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I love the guts Seahawks GM John Schneider showed in taking Carpenter at the bottom of the first round.
While many draft prognosticators had him as a 2nd-3rd round pick, I've been calling him a 1st-round talent since September. While he doesn't have the upside of a Tyron Smith, he is NFL-ready and can start effectively Week One.
As important as value is, that was as close to value as I would've been comfortable with if I were in Schneider's shoes. What if he traded down and another team was thinking the same way he and I were? He would've missed out on a player he's really excited about. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
I had him as the top tackle of the class. Don't be surprised to see Carpenter at LT and Okung at right down the line, a la the Rams and Jason Smith. Just saying.