Sorry if this is getting repetitive, but I think this is a conversation that is definitely worth beating to death. Whodie made a post the other day that basically asked the question should we pick a tight end in the first round.
Initially, I will admit I was one of the guys that wanted Pettigrew with the 21st pick, if available. After reading several articles and doing some homework, I have decided the opposite. There are two main reasons I do not want to use a first rounder on a TE (Pettigrew).
1.) Take the best player left on the board, while considering need. I will admit that if Pettigrew is the best player left on the board by the time our first pick comes around, then we definitely should select him. The only problem is I think there will be better players on the board, and at more pivotal positions, by the time we get around to our first pick. The 2009 draft class is very deep, so I am fairly sure there will be at least one highly touted RB, CB, WR, or OT available when it is our turn to select. I am not speculating as to which path Reid will take on draft day, but I would be more comfortable taking one of these positions, if there are great prospects left. This brings me to my second reason.
2.) The TE talent in this year's draft is exceptionally deep. Obviously I will admit that Pettigrew appears to be a notch above the rest, but the drop-off in talent is not very steep as we progress into the later rounds. It will not hurt us very much to pass on Pettigrew and select someone like Jared Cook later on. It will save our organization some money, and we can possibly come out of the first round with an absolute gem at another position.
The article that really got me thinking was the following:
Vic Carucci does a great job analyzing the TE situation. I highly recommend you guys read this, I thought it was really informative. What do you guys think?