So why should we be praising him again?
GMs always say they got the guy they wanted. Why would the Bucs say we were prepared to give up a 1st and 2 thirds? They are more likely to say, we didn't make a serious offer and we got the player we wanted.
Look at what the other teams gave to move up into the top ten.....
The Browns only moved up one spot. Granted it was from 4 to 3, but their 4th was worth alot. Other teams moved down and didn't get anywhere near what Spielman got my friends.
Browns Give Up: 1st (4th overall), 4th, 5th, 7th round picks in 2012
Vikings Give Up: 1st (3rd overall) round pick in 2012
Thats 3 extra picks my friend, to move one spot.
Jaguars Give Up: 1st (7th overall), 4th round pick in 2012
Buccaneers Give Up: 1st (5rd overall) round pick in 2012
Thats one extra pick to move up a couple of spots.
Rams Give Up: 1st (6th overall) round pick in 2012
Cowboys Give Up: 1st (14rd overall), 2nd round pick in 2012
Thats one extra pick to move up 8 spots.
Eagles Give Up: 1st (15th overall), 4th, 6th round pick in 2012
Seahawks Give Up: 1st (11th overall) round pick in 2012
2 extra picks to move up 4.
Again, like him or not, he worked a good deal and he did it, because either the desire was there to get up by Tampa and the Browns new it, or he pulled the wool over the Browns eyes over a period of a few weeks were he made them think there was the desire.
Either way, like some on here say, it wasn't a no brainer my friend. Give the guy some credit and hack on him for something he did/will do wrong. In this case there isn't anything to hack on.
That's apples & oranges since those other teams didn't hold the 3rd pick. You're talking the 5th, 6th & 7th pick there in comparison.
If your're going to play that game, how did Spielman's deal compare to what the Redskins gave the Rams for the #2 pick.
Looks mediocre in comparison, now doesn't it?
Just kidding, ......How so?
Rams give up the No. 2 pick in the 2012 Draft,One team was after a Franchise QB that multiple people were after. One team was trying to get a RB that other teams might or might not have been trying to get.
Redskins give up the No. 6 overall pick this year, first-round pick next year and first-round in 2014 and the second-round pick this year.
Like it or not, it was a damn fine move.
It was only a good move if it works out. Personally I don't think they got a player of the caliber they should have with the pick they took at the top of the draft and I think they reached when they traded back up to get the second pick which took away some of the value that they gained in the first trade.
If you look at the history this team has in developing the talent they get after the fist pick they take it doesn't bode well for this draft class to be anything other than ordinary at best. I wanted a GM we got one so hopefully he did make the right decisions and hopefully we have put the right coaches in place to develop these young men. In the end it can only get better or worse. unless it stays the same.
Something pointed out by PF, Singer, and countless other people on the internet that I disagree with is the sentiment that the trade Spielman worked out involving our 1st rounder was only worth it if the players we received turn out to be contributors on our team. I disagree with this because I believe the trading process and the drafting process are separate.
No matter who we got with those other picks that is 3 more players than we would have drafted from our previous position, in addition to Matt Kalil, the man we were going to take with our 3rd overall pick. The trade was successful because we did not lose the person we wanted and we garnered extra picks. The drafting may result in nothing, but that doesn't mean the trade was a fail. We got value for our 3rd while losing nothing. It can't be seen as anything but good. Whether it was the "obvious thing to do" or not is irrelevant. Spielman made the right call and GMs and teams ignore what is seen as the "obvious thing to do" year in and year out. Give him some credit for the trade.
Besides swapping first rounders, an additional 4th, 5th & 7th rounder this year pales in comparison to getting an additional 2nd round pick this year & two additional 1st round picks in the next two years.