chihawk wrote:The problem with drafting a WR is that they are usually not very productive their first year(s). There are exceptions, but the exceptions are usually the higher draft picks...like someone like AJ Green.
Fortunately, we don't need him to be extremely productive year 1. Rice and Tate are a good 1-2 combo, but we're lacking depth and theres a good chance of landing a player in the back end of round 1 who could possibly develop into a Top 10 receiver in the league. The two receivers from Tennessee, Patterson and Hunter, come to mind.
This front office has shown by drafting Irvin they aren't afraid of drafting a role player in the first round who can develop into an every-down player, as long as their skill sets are near elite. And that's those two receivers (plus add Coleman to that list).
I also think this group has a couple of guys who can be day 1 highly productive guys, even if their skill sets don't seem elite. Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins are both guys I could see stepping into a starting role if they have to and play near as good as Sidney Rice could and at the same time, play in a 3 or 4 receiver set that compares to what Green Bay has in how dangerous it is.
I see the argument against drafting a receiver in round 1 who doesn't start, but we are getting to the point where our draft picks are addressing depth and not necessarily starting roles. We really can go BPA.