Trading up is a big reason we have no depth, treating down is how the Pats are right their every year.
I don't disagree that trading down helps the Pats improve their depth and is a big reason why they draft better than most teams. But last week it was the Patriots great OL that was the #1 reason behind their success. This week it's trading back in the draft. What will it be next week?
In theory, trading back is the superior strategy. But it doesn't always work in reality. It really just depends on the teams drafting and that particular draft class whether or not it works out.http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/20 ... ading.html
I realize that when healthy, Julio is a beast. However, he's almost never healthy.
Does Julio have durability concerns? Sure, but so do a lot of really good players. Clay Matthews, Percy Harvin, Frank Gore, John Abraham, Sean Lee, Jason Peters, and Ben Roethlisberger. But if you had the opportunity to add one of those players to your team, I'd bet you'd do it.
The issue wasn't trading up for Jones, or Baker, it was not improving the team's depth at WR or signing Baker to a long-term deal with a bunch of guaranteed money when he had done little to earn that deal.
Trading for Vick? Wow, you're diving deep with that one. Again, drafting/trading for Vick wasn't the issue. It was giving him a $130 million contract that became the issue. Just like drafting Aaron Hernandez wasn't the Patriots problem, it was giving him $40 million that became the problem.
I wouldn't do the Julio trade if I could travel back in time, but Julio has done everything necessary to try and make that trade a wash. Again, the issue wasn't trading up for Julio JOnes, it was missing on all those players in 2009 and 2010 and 2011 and 2012. If Peter Konz had turned into Alex Mack Jr., we wouldn't be looking at the Jones trade as so disastrous. If the Falcons had re-signed Dahl instead of Blalock, and made a lot of good moves since that Julio trade as opposed to the plethora of bad moves made since then, then your venom over that trade would be significantly less. The Julio trade didn't cause the Falcons to whiff on Ray Edwards, re-signing Abraham or Grimes, or keeping Jerry instead of Vance Walker. It didn't cause them to reach on Lamar Holmes or Akeem Dent. The Julio trade killed our depth, but it isn't lack of depth that is the sole problem that faces this team currently. It's not having a pass rush, subpar coaching, lacking an offensive identity, lack of defensive playmakers, bad OL, all of which are problems that are independent of the Jones trade.
Dave and Robert, you two aren't wrong in terms of the core of your idea, but your application is off.