place for Carolina. It appears that front office and scouts are all
more or less safe. Auxiliary guys like Rob Rogers and Brandon Beane
are still around - not that they don't deserve to be - despite having no
real experience outside this team.


All of that said, I'll stand behind my want to emulate more of the
Giants way of doing things, and that it's feasible. Even if you're not
borrowing from Dave Gettleman's last job, I'd want there to be more.
And I've run those ideas nearly into the ground a couple times - I don't
know that Carolina would ever hire a direct metrician like a Director Of
Statistics, and I don't know that an assistant GM is in the cards,
either.

But the team does have room to grow, and now's a great time to get
people. Various staffs are in flux across the league. There are
talented personnel men looking for new opportunities, and others that
have recently been let go of important positions that would look to land
at a lower level that may be willing to take a lower station. It might
be time to grab a former personnel executive and add to the current
staff, for instance. That's not replacing anyone - just adding to it.
I feel like that fits in with the vision Gettleman has. I feel like
that leaves room for the existing staff to continue to produce and
perform.

I'd definitely still be in favor of adding more national college and
pro scouts, and adding a few new positions in the front office in any
form. If that were to happen, now's the time.

Thoughts on Star

Doing my best to not throw Star-related puns. I know that will
inevitably be a part of discussing the 2013 #1 pick, and won't get any
better if he lives up to his expectations (and I expect he will).

I was thinking about various post-draft analyses about Star. I don't
remember thinking before the draft that Star was a NT - I saw him as a
guy who could play the spot, unlike Sharrif Floyd or Sheldon Richardson
(and baffling enough, the Jets both took Richardson above Star, and are
temporarily content with putting him at NT), but that his value might
still be better at under tackle.

He didn't have the blazing time that Floyd did, but I don't doubt that
he has the athleticism to play the under tackle, or the power and the
moves to be a good rusher. He's definitely a good run defender for
either spot, but I never understood the post-draft want to pigeonhole
him to the 1-technique NT. I believe him very much able to do either.
Maybe I missed the pre-draft noise on him at NT, since I felt confident
he was the best all-around DT (really, the best defender) in the draft.
I didn't read a ton of write-ups on the guy, honestly. He was always a
guy on a wish list, not someone I felt was a realistic option.

So it's hard to say. And, then to solidify it, Kawann Short is clearly
a 3-technique guy. He played some college nose, and him moving around
and playing a ton of snaps didn't help, but he wasn't as good in the
middle. So, transitively, if Short is a longterm 3-tech, and Dwan
Edwards is a longterm 3-tech, Star is obviously the nose. It's a good
combination. But, while it's probably a moot issue and Star probably
plays mostly nose for the forseeable future (a person would hope for
about twelve years worth here out of a talented cornerstone, even though
clearly he's eligible to leave after 5).

So in the end, it doesn't really matter. He's clearly slotted for a
role inside, and I'm not stumping for any change there. Think he'll be
fantastic there, honestly. But, for argument's sake if nothing else,
I'll say that I would've been just as happy with a NT pick next to him
as I would've Short (and an OL ahead of either, but that's a whole
separate ideal). It's that Star can play the under, and occasionally
should, more than anything.

But, worse problems to have than to have a versatile, hopefully
impactful, NT that can do more than just make things happen against the
run. Wish we had problems of that level everywhere.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Deangelo Williams Restructures

This one comes oddly sourced, from yahoo's Shutdown Corner. I do trust
the source, and they had a Haruki Nakamura restructure that I'm not sure
some of the local media ever actually covered (or got the cap numbers
correct with).

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/panthers-save-3-2-million-cap-space-restructuring-121345904.html

The full numbers are in the link, I won't bore you with them myself.
The gist of it - he took a small cut (lopping off $100,000 worth of
workout bonus), took most of his salary and put it into signing bonus to
spread $4 million across the next five years.

The more important part is that while he earns his 2013 in full thanks
to the signing bonus, 2014 and 2015 have greatly reduced salaries. The
workout bonuses continued to be lessened, and there's a total of $8
million in salary savings over those two years. So for $4 million this
year they likely would've paid anyway, they get immediate savings now
and future savings that essentially amounts to a paycut. Average of $4
million in '14, '15 to go with the new proration is a net savings of
$3.8 million per year in those years, and $3.2 million this year.

