HansGruber wrote:Why would anyone trade Okung for Gronkowski? That just doesn't make sense. I don't think any team would do that, especially after a few years of both playing. Okung is a very good LT. You could argue he's one of the best in the game right now. Those are hard to find, they go in the top half of the first round for a reason. No serious NFL coach or GM would EVER value a TE over a LT that plays the way Okung does. Well, maybe Al Davis or Jerry Jones would, or maybe Tim Ruskell, but no intelligent winning coach or GM would ever consider that trade.
I guarantee if you offered Okung to NE on a trade, they'd give you Gronk AND a couple high picks. Just shows these writers generally know less about the game than casual fans.
I don't agree with that.
First off Gronk shouldn't be looked at as a TE because he's a 1000 yard a season 10+ TD receiver essentially, and WRs are valued almost as highly as LTs.
Look at the 2007 draft, Calvin Johnson 2nd, Joe Thomas 3rd.
Gronk is just about as valuable as Megatron IMO, if not moreso. He may not get as many yards, but 38 TDs in 43 games is an otherworldly rate.
That said, Seattle didn't just have any old need for an LT, it was arguably the weakest position on the team with Ray Willis and Sean Locklear our starting tackles in 2009, so there's no way we'd have picked Gronkowski at 6 unless we were sure either Trent Williams or Okung fell to us at 14th (or we were prepared to trade up, swap that 4th round pick we spent on EJ Manuel to move up 2 picks?)