Pretty easy to know criticize my picks but whatever. Clabourne, Cox, Brockers, Coples, Jones, and maybe Blackman depending on any inside info I would have on Gettis, are people I would have targeted at that spot. So based on how it went down, I would have picked Cox or traded down. McClain was slated to start, and everyone was saying McFua was fine. DT was a weakness, but we have a short term fix for now.
LBer pretty much addressed itself Beason, Anderson, Davis who we have invested in is who I would relied on at the LBer spot if I was stuck in that position. If one of them went down, I would have no problem with Phillips or Senn starting a season, if another one went down, Hurney would have me beat me, but that goes back to the argument of how much do you really want to invest in a postion like LBer, and how smart it is to do so. Only two of them are going to be on the field half the time anyway.
I really hope noone uses a LB injury argument because common sense will tell you that applies for DT's too. Just like we didn't know how Davis, and Beason would respond, we had no idea how an old DT who never played in our system would respond either. And we are in bad shape if one of the Edwards go down in a more essential position too.
Claiborne and Blackmon were gone. Cox would have been a good pick imo, but it would have required we go into the FA market for a will LB. There is no way we could go into the season counting on TD, and frankly, we still aren't. His snaps are being limited severely. As for Beason, I love the guy and expect to see the old Jon before the season is over, but so far he has not quite been himself. I see a guy that is still thinking about the injury, and is a bit tentative.
Dwan has played well and should continue to be solid. Cox would have had the advantage of youth and should have a much higher upside than Dwan.
We could have gone either way and been justified. I just think it's way too early to make any kind of judgement on Luke given that he's playing a new position, and adjusting to the speed of the game.
Time will tell.