Yeah I was just thinking about how tricky those negotiations would be. Here you have a physical specimen who has been dominant at times when healthy but he's always nicked up. Do you back up the Brinks truck and hope for the best? I guess you have to right?Just in time to demand a contract extension if he has a good year.
First off that was not my point.No one is saying he is a bad player, and you cannot blame the player for the price paid for him.
But two first round picks gets you Khalil Mack….a guy who contributes immediately at an elite level.
There was always a concern that someone as raw as Davenport would take a little time to develop into an elite talent.
This was proved by the huge improvement in technique we saw from him in year 2 when he developed a number of impressive new moves.
Of course he has been hurt by injuries and there is almost no limit to his ceiling but it is a fact that you have a player for 5 years before he is free to move…and it is always a risk to invest a huge draft price in a player who even injury free is going to take 2 to 3 years to reach an elite level.
It’s an issue of free agency as much as it is about Davenport’s talent/durability.
This really isn’t controversial…every sane GM takes these factors into account.
I think Jordan gets double teamed a bit during the games.I found myself thinking today for the first time Davenport was our best pass rush threat over Cam Jordan. Some of that is Jordan seemed to age a bit but still good. Some of it seems like Davenport's maturity was just that evident. Davenport reminds me of Demarcus Ware the way he rushes standing up.