So I got a couple things on my mind, and I wanted to get it out there. The first is the Hall of Fame. I just read an article about the Hall of Fame that bugged me. I also think the way we evaluate draft picks is kind of skewed. We're tricked into believing that a guy could be worthy of 11 overall, but not 9. And then there are some scenarios I think are possible, and I wonder how you would feel about it.
So I read an article about Eddie DeBartolo and how he deserves to get intot the Hall of Fame. I completely agree with that. He was the owner of the 49ers when they had 16 straight 10 win seasons, 10 trips to the NFC Champioship Game, and five Superbowl wins. At the end of the article, though, Jim Trotter mentioned that he is looking forward to the conversation about Eddie's chances to get in as a Hall of Fame voter. Why does Jim Trotter get a say so in who goes to the Hall of Fame? I think media guys voting is the reason why guys who campaign are more likely to get in, and other great players like Cris Carter and Tim Brown have to wait. I mean, really, would you rather have Andre Tippett on your team, or Cris Carter? I don't understand how 44 reporters are the decision committee for the Hall, and no players have any say so.
My opinion of evaluating players for the draft is that I don't understand how a guy could be good enough for the 10th pick, but not the 4th pick. If you think a guy can be your long-term starter for the next decade, then you should be willing to pick him anywhere in the 1st round. If you can get him later for a lower price, I understand that aspect, but if you think he'll start, then he's worth it. To me, Andy Dalton is the perfect example. If you think a guy can be your franchise QB, then he's worth a 1st rd pick. But how is a guy worth the 12 pick, and not the 9th? If you think Dre Kirkpatrick can be a long-time starter and top tier CB, then he is good enough to be picked anywhere in the 1st round by a team that needs him.
My last comment is the what if game in draft fashion. If Trent Richardson is available, would you be okay with us trading D-Will for a 3rd rounder and picking Richardson? I ask this because some people are really high on him. I don't see him as a top 10 pick, and I'd be disappointed with this move, but anything's possible. Also, of all the guys who are supposedly top 10 or 15 picks, is there anyone you absolutely DO NOT WANT...besides Luck?