seahawks506 wrote:Hmm... What would you guys think about drafting Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame if he fell to us in the second round? He could become a Desean Jackson type weapon for us. Of course being able to drop back for that long would require a revamped O-line, but we haven't had an explosive playmaker in quite some time.. Imagine Housh, Butler, and Tate.. running game with Forsett would be adequate enough
You're going to have to excuse me if I'm wrong, but isn't Tate just a slightly taller version of Deon Butler, as in a speedster (and not quite as fast if I remember correctly) with good hands? Maybe he's got a little more weight on him as I think Butler might be 180 soaking wet. I don't watch enough college ball to know if there's another huge difference between the two.
If so, I would be more inclined to try to retain Burleson who does a reasonably good job at stretching the field, keep Housh as a possession receiver and make Butler our slant guy. When we go 4-wide we should be thinking Obomanu (or if we draft a *quality* QB put Seneca out there).
Not that it should shock you guys at this point that I believe this, but I'm pretty sure Knapp completely misused Butler this year. Maybe it's because he was easing him into his "scheme" (if you can call if that) or maybe it was because Deon didn't know the playbook well enough (probably a smart move since he'll learn a new one in 2010), but for me it seems like he's an ideal fit for a "Welker" role with quick slants and the occasional "sluggo" if the nickel is playing like he's going to try to jump the route (or we've set it up).
As a complete side note, I haven't bought into this media hype that we *need* a playmaker. We have playmakers on this team but with Sims proving incapable of blocking the A gap we end up with no time to showcase our talented WR corps. I believe Sims is actually a decent LG but this zone blocking has him confused as to his assignment.
If we *are* going to draft a playmaker I would hope it would actually be with the #14 pick and C.J. Spiller. Normally I'm not a big fan of speedy RBs and tend to like the bigger and more bruising backs like LeGarrette Blount (who I've heard is projecting into the 6th round right now) or even Jonathan Dwyer (a bigger bet as he would certainly need to be taken with that 2nd...if he gets there) but I've watched enough video to believe he can be a "Chris Johnson light" without becoming "the next Reggie Bush". I'm not interested in Jahvid Best at all. He might be faster, but he goes down on first contact.
But the Spiller draft would need to come only if we already had signed a franchise LT and passable LG from FA (which I don't know if there *are* any of either this year) or we drafted someone like Okung, Davis, or Bruce Campbell (or maybe it's Trent Williams; one of them is a natural RT and not the one I want). Given this year's class of T makes me cry just a little more that we didn't go Eugene Monroe with that #4 pick...