Since some want to keep starting threads to commiserate about the young bucks (that we could have had very cheaply, and relatively cheaply, even if it was a first or second round pick, Josh Gordon) that we did pass on, what about the old vets who commanded more dollars (not that we could have realistically afforded any of them, but this is for entertainment purposes).
Now, of course, as has been suggested (in most cases wrongly, in my opinion), who knows how these guys would have worked in our small, err ball control offense, maybe they would be doing better with the likes of Smitty on the field? Perhaps Shula would have thought a little bigger and opened up the offense. One guy that wouldn't have been any help whatsoever is Percy Harvin. Man, that would have been a nightmare. Millions of more dollars watching from the sidelines. We'd have probably missed out on Hixon (cough), and Ginn, because why would we have needed them? And what about the more expensive version of the Disappearing Man in Greg Jennings? How's that working out for The Vikings? 570 yards and three TDs. Yes, there are still 3 games left, but I believe that LaFell could have put up better numbers than that with Clausen if he had started that whole year. One guy that has been making a little noise, too little, is Mike Wallace. But, even Wallace has disappointed, being out-balled by Brian Hartline. Who is the number one in Miami? Even Anquan Boldin has visibly slowed down, much like our very own Smitty this year.
Suffice it to say that I am glad that our GM didn't go in any of those directions. So, just like you may commiserate over passing up on the potential young studs and balling beasts, you can take comfort in the fact that we didn't bankrupt our future by dealing in fool's gold. Let this also be a lesson and cautionary tale for the future. A guy like Hakeem Nicks may not be worth the risk, especially when you have so many young WRs just waiting to become the new, and possibly improved, versions of the old. The draft looks deep at WR, people. Oh, the possibilities.