Happy with Davis but not so sure about White
Being from the UK I followed the draft up to the 44th pick online last night, with the assistance of Brant Houghton and his live draft blog.
I must confess I got pretty obsessive about Rey Maualuga as it became clear that he might fall to us and I had mixed feelings when we took Davis instead of him.
On one hand, as I’ve always insisted, our number one priority was CB and Davis was considered by many to be the most talented corner in the draft. The reason he fell to us at 25 was that there are question marks about his attitude and application. But you have to assume Parcells and co interviewed him, did their homework and reckon they can help him achieve his unquestioned potential.
So, assuming Davis delivers, I’m cool with us taking him over Maualuga, but I don’t get why we didn’t trade up for him in the second round.
When the Pats surprisingly passed on him early in the 2nd and the Rams rated Laurinaitis as the better ILB, we were eight picks away from a steal. Additionally there were still other great prospects available for positions of need, including Robiskie, Everette Brown, Sintim and Brace.
How much would it have cost us to trade up, our fourth rounder? Surely that would have been worth it and the Browns, for example, had already shown themselves to be trade-happy.
But then again, all the teams it was assumed would be interested in Maualuga, like the Chargers, passed on him and the Pats did so twice, so maybe the concerns about his character were greater then I realized. Or maybe we saw something we didn’t like when he worked out for us. The other possibility is that we always wanted White anyway and were confident he would be around when we picked 44th.
I had read talk of White going to the Phins before the draft and always in the context of the Wildcat offense. White could line up at QB and, while he’d probably run it most of the time, he’s still enough of a threat as a passer to keep opposing secondaries honest. Or he could line up at receiver, with the ball being snapped to Brown, and unlike with Pennington (or Henne), would be a legitimate threat to catch the ball.
This is all hypothetical, however. It all depends on White adapting to new roles in the NFL that he didn’t even prove he could perform in college. And it’s not like we needed another QB – this is the third year in a row we’ve spent a second rounder on one. This still feels like a big gamble to make when there was surprising quality still available, but I’ll be happy to be proved wrong when White turns out to be Percy Harvin with an arm.
Nose tackle was a moderate need for us in this draft and USC’s Fili Moala was still available at 56, but he was far from a sure thing. So trading down and still getting another great athlete for the secondary in Sean Smith, as well as a 5th rounder, is hard to complain about.
Linebacker, receiver and interior offensive line remain needs for us in the second day and a quick look at the remaining talent reveals the following prospects that would be nice catches: Michael Johnson – DE/OLB, Duke Robinson – G, Juaquin Iglesias – WR, Alex Magee – DT. I’d be happy if we got any of them in the third round.