kearly wrote:Whether I would have made that same trade or not- Harvin definitely wasn't a panic move- the amount they paid just shows how high their opinion is of him. I think from PC/JS's point of view (meaning their needs, preferences, and style of offense), Harvin is one of the best weapons in the NFL.
If Seattle sits back and waits at DT, they won't get one. They don't have the #25 pick to fall back on any more. I think they can afford to be patient everywhere else (including DE), but they absolutely need to be aggressive regarding Bryant and Jones later today.
No, this was a deliberate move that took a good deal of time to work. That much is clear by how polished/finished the details are.
In the aftermath, I think this could be rather telling of what Pete and John think of the DT pool as a whole. Clearly there isn't a 'guy we can't leave the draft without' prospect here. Even amongst the tier 2 DT prospects, I think leaving our first choice at #56 is a strong indicator that there isn't a guy in that pool that in our minds, distinguishes himself.
I'm wondering if we are even looking at DT in R2 now. It's possible that we see it like we say the MLBs in round 2 -- a few guys we liked and graded equally. But there is a strong possibility that even if there were 3 guys we liked, they could all be gone by 56. Maybe we've already set our sights on a UFA solution (bridge player or otherwise).
Missing_Clink wrote:Completely agree and came here to say this. The DT market is very thin and with no first rounder, starting caliber DT help is unlikely to come via the draft. They need to act quickly to shore up that position or the few viable options may be gone
It's also possible that we like the pocket of day 2/3 DT prospects. Or rather, we see an R4 guy in particular that we grade similar to the 2nd tier DTs. Now that I could see happening. Someone that we reach for in R3 that turns into something more. I have to think that this deal doesn't go down if we thought the conventional names thrown out as R1/R2 guys were going to be significantly better than our alternatives.
Given the effort and time this deal apparently took, it would seem that the team had already made up their minds by the time the combine came around. I get the sense they were not impressed with what was out there for day 1.
It's possible that we just don't think there is sufficient opportunity to improve interior pass rush and are opting for a different avenue for success. Maybe we do see the offense open up a good deal expecting to have to score 28-35 points in order to have success. Despite the pass rush difficulties, this defense did well. Even flawed, it was top 8 in most metrics across the board -- which is really unusual. More so if you factor in the lack of consistent push. Having an offense that can, by it's own acumen, apply pressure to keep up may be similarly as effective.
I still don't know how to read this move yet. I do feel it should be giving us a clue as to what Pete/John think of this class.