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The official 2008 draft discussion thread

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View Poll Results: WTF Pick of Day One
WR Devin Thomas (34) 18 12.00%
TE Fred Davis (48) 95 63.33%
WR Malcolm Kelly (51) 37 24.67%
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:28 PM   #661
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I understand the logic, don't necessarily agree at first pass, but depending on what happens tomorrow we could come out much improved if the two WRs pan out.

Zorn and Cerrato are definitely putting their stamp on the team very quickly.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:30 PM   #662
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Yeah, but you generally don't need your 3rd, 4th, and 5th wideouts to be "world beaters". I'm on record that this means more to Moss and Randle El than people think.

I think Zorn was completely dissatisfied with his current options at wide receiver.
But you must be happy about ARE most likely no longer being the 2/3 option right?

I wonder how reactive these moves were, after the Giants drafted Phillips, Cowboys drafted Jenkins and Eagles signed Samuel
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:30 PM   #663
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if you want to play WR you will have to earn your spot, every practice counts from now on.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:31 PM   #664
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Alright, if I give you Davis and Kelly, can you come up with any sort of defense for the Thomas pick with every other receiver (except Avery) available?

Would we not have been better off with Jordy Nelson?
GTripp, wouldn't you have more of a lowdown on Thomas since you're in MI?

What about him don't you like? All I know is that he's a bit raw, but he's got the most upside out of the rest of the group. Didn't he lead the Big 10 in receiving?
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:32 PM   #665
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:34 PM   #666
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I would have liked to have seen Campbell taken ahead of a second wide receiver. I know Blache was confident in the line. But they need help. And to take two wide receivers so close. They must see something we don't. Or maybe a move is in the works.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #667
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as a die hard believer in drafting Olineman in the 2nd and 3rd im a lil disappointed but i guess the talent wasnt there and wr/te options were more attractive . . . this reminds me of the time gibbs drafted a bunch of fullbacks instead of looking to develop lineman.

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Old 04-26-2008, 10:35 PM   #668
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Alright, if I give you Davis and Kelly, can you come up with any sort of defense for the Thomas pick with every other receiver (except Avery) available?

Would we not have been better off with Jordy Nelson?
I think Jordy was a huge reach at # 36. Time will tell on Thomas. The FO must not have had the DL or OL available rated better than the slots we picked. I think the theme is "value". Was Thomas a value at # 34, based on what most teams and analysts had, I believe so. Same thing with Davis and Kelly. Having Davis and Cooley could create some serious mismatch problems in a 3 WR set in the run game unless the opponent has very good coverage LBs.

Again, I'll reserve judgement until tomorrow. We still have serious needs at DL, CB, S depth, LB depth, and T depth & Guard. Hopefully we'll find value to fill those needs
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:36 PM   #669
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This has Cerrato written all over it.

Thinking back to recent past drafts we have shown a penchant for simply taking best available late in the draft regardless of need. We loaded on LBs a couple years ago. Same with DTs. The end of the draft is where Vinny has lived the last few years. Taking value on day two is great but taking only value on day one is foolish I think. Each of these guys could be pro bowlers but if we can't block anyone or get to the other team's passer it wont matter. They don't help us win games if other areas of our team come up short due to injury or age.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:36 PM   #670
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Devin Thomas played junior collage football before playing two season for the Spartans. What that tells me he is hungry and wants to play. Plus the kind of numbers he put up last year were not good but exceptional.

The draft is a crapshoot but Thomas is a good pick in the 2nd round.
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Alright, if I give you Davis and Kelly, can you come up with any sort of defense for the Thomas pick with every other receiver (except Avery) available?

Would we not have been better off with Jordy Nelson?
GTripp, I understand you have a blog, and I understand that you know statistics, which apparently makes you really smart, but I gotta call you on this. You don't know what you're talking about on Thomas.

The guy is strong. He sheds tacklers when running with the ball, which is very important in a WCO when running slants and such. Seeing him on tape, he CONSISTENTLY makes plays week in and week out. He cuts with fluidity and doesn't lose speed coming in and out of breaks, which is something that makes or break a WR at the next level when they face much tighter coverage.

I'm not a measurables guy. But if you like that kind of thing, he's a 4.4 WR who stands 6 feet 2.

And the "short body of work" argument is just retarded. You can't put up 1260 yards over the course of 13 games, in a RUN ORIENTED OFFENSE, if you're not talented.

He was the best WR available in this draft.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:41 PM   #672
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I'm in love with all three of these picks.

First off, it shows that our coaches and GM aren't smoking crack and drinking the Anthony Mix Kool Aid. They recognize that we need serious weapons. They're right.

Santana Moss, as good as he is, doesn't score enough TDs. Same with ARE. Down in the red zone these guys disappear. Nevermind the fact that Moss is getting older and that without these WRs, James Thrash or Anthony Mix would be our #3 WR (horrible).

Fred Davis gives us a second TE weapon, another big body for making yards after the catch.

We got serious value out of our picks. You guys are crazy.
Totes.

Good football teams have a LOT of good football players. Hopefully, we just got three of them. We still need a bunch more, and it's going to to take some time.

The good part is now we get these guys in immediately to start learning the system that Zorn is going to put together. I tend to think that we could really use an older vet at WR who is a high character type with lots of experience in the WCO. These guys are going to need a mentor who is a player to help their learning curve-ARE and Moss included.

Remember, Campbell is a mobile player and if our OL starts to collapse he's going to do some improvising with his feat. The passes come out quick too, which should nullify the pass rush somewhat. These are value picks who are not overpaid.

Our defense is looking extremely suspect, but when you have as many holes as we do, you can't fix everything with three players. We have passing game options now and that is clearly the priority for a Jim Zorn coached team. We are going to plug some other holes outside of the draft ala Pete Kendall I suspect as well. Let's just see how this plays out. I'm buying it so far, but then again I don't have high expectations for this year, so I'm taking this all with a grain of salt.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:41 PM   #673
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May I remind everyone who's concerned about us not getting help along the lines...

THE DRAFT IS NOT OVER.

We have a 3rd and a 4th rounder, rounds where you can typically find very talented guards. Jumping all over the front office at this point is borderline idiotic. Wait until the draft is over.
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Devin Thomas played junior collage football before playing two season for the Spartans. What that tells me he is hungry and wants to play. Plus the kind of numbers he put up last year were not good but exceptional.

The draft is a crapshoot but Thomas is a good pick in the 2nd round.
And some argue that he doesn't have much experience. But you know what his college career is just like...Chad Johnson. And say what you will about CJ off the field, I don't know that we'd have a problem with his on-field production.
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Old 04-26-2008, 10:41 PM   #675
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I think if you look at the picks in the context of last year's production and not perceived needs, they absolutely make sense.

As it's been mentioned here already, our red-zone offense was putrid (sp) last year. Horrible. Morever, we were deep into the season before we saw a touchdown from a wideout? No way we can keep up with the likes of the Giants and the Cowboys this year if we struggle like that again. So from that perspective the picks make a lot of sense.
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