Free Bagel wrote:
Kensat30 wrote:Foster is going to be a steal on draft day. Why draft the backup in the 10th round when you can get the starter in the 5th round?
Possibly because in 3 years in the NFL, that "starter" has never even been able to go more than TWO consecutive starts without getting hurt. And that "starter" may or may not even be the "starter" if the other "starter" (Davis) is healthy enough to start at the expense of a measely 12th or so round pick.
Not saying I agree or disagree with your logic, but it most certainly is not as cut and try as you're leading on to.
Stephen Davis is coming off an injury where doctors drilled holes in his knee in order to strength it. Add that to the fact that he is 32 years old and you can call me skeptical when we're talking about him being ever playing in the NFL again, let alone being a starter in the SAME YEAR HE HAD THIS SURGERY. Granted Foster had the same surgery as S.Davis once upon a time and fully recovered from it.. but he was 25 years old and he had to sit out the entire season before fully recovering from it.
And from all the reports I've read, Stephen Davis has not been practicing with the team or running at full strength, let alone making cuts on the knee at this point in time. If you regard Stephen Davis as a "starter", I wouldn't know whether to call you optimistic or fanatic... Kinda eerie how the Panther's went out and spent a 2nd round pick on a RB that is proportioned just like S.Davis and has the same running style...
Deshaun Foster is not free of injuries himself, but as far as I know he hasn't had a major reconstructive knee surgery in the offseason and he is perfectly healthy as of right now. All the reports coming out of Panther's camp have Foster getting the majority of the reps with the first string offense. He hasn't had a great track record in the NFL as the starter thus far, but why else would you expect to see him in the 5th and 6th rounds when he's a great rushing team like the Panther's.
The name "Fragile Fred Taylor" should be evidence enough that you can't just totally disregard a player because of his injury history. Just look at the 40+ consecutive starts he strung together the past 3 years after generally being regarded as the most injury prone RB in NFL history.
When you spend a 5th round pick on the starter for a team like the Carolina Panther's that just screams value to me. If I can ride him for his "2 consecutive healthy games" and then trade him, that's what I'll do. But I'm not going to avoid value like that just because I'm afraid he'll hurt himself.