2. It is rare that a draft day would be defined by trade downs in the 4th and 5th rounds but this one is. And they will be skewered by the national media, and some in Cleveland. But I will give them the benefit of the doubt that they "maximized their assets". There are some hidden factors that make me think these moves may be wise, even though I personally wanted players at those picks. First, the trade up from 4th to 3 is bolstered by the fact that you get a wave of compensation picks between the 3rd and 4th rounds. This makes the jump much more significant. 2nd - the team will have much more info on their needs on the offensive side of the ball. Right now they have so many question marks that they may as well wait a year to see how a few things work out. Maybe Jordan works out and you don't have a huge need, maybe BW and TR really surprise or really disappoint. Having this info before committing picks will be valuable. Finally, the scouting team and processes will be much more robust next year. Lets face it, this years scouting team has been together for about a month. It is likely they will be a much more effective team next year than this year.
3. Big winners of this draft are BW and Jordan. With all the angst, coments that these guys are not sold on BW - it is obvious that they think more of him than they have let on. He will get all the opportunity and support he needs to prove himself as the guy or not. While it is comforting to know that we will just not automatically reboot - I personally believe that selecting Ryan Nassib was a golden opportunity. Having that leadership, and mentality in the QB room for a full year would have been a nice insurance policy. I love those QBs that if they couldn't play at QB would volunteer to play LB and special teams.
4. I am unsure how good Javon Bess is - but he is the type of player we have needed for severa. years. A QB needs a professional receiver that he can trust to run precise routes, and is on the Allstate good hands team. It has been so obvious that the QBs of the last 2 years have been victimized by drops and unsure hands. But to these untrained eyes, it also seemed like they were often in the wrong place, at the wrong depths, and the combination of this with the drops left us with a passing game that looked completely uncoordinated.
5. It is obvious why Haslam has been lowering expectations for the coming year. Next year will be defined as an evaluation year. The key will be getting answers on if BW is the QB, and if TR is Pro Bowler or a pedestrian 3.5 ypg guy. Even the first pick Mingo is more of a developmental guy - needing 10 pounds of muscle before he becomes a consistent contributor. With the exception of McFadden the other guys either had film in stadiums that were passed over for Friday night lights, or were nursing serious injuries. When they said they will not rush to fill needs and they meant it.
So how did they do? I have to say I was somewhat disappointed, I was hoping for some starters to come out of day 3 and I see virtually zero percent chance of that. I give them an I for Incomplete, and hope we are calling them geniuses this time next year.