For a while, I thought the top 5 pick deserves to go to IMPACT players. Skill position players who make huge impacts in games that get special attention from the other team, whether that be double covering a WR, or double teaming a DL.
I can see the reasoning behind this, but now I have been thinking: Is getting an OT at #5 REALLY that bad? We have two options: Greg Robinson and Jake Mathews. Both big, talented OTs who are maulers who both hardly have any negatives on them (RObinson is experience at OT, and Mathews is just slightly above average quickness for his size... which really isn't that much of a weakness at all).
Currently CBS Draft has Mathews and Robinson as 2 of the top 3 players rated players on their board.
And the last thing we want, is to draft one of them? I don't understand why.
In free agency, there were only two high rated LTs: Veldheer, and Monroe. As far as I remember at least. Right now, OL are relatively gone in free agency, and we are left with DL and a good amount of CBs at the moment.
Seems like the best strategy is to grab the defensive talent, and get a LT in the draft doesn't it? Not as much OL talent in free agency compared to DL talent. Or CB talent.
A very good LT protects the blindside, and helps in the running game. If we get a franchise QB in the near future, a very good LT helps a ton for that QB.
McFadden is best running to the outside. Wouldn't it be better to have a LT who can maul and seal the left side for McFadden to have running room?
Our division has a lot of pass rusher in it. The Chiefs have two, the Broncos got Ware and have Von Miller (at least for one more year), San Diego can still bring the heat and Ingram has been effective for them. Teams around the league want pass rushers, and for good reason.
Should that also in turn make great LTs a commodity, just like pass rushers? Denver knows first hand what it's like to see a fearsome rush the NFL has ever seen since the 2000 Ravens.
Is it true that if you can neutralize a pass rusher, who mostly plays on the left side, that your chances of getting good offensive drives increase a lot?
I'm not saying OT is more important than everything else. I'm saying that maybe, an OT like Robinson or Jake Mathews may in fact still be a great pickup. Not the sexy pick, but a great one that we will love when we watch him shut down the left side.
I'll leave you with the scouting reports:
GREG ROBINSON (#2 Rated player on CBS Draft)
If he can put it all together, Robinson has the physical gifts to be one of the best at the next level.
STRENGTHS: Remarkable combination of size, power and body control. Owns a prototypical frame for playing offensive line in the NFL, including broad shoulders, long arms, a relatively trim waist, thick bubble and tree trunks for legs.
Latches on and controls as a run-blocker with good hand placement, easy knee bend and awesome power to simply maul opponents, often driving them yards off the line of scrimmage. Keeps his legs driving, showing good spatial awareness and body control to keep his feet in traffic. Good quickness for the down block and shows surprisingly light feet to adjust to moving targets when asked to block at the second level.
Developing pass blocker with all of the physical traits scouts look for in an NFL left tackle. Quick out of his stance, plays with good flexibility and has the long arms and strong hands to catch edge rushers and ride them out of the pocket. An exceptional talent just scratching the surface of his potential.
WEAKNESSES: Only two years of starting experience and played in a relatively simple collegiate system which catered to his strengths, rarely asking him to pass block on an island. Catches edge rushers and rides them wide but must learn to slide his feet more consistently or he will draw penalties for holding when matched against NFL speed.
Can be a bit high off the snap. Can play too low, at times, leaving himself vulnerable to over-arm swim moves.
Has only played on the offensive line since his junior year in high school (2009).
COMPARES TO: Anthony Davis, San Francisco 49ers - Like Davis, the physically-gifted talent selected No. 11 overall in 2010, Robinson boasts all of the traits to emerge as a dominating presence in the NFL. Whereas Davis entered the NFL with a history of weight issues and immaturity serving as potential red-flags to scouts, Robinson's relative inexperience (especially in pass protection) appears to be the only thing that could keep him from earning a blue chip grade.
--Rob Rang (2/5/14)
PLAYER OVERVIEWRobinson was the No. 2-rated guard prospect in the nation and No. 4 recruit in Louisiana, according to Rivals.com. He was the No. 7 guard rated by Scout.com and No. 9 tackle by 247Sports.
After redshirting in 2011, Robinson was thrown into the fire at left tackle the following season, starting 11 games and being named to the SEC Honor Roll.
Robinson garnered first-team All-SEC honors for the conference champions as a redshirt sophomore.
Robinson possesses all the physical characteristics you look for in a future elite NFL lineman. He's big, fast and fluid, and surprises with impressive body control for his size.
Where he needs to improve is in his consistency, as his lack of long-term experience as an offensive lineman will show up in key areas like footwork and hand use.
JAKE MATHEWS (#3 rated player by CBS Draft.)
STRENGTHS: Matthews is quick off the snap and uses his long, strong arms and good mobility to control his opponents when pass blocking. While perhaps not an elite athlete, he plays with the technique and tenacity to make his father proud, controlling opponents with good initial quickness, excellent knee bend and balance and terrific upper-body strength. Matthews is a terrific run blocker. Though athletic enough to surprise defenders with an occasional chop block or slipping out to the second level to nail a linebacker, he's at his best simply driving defensive ends off the ball and creating lanes for A&M's running backs to slice through. Once he gets his hands on his opponent, he exhibits an ability to dictate the matchup. Strong lower-half drive and displays a good understanding of leverage when he can establish low position against thicker defenders.
Jake proved early on that he was worthy of the hype, solidifying the Aggies' offensive line once he entered the starting lineup in week six of the 2010 season (Missouri) as the team battled injuries up front. Despite starting just seven games as a true freshman he was recognized by the media as an honorable mention all-conference performer in 2011 and 2012, and most recently received First-Team AP All-American honors. Matthews could have joined Joeckel as a high first-round choice a year ago but elected to come back to College Station for his senior campaign. In making the switch to left tackle in 2013, his stock could end up even higher.
WEAKNESSES: Matthews can get himself in trouble when he stops moving his feet and his lack of elite foot speed and balance may limit just how high he can go on draft day. At times, he'll bend his arms and lock his knees when opposing a strong bull-rush and appears "light" occasionally in power-on-power situations.
COMPARES TO: Joe Staley, OT, San Francisco 49ers - Though Matthews won't blow anyone away with his athleticism, like Staley he's a sound technician with impressive toughness who exhibits no major weaknesses, and is tough to beat in both facets of the offense.
EDITOR'S NOTEL: Mathews is capable of playing ALL 5 POSITIONS on the OL
--Rob Rang and Derek Stephens (2/5/14)
PLAYER OVERVIEWWhile he does not possess former teammate and 2013 first rounder Luke Joeckel's light feet, Matthews is the stronger and more physical run blocker of the two and is perfectly suited to remain at this position in the NFL.
Matthews signed with the Aggies with great fanfare as his father is Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews, who starred all along the offensive line for 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.