Originally Posted by nunusguy
Yea, you're right I saw that. But the point is that nobody, but nobody, would
invest the #2 overall in any OL who was not to be the team's LT. And Gallery
is not good enought to be the LT in the Raider's line at this time. Maybe later ? How much later ? This guy, plain and simple, is a bust because the
price you pay to get a guard, or center, or RT (which is virtually a guard),
is no where near what they paid for Gallery. A lot of people (not just the Raiders), blew it on rating Gallerys ability.
It's way too soon to call him a bust. Look at Jordan Gross of the Panthers from the draft the year before. He was a talented LT, but the Panthers started a veteran at LT and put Gross at RT. Seemed to work well for them that year since they made it to the SB. This season Gross is the LT. Would you call Jordan Gross a bust because he was drafted 8th overall (BTW he was slated to go as high as #3 to Houston), and wasn't a LT from day one for the Panthers? It's difficult to discern the value of a player 2 to 3 years after he was drafted. Much less trying to discern his value after one game.
As for your point about centers and guards I can't say I agree. General draft rules are fine, but there are occasionally exceptional talents and/or poor draft classes that make for exceptions to the rule. Take C Jeff Faine of the Cleveland Browns. He was a first round pick in 2003, and has played very well even though the 'general draft rule' is not to take a center that high. The same thing was said about drafting a safety with a high 1st round pick, and Roy Williams is living proof that the rule doesn't always apply.