Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A thought about that 08 draft

I saw a picture of Jake Long earlier today. He had that arm brace on and I pondered it for a moment. He played through a tough injury this season.

Then as I thought a little more about it a little more, I thought about the "life expectancy" of an offensive tackle. 10 years is fairly typical. A few of the best have extended 14 years. So we've seen maybe 30% of his career - and if we're lucky only 20%.

And he's been terrific of course. But. It occurs to me that he's not been protecting much, so I would argue that selecting him instead of an impact player such as Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco really hasn't amounted to much.

In other words, the decision to select a guy to protect the position that's still "vacant" has turned out to be kind of a waste.

Hey just an observation.

4 comments:

  1. True, But its easy to make that statement 2-3 yrs later. Matt ryan or Joe Flacco could have turned out to be the Next Ryan Leaf as well. With the #1 pick Parcells went with the Sure thing. I just can't argue with that. Especially after our track record of 1st round picks.

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  2. You're right, of course. It just strikes me that this organization keeps trying to make the "safe pick" and never considers the future or really tries to make a statement or a reach.

    yeah, they had a lot of needs in 08, and the pick was and is solid. Its just a shame that he has no one to protect.

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  3. Please guys, no more shoulda-woulda-coulda. We should have picked Ryan, we picked Long instead. Let's hope Ireland finds 3 to 4 good starters this draft (and maybe the football gods will smile down upon us and we stumble upon a franchise QB.)

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  4. and that's the general problem: we never even tried to get a franchise QB....

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