OK, I'm hoping for the best from the Spiller pick. Personally, I was disappointed by it. I think you rebuild starting in th trenches. People are hoping Spiller is more Chris Johnson than Reggie Bush. I just hope he's not Ted Ginn, Jr.
But looking back on Day 1 two things left me a bit puzzled and concerned.
(1) There was a lot of talk pre-draft about us trying to trade down to get more picks. For a team with as many needs as we have, at the beginning of a rebuilding project, this seemed like a consensus opinion. But there was so much talk about how almost every team wanted to trade down in this draft I didn't think it was going to happen. Well . . . we didn't trade down. But that doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of pick-trading going on. Question: Were we even in the market? Were we open to trading down? Or were we so keen on Spiller we just grabbed him right away and that was it? We did make a fast pick. I would have hoped we would have at least entertained some offers, or at least seen if there were any.
(2) There was a lot of talk pre-draft about us trying to trade Lynch. Especially to San Diego, which is a team Nix supposedly had some good connections with. I thought at the time there was just a lack of interest on the part of other teams wanting to give up a second or maybe a third-rounder for a RB. Well, turns out San Diego did want a RB. They really, really wanted one. But not Lynch. Detroit wanted one, too. Just not Lynch. I'm assuming, but it seems a fair assumption to me, that we don't want Lynch (despite what head office has said). And he doesn't want to play for us. Did we try and move him? How hard did we try? Is he worth even less now?
I guess what I'm saying is that, at least from the outside, it looks like there were deals to be made that we might have left on the table.
Just some thoughts.