JayhawkMike wrote:“ I just really don't get how, after 5 games, you can use this weak comparison to make a strong statement about how this highlights any sort of inability to draft solid players.”
LOL this is funny. We have 5 drafts worth of evidence. This is just, so far, the most recent. How about Penny over Chubb? McDowell over anyone. Collier over basically any one of the 50 picks after him ( I’m sure there’s an exception but not looking) of the False Start drive killer Ifedi no longer on the team.
The one they got right? The one most agreed At the time should have been drafted HIGHER, how weird because we always go with people that should have been picked lower by every draft expert and home draft doctor.
Pete would rather pick a 3rd rounder in the first rounder and get praised if it pans out than pick a first round talent in the first round that performs to expectations. When is the last time we picked a player that should have gone higher according to the draftniks?
Lots to unpack here.
Let's start with the fact that you have literally no clue whether or not a player is a reach or not. You just don't. If you're using media big boards to form your opinion on the actual value of a draft prospect, that's nonsensical.
Using a 5 game sample size of flukey statistics to compare players that basically play different positions due to how different their skillsets are and how different the schemes they play in are is foolhardy. It's a simple observation that isn't sufficient to make any such statements about it being indicative of an overall inability to draft talent.
You can pound your lil narrative all you want. Doesn't mean it holds any validity. You know what IS valid? The fact that the 2019 draft has 7 out of 10 players contributing on the roster right now.
EDIT: You know what? I'll go ahead and address your specific points about players.
Nick Chubb was a significant medical risk, as he blew out his knee in college. He did it again this season.
McDowell scrambled his brains in an off-field accident. He was actually a consensus first-round talent, by the way, so you should've loved the pick, hmm?
Collier is playing his first healthy action and doing decently well. Guess you were pissed he made the game-winning tackle against New England, pity.
Ifedi improved over his time here and is now playing well for Chicago. Our whole offensive line is actually playing well right now, including 2020 rookie Damien Lewis, who is currently one of the best run blockers in the NFL.
Amazing that even with the benefit of hindsight, you can't effectively or coherently make your point about the lack of proficient drafting.