Pro Football Talk makes it blatantly obvious why attempting to draft a WR even in the 1st round is very risky.
The logic applies to all positions. Why take a chance on a rookie who might never become anything other than a guy who once was a great college football player? If the goal is to use the draft pick to get a good player, it makes more sense to use the draft pick on a player that we already know will be good.
The argument gets stronger for teams picking lower in a given round. If Colts president Bill Polian thinks his offensive line needs an upgrade, he should present an offer sheet to Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill. Polian would get a quality linemen in exchange for the 31st and 93rd picks in the annual NFL crapshoot.
Since we have no 1st round pick, we'd either have to use future picks or trade a player where we have an abundance of talent. Of course the Panther's don't seem to be showing any interest in competing for the top free agents. And with the few unrestricted free agents available, a trade is looking more like our only option for acquiring proven talent.
However, Hurney certainly made it sound like there would not be any FA splashes at all this off season. And their lack of interest sure does make it appear that way so far. But then again Hurney also made it sound like Jake was still favored to be our 2010 QB, and we all see how that turned out. I'm not sure we can trust anything he says to the media. And I'm not sure Richardson hasn't taken control of things this year, strictly for financial purposes.
WFNZ reported yesterday that after the recent cuts the team currently has only 9 players on the roster who make over one million per year salary. That seems extremely low to me. It is starting to look more and more like we need to buckle down for a year of rebuilding, and letting young, inexperienced guys learn first hand how to be NFL starters.
Update by Jaxon: This post has been promoted due to the 'Recs" received. Nice job!