Originally Posted by patchick
Hmm...thought experiment time. Here are the dozen players taken after Solder:
Cameron Jordan. One of the reasons that our defense sux, besides the garbage at Safety
(aside from the just OK so far Chung - who was awful vs the jints) is the utter lack of athleticism on the DL. Jordan could've helped as a 40-front interior sub-rusher, 30-front end sub-rusher in the prevent,
and at 40-front end, esp. vs. the run. I would've either waited until 28 for Solder, or done a trade-up after both Carimi & Castonzo were gone, whichever came first.
As for the rest of the picks:
Glas-IR Dowling was a bad pick then, and an even worse pick now. Jabaal Sheard or Brooks Reed
were the obvious choices.
Vereen was over-drafted by almost a full round, and did not fill a position of top-100 need.
Ridley has been OK so far (though I worry about his fumble vs Buffalo), but again was over-drafted
and did not fill a position of top-100 need.
Mallett provides value as hopefully a future 2nd-round pick.
Cannon is Bill's best pick of the entire draft, when value, performance & need are all considered.
By contrast, Lee Smith was Bill's worst pick, for the same reasons that Cannon was Bill's best pick.
Fresno State OLB Chris Carter, CB Chykie Brown, DE Pernell McPhee, OC Scott Fusco & FB Charles Clay
all would've made much more sense. Who knows, Ridley might still have been available.
Markell Carter would likely have been avail. with our 7th-rounder or as a UDFA; Safety Tyler Sash
from Iowa should've been the obvious choice.
And last but certainly least, Mal Williams was a complete, utter waste.
Mark Herzlich should've been the obvious, feel-good, value-for-the-future pick here.
Kiper gives Bill a C grade? Sounds right to me.