So after 40 pages this is what I have learned. Most folks think Star was a good pick but some want to elevate receivers which were picked much later in the draft to superstar status and figure they would be better than a guy who was at some point considered the best player in the draft who fell to us because of a false medical report. Somehow replacing a receiver was more important than finding a nose tackle which we didn't have.
Some folks didn't like KK at 44 feeling it wasn't a big need to find a replacement for a 32 year old DT who has had one breakout year in his career. These same folks though wanted a receiver who would be the 3 or 4th best receiver on the team at that point because they think we need to replace a 32 year multiple probowl receiver who showed little sign of slowing down.
And that no matter the argument on either side, no one has changed anyone else's mind just like this post won't either and the same people will take this to task as well with the same arguments they made on page 2 or 3.
Lastly, the huddle is rarely the place to debate and change minds, it is more an opportunity to show one upmanship and argue relentlessly about something that is usually a moot point.
Everything about this--especially the last paragraph--is SPOT ON!!! People, Star should have gone 3rd overall--It would have cost us our entire draft to move up that far. We got a steal at a need position. The rest of the draft was gravy, and we got some players who will be on our roster in 4 years--the length of the contract.
About KK--he plays a different position than Star plays. "Another DT????" Yes. A Nose and an undertackle positions Marty ignored until his desperation attempt to fill the spot in the third round in 2011 and that did not work out well. Bottom line: We turned a weakness into a strength by drafting a top 5 pick at 14 and a player AT A DIFFERENT POSITION who had a first round grade in the second round.
55 is right (it hurts to say it)--Did we need another slot or (at best) #2 WR? We need a player who has the skill set to become a #1. Austin? he was gone and, if you ask me, a reach. Patterson? A boom or bust pick.
If we are not stopping the run or rushing the passer, then we are going to lose. A WR is a weapon who touches the ball 7 times a game.
Wide Receivers take some time to develop. Most take a year or two to develop---IF they are getting on the field. We have drafted WRs in the third (Lafell, Edwards), fourth (Adams), fifth (Pilares) and sixth (Gettis) rounds in the past four years. Since this draft did not have any Julio Joneses or Calvin Johnsons in it, and we had such huge needs at BOTH DT positions and RG, Gettlemen did the only thing he could have done.
Gettlemen drafted people on day 3 who could be key players in the future. In a year, I expect to see Kugbila as a solid RG, Klein as a starting LB (or solid depth at any LB position and a key special teamer), and Barner a contributing change of pace back.
Of course, another developmental WR to bury the development of our other developmental WRs is what some wanted. Go figure.