I agree with your sentiment that pass rushing DE is of dire need, and that fact has been ignored year after sh*tty yearBut you can't just wish a good DE into existence at #9. Even though I'm the same camp as you that we HAVE to solve the DE drought, I'd rather take one in round 2 or 3 then throw away the #9 pick on a bad prospectThe JJ Watt argument is pretty weak. It's like saying every QB in round 6 has a legit chance at being Tom Brady
I was one of three that wanted Russell Wilson. Ironically, Java was one of the others. Nobody knows who will do what! VHIII might bust regardless of what a Mayock or Hayseed says about him (good screen name btw!)...I don't see these prospects as being world beaters. But nobody said JJ Watt was going to perform miracles out there either. So draft a DE and pray for Watt! That's all I getting at folks. Corner isn't a big a need as pass rush. Point blank. Bucs will get another first rounder next year. Grimes will be teetering, that would be a better time. Shore up the trenches! Blast Cam Newton!
I understand your argument, but I think the only time you draft that way is for QB.In the NFL these days you can not compete for a championship without a franchise QB, and the only realistic way to find one is in the top 10 of the draft. That's why before the Bucs had Winston I argued to take a QB in the top 10 every year until we find one. Idc if it was Manziel, Carr, Bridgewater, just take one and keep taking them until one works outAt DE I don't agree with that strategy. The top 10 of the draft isn't the ONLY way to find a DE the way QB is, and the only position where you HAVE to be great in order to win a championship in today's pass happy, QB dominated league, is QB.I still agree with you about the need for DE, but I could just as easily say we used your strategy 10 years ago and drafted Gaines Adams strictly for need, and he didn't turn out to be JJ Watt. Take a LT, or LB, or even WR at #9 if there is not a comparable DE available there