Thread for the upcoming draft. Here are some general thoughts, mostly about the Seahawks, Raiders, and Cowboys:
- I was just thinking that if the Raiders had a draft like the 2018 Colts–landing two great players–the Khalil Mack trade might be worth it. Then again, since they gave up Cooper as well, I think they might have to also get a few solid starters as well. I think the bigger question is, what are the odds that the Raiders would find players that made both trades worth it? Also, the value of the players (including Cooper and Mack) should be factored in. That is, both Cooper and Mack are going to be very expensive for a team. Their performance would have to be really high to give good value to their teams. On the other hand, the rookies will be relatively cheap, so their performance need not be as high to provide good value.
- I think the Cowboys and Seahawks handled free agency well, while the Raiders did not. Specifically, my sense is that you don’t want to go crazy in free agency–going after players quickly, spending a lot. The likelihood of getting good value on these FAs is not very high. Picking up more modest FA later might not help a team much, but the team won’t be spending a lot, either. (I think the Cowboys didn’t get Robert Quinn for cheap, but that seems like a good risk. Unless there’s something bad about him I don’t know, he could be a huge steal.)
- Seahawks: I think they should focus on the trenches. A pass catcher is also something I’m concerned about. Because of these two things, I’m enamored with the idea of getting a really good TE–someone like Hockenson (who likely won’t be on the board when they choose). Getting a TE can address both needs. Also, for run-oriented offenses a good TE (and FB) can really take the offense to the next level–maybe not turning the team into a high-scoring offense, but making it better at ball control and modestly improving the scoring. Suppose the Seahawks land a player of the caliber of Zach Miller, but lose Doug Baldwin. With Tyler Lockett and a Miller-esque TE, I think the offense could still function well. (I wish the Hawks could find a good FB. They seem incapable of doing this.)
- Raiders: They need a lot of help in a lot of areas, but I’d like to see them strengthen the DL/OL. Also, if they can get a really good MLB, that would be great. That’s been a big hole for a long time.