I keep hearing all this talk about teams tanking. Is there some can't miss prospect that I am missing that everyone feels is going to be key to a huge turnaround?
Bridgewater looks solid, and worth a risk but certainly not worth tanking a season in a Suck for Luck type campaign. To be honest, while Bridgewater looks like a stud - you are taking almost the same risk and getting almost the same upside with that kid from Clemson. Because someone is contributing to Clemson looking like a strong team when it hasn't sniffed the top of the polls for a while.
Manz looks like he could be very good but also could implode the moment he got here. Generally guys that have a hard time with the bright lights of scrutiny while in college have a real problem once millions of dollars and hundreds of new distractions get thrust their way.
Clowney is probably both over and underrated. I think people underestimate his actual ability when projecting to the NFL and I think he makes a big impact in the NFL, but I just don't think it makes a big enough impact because no matter how good a defensive player is - they don't make the difference that even an above average QB makes. Remember how good the Freak (Kearse) and Suh might be one of the most dominant DL coming out of college in a decade. It still took a lot of time and new players to make those teams into contenders.
All in all it looks like a pretty standard draft, I don't really see some cannot miss world-beater that justifies the possible danger of cheapening the value of your franchise to your fans. Because if you tank for someone, get them, and then do not improve measurably - then you just start having fans lose interest.
Is there someone I am just missing?
(Maybe the Gurley kid from GA, who looks like the next Lynch but RBs rarely are worth high 1sts anyway because of all the rules which favor the passing game.)