Cyril and I are on the same page here.
What were the major shortcomings last year? The OL couldn't protect Ryan, and it couldn't open holes for the RBs. The defense couldn't stop the run, and couldn't get off of the field on 3rd down. How much of that was due to injuries?
Injuries certainly contributed to our problems last year. But the injuries themselves were not the cause of our problems. Even if the injuries had not happened, the real problems would have been there. We might have been able to mask them a bit better, but they still would have been there.
I believe that we have taken some steps to address some of the issues. However, there's still a lot more that needs to be done. At this point, I consider both tackle positions to be up in the air. We also have not addressed the pass rush. On top of that, we lost a HoF TE, and we are missing a safety. Do you think that we should try to address as much of this as possible, or should we trade away several of our high draft picks to pick up one player?
Drafting Clowney might help the pass rush in the future. (Typically, DEs do not make a big impact in their first year.) That said, if you think we're in a win-now situation, then drafting Clowney is a big mistake. If you think that we need to build for the future, then trading away a first and second round pick is also a big mistake. Either way you look at it, trading up to draft Clowney is a mistake.