I have to say Shady you make some excellent points; trading down being possibly the best option if Adams is not your cup of tea. However, Kitna is definitely not ok for a year much less two and I liked what I saw during the first half of 2006 from the defense, that defensive momentum needs to be sustained…especially with Martz as HC because they’re gonna be on the field a lot.
Also when I spoke of Troy Smith I was imagining he would slide to the 4th round and as for Drew Stanton he just plain scares the hell out of me!
Anyone have an opinion on Chase Johnson out of Wyoming? My gut tells me Shanahan has an eye on him; if you can stop the run and bat em down at the LOS you don’t have to have 4.5 speed on the outside IMO.
I disagree with your assessment of Kitna. He threw for 4,000 yards last year. A handful of his interceptions were at the end of games that we were in desperate situations.
He was sacked the most (or 2nd most) in the league. So with the offensive line help we should see three things:
- Kitna has more time for plays to develop and make the right read,
- the running game should be much improved,
- with more time to throw and an improved running game the offense should be on the field more. Of course, this is all theoretical as we are talking about the lions!
Why does Drew Stanton scare you? I have watched him since high school as he was a local star, and the guy is impressive. The biggest mistake he made was going to MSU. He could have went to a school known for producing QBs and ended up with a heisman and national championship.
Instead, he bought into the John L. Smith hype! My only problem with him is having to spend a second round pick on him. Ideally, the first three rounds, at least, should be used on the defensive side of the ball. Especially if we get “stuck” with CJ at 2, the rest of our picks have to be defense.
As for Troy Smith, I wouldn’t mind having him in the 4th. The thing I like about him is that he knows how to win football games. Physical stats mean nothing to me, and Smith performs and wins. I think Martz could really do a lot with him, especially since he seems to be so accurate.
From what I have heard, it appears the falcons want CJ quite a bit. If we could pick up their 8th pick and both second rounders, that would be huge. Take patrick willis with #8, then we have 3 second round picks to take CB, DE, and Safety or best available. I’m really looking forward to Saturday![/quote]
re Kitna: we just have to agree to disagree my friend. No offense because I think the guy shows a ton of heart but he’s not a starter because he tends to press in tight situations which leads to turnovers and losses.
He tends to find himself in situations where he tries to take more than the defense will allow. I liken him to Jake Plummer who I am glad is gone; another guy that just wants to win so bad that he will throw the dice from time to time in desperation and turn it over.
As for Stanton same reason, correct me if I’m wrong but is he not inconsistent? Are his off-field issues resolved?
I’ll say it again that Martz’ decision making is going to have your defense on the field a lot so they better be tight/talented and conditioned.