kearly wrote:Recon_Hawk wrote:I don't disagree that they want speed and quickness, but only two picks at one position over 3 years isn't enough for me to think they automatically pass on those who don't fit that category.
Well if you count UDFA's like Baldwin, Bates, Kearse, and Tuinei, and add them to Tate and Durham, then you'd have five of six WR that posted good 40 times and the one who didn't might have been signed as an experiment as a fast TE.
Green Bay's model (which influenced John Schneider) shows a conclusive process- speed matters. Quickness matters. Other points are negotiable.
Remember how John Schneider disliked last year's WR draft class despite everyone else saying it was great (including me)? The reason was because last year was the year of the big WR, not the year of the fast/quick WR. This year is the year of the fast/quick WR, and now Schneider is showing much greater signs of interest.
All good points. A couple things:
UDFA signings usually tend to be developmental, athletic types. The cost is low, so why not sign someone who is raw and hope they can develop the mental part of their game.
Last years draft at WR, compared to this one, just sucked. It lacked depth throughout the draft and even the big WRs weren't that good, in hindsight, so it may have been just that instead of size vs speed.
In all honesty, I think you're right about Hopkins not getting drafted by Seattle. I think Seattle will be looking for 1. Size 2. Speed 3. Available with our 2nd round pick or later, so none of that fits Hopkins, but I do feel Hopkins has intangibles that would excite a coach like Carroll. Just not enough to pick him the first round.