Grantland agrees: GMs need lessons

Before the draft I told you not to draft a running back in the first round and to learn to value your picks correctly. As a very loose assessment I’d say that Ryan Grigson actually did exceptionally well in his first draft–no major blunders and only minor questions about a few picks.

Mike Holmgren failed however. The veteran GM traded up not once, but twice (getting horrific value I’ll add) to pick a running back and a 29 year-old quarterback with questionable footwork. So at the end of their rookie contracts the Browns will have a running back with little gas left in the tank and a quarterback that is one contract away from retirement. Nice move Mike!

The guys at Grantland break down the odd first day:

There’s no question that Richardson is a great prospect; the only issue is where should he have been drafted. With Weeden, though, things are more complicated. For the Browns, the good news is he has a howitzer for an arm and was hyperproductive in college. The bad news is that, assuming it takes him a year or so to develop, the one-time baseball prospect turned college football star might not be a quality NFL starter until he’s over 30 years old — if he ever does at all.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.