18 and 1 wrote:
TruNinerFan wrote:Thomas was the right choice
I disagree. Thomas can't run a route to save his life. He's a high probability to bust. As far as Benn, he's just as likely to bust. The guy underachieved in college. Regardless of the QB he should have been better. Also, Mike Williams has just as much of a chance to shine in Tampa as Benn does. He's a first round talent who fell because of character issues. I would be tempted to trade down from 1.7 and get either Bradford, Gresham, Tate, or Hardesty and pickup an extra pick or player.
Alot of this is just incorrect.
Thomas can't run a route to save his life? Please tell me where you came to this conclusion? Just because he was in an offense that ran a triple option and he wasn't asked to run the same variety of routes that a pro style offense would does in no way make him a poor route runner. You don't put up the stats he did by being a poor route runner, otherwise every team who ran the triple option would have WR's putting up crazy stats and being over drafted.
All this means is that he'll have a steep learning curve, he may not have a bust out type of season until year 3, but he has every single tool you look for in a Dominant WR1 and all the talent as well, that's what your looking for at this point in the draft.
I know I hear that alot about how he can't run routes, and he runs poor routes, but it seems like something one person said and everyone ran with. He hasn't even ran the entire route tree to determine if he's truly a good or bad route runner anyway, and just to note those were the same things people said about Brandon Marshall coming out.
Regardless where he was at the in draft, you weren't going to do much better in terms of stashing a potential stud at wideout.