Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Here's my question to those opposed to the Julio Jones trade.
Would you be equally opposed to the same trade, but for JJ Watt?
I actually did mock a Trade Up for Watt that Year, but I'd have to say: No.
As crazy as I was about Watt before that Draft ~ and I wasn't alone!! ~ no way.
I believe that making such a Trade, except for a QuarterBack ~ and even then it better be for a Joe Montana or a Tom Brady, who respectively went in the 3rd & 6th Rounds, amusingly ~ is always a mistake.
No single Player, other than the very very few like Brady and Montana, who repeatedly made Deciding Impacts in the PlayOffs, which are the only Games that matter, after all, is likely to compensate for laying waste to one's Talent pipeline as these Trades do. And no one saw either Montana or Brady coming.
Indeed, I cannot think of any such King's Ransom Trade that ever proved to be, at least in my opinion, the Pivotal Catalyst that produced a Championship...with the noteworthy exception of the Giants making that historic Trade for Hose Manning...But even they already had Billy Clyde Puckett & Shake Tiller.