this started as a reply on another thread, but it got too danged long, so i gave it it's own posthole. the idea is to rebut some common complaints; 1. that wolfe is not first pick material (the op described was as arguably the best dt in the draft, and this was met with derision, monkey noises and cat-calls.) 2. that the osweile pick was a throwaway pick. 3. that we repetitively reached. 4. that we got shafted with little return when trading down. finally, that all this shows our fo is as confused about which are their heads and which are their asses as doogy mcgenius had been. so; a few rebuttal points;
1. arguably the best dt? in what context? the broncos have need for a three technique guy, an under tackle. why? inside pressure. close the gate so the wolves can feed. and who, in this draft, was a better prospect specifically as a three guy? cox. that's it. brockers maybe mightof someday, but not now. not still. worthy? higher upside, but as a pure three -- no. so disregard the 'arguably best' moniker -- you can argue virtually anything, and i often do -- and substitute 'elite.' wolfie, elite? a second round overachiever? i would argue that, for what they want him, yes. for this draft he is elite.
2. osweiler as throwaway? seriously? any pick unlikely to start in one to two years, and hopefully not for three or four, is a throwaway? tell it to the packers. or chargers. the patriots did pretty well, bringing cassel along slowly and then auctioning him off for a draft bounty. the point is, no matter who you are, you're going to miss more often than you hit on qbs, esp day 2 and 3 qbs. may as well start taking pot shots at it now. because if we missed, and we likely missed, then we lost a late second -- in all likelihood a very good player, eventually a starter. but if we hit then we areassured of competitiveness for another decade, without having to suck for luck or barfing for barkley or whatever. and you gotta admit; it takes stones to be swinging for the fence in the year 2016 when you are supposed to be in a win now mentality.
3. reaching. sure you want as much as you can get. but all it takes is one other team right behind you to change the market completely. the mocks set us up to believe we know the actual worth of the players. that's crap. we know kiper's best guess, that's all. and we all know how accurate that is. our fo clearly doesn't care what mentadent mel thinks. and i'll bet you no other fo does, either. that's amateur stuff. his target is -- well -- me. and too bad for him, btw, i can't stand the guy, will never subscribe to espn imbibers and never read him, but i digress.
4. getting value for trading down. the stupid draft value chart sets up ridiculous expectations. one, it's out of date and out of whack, and it has been ever since the rookie pay scale came out. two; it's an illusion. what we got here is a market. and if there are a lot of sellers and few buyers, why then prices drop, draft chart be damned. and if you have already decided you're going to take a 3 tech dt, you may as well trade down and get what you can, and again, draft chart be damned.
finally; how come our guys didn't have hightower, still, worthy etc. ranked higher than wolfe? what's their problem? beats me. i'm an amateur, and not even a very good one, at that. but i will say this; you hire experts, expect them to have opinions. opinions that just may differ from espn and peter king. you hire leaders, expect them to lead. i know, i know; same justifications we used for ratboy mcdaniels, here we go again. but give me one caveat; elway ain't mcy-d. so yes, here we go again. and here's hoping the results are different.