Or they could like the WR they have and want to see them perform in a better scheme.
Why did we workout and meet with tons of wide receivers throughout this whole process and not draft one? Was it all just one massive smokescreen? I figured by working out that many at least one would have been drafted by us. Did the cards just fall a different way where it didn't make sense?
Personally I am quite surprised we passed on Patton in the 5th round.
Panthers realized finding an eventual replacement for Smitty can't be done.
At least in this draft.
I believe we probably didn't draft a WR because all of the above, or at least some of those elements. I absolutely believe that we worked out so many WRs because Smitty, Cam, and the entire offense would benefit from a legitimate playmaker---a big play TD scorer. So, the smokescreen stuff is basically ridiculous. I also believe that Star was the no-brainer pick. We would have picked him over anyone. Since he fell into our lap, the other WRs that we were truly interested in----Austin, Hopkins and Patterson---were as good as gone once the 44th pick came around. After that point it just came down to taking who they perceived as the BPA in fitting with our perceived needs. K.K. was definitely a value at the 44th, especially considering Rivera's rationale as to the motor issue. I thought that we may have pulled the trigger on Keenan Allen, but they believed Short would provide more of an immediate impact, and you can't really argue with that. Moreover, when they looked at Allen, they probably figured that his upside wasn't that much different than what we already have, and he certainly didn't rise to the level of the Smitty heir apparent. Like me, they probably didn't see a true heir apparent for 89 in this draft, and once the top three WRs were gone, those that had the possibility of not necessarily replacing Smitty, but at least being that "yang" player to Smitty's "yen", the possibility of us drafting one of the other receivers dropped exponentially. I mean, why draft more question marks when you have so many on the roster, furthermore you can sign all the question marks at WR that you want to after the draft.
It was a case of both bpa and this being a lackluster wr class. If Hunter was there in the 2nd, he would be ours but that's about the only realistic wideout in retrospect that I could have seen us getting.
On an off note, the only thing that I personally just didn't understand is why they would draft another LB when Rambo was there for the taking, but that's just me (and I am a bulldog).