Seafan wrote:Drafting a left tackle is an important move the Hawks SHOULD consider in this draft but not in the first round. The LT position is really really deep in this draft and so is WR. Neither are pressing needs for the Hawks.
How many rookies available at #27 will really be able to make an immediate splash this year, especially given the COVID situation and limited amount of practice? In my view the Hawks have been careful this off-season to avoid a reliance on rookies seeing immediate playing time. There is still a veteran pass rusher to be added whether that is Clowney, Griffen or another.
I would suggest a mindset about the 2020 draft that focuses on bolstering depth, competition and special teams play. If any of them win starting jobs that is great, but the expectation should be that they are brought along and can earn increased playing time as they are ready, especially in 2021.
In that vein, OT strikes me as one of the best uses of a 1st round pick if we stay there. They could initially compete at RT, end up playing swing tackle, and then be in position to take over at LT next year.
Seahawker76 wrote:I want them to use #27 & one of our 2nds to trade up and take a legitimate LT with potential & high ceiling.
The problem is that doesn't move you up very far (#17 or so) and this is an awesome draft to have 2nd round picks in. I don't know that any tackle available at #17 this year will necessarily be that much better than the prospects available at #27 or even #34.