Well, Cyril we did not draft good players in 2006 and 2007. That's the bottom line. We drafted some talented players, but Rich McKay's strategy of taking premier athletes and then coaching them up did not work quite so well when the coaching was subpar and unstable as it was in those years. It worked in Tampa Bay because he had Tony Dungy.
It's funny to me Cyril, because you talk up how good a drafter Thomas Dimitroff is, yet whenever I suggest a strategy that focuses on the draft, you seem to doubt his abilities. I've said before that we gave up at least 3 starters with what we gave up for Julio. Yet you've gone on record saying that our fearless GM could not have drafted 3 starters with a 1st, 2nd, and two 4th round picks.
And now I say if we focused on drafting well, you don't think that would work because we did that before and it failed. Well, that's because guys like Ken Herock, Dan Reeves, and Rich McKay were drafting. You're the uber-TD backer, so why are you doubting his ability to find talent in the draft now?
It's borderline hypocritical, to on one hand thump your chest of you awesome TD is and on the other to doubt his ability to improve the team via the draft. What up with that?
I wouldn't underestimate Dent.... I have seen him make some plays against the pass; but preseason is not the real deal......I also think we'll see Stephen Nicolas embrace his new status and our linebackers coud really be good!!
It's not that I don't think Dent can contribute. Personally, I had him graded as a 7th round pick. But even still, let's for a second assume that I'm wrong and he is a legit 3rd round LB that can be an average to above average starter a year from now which is congruous with guys like DeAndre Levy, Stewart Bradley, and Philip Wheeler, also guys taken in the latter half of Round 3.
If that is the case, then Dent is worth a 3rd round pick. But who is he going to replace to become that starter? It's definitely not Weatherspoon. So it's either an insurance policy in case you don't sign Nicholas this past summer, or it's an insurance policy in case you don't re-sign Lofton a year from now.
Well, clearly by the Falcons desire to get Nicholas re-signed early in FA, presumably they were not targeting Dent to be his replacement, otherwise they probably would have played hard ball with Nicholas. He was the first to re-sign, which doesn't mean he was their No. 1 priority, but it definitely means he was pretty high on that list.
So then the only thing that makes sense is if the Falcons see Dent as a future replacement for Lofton a year from now. Which then suggests that the Falcons are in a similar boat as me, which is that Lofton has a lot to prove this year, which even to me is dubious since there has yet to be a hint that they are down on him. But even if that was the case, and they aren't that high on Lofton going forward, does that mean they think Dent is an improvement over him? That's very difficult to fathom.
Otherwise if none of these scenarios are the case, then the Falcons just used a 3rd round pick on a guy that will be a career backup here in Atlanta. Which only underlines my earlier points about the Falcons not getting the most out of the young players on their roster and in the draft.