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Pager, instant gratification in terms of filling a need with a reach vs. Hughes being a far greater asset during a SB run.
What is your evidence that taking an olineman was a "reach"at 30 especially in the context of statements made after draft or based on predraft grades on lineman available at 30? Hughes as an asset is merely conjecture at this point. Along with everything else. And again the picks aren't in a vaccum. There is more than just the pick 30.
Damn it, I've danced this dance too many times. I'm out.
Well said. The Vikings needed a guard who could start this year more than a cb who might start next year. By all accounts, that player was there when we picked at 30, but Spielman got cute.
I don't know if RS could ever get cute, but he did the smart thing and took, by far, the best person left in the draft when he took Hughes. This will probably prove out in a couple of years, but as for now, the argument for need over talent will just have to run itself out. We have what we have, the coaches have to get an o-line, with some depth thrown in, ready to go for the season. We have seen no evidence, yet, that we can't get a serviceable o-line ready to play.
The ding to Remmers was just that, a ding, Elf is almost ready to return and has time to get ready for the season and Easton can be replaced. Lets see a couple preseason game so we can judge where we're at.
Hughes isn't just looking good. He is looking VERY good. I'm mostly a draft for talent first with a bit of modification based on Need. IF we can patch together a serviceable line I'm confident we will look back in a couple years and say Hughes was the right pick. But if our passing game is nullified because we can't stop the rush we will regret taking Hughes over the O Line talent.
You are correct, if we can't stop the rush and our passing game is crap, perhaps we will regret not taking a guard first. But I will say, if that is the case, how much would a guard have helped the entire line.
Easton was a good run blocker, reports are there are a couple of guys displaying solid results in practice at the run game. Easton was not a great pass blocker, average would be about right for him. We don't really know what Compton will bring at guard, Isadora is showing growth, encouraging words about Collins and Edison, so there are guys for that spot to take a look at. Easton can't be the guy we were hanging our O-line hopes on, he had good moments and would be nice to have, but if we are saying we are desperate now that he's gone, well, I'd have to disagree with that.
P.S., I know you weren't saying this KG, it's more a general point!