Also, since his deal includes this new Dave Gettleman trick of
automatically voidable years (the years of '16 and '17 void if he's on
the roster at the very end of '15, so barring a renegotiation it gives
an end date to Williams' tenure here. It would still be somewhat tough
to cut Williams after "14, but even then, the natural age-out after '15
will cost them nearly $3 million. Williams, who just turned 30 two
weeks ago, would be 32 at that point.

Carolina drafted RB Kenjon Barner in the 6th round, and there had been
speculation about Williams being a June 1 cut (moving the rest of his
cap hit to 2014). Now, that's highly unlikely he'll be cut. It does
create a potential concern on dropping a draft pick on a 3rd (or 4th
depending on Mike Tolbert) RB that might handle returns in '14 if Ted
Ginn is gone, but otherwise might have a continued issue getting
carries.


So what does Carolina need extra money for?

Hard to say. I believe they're shorter than what they needed for draft
picks, but a quick bit of work on a napkin suggests they'll have a
little left over. $3.2 million covers most of what draft picks will
cost, which I estimated at around $4.3 million.

With OTs like Max Starks and Winston Justice out there, and fantastic
guard Brandon Moore still waiting for a deal, eventually one of them may
decide they want to play rather than sit and wait for a payday they're
not likely going to get at this point. That could fill a short term
hole on the OL, which wasn't really filled to completion in my opinion
in the draft. Ed Kugbila might be able to contribute, or might not, but
the team didn't improve competition or talent at OT. If Kugbila isn't
ready, which isn't a stretch for a guy from that small a school, there's
no real change on the OL excluding Ryan Kalil returning.

Bottom Roster, New CBA

Dave Gettleman's talked at length about the bottom half of the roster -
and there might be something to that. Suggesting the team had its
necessary stars but had to build depth, he's worked on that in many
places. Whether it ends up working is harder to say.

But the bottom of the roster is so much more competitive than in the
old CBA. Used to be, if you were a draft pick, you were in for a
couple years, and not necessarily at this point. Your undrafteds
generally got a full camp to learn and work in the past, but Carolina's
already cut three. Workout players - guys who at least have a full
camp on their hands already, and time to learn from their mistakes -
come in, get to be side by side with the youth. And then they might get
your spot instead.

The days of being signed in May meaning you'd make it to August with a
chance of September? They're gone. The 54th man on the roster still
has a better shot than the 90th man, that won't change. But it feels
like from 65-90, those players are suddenly a lot more disposable.

The upside is, more players will get a chance. But you've gotta be
ready, there's not a lot of room for adjustment anymore, learning. Even
then, it's hard to say.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Keiser, 4 Others Cut

DE Thomas Keiser, a 2011 surprise after the draft, has been let go,
along with 2011 6th round pick Zack Williams, and undrafted rookies
Damario Jeffery, Taylor Cook and Trey Diller.

Keiser's '11 started on the practice squad, but had him notching 4
sacks and an INT during that season. As the team kept stocking ends and
Greg Hardy grew (potentially and literally), Keiser's already topped out
ability kept sliding.

Zack Williams was an early scratch based on injury, hurting himself
early into 2011 training camp. Carolina had still never really seen
much of what he had been able to provide, and now cut ties.

The other three were post-draft additions that apparently didn't have a
good enough rookie camp. Carolina has the option of signing some of
the tryout players that were brought in, at a similar cost.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2014, Draft

It's early to focus on 2014, I know. But, one part of scouting starts
now - the next guys. Right now, scouts are ID'ing the guys moving
around, the guys who showed some promise next year, and looking hard at
building new files, especially on rising juniors and seniors.

And, sometimes this stuff pays off a year ahead. Some forgotten guys
who stayed in can come back and be interesting again. 2012 saw Star
Lotuleilei stay, to my disappointment. Now, a year later, he's a
keystone piece to what should be a strong Panthers defense.

It's obviously going to be tough to completely project what will happen
from here - whether Ron Rivera is the coach, whether Dave Gettleman is
cleaned out in the process, what the team will look like if there's
regime change and what schemes if so). There aren't a lot of FAs, but
my self-referenced 2014 guide to cuttable players might give an idea for
what might be gone.

