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So the only way he was worth it in your eyes is if he was an all-pro immediately? That's quite silly considering the flip side of the coin. You know, who would've been starting at LT if he's not there; A clearly done Matt Kalil or a raw rookie who'd only been playing the position for 2 years. Aside from that, you basically would've been sentencing our franchise qb to another year of beatings that he may or may not have been able to come back from. So when you pose the question of whether or not it made sense in the long run to "throw away" draft capital..my answer is unequivocally HELL YES.....for several obvious reasons...A, b/c Tunsil was the bird in hand & you knew he could play & B, b/c he was young enough and getting ready to enter his prime.So throwing away the draft capital made sense in the long run? Tunsil came in and didn't look nothing like the prized OT the team paid for.....why? Devlin was still on the scene and coaching down the rest of the talent. The prized offensive scheme also dumbed down Tunsil's potential whiile keeping the rest of the OL talent stuck in neutral or going in reverse. Has the arrival of Tunsil made the OL better? No....unfortunately, this OL had their best game when Tunsil was on the sideline. You might gather that I'm down on Tunsil.....actually I'm not. I'm down on what it paid to get him here and the OL didn't get better but appears to have regressed once again. Devlin won't go anywhere until seasons end....should've exited right along with OB which shows exactly why this FO and ownership is flat out incompetent.
Yes, if I'm in possession of the draft capital for the 2021 draft......pretty sure a LT could be been picked since it would've been a priority pick. Texans talent evaluators have been suspect at best or does it all fall on the GM's for being so bad. I still want the draft capital. Also, what's the difference in this teams 2020 record if Tunsil isn't here?
But let’s play this out how it actually went down, not play in the hypotheticals & faulty hindsight. Tunsil was brought in less than 2 weeks before the regular season .....not knowing the blocking scheme, playbook or even who he was going to be playing next to. & if you've listened to any o-linemen talk, having chemistry with the guy next to you is a big damn deal. Yet even with the false start penalties, even with trying to balance & learn all that he still played well enough to be a pro bowler. This year, he's playing even better. Only 2-3 LT's have a better PFF grade than him & he could very well be an all-pro.
The o-line had their "best game" b/c the Pats can't rush the passer for ****...Not b/c they were dominating in the trenches. If they were, you'd think your leading rusher wouldn't be your QB. & to answer your other question, go take a peak at that 2018 o-line tape and ask yourself if our o-line is better with or without Tunsil. Better yet, go ask DW4..i'm sure he can clear that right up for ya.
There’s a reason guys like him don’t come on the market very often and there’s a reason they are prioritized in the draft & why teams ask for a kings ransom to trade them...it’s b/c they’re tough to come by and chances are to get 1 of his caliber, you're likely giving up some serious draft capital anyway....either to move up in the top 5 of the draft or to package to acquire via FA...which is yet another reason why all the belly aching about the draft capital given up to get him is silly.
You seen the fallout on this MB alone when Philly jumped us to pick Dillard, so this assertion that you can just pick 1 as a priority pick of Tunsil's caliber and develop them to be even a pro bowler is damn near ludicrous. You're counting the "potential" of what draft picks could be as if they already are & that's not how it works.