You DIDN'T do what I asked, I asked for QB, with under 300 passing attempts, starting for only one year coming from a gimmicky offense being drafted 1st overall.
You can't come up with one because, besides Cam, there isn't one.
It'd be different if only the huddle we're saying Patterson is a top 15 pick but actual draftniks and scouts are saying this kid is a physical freak,
Some players get drafted on potential alone, it's not that hard to understand.
i think that it would be a much bigger deal doing that with a QB than a WR. not sure why the hang up on WR. we did what no team in their right mind should have done just looking at cam from a shear games played and background standpoint.
he just didn't have the background you want in a franchise QB. he just didn't have the experience you ideally want. it was a risk...MUCH bigger than taking a WR with one year of play time in a D1 school at 14...and it worked out.
patterson would be drafted for the same reason cam was....potential. that's pretty much the reason any player is drafted, btw. no one is proven coming into the league. college is nothing more than an audition for the pro game and some players you can tell in one year just how special they can be.
how long did it take for people to notice how special cam could be?
about patterson coming from a juco program...i seriously doubt it had anything to do with his talent and everything to do with his grades in high school.
the reasons that more aren't selected early who come out of juco programs has more to do with biases against those programs than anything. we all know that just because someone spent time at a juco doesn't mean they lacked talent. you have to only look as far as smittyand chad johnson...both of whom only played D1 football for one season and probably should have been drafted in the first round. no one would question a team now who would have taken a shot on them in the first, in fact they would have been lauded for making such a bold pick.
you could make a pretty solid list of players from other positions who come from juco programs and then transferred to a D1 school and went into the draft without a ton of time with that D1 program.
i have no doubt that gettleman and co. will be looking closely at patterson and won't be blind enough to just write him off because he's only got one year with a D1 school...not even for a pick at #14. there's going to be a lot of teams looking at him and i wouldn't be surprised if he's gone by our pick.
but with all that said, if we didn't take him in the first, i wouldn't be upset. i want the best player available picked, even if that player is going to be picked more because of his ceiling than overall record in college. i don't care how polished he, whoever that may be, is when we draft him.
i only care about what he has the potential to do here and that the guys making the pick aren't pussies about their selection. i'd rather they show they have the balls to make a pick that make other people scratch their heads...much like we have the last couple years in picking an unproven and raw talent first overall and then the next year picking a MLB despite the fact (well, what many touted as a fact even though it was just an opinion at the time) that we were stacked at MLB and it wasn't a "need" and that our "needs" were overlooked.
will a WR that we pick be able to step right in and start? i dunno...we essentially start 3 WRs or at least have 3 on the field most of the time so PT isn't going to be an issue and neither will be the lack of having that official designation. being one of two starters when we play at least 3 most of the game isn't that big of a deal.
will that WR be able to step in and play as good as smitty if smitty gets hurt? more than likely not, but that's not what we're hoping for. we're hoping that the WR corps won't look like poo when/if smitty goes down. the goal is in the short term to give cam more weapons and to shore up an average at best WR corps. to get another touchdown scorer. in the long term it's to get a corps that will be able to move on in the post-smitty era which isn't that far ahead in the future.
there is no guarantee that is what we will get, but there is no guarantee for any player of any position taken in any round that they will be what teams hope they will. there is always risk involved. some come with more risk, but have higher ceilings and intangibles that make them attractive. some come with less risk, but also lower ceilings. some are safe bets and the truth is no one knows who is going to work or not until they actually play in the NFL.
take one in the first or second...i don't care. or don't take one at all. a team with this many holes/thin spots can't afford to limit the scope of their decision making process to just one or two positions. they need to do what all teams do and pick the best player for their situation in any round.
anyone thinking that we will go into next season with a WR corps that isn't different from the one we have now...that we are going to be going into the season with no effort to improve our WR corps is going to be disappointed. gettleman comes from a background that keeps trying to improve their receivers regardless of how "set" they are there.