Good points. I think this bit above can also reinforce drafting for the highest ceiling.Pete and John have both bragged about how good their system and organization is at developing quarterbacks, so why would they think they HAVE to get their guy at 5, and not at 20 or later if they know they can develop as well as they think they can?
If they're confident in their ability to develop a QB, why wouldn't they take a shot on a high-character guy that they think could be among the most dominant players in the league?
And the subtext of your comment makes it sound like QBs are the only players that bust at the top of the draft. Which isn't true. Ask the 49ers fans around here about Solomon Thomas.
It sounds like part of what you're not attracted to in a QB is that it wouldn't begin paying off immediately. I understand that. But I also think this team is a year or two away from being a real super bowl contender anyway, so a slower payout is fine with me if the potential payout is massive.
Again: I don't think it precludes addressing some needs like nose tackle and containment end in this draft. In my estimation, this strategy also follows the talent in this draft.
You're a good $h!t Sarge, thanks for arguing with me rationaly and civily. That's a rarity nowadays.