I know we talk about this all the time but, I wanted to see what people think they would do if they were really honest with themselves about the 5th overall draft pick this year. If you were under the same amount of scrutiny that Scott Pioli is under, who would you take with a pick this high?
This is a very deep draft, possibly the best draft in over 20 years and we are in a position to take one of many outstanding football players. We have perceived needs at WR, Center, Guard, Safety, LB, NT to say the very least. There are also numerous other positions that could use a boost as well. Especially when you consider our lack of depth overall throughout the team.
I think it's safe to say that we will not reach for interior linemen in the 1st round so, that leaves us with guys like, Eric Berry, Rolando McClain, Dez Bryant, Dan Williams (or Cody). There is also the possibility of us drafting a guy like Okung if he's available and moving Branden Albert over to LG. (I still think this to be a very unlikely move) Those are the ones that seem to be most talked about here on AP. I am also assuming that Nmadokongh Suh (spelling?) will be off the board when we pick. You can choose Suh if you want but, to be honest, I would love to hear a good explanation for that one because I don't really understand taking him, even if he is a great player (which he is).
The fact is, based on last years draft, we have no idea who Pioli will choose. Our perspective on the draft could be very different from what Pioli sees. There is also a very good chance that we will have an opportunity to trade out of the 5th pick and maybe pick up an additional 2nd rounder. I really don't want use that as an option on this though, I just want to know with all honesty, who would you take if you had to pick at #5.
For me, I am going to say that I believe NT to be the biggest need for the team as a whole. That position can have a huge impact on the entire defense in a positive way and a NT for a 3-4 defense can be a very difficult player to find. I think the 1st round pick would be used very wisely if we can get the best NT on the board. A move like that would shore up our D-line for the next 10 years and we could possibly have the best 3-4 D-line ever with Dorsey and Jackson already beginning to develop. With that being said, if I had to pick at #5, I would take Dan Williams and start him from day one.
I am trying to put myself in Pioli's shoes when I say this because I understand that the team should be built from the trenches out and I truly think that Pioli sees it the same way. I am also trying to think of the "bust" rate for positions like Safety and WR.
Again, I don't want to hear who your favorite player is in this draft or even who would make the biggest "instant impact" I want to know what people would do if they were in Pioli's position. I really appreciate everyone's honesty.