The Mattural wrote:
Would we have a legitimate shot at Cooper without having to move up in the draft?
I wouldn't bet on it but you never know. Cooper looks like a sure-fire Top 15 pick. Keenan Allen and Alshon Jeffery are prime examples of recent WRs that going into their final years were looking like Top 15-20 picks and fell into the 2nd round for various reasons.
Obviously Cooper draws the Julio comparisons.
I think the problem with TD's mid/late round drafting is his very strict needs-based strategy. It results in him hitting for singles. Which is fine, but it also appears that all he's aiming for is singles. This is the argument that has been made time and time again with this team, that sort of mentality is good for filling holes, but it doesn't really make you into a top-level team. Top-level teams excel in certain areas, and ideally in multiple areas. The Falcons excel at one thing, throwing the football, and the truth is that they probably could get 10-15% better just by improving their personnel at WR and TE over the years. But because they are complacent
content with Harry Douglas as the No. 3, and only view the No. 4 WR as a special teams player rather than an offensive weapon (thanks in large part to Tony G's presence in the lineup), they have not sought to really upgrade their WR, hoping that one of many of these UDFAs might turn into something. Not to mention the sheer complacency
contentment they had with Michael Palmer as their No. 2 TE for 3 years rather than trying to put a 2nd TE on the field to try and add more potency to their offensive attack, and groom someone to be the heir apparent.
But it is what it is.