The only reason I ask is because Shaun was a friend of mine. I actually used to coach him in baseball when he was in high school as a freshman/sophomore and my wife and I became really close with the family. Very tragic.
I was never a fan of Quinn... but looking back on it... given the state of our defense, the crappy secondary and linebacker corps, and value of running backs now adays... id' much rather have revis or willis....
But when we drafted AP back then, it was much different... Running backs were taken early and the 2-back committee wasn't as popular as it is now... Remember Marchawn Lynch was taken one pick after Willis and before revis...
All this to say, we should always stick to BPA and not reach for players of need... esp. at QB because you are so invested in the guy and by the time he develops or doesnt' your 3-4 years down the road...
[QUOTE=marshallvike;1122090]Sorry for your loss VKG, and prayers to his family.[/QUOTE
Interesting. Now the real question is how does Spielman's track record compare to that of the rest of the league. I don't have the time to do the research, but my guess is that it is about average. I posted in another thread all of the draft picks from 2006 on, and about 30% of them were decent value picks for the spot selected. That is pretty good IMHO. It probably drops off a little if you just go 2007 an on, but then again, many players don't come into their own until year three or four, so that is a hard analysis.
A lot of people complain about Spielman, and I understand it - but at the same time, I don't know if we are holding him to a decent standard or not. I think that last year was the first draft that he truly put his stamp on, and it is too early to tell with that class. I think Ponder and Rudolph have the most chance of turning into above average players. Ballard looked good and bad at times... but the rest I couldn't pick out of a crowd. I think I saw Burton in a couple of games, and I remember Mistryl (sp?) Raymond breaking the Vikings INT dry spell against Washington last year. But the rest of the names I don't even recognize. Doesn't mean anything at this point though - they probably didn't see the field their rookie year.
So that puts us at 3 out of 10 with potential (which is coincidentally 30%)... Seems par for the course to me.