onnestabe wrote:I'm fine with your analysis that he's not an elite safety, but it's unreasonable to expect rookies to come in and replace your top guys all the time and make a seamless transition in year one, especially in this year's weak safety class, and I don't know of anyone that's on the roster that would be a suitable replacement. The bust rate for first round picks is pretty high, and even the guys that turn out ok sometimes take 2-3 years or more to get there.
Maybe he takes less to stay in New York. I don't really know but I'm under the impression that was not the case. He is from California and playing for one of the West Coast teams was reported by one of the Giants beat reporters to be his preference.
We're going to have to agree to disagree on the expectations of rookies. This is the very nature of the current NFL. In order to be successful you have to draft impact players year in and year out and you have to be willing to let a player walk when the market overprices them.
The Giants have Michael Johnson and before you laugh at me consider how Reese helped Ross and Webster along by signing the old but savvy Madison. Johnson has shown flashes in limited PT. I think that Knight, Johnson, Butler plus draftee can play well enough within the Giants defensive scheme.