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Drafting a Guard in the first round

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I don't think that it is a waste. If it is a position of need and the best player available happens to be a projected Pro Bowler at the position, why NOT take them?

At the same time, the highest I've seen a guard taken in the last few drafts was Iupati at 17 (ironically enough, that was the pick that we had traded away for Everette Brown iirc). I can also see where it's not exactly the prettiest of picks due to the lack of direct impact on the scoreboard (how many guards do we see breaking a corners ankles before blazing by a safety for a toe tap catch?).

In the end it comes down to what's on the roster, what's available in free agency, and what's available in the draft.

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If Warmack/Cooper is BPA at 14 I think we will take either. Not saying I am for or against it...I just get a sense it may happen with Gettleman talking about big men allowing you to compete and the need to protect the face of our franchise.

An elite guard on the right side would open up running lanes that were not there last season, make our young and improving tackle in Bell better, keep our franchise QB on his feet, and solidify the interior of our line for years (Silatolu/Kalil/Warmack or Cooper).

Not sure who else available at 14 in this particular draft would have as big an impact on our offense immediately than either of these two. That said, there could be numerous defensive players that are available at our selection and can immediately step in and contribute in a big way.

No matter who we select I will trust this front office, this coaching staff, and get behind the pick 100% as I do every year.

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Guards are too easy to find, yet here we are, in dire need of a good guard. If the best player available just so happens to fill a need, take him. Come 14, Warmack might very well be BPA, and I'd be happy with the pick.

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I couldn't disagree more about DT. It's a premier position.

I don't think drafting DT high gets you anywhere, Lions x2, Jags, Bills, Chiefs, talented young DT's don't win football games. All you need at NT is a big guy who has been in the league long enough to learn good technique.

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I don't give a rooty toot toot who we get and what position he plays as long as he helps us win.

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Taking Warmack would be a "sexy" pick for the fans. Taking an OT would be too early, and I would really wait till 2014 to get probably a better one. Franchise OTs constantly comes through the Draft every single year. I think we can grab a pretty good receiver in the 2nd round this April, so "DT" should really be the ideal pick at 14.

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yea i mean you think about it. Theres been like what 2 guards in the last 40 or 50 years takin in the top 15. I know that number might not be right but it is close. That has to mean something, doesn't it. That said Warmack is a freak.

JMO..........."Freaks" don't play the guard position.

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The best guard available still isn't worth our first pick.

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Could Cooper move to T? He looks athletic enough. Moves really well for a giant man

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I think it's a complete waste. That position doesn't hold any value. Decent G's are too easy to find.

New Orleans values the G position. Keeping the pocket a pocket is very important. Having a guard that can get to the next level is very important. If we add a Cooper or Warmack, all the sudden we've got two guards and a center than can make blocks and get out to that second level in a hurry. That's how big runs are created. To me that says "impact player".

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