I don’t even have a huge problem with the Lindstrom pick last year. Yeah, it was a bit of a reach. But look how bad our offensive line was without him. (I do, however, blame Dimitroff for signing both Carpenter and Brown).
And I also recognize everything was going fine until a better GM (Lynch) realized that he could easily get a great WR later and dominant lines win championships and he took our guy. If he had taken Jeudy I don’t think Denver takes Kinlaw. But Dimitroff is literally the only GM in the first 16 picks to pick a terrible pick. The only one. You look at the first 15 guys, all of them were quality players. Every team ahead of us significantly improved and basically nailed their pick. Normally I agree you need to strongly consider needs when drafting. We were obviously in dire need for a corner and when Jax took Henderson there were going to be limited good options on the board. But Terrell got absolutely burned against NFL quality players in the championship game. Now he’s going to have to go against NFL caliber players every week.
Sure, if we drafted Kinlaw we would have had trouble at corner. But we would have gotten somebody in the 2nd and we’d have a front four of McKinley, Jarrett, Kinlaw, and Fowler rushing the passer. Now we have three corners that are in their first three seasons (Oliver, Terrell, and Sheffield). And arguably the fourth rounder will be the best of the bunch. TD is done. And I haven’t been a huge TD hater, I really haven’t. I think he had some successes and failures like all GMs. But too many failures now. And the Sam Baker contract was the stupidest thing I ever saw.
I honestly think they can get a competent LB after the draft (vet) or in the 4th.
Feel like we need to create pressure, and have some seam coverage from a rangier safety. Another coverage LB would be nice, but is definitely the easiest of the 3 to pick up a cheap vet at.
Well Blacklock, Elliott, Madubuike, Gallimore are still available.
And then there are the big, slower DE's who are going to play half their time at DT.
I personally like Blacklock. I think he may be gone, but there's a good chance 3 of those 4 become good players.