Clearly, '14 is the Jadaveon Clowney sweepstakes at this point. Yes,
he's done plenty outside of the often Youtube/gif'd tackle for loss
against Michigan. For Carolina, it might be more contingency on the
Greg Hardy contract issue. Clowney is a leaner RDE, and an upgrade,
whereas there will not be many players in the draft that are better.
Even without Hardy, this is a lesser need compared to others, but gets
mention because he's legitimately a fantastic player. It would take
absolute failure for this to happen (Rivera could go .500 and be fired,
possibly) and the team would stay a 4-3 team (they have a LOT of
flexibility to go 3-4 with their newfound strength and versatility
inside).

If they went 3-4, just to continue the thought, Anthony Barr from UCLA
appears to be the top rush OLB. Carolina doesn't have anyone that fits
the profile, and the 235 lb Barr may be a little light, but has been
nearly dominant recently. That said, there are also a ton of DEs
currently rated high for '14 that are in the 250-260 range. Even
without Hardy (if that did happen), Carolina could easily fill inside in
a 3-4 without a lot of adjustment - merely new depth. They would
definitely need a good rush OLB, and the potential cuts at LB would make
a 3-4 easier.

Currently, the biggest worry for now and '14 for me is OL. By '14,
Byron Bell is in year 3. Some say that Jordan Gross' contract voids FOR
'14, but I read it as it voids in '14 but he still has a contract for
that year. The team has some young guards that hopefully work out, but
the best case scenario is that the two starting tackles are on one year
deals. And, it's not an exceptionally strong group right now.

That's where Taylor Lewan comes in. The 6'8, 300 lb Michigan product
has to go through the prodding of next offseason, where he'll have to
show he has strength and can fill into that tall frame. But he'll be a
four year starter by then, and the top prospect on the OL. It's not as
deep a draft as '13 for OL - that will be rare for a long time - but
Jake Matthews of Tx A&M is right up there with Lewan. You could also
argue that Cyrus Kouandijo of Alabama could be the best of the three,
but will only have 2 years at LT. Matthews will be moving to LT to
replace Luke Joeckel as well. So there's a lot of room for growth for
both players, and I'm subjectively putting Lewan as a higher prospect
only because of the stability.

Plenty of people put worry into WR, and it's hard not to see an
opening. With 4 vets on staff for '13, the team will keep - at most - 2
young guys out of the 4 other draftees. With that one or two young guys
having shown little and being the 5th best/possibly inactive 6th guy,
that leaves no future. Brandon Lafell, Domenik Hixon, and Ted Ginn will
all be free agents.

So if it's Steve Smith and nothing, you never know. A WR pick might
make sense, if other needs are covered (seeing Dave Gettleman cover all
the bases at WR this year on the cheap makes me think that may happen
again next year, and could be effective). Or they could break the bank
on Hakeem Nicks, you never know. If not, Marquis Lee (USC) or Sammy
Watkins (Clemson) are intriguing. Both are juniors, though.

Corner follows like WR in its absolute finality. A bigger weakness
than WR, it also boasts no one under contract after this year past Josh
Norman, who might not start in all this competition. To make matters
worse in the secondary, only Charles Godfrey is under wraps for '14 at
safety and he's cuttable. Safeties tend more toward roleplayers in my
opinion under the current leadership, but corners can be expensive.
Junior Bradley Roby (OSU) seems like a consensus top choice, but it's
pretty muddy behind it. There are a lot of juniors, and not a lot of
size - Ron Rivera likes taller, lankier corners and so far, nothing.
Deion Blue is the most recent Alabama prospect, but doesn't have the
size of the last few #1 picks.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Robert Lester - Intriguing UDFA

SS Robert Lester wasn't exactly who I had in mind when I've pined over
a ton of Alabama players over the last two years. The Tide have put two
CB, a S, two RB, two LB, and two OL in the top two rounds of the last
two drafts. I personally thought that DT Jesse Williams and G/C Barrett
Jones, two very highly touted alumni, would've been targets at 44 for
Carolina, but both went on the third day.

Lester wasn't as highly rated, but most figured him to be drafted.
When he wasn't, he came to Carolina; it's a nice coincidence that one of
the team's bigger needs after the draft ended came with their highest
rated UDFA. A 6'1, 220 lb SS, Lester's major knock is speed - he's
clocked at 4.66, a tick slow from ideal. I imagine at his size,
dropping 10 lb wouldn't help. So, he'll have to show that he can be
instinctive enough to make up the difference.

