Since the hot topic this week (and probably beyond) is obviously which team is going to trade away their draft for the rights to RG3, I thought I'd change the subject.
How about.....how far would Vontaze Burfict have to fall in the draft for us to be willing to take a flier on him?
Everyone knows the story. Great talent, questionable attitude, very questionable work ethic, God awful combine performance. So where is his value right now? While its been mentioned that there is an existing possibility that he goes undrafted, I really don't see it. The guy was only a short time ago considered a top 12 pick, so its not like he just woke up one morning and all his ability to play football was gone all of a sudden. He's too talented for every team in the league to completely take him off all of their draft boards. I've still seen him on film run over blockers, chase down ballcarriers from behind and lay some wicked, wicked hits. So I know the guy can play football.
At this point, I don't think you can justify using a first or second round pick on him. Those picks are reserved for guys that you are very confident are going to come in and make some sort of immediate impact on your team. For me, I'm looking for a little more of a sure thing (even though we know there isn't such a thing). Now as we start the third round, you might start thinking a little. Usually you don't peg your third rounder and beyond to be instant starters, and your willingness to gamble goes up a bit. And since we've got a coach on the hot seat, his willingness to gamble might go up even a little more.
For me, I think if Burfict falls into the fourth round, I'd at least give it some thought. I mean its not like whiffing on a 4th round pick is something thats going to kill your team (or something that we're not used to when it comes to drafting LBs). Like I always say, most of us don't mind throwing a couple bucks to the lottery Gods in the hope of being millionaires tomorrow, right?