Phins Rock wrote:
My previous point is blatantly obvious. You can win without top LT's, but you need a top QB. That said, Parcells must have thought that Henne was as good as Ryan, or at least that Ryan was not franchise QB material. If that's the case, fine. They made a poor evaluation. It happens.
But if they chose Long over Ryan if they thought highly of both, and went with Jake just because he was the better overall player, than you really have to question what the hell they were thinking, because honestly that's just stupid. I'd like to hear an explanation of why they went with Jake instead of Ryan.
They've already stated they thought Ryan, Henne and Flacco were equal. Henne had a first round grade for some teams and was strongly considered by Baltimore. They took Long because they didn't think Ryan at pick 1 brought more value than Henne/Flacco at pick 32, which is where they originally intended to grab their guy not realizing Merling would be available.
The fact that they passed on Henne (a QB) for a 5 technique DE without another selection for 25 slots makes me question that. If they thought Henne was equal to Ryan/Flacco, why risk passing him up just because a 34 DE had good value at 32? Know what I mean?
It obviously ended up working out, but looking back they were VERY fortunate that he was still there. Way too big of a risk to pass him up at 32, especially when the talk was that they needed to trade up back into round 1 for him.