SS is a job up for grabs; Mike Mitchell, a UFA signing from the
Raiders, doesn't have a lot of experience and has a similar body to
Lester. Haruki Nakamura isn't apparently in play for the job, and 2012
7th rounder DJ Campbell was the last guy to have the job, closing out
the year. So there's room, if Lester can show some special teams
ability and the ballhawking that let him pick off 8 passes in 2010.

If not, by 2014, Lester might be a fun project at WLB. If he were to
add some bulk, I don't think anyone would complain about a 4.65 40 in a
6'1, 230lb weakside linebacker, either.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Front Office Changes/Additions?

Now that the draft is done, it's technically the start of the scouting
year. While GMs are most often hired in January, a lot of staff changes
happen now - May.

New GM Dave Gettleman is a pretty open guy (as is coach Ron Rivera),
but the team in general remains a pretty limited vessel of information.
So, I don't expect much info on anything, even if a lot did happen.
It's actually quite tough to even access a full list of scouting for the
Panthers, and it's certainly not on their website. A look from a
magazine I saw in the offseason did suggest more scouts than I expected,
but absolutely nothing on the level that the Giants have.

Gettleman has said that he likes the team he has under him. I don't
think that's changed, so I doubt there will really be firings. But, if
there's ability, I'd look to see some additions.

*I'd specifically see about adding two scouts (assuming it hasn't been
done, with the secrecy) to replace Ken Dorsey, who's moved to the
coaching staff. Dorsey was a pro scout, and replacing him would give
the team four.

*I'd add two more national scouts to the college staff.

*As I said when I last talked organization, I'd add an assistant GM,
though I don't know how likely that is.

*and while it appears that Brandon Beane (administration) and Rob
Rodgers (cap/contracts) have been investing time in new metrics, I'd
definitely hire a full-on Information guy, a sabermetrician to work with
the pro staff. The NY Giants have a guy for that, plucked from
basketball, who does nothing but analysis. Agents and players are
starting to use it - so while it's an effective tool for the field, it's
getting to be a bigger part of the off-field equation as well.

If you've read my past rantings on the front office, I haven't changed
my tune. I'm always for more scouting, more information. So hopefully,
if any changes are made, it's in that direction. And if it's going to
happen, now's the time.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Still A Rush

My world is as often Bubble Guppies as it is War Eagles on fall
Saturdays anymore. Though football is my only sport, anyone who somehow
dilligently reads this terribly named blog knows I can get deep into the
sport and the team. That time, of course, has gotten more scarce over
the last few years, with the little addition to my own team.

It's tough now. It's hard to say that I had as much time as I wanted
to see prospects with my own eyes. I clearly missed on a couple of guys
that I would've been happy with the Panthers' 2nd, for instance. I had
only really studied one player we ended up with.

But there's no doubt - the draft is as big a rush as ever. No matter
what happens - rumors, players picked right before you, twitter
spoilers* - there's nothing like the rush right before a pick. Almost
infinite possibilities, with a clock running and your team's future in
the balance.

*I personally loved this. I know plenty of people railed against
twitter spoilers of draft picks, but at certain points, twitter was two
picks ahead of TV. I know TV is about production value, but TV's going
to have to stop milking every second out of it.

Now, unlike the last few years, they went with the guy's name I was
screaming at the TV (that, yes, I realize is indifferent to what I'm
saying, and that can't convey that information to anyone who might
care). 2011, 2012, I started out reacting horribly. I didn't want
those players...those players that form a young core of talent and that
are the team's biggest stars. Which hopefully doesn't doom Lotuleilei
- that both I and the team like him. But it goes to show that the rush
is worth the wait, and that if the name you hear isn't your guy, it can
still be allright.

So, I can't imagine a lot of people are unhappy about Lotuleilei, but I
can understand a difference of opinion after that; Short was a
strategic pick, but by definition isn't really a "starter" yet, where
Dave Gettleman promised a pair of those. Eschewing the OL that tended
to be a consensus want after Star, they went for a project in the 4th
that makes a lot of people want to write it off just because Amini
Silatolu's pro tape isn't the same type of Snuff Film type blocking that
it was in DII.

And it's hard to completely argue against people being unhappy with LB
or RB picks on teams that have tons of talent (for now). Fans
definitely see different value, and different necessity, at times.

And that's without going into those nutty fans that were so rabid about
picking a WR in the first 50 (much less the exceptional zeal of those
that wanted two!).

But, you never know. And as much as the rush of the moment around the
pick is important, don't forget that the possibilities don't end there.