I used to wonder why AJ traded so many draft choice to move up for players with marginal attractiveness to the rest of the league. And now I understand. After keeping and using all 5 of their picks in the first 3 rounds, they have multiplied the opportunity for criticism from the usual number of players taken in the same span (about 2) to a whopping 5. I am disappointed in all 5 either for the player taken or the round in which they were taken.
As a SDSU fan, I was glad to see VB taken but there? I don't know. That was the pick I had the least problem with. When they passed on the Prince at 18 (who should have been taken at about 10 and would have not for the bizarre run on QBs) I assumed they were happy with what they had. Then they take a potential nickel guy in the 2nd round. What we actually need is a cover corner who can cover. Liuget may be a pretty decent player, but we were yacking about getting an impact player. Liuget is not that guy. D-Quan Bowers - providing he makes a complete recovery - will be such a player. In the combine, Cameron Jordan was bigger, faster, stronger, more agile and his position was DE. Why draft what is essentially an inside D-lineman and attempt to convert him into a DE when Hayward or Jordan is available.
When we had the assets to move up and get a stud like Vonn Miller (expensive) Robert Quinn (not so expensive,) we don't do it. Now to Linebacker talk - We've picked up free agent inside linebackers in the past and can do it again. To pick the pedestrian Mouton in the 2nd is freaking ridiculous. Nobody had him there because he doesn't belong there.
Shareece Wright was okay at best in a USC defense that was worse than it had been in years and their pass coverage scared nobody. He is not a difference-maker but I'm okay with this or an OL that you could bolster the depth on the right side of our line or pick Mouton here and stick him on special teams.
When you start to believe that you're so smart that you are able to see things that nobody else sees, you are headed for trouble. When you've struck out so often while employing this philosophy, you really need to stop and re-assess. Or check your freaking Kool-Aid because somebody's dropping hallucinogenic drugs in there. It's always reaching but rarely taking a chance - at least lately. I remember they were worried about Marcus McNeil's back issues. Thank God they still drafted him.
They should have drafted Amukamara then Bowers, Justin Houston, I'd feel a lot better about this draft.