Originally Posted by GP
Looking at the first two rounds, it was a very weak draft for defensive tackles. 64 picks in rounds 1 & 2...and 5 of the 64 picks were DTs, with TJ being the first DT taken at slot 16 in the first round.
TJ might have been the top ranked DT, but that's not saying much. It's not as if there was overwhelming DT talent laying around.
Maybe TJ turns the corner. I'm indifferent at this stage. He caught a bad break by coming into the great 2-14 season, and yet it's not like he's nailing down his spot or really solidifying himself.
Kinda' funny that we traded down with New Orleans to their No. 16 in the first round, and they jumped up to our original spot at No. 13 and picked up Jammal Brown (later becoming a Pro Bowl offensive tackle).
It's always easy to say "Look what we missed...why'd we do that?" but that's the way it goes!
I compare the TJ situation similar to how I see Phillips FS this year. Best at his position but not what we needed at that pick. I also think Phillips on our team would have similar results as TJ. We have a better team now so Phillips might actually do better or at least not be as exposed.