For some reason, the NFL Draft really angers me a lot of the time. I always wish I were up in the front office, directing the professional, trained General Managers and team management as to whom to pick for the draft as if I know better than them; but the truth of the matter is, I can't help it.
This year's NFL Draft produced some not so surprising results: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (albeit only playing in three collegiate games last season) was picked first by the Rams, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh being picked second by the Lions, and so forth.
Before understanding the importance of the linemen, I used to be the kind of guy to only go for the flashy players, often thinking things like, during the 2006 NFL Draft when the Houston Texans held the first pick, "Why would you go for Mario Williams when Reggie Bush is on the board?" (a decision which ultimately turned out to be a better deal for the Texans).
Nowadays, although I've overcome my "flashy" player tendencies, I'm still perplexed multiple times during the NFL draft, and it all comes down to one single preference: offense over defense.
I am a huge offensive type of person, always preferring to play the position during games. Although I obviously understand why teams go for defensive players when they need them, many times, as in the case of the first round of the Draft today, I am left unsatisfied.
Defensive players can easily be avoidable: just run to the opposite side of the line, or throw it elsewhere on the field.
Even though there are a ton of quality defensive performers, I can never get over the notion that defensive performers have less impact overall on the time as compared to offensive stars.
Offensive players, however, are much more prone to make a difference. You can theoretically throw a ball to one player every down, or run the ball consistently.
Yet, this year's draft featured 18 defensive players of the 32 first-round draft picks. It seems as if this just isn't the year to be a quality offensive performer (sorry Colt McCoy, Jimmy Claussen, and Jonathan Dwyer).
It seems, though, that year after year, with the exception of 2008, they always go after a defensive player in the draft, with defensive tackle Peria Jerry a year ago, and defensive end Jamaal Anderson in 2007.
This year, the Falcons selected Missouri linebacker (an excellent one at that) Sean Witherspoon with the 19th overall pick. Yet the entire time, I was craving for the Falcons to pick Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas because, as essential as defense is, frankly I would rather have the strongest offensive attack as possible.
With quarterback Matt Ryan, Pro Bowl running back Michael Turner, future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, as well as Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White, having yet another wide receiver in the mix would greatly pump the Atlanta offense into being a powerhouse.
Yet, those in charge over in the Falcons office don't seem to agree with me. Even after signing an excellent cornerback in Dunta Robinson just a few months ago and still having a relatively good defense, the Falcons decided to balance out both sides.
I certainly do hope that we Falcons fans witness a great defensive side of the ball this upcoming season, but I will still crave seeing more offensive weapons on the opposite side of the ball.
As the saying goes, "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships." Well, I'll take the championship any day, but I would really, really, really like to buy a ticket.
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