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2023 NFL Draft

@HuskerWeatherman your Eagles had a great day yesterday. As a Bears fan I hated passing on Carter, but I get their mindset. Their roster isn't built to foster a kid like that yet.

The Eagles on the other hand are a perfect spot. Super Bowl caliber team with one of the best locker rooms in the league. With three former Georgia teammates there with him. Great pick. Getting Smith, a top 15 talent at the bottom of round 1 was another coup.

For Chicago, they did well getting their top OL and grabbing a 4th rounder too. But Wright has to hit for them. Not just be serviceable. That dude has to be one of the top 5-10 RTs in the league for the next decade for them. Not only for their own needs, but in a year or two, they might look back and see they passed up on the next Warren Sapp.

From what I've read, the Eagles weren't as concerned with the Bears taking Jalen Carter, but rather another team making a trade with Chicago to move up and get him.

Couldn't be a better landing spot for Carter. Not only for all you mentioned, but he'll be mentored by a future HOF DT in Fletcher Cox. Much like Jason Kelce and Cam Jurgens. It's a great luxury when you can draft high ceiling linemen and have a an elite veteran in place.
 
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And one of them went to a team with Deandre Swift and David Montgomery on the roster

I mean, it would have been a reach with their pick at 18, but they could have gotten him there too.

That's the thing, there's a science involved in where you take a guy. Gibbs is a really good back, but you have to take into account his position. RBs aren't a position group that you're (normally) taking in the top 10-15. A guy like Bijan is looked at as maybe the best prospect at the position in the last decade and him going at 8 raised a few eyebrows.

If the Lions wanted him, they could have taken him later and gotten more picks. And heck, if you gamble and someone takes him in front of you, it's not like RB was a huge need. You're not left holding the bag, so to speak, missing out on a need.
 



From what I've read, the Eagles weren't as concerned with the Bears taking Jalen Carter, but rather another team making a trade with Chicago to move up and get him.

Couldn't be a better landing spot for Carter. Not only for all you mentioned, but he'll be mentored by a future HOF DT in Fletcher Cox. Much like Jason Kelce and Cam Jurgens. It's a great luxury when you can draft high ceiling linemen and have a an elite veteran in place.

Yeah, the Bears had another offer on the table, but Poles didn't want to risk moving back too far and missing out on his top guy. I agree with that decision. I mean, what are you gonna do, trade a few more spots for a 3rd instead of a 4th and maybe trade out of getting one of the 4 OL?

And we saw the run right after they took Wright. Peter Skoronski went at 11 and Broderick Jones went at 14. So if Poles gets greedy, he's left without the guy he wanted at 9 - and then probably misses out on all three guys for a dumb reason.

I'm all for trading back to aquire more picks, especially for a team in dire need of talent, but you can't do it to the detriment of missing out on a difference maker. I think Poles toed that line perfectly.
 
Packers have traded down twice in Round 2

45 to Detroit for 48 and some change
48 to NE Pats for 50 and some change.
 






Watching multiple players come off the board from teams like Illinois, Wisconsin, MSU, Maryland, Northweatern and Iowa just in the first two rounds really shows our lack of talent development. I am looking forward to a big change to this issue.
We could see 5-10 more B1G players drafted before Palmer goes as well. ESPN still has 5 available from the B1G West rated higher than Palmer.
 
I think Palmer in round 6 May be the only Husker drafted. Mathis and Vokalec look like UFA at this point.
Sad.
 


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