I would not be disappointed with him at #28 because everything I've read about him says he is a complete package and a safe pick. It wouldn't be a flashy pick because he isn't getting much hype from the media but if you research him you'll see that he is a great player.
5. JA'WUAN JAMES, Tennessee (6-6, 311, 5.28, 1-2) – Four-year starter at RT. "Athletic enough to play either side but more suited to the right," one scout said. "He can walk in and start for you right off the bat. Solid, not spectacular. Has a lot of talent. One of those eight- to 12-year guys as a starter if he can stay healthy." Has 35-inch arms. "Very intelligent (Wonderlic of 25), great kid, solid player," said another scout. "Great family. Just draft him because you'll never have a problem with this kid." From Suwanee, Ga. "He's kind of like (Alabama's D.J.) Fluker from last year," a third scout said. "Just a big, powerful guy with long arms."
If we are simply looking at BPA then yeah, I would.
The only thing that worries me is how he'd fit in Shula's scheme. Olsen lining up in a traditional TE spot on the line with Ebron out wide or in the slot would be a nice combo considering how much Cam loves throwing to his TEs (look at Shockey and Olsen duo).
Well, that wasn't the case Cam's first two seasons.
And this past season, the run game was very inconsistent. You take out Cam's stats, and where was the running game (outside of when Tolbert got the ball after the inconsistent and injured D'Angelo and Stewart)?
It's no wonder Gettleman realizes the team needs to upgrade the talent at WR and the OL to re-balance the attack, especially downfield.
Any who. My point was: The reporter said "the focal point", as if that was really/ever true the past three seasons. It was not.
Up until this season, many Huddler's were complaining that "Chud throws the ball too much". And we know this past season, the run game was anything but the Panther "Focal Point". Far from it.
Chud isn't the OC anymore. Shula made it obvious last season that we aren't an air it out team anymore.
Gantt explains it very well. We are not locking down 2 DEs at premium prices. That is stupid. In 2015, you can still lock down Hardy and doing something with CJ is easier to deal with.
SIgning Hardy to a long-term deal right now is very dumb--THAT would be fugging up, in my opinion. I felt that he would not do it, he has not done it, and I am happy about it. If we draft a DE early it is because he realizes that you have to have pass rush in this defense but you cannot spend too much on that pass rush.
Gross' retirement hurt us, but our defense is the golden goose around here--make no mistake about that. If you think WR and OT are bigger priorities, you are wrong. Sure, we need a LOT, as do 16 other NFL teams. Yes, we got rid of mediocre WRs. Wah. Time to improve there with a great WR draft. Getting fiscally smart at DE and having an awesome pass rush helps this team in the long term more than reaching for a rookie LT.
I see your point, but I see Gettlemen's logic. One is impatient and concerned only with the now., the other is patient and sound.
I trust in what Gettleman does on draft day. If the best player available is a DE and he Gman take him then so be it. But to say DE is a bigger need than WR or OT is absurd.
i think if there is no long term deal reached with hardy this season (and i doubt there will be) then CJ will be a cap casualty next offseason. and GH will get his money. i wouldnt be shocked to see a DE this draft. i just hope like hell its not before the 3rd...
Yep. If Hardy produces again and resigns, CJ is most likely gone.