- Feb 4, 2013
I think the point Lance is making is that the Dolphins are executing a team-building process not just trying to draft the "best talents". Their vision offensively is to have a strong run game with RPOs and play action to speed guys who threaten a defense downfield. Waddle is the centerpiece of that vision with his special ability to carry his speed through cuts and accelerate after the catch, plus he can adjust to off target throws and make plays in traffic.You make some assumptions. Not everybody is happy we took Waddle at 6. If you think of it as draft night and we are at 12 with Waddle on the board we did indeed give up our 12th, another first round draft pick, and I think a 4th to move up and take him. I hope he is worth 2 first rounders because that is what we gave up or let's just call it 'spent' on him. Should have stayed at 12 and maybe he is still available, or Smith, or Parsons, or Slater and you still have two number ones the next two drafts.
I wanted to move down but when we went up I thought for sure it was for Sewell. No brainer. They do that then they don't blow a 3rd round pick again acquired moving out of 3rd pick to just move up 8 little spots and take a tackle because they got nervous.
We don't let MF walk we don't have to draft a safety.
I have no idea who is right. I see we got some great grades from the "experts". Me, no faith in Grier and thought it could have been much better. If these picks are all pros I will be excited I was wrong.
Defensively the Belichick system has always been about versatility, intelligence and scheme fits over any individual. The priority was to get long cover corners and now they're filling in the rest. Beyond that you want guys who will make the roster so special teams is weighed heavily with later round picks.
I don't think it's fair to grade each pick individually based on who was available. You have to take the holistic/synergistic approach judging how much better the team is and whether there are glaring holes evident come game days.
The best example of this is the Rams drafting Atwell in the 2nd then a bunch of special teams guys on Day 3. Atwell was far from the best WR available and personally I think it was a disastrous pick but they obviously believe that he brings a speed and playmaking dimension on jet sweeps and deep shots that will completely open up their offense. I think Jaelon Darden is a better player and he went in the 4th round but if their Atwell theory works then who cares? And with the special teams guys I think it's poor allocation of resources but if their starters stay healthy and perform then it worked out.
It's better to draft with a plan than to draft players and figure out the rest later. Or worse draft bad players with no plan like the Raiders have been doing (and Bucs did under Gruden).