As our draft progressed the last three days, I began to get more and more frustrated with our picks. Why didn't we draft any help for the O-Line? Why did we pass up on Ayers, Reed, Cannon? I watched every selection we made and I was as bewildered as everyone else. What were we doing?!?!?! I think I may have made some sense of what Whiz and Graves were thinking
I was ecstatic with our selection of PP7. Who I really wanted was Von Miller like everyone else. The more I thought about it, PP7 just might fit the style of defense we want to play even better. Ray Horton gaurantees his first play call will be a blitz. What makes a blitz so effective? Corners who can take away any hot receiver. I see Peterson covering the larger wide outs and DRC covering the burrners. (Was I the only one who was frustrated with Mike Williams from the Seahawks eating DRC's lunch both games last year?) Our CB tandem will be at least on par with the CB's on the Jets. A-Dub will be free to roam the line of scrimmage and destroy opposing QB's and rushers.
I was initially dismayed with the selection of Ryan Williams. Why would we need another when we already have 4 on our roster? A capable back in Hightower. A bruiser in Wells. A big time change of pace with LSH, and a back up with Wright. I thought back to our running game, or lack of one, from last year. HIghtower had a decent YPC and broke some big plays, but seemed to fumble the ball at the worst posible times. Beanie had a very solid rookie year, but really seemed to not recover from the early knee injury. He couldn't break tackles or big gains. I don't have the YAC but I am sure it was one of the worst in the league. LSH is a dynamic player, but we can't keep having him run draws up the middle, he'll get crushed. Having Ryan Williams in the backfield will be a big plus. He does not fumble, he has excellent big play ability, great hands, and is not afraid to pick up a blitz. With the addition of Anthony Sherman as a bruising FB, we could finally begin to realize a pounding running game. Even though we didn't draft any OL this year, I think we will be much better than last year.
I had no idea who Rob Housler was when he was drafted. I was looking forward to Kyle Rudolph in the second round. I think this guy will be a huge upgrade over our current TE's. Let's face it, Dray, Patrick and Spach don't exactly strike fear in opposing defenses. Housler has the skills to make defenses respect his pass catching abilities and reduce the amount of 8 men in the box our RB's will face.
Sam Acho and Quan Sturdivant were both excellent value picks that will help out our LB corps. Having Acho, Oscho, and Will Davis for our OLB's will be a very strong group. Sturdivant adds size to our ILB's.
Whiz and Graves may not have drafted for the needs that we all thought we had going into this draft, but I gotta say I am very happy they didn't.