Originally Posted by Don Vito
So you're saying you aren't going to find a franchise QB, LT, or pass rusher by trading down? If you like a guy who doesn't project to go very early, why not trade down and add more picks. So do you think the draft should only be one round? Yes the top talents will generally go early, but what separates the good teams from the rest is being able to find value in guys later in the draft.
Elite QBs right now are probably Brady, Rodgers, Brees, Eli, Stafford, Rivers, Big Ben, Cutler, and Peyton depending on how you view the injury stuff. Teams traded picks before all but the Mannings and Stafford were picked. I think the consensus top 3 QB's right now are Rodgers, Brees, and Brady and there were definitely opportunities to trade down before they were picked. Yeah again top prospects go first, but smart teams see the ability of guys that dumb teams won't.
I won't get in to left tackles. Elite left tackles are a luxury, look at the success of the Browns with Joe Thomas and Miami with Jake Long. Would Brees, Rodgers, Brady, and the Mannings benefit from an elite LT? Probably, but they win without them.
Best pass rushers? Jared Allen, D Ware, Trent Cole, Suggs, JPP, Tuck, Woodley, Hali, Dumervil, Orakpo...I don't know pretty much all the elite guys besides Peppers and Mario could have been taken if a team wanted to trade down. Cam Wake was taken out of Canada for Christ's sake.
All in all I am not disputing there is talent at the top, but there is talent elsewhere too. That is the job of the people who really are supposed to disect the draft. Find the guys who aren't top 10 picks and make them into pros, and if you can trade down and add more pieces then why not. I don't understand your arguement.