Originally Posted by charger1_sj
Moot point. Gilbert won't last until the 3rd and we don't have a 2nd. Raji will be long gone by the time we pick. If we want to go D line with the 1st Brace, Jerry, Jackson are all possibilities.
We may be able to trade down and still pick up one of these guys. There are a lot of DEs but most fit the 4/3 system. That's one reason Gilbert will go in the 2nd.
Yep. People forget that initial draft projections pre-combine mean nothing. Actual draft projections mean a little more but are still flawed.
Guys like Gilbert go higher than anyone anticipates because some GMs put a lot of stock in Combine standouts. That makes GMs nervous about waiting to draft a player when they're projected to go for fear of missing out on that player. As a result, that played tends to be taken a little earlier than projected. If they have a great combine, they could even go a full round earlier than projected.
By the same token, a player could drop just as easily and drastically. It's clear that there are only a few solid 3-4 DTs and DEs in this draft. With new teams moving to the 3-4 Defense, we'll see some selections that will make us scratch our heads and it will throw off the draft projections.
I'm not saying we should draft Gilbert but I have a feeling he'll raise his draft stock to the early to mid 2nd round by the time April comes around - the only way to get him would be a trade.