Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:09 PM
The "we can get a WR late" argument (i.e. the Welker/Cruz argument) would be a wonderful one to make provided this team hadn't proven over and over (and over.. and over) that it was fundamentally retarded when it comes to scouting and drafting WR talent. LaFell is the best we've done since drafting Steve Smith 12 years ago, which is pathetic. We've shown to be unable to do anything from the 2nd round down, so we'll probably need to just target a guy in the 1st with enough natural talent that it's almost a no-brainer.
To recap, we have Steve Smith who is still pretty good but is slowing down, losing some of that vert and relies more and more on trying to beat the crap out of CBs. Then Brandon LaFell who would be a decent #3 on most teams. After that, you've got a message board hero who hasn't played since 2010 and has never actually played with our franchise QB, a slow PR/KR who can't actually catch the football, Pilares who rarely seems to push his way into a game and doesn't look all that impressive when he does, and some dude named Bryant on the practice squad.
Edit: I forgot Ted Ginn. The guy who hasn't been able to play WR since he arrived in the league.
The position needs an influx of talent. Everyone preaches depth at other positions, what happens if Smith goes down for a significant amount of time? Everyone cool with lining Ginn, Gettis, Pilares, or Joe fuging Adams out wide to pair with Brandon LaFell?
I don't know if Austin is worth #14 and definitely don't know how he'll turn out, but if they decide he's the guy then fuging bravo for addressing a hole that's been there as long as DT.