The second installment of our Writers Roundtable posted over at the big Redskins.com supercenter, and it finds Gary Fitzgerald, Larry Weisman, and I yet again discussing possibilities in the upcoming NFL Draft. This time around, the question starts with What should the Redskins do with the tenth pick? and ends up with me contemplating the abstract concept of value itself while the other two sort of gaze on in pitying horror.
The excerpt below features what wound up being, I think, my biggest question coming out of the conversation:
Here’s my question – and this is something I really wrestled with in my mock draft earlier this week, too – why not nose tackle Phil Taylor at No. 10?
I mean, if the team believes (as I do) that they need a nose tackle, and Taylor is (as Larry points out) the only nose tackle with a first-round grade … well, he might not suit someone ELSE at 10, but it seems like you’re filling a prime need with the best player at that spot. Maybe it’s a few spots higher than he’s “projected”, but … frankly, so what?
This kind of thinking has worked out in the past – Jacksonville taking Tyson Alualu at 10 last year; the Patriots taking Logan Mankins in the first round – so why not try it here?
As always in things like this, I’m feeling a little bit of esprit d’escalier about the discussion. (That’s a fancy-pants term for all the clever things you think of after the fact but didn’t say at the time.) Because both Weisman and Fitzgerald seem to agree that Baylor’s Taylor is a suitable pick for the Redskins, but there’s a lot of question about if he’s “worth” the 10th pick — and I don’t know that I successfuly explained why that idea of “worth” is meaningless here. So let me give it a shot now:
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