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Draft Disappointments

I have two main gripes with our draft this year. With that said, I still think we had an awesome draft and will get possibly up to 4 starters from this draft (in a season or 3) with possible production this year. I like almost all of the players chosen, and I can understand why we took each guy where we did, but I still hoped for some other players.


Disappointment #1: We let the Ravens get Arthur Brown. A projected first round ILB/OLB prospect that wowed coaches, scouts, and fans with his talent. He looks to be a very solid ILB in the pros and could have been groomed behind Larry Foote for a season or 2 before joining the starting lineup. He was amazingly still there when we picked and we passed on him allowing the Ravens to trade up for him. I really like the pick of Bell and think that he can provide a much needed boost to our running game that can change the whole dynamic of our season this year (see Redskins Alfred Morris, without him RG3 would have a much tougher year). Big Ben will finally have another weapon that teams need to focus on and will get some relief. But allowing Brown to fall into the hands of our rivals could be a mistake we regret for years to come.

Disappointment #2: We didn't grab a second quality safety in the mid rounds. Duke Williams and Phillip Thomas are phenomenal prospects who have a good chance of becoming starting safeties in the NFL sooner rather than later. Duke went to the Bills early and the value just wasn't there (He was projected in the 6th-7th rounds right after the senior bowl). Phillip Thomas was there in the 4th after our 2nd pick! He was projected to go possibly in the 2nd and definitely in the 3rd but a run on some other positions cause him to slip a little. When our 2nd 4th round pick came up I was so excited for the pick and when the name Phillip Thomas wasn't said I was dumbfounded. Both of our safeties are getting older and will require a groomed replacement in a couple years. Both Thomases were mocked to us a number of times, and Phillip's ballhawk skills are reminiscent of Polamalu (Obviously not as good, but who is?). He was taken by the Skins several picks after us and he'll likely see the field this year in some capacity. Landry Jones might become a quality backup, or even a possible starter way down the line, but I'd bet we end up regretting not grabbing two Thomases in the 4th.

Overall, I'm really happy with how our draft played out. We drafted BPA and got players at positions of need. People will argue that Bell was a reach, but the Broncos wanted him and the FO clearly didn't want to lose him. Also, there are analysts who think that he's by far the best RB in this year's class (Bucky Brooks thinks so, link here) so we may have actually gotten a steal in round 2, time will tell.

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