You might put unreasonable expectations on a position, I don't think I am. If you draft a guy at 14 and you have 5 picks you have to hit on your first and second rounder, particularly if you have little wiggle room in free agency and are cap strapped. So if that is the case then you pick first rounders at positions of need who are going to start or contribute day 1 not a few years down the road. We don't have the luxury we did with Davis to draft a guy at 14 and develop him for a few years. We need a starter or impact guy. And there are those guys in the draft this year. Fluker at right tackle would be a plug and play guy right away. We move Bell inside and offensive line is solved right away. We find a NT in the draft and the defensive line is solved right away. We get a starting caliber corner or safety that can start we solve the secondary right away. Truth is that one of the positions where we don't need an immediate starter and can go with what we have is receiver. And is it unreasonable to pick a guy who is healthy instead of a maybe who is no better than 4 or 5 guys out there who is healthy?? I don't think so. Just an observation....................
i've got no problem with wanting a guy to be healthy.
i just keep reading people say that we shouldn't draft so and so WR at 14 because they aren't at julio jones/aj green/megatron elite status. and it's not just that, i see it with other positions. it's unrealistic to expect that. it's ok to draft a WR at 14 that isn't at that elite, ready to start day one, level just like it's ok to draft any player at 14 that isn't elite because chances are, if they were elite they wouldn't have lasted that long.
people dog harder on that when it's a position that they just really don't want us to draft.
this draft has very few elite players in it. not that every draft is overflowing with elite talent, but this draft is one that you are going to have to settle for not-quite-elite at 14 or whatever, but that doesn't take away that there's talent there.
i think it would be great to draft a plug and play starter, but i don't want us to be limited to just areas that we need starters, despite my campaigning for WR in one of the first couple rounds. i agree about those other positions, but i think WR is right up there on the priority list and isn't much of a drop in the level of talent compared to the other positions, if there is any drop at all (which i don't think there is).
i also think that an added WR in the first or second (or even third if we can pick one up) can have just as much of an impact as those other positions. the WR corps needs help, not just now, but in getting ready for life after smitty.