Draft mania clearly has AP in a frenzy, and while I have not been able to weigh in much lately, I thought I would chime in a few thoughts. This is just my take on having read hundreds of comments here of late and I figured I'd lump three mini-stories into one. Let's go.
Ryan Tannehill is not the answer: Tannehill has become the flavor of the week/month and I'm not sure why. If you read every story on AP and all the comments like I do, can you honestly recall ANYONE (maybe one or two) clamoring for Tannehill during the college football season? I mean, why not? That's when they guy was actually playing, so it would make sense to hear his name as a possible franchise QB, correct? No. All we heard here was Luck and RGIII, with a smattering of Weeden, some Case Keenum fans and a few Kellen Moore loyalists. What changed? Oh yeah, members of the media have told you that Tannehill has all the tools and inexplicably has risen to the point where he might actually go in the Top 5. To quote Mugatu from Zoolander, I feel like I am taking crazy pills here. Dontari Poe is a major red-flag guy but this guy has some of you wanting to trade up?? Color me thoroughly confused.
I still like Dontari Poe and I may be alone: Anyone here ever play sports? Anyone ever have the "privilege" of being the best player on a horrible team? Motivation will obviously be an issue. Game tape will definitely show some snaps taken off. The game tape also shows him getting double and triple teamed by guys from powerhouses like UAB and Tulane. Am I the only one that thinks it's obvious his numbers would not show true dominance? This was Memphis here. Defeats included 59-14, 47-3, 42-0, 41-0, and 44-7. What should Poe have done? Enough about that though. Let's talk about the "workout warrior" meme. So what that the guy set records, right? No. We now know what he is capable of doing physically, which is something pretty astonishing. Were there no red flags surrounding Baldwin and Houston? How is that looking? Pretty good if you ask me. The Chiefs have done a great job the last few years surrounding their young players with veteran positive influences. Couple that with our HC, who has a history of getting more out of less (imagine getting more out of this guy), and I think it would be foolish to just dismiss this guy because the talking heads have told us to.
If David DeCastro is gone, trade down: Yes, I just gave some Poe love, but this is my guy at 11. But as we know he may not be around at 11. Unlike some of what has been written, we have more than two options at 11. If DD is gone though, I would most certainly trade down. Personally I don't want Kuechly at 11. I prefer Hightower if we are going that route. But trading down from 11 gives us the opportunity to get an extra BPA in the early rounds and please someone explain to me how that would be a bad thing. We need to shore up our OL, and DD is the guy, but instead of pressing or reaching, trading down gives us a lot of flexibility to make the moves we need to get the guys we truly want at the exact time we want them.
You don't have to agree with a word of this, these are just some things I have been sitting on and wanted to throw out there. Let's just keep this in mind though:
We are in a GREAT position heading into this draft. We are a team that is very close to becoming a perennial playoff team (which is exactly what Pioli wanted from day 1, like him or not). Let's take a collective big breath and enjoy these coming weeks and prepare for the influx of talented youngsters we are about to receive. Enjoy the day!