Edit: Mods move this to the draft section please (used the wrong tab to post this)
Gven how bad our receiving options looked on Thursday, I felt that it was important to highlight this
The following article breaks down every wide receiver Ozzie has drafted to Baltimore (less the last two drafts I believe)
Torrey Smith - 2nd round
Tommy Streeter - 6th round (cut)
Aaron Mellette - 7th round
I'm not going to count Thompson or Brown since they were UDFA (irrelevant to the point I will make later) and since they havent done anything yet.
To summarize the above
Baltimore has had 1 1000 yard receiver in its 17 years as a franchise. (Mason - who was not drafted by Ozzie)
It has invested a total of 2 1st round pick on the position
It has invested a total of 2 2nd round picks.
It does not need to be pointed out that the 1st and 2nd round picks usually offer the highest quality and most nfl ready talents at any position on average.
Now I know many will claim that the wide receivers were not the problem on Thursday and that the tight ends were, but this is wrong. The tight ends were a problem, but the receivers were not much, if at all, better. The fact is wide receivers has two jobs
1. Get Open on your route
2. Catch the Ball
Given that this did not happen with any consistency (and it hasn't for years), we clearly have a problem at the position and given what Ozzie has invested into it, it does not surprise me that we have such trouble moving the ball.
The fact is if Ozzie expects this offense to get any better he has to start investing into quality talent on offense and use his bargain hunting skills to find talents and FA steals on defense (something he has shown to be clearly capable of doing on defense). I'm not saying he has to pull an Atlanta, but we could have had Dez Bryant a few years ago if we would have been willing to trade up 1 or 2 spots and use a 1st round pick to acquire him. That should have been appealing given the state of our wideouts.
If Ozzie expects this offense to improve and make the defense twice as effective and dangerous in the process, than he needs to be willing to invest heavily in the offense and less in the defense. I'm almost at the point now where I want to see him get an option like Lee or Watkins and pass up on a LT just that we can at least have someone to throw the ball to consistently.
Edited by Sizzlebshu, 08 September 2013 - 08:49 AM.