My point was drafting them at anypoint in this draft, but please find that expert who said draft 3-4 lineman late in drafts:
The Partriots base defense is 3-4 over the last 4 drafts
-Seymour 2001- round 1
-Warren 2003 - round 1
- Wilfork 2004- round 1
- Hill 2004- round 2
-green 2002- round 4
the steelers are not waiting that late either
-Hampton 2001 Round 1
-Aaron Smith 1999 Round 4
Let's compare that to the "later" draft methods of the Texans
Hill DL 3rd 2002
Howard 6th 2002
Miller 7th 2002
Wright 6th 2003
None of these guys with the Texan or on the practice squad in 2003 nor were in the Texans training camp in 2004.
Either the theory is wrong or the texans evauation process of DLmen needs work.
Robinson was widely regarded a better player than Wilfork.
As for the "cap freindly" the starting DLmen have the following estimated numbers. Not sure 8 million for 3 million, 2 coming off injuries, and 1 new to the system is a bargain.
Walker-$2,633,333: Payne $4,175,000: Smith 1,933,333