Putting your season's hopes on these WRs is a foolhardy proposition. But the God's Honest Truth here is that all the people that want the Falcons to go with their young receivers are the same people that want the Falcons to tank so that they can get a higher draft pick because they are foolish enough to believe that it really makes a difference. Anybody that actually does an ounce of research knows that draft position has minimal effect on the quality of drafting.
Trading for Gordon doesn't fix any of the major shortcomings of the team. If you want to fix something, see about getting more pressure on opposing QBs, or giving our QB more time. Trading for another WR is falling into the same trap that we've been stuck in since Dimitroff got here. We spent way too many resources on the flashy positions rather than shoring up the trenches.
Also, Dimitroff has done pretty well with his top 10 first round picks, and pretty crappy with his other picks, wouldn't you agree?
Yes it does. The shortcoming of the team that won't be apparent to you until you actually see the team on the field is going to be the Falcons inability to generate explosive plays sans Julio Jones. The Falcons are going to go back to the dink and dunk offense they had under Mularkey (that you hated so much), except this time they won't have the running game to support it. The Falcons offense is on the verge of collapse and it will be no more effective than the Patriots. But the Patriots are 4-1 you say, how bad can that be? Well it's an offense that is 29th in YPA, 21st in passing yards, 25th in completion percentage, 22nd in explosive plays, and 21st in passer rating with one of the 3 best QBs in the league. The Pats also have way more balance than the Falcons, who throw the ball 70% of the time, while the Pats only about 60%. The Pats are a much more balanced offense and actually have a good defense (go ahead look up the numbers). You put the Patriots passing attack with our running game and our defense, you'll be lucky to win 3 games the rest of the season.
But that's probably part of your plan isn't it?
What good is a 3rd round pick going to do the OL? Do you know the caliber of players that are typically drafted in the 3rd round up front? Mike Johnson, Kraig Urbik, Louis Vasquez, John Moffitt, Jared Valdheer, Jah Reid, and Lamar Holmes. With 2 or 3 exceptions, you can look out over the landscape of 3rd round OLs over the past 5 years and you're going to see a bunch of average starters and backups. Aren't you the same person that says you're tired of the Falcons not using 1st and 2nd round picks on OL? What are you afraid of?
Trading for a WR is not falling into the same trap as Dimitroff. You're
falling into the same trap as Dimitroff. The problem with Dimitroff's drafting is that he relies way too much on need
. That's why we end up with lackluster mid/late round picks because he's drafting for need, and not drafting guys that have upside. He's trying to hit singles and thinking that if he can hit 4 singles, I can get a run. Meanwhile, other teams just have 1 or 2 guys step up to the plate and knock it out of the park with a homerun, or hit a pair of doubles.
1 double > 2 singles
You and others used to hate the conservative Mularkey offense where they would have to put together 10-play drives just to score. It's hard to do that multiple times a game. You need big plays nowadays. It's much easier to score when you can get 30 yards in 1 chunk than trying to get it in 5.
It's the same with personnel. Josh Gordon is a potential double, triple or HR if it works out. What are you going to do 2 years from now when Julio has his $90 million contract, Roddy walks in FA, and the Falcons are stuck with an overpaid and declining Harry Douglas, some green rookie WR, and an average Levine Toilolo. What is your offense going to look like then? Not very good.
Do you realize how many players the Falcons are going to have to replace in the next 2-3 offseasons?
The Falcons have a handful of "core" players to build around in the future (2015 and beyond): Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Peter Konz, Corey Peters, Sean Weatherspoon, Desmond Trufant, and Robert Alford. The Falcons need to add more players to that core, and it really doesn't matter what position they play.
Trading a 3rd round pick for Gordon is a BRILLIANT move. You're going to get a perennial 80+ catch receiver with a 3rd round pick? Do you know how rare that is. There's only been a half dozen guys over the past decade that have done that. They have names like Jimmy Graham, Jason Witten, Eric Decker, Steve Smith, Terrell Owens, and Hines Ward.