Skipped 12 pages of this thread. But No I don't think we would be better off.
BUT I bet we would have done as well as we did in 2013. Beason would have brought it playing his position and maybe some OL we dratfed would have offset whatever advantage Keek has over Beason.
BUT Keek is the basis of this defense...possibly the best defense in the league...for hopefully around a decade.
You, sir, are a smart thinker and don't just follow the crowd. Riley Reif was that LT we would have had and he's starting for Detroit, those guys throw the ball a lot. That means he's pretty solid. It's one of the best offenses in the league. We would have Gross as the LT and Reiff as the RT. Cam would have had a whole day to scan the field. Bad receivers would look great because they'd have extra time to get open. The running game would certainly be elevated. Now that Gross retires all we'd need to do is move Reiff to LT and keep pounding. That's the kind of thing great organizations do. There is a reason Hurney got fired but this board doesn't take into account that Keuchly was a Hurney pick.
People don't realize that even though you drafted a great player in Keuchly but bad GMs draft redundantly all the time. Take the Jags for example, they drafted Eugene Monroe top 10 in 2009 and 4 years later they drafted Luke Joekel top 5 and got rid of Monroe. Now Monroe is just 26 years old and a high profile FA. That shows the Jags keep BPA the drafts and have no plan for them. Hopefully we don't maintain that path. Great organizations don't do poo like that so they're constantly relevant.
With a better OL, would we have converted on the 1 yard line against the 9ers in the playoffs? I say, yes to that.