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DRAFT 1.20 TE Brandon Pettigrew

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In the interest of consolidating discussion of each player, please use this thread to discuss the draft pick of the title.

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Isn't drafting a TE for an 0-16 team a bit like buying new floor mats for an '87 Escort with 300,000,000 miles, a leaky gas tank, no brake pads, bald tires, a missing window, and a shot transmission? Seriously, just about any position would help this team more.

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Isn't drafting a TE for an 0-16 team a bit like buying new floor mats for an '87 Escort with 300,000,000 miles, a leaky gas tank, no brake pads, bald tires, a missing window, and a shot transmission? Seriously, just about any position would help this team more.

You don't understand what Pettigrew brings to the table. He's more valuable than an OT like Oher (who was our other main option at 20). Pettigrew will improve the passing game with a huge target and great hands, and he'll have an even bigger impact in the running game. He's a mammoth and could be the best blocker in the draft. There's a reason he was rated so highly.

He is a great building block on offense, and as a part of the line. His impact on improving/helping the tackles is going to be huge.

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I was thinking the same thing. Was not a big fan of the Pettigrew pick. Would rather have had Oher or Maualuga. However the more I think about the more I can see the benefit, `cuz Pettigrew is an excellent blocker - besides having good hands. That, along with Cherilus having more experience, will help the running game.

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You don't understand what Pettigrew brings to the table. He's more valuable than an OT like Oher (who was our other main option at 20). Pettigrew will improve the passing game with a huge target and great hands, and he'll have an even bigger impact in the running game. He's a mammoth and could be the best blocker in the draft. There's a reason he was rated so highly.

He is a great building block on offense, and as a part of the line. His impact on improving/helping the tackles is going to be huge.

I understand perfectly what Pettigrew brings to the table but there were more pressing needs. I love Pettigrew as a player but I hate this pick. With guys like Peria Jerry, Oher, Matthews, Maualuga and Hood still on the board it was the wrong pick flat out. Replace the Pettigrew and Delmas picks with Jerry and Maualuga and we have a better foundation to build on IMO.

I'm down with the BPA philosoply but needs have to be factored in. I would call out shenanigans on anyone who wants to argue that TE was a bigger need than DT, LB, OT or CB for this team prior to the draft.

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How do you ensure a QB that is picked #1 overall is successful?

Surround him with weapons. Pettigrew is a weapon. And he happens to be a fantastic blocker, which helps the running game, which helps Stafford. TE was a need on this team. Maybe not high enough to reach for a player. But IMO where they took him wasn't reaching.

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How do you ensure a QB that is picked #1 overall is successful?

Surround him with weapons. Pettigrew is a weapon. And he happens to be a fantastic blocker, which helps the running game, which helps Stafford. TE was a need on this team. Maybe not high enough to reach for a player. But IMO where they took him wasn't reaching.

A decent defense that can provide field position / turnovers, is a pretty good friend to a QB as well. We could have had a decent "weapon" at the TE postion later in the draft.

Furthermore, IMO we are better of letting Stafford sit for at least 3/4's of this season (if not the whole season), so what's the rush to give him weapons?

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A decent defense that can provide field position / turnovers, is a pretty good friend to a QB as well. We could have had a decent "weapon" at the TE postion later in the draft.

Furthermore, IMO we are better of letting Stafford sit for at least 3/4's of this season (if not the whole season), so what's the rush to give him weapons?

And you help out a defense by keeping the ball out of the other teams hands. Pettigrew can be both the possession receiver and the run blocker. And no TE taken in the 4th round is the all around talent that Pettigrew is. You may find one that does one or the other, but not both at the level he does.

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You don't understand what Pettigrew brings to the table. He's more valuable than an OT like Oher (who was our other main option at 20). Pettigrew will improve the passing game with a huge target and great hands, and he'll have an even bigger impact in the running game. He's a mammoth and could be the best blocker in the draft. There's a reason he was rated so highly.

He is a great building block on offense, and as a part of the line. His impact on improving/helping the tackles is going to be huge.

agree with this as well. I love this pick.

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The Lions had too many other needs to be taking a TE in the first round. Taking a TE this high means that he has to turn into a pro-bowler within 4 years or the pick was a bust. IMO this was too risky of a pick. There were plenty of really good OL or DL players available at this spot.

I'm going to equate this to when the Lions picked a fullback (James Jones) about 15 or 20 years ago. He was a decent player but not good enough to be picked that high.

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TE was a huge need, and we got the best one.

I understand that we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one Slim, but the teams biggest needs going into the draft were: QB, DT, MLB, OT & OG... TE was a need and its nice to have one but I'll take the 2nd best DT or the best MLB over the best TE any day.

The picked sucked...

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TE was a need and its nice to have one but I'll take the 2nd best DT or the best MLB over the best TE any day.

Why settle for less? Would the 2nd best DT really make that much of a difference this season?

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Why settle for less? Would the 2nd best DT really make that much of a difference this season?

Since when are we drafting for one season? Aren't we drafting for the next 5-10 years? For a non-playoff team like the Lions I think the 2nd best DT helps a lot more over the next 5-10 years than the best TE.

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Since when are we drafting for one season?

That's my whole argument. We AREN'T drafting for one season. Since this is basically building a team from the ground up, we oughtta be drafting the BEST players when we can. Drafting the best TE (a position the Lions have been weak at for YEARS) will help us more than settling for less at another position just for the sake of being a tad better next year.

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Isn't drafting a TE for an 0-16 team a bit like buying new floor mats for an '87 Escort with 300,000,000 miles, a leaky gas tank, no brake pads, bald tires, a missing window, and a shot transmission? Seriously, just about any position would help this team more.

Yeah, getting a complete and utter stud .. ranked #1 at his position, and it's not even close, and one that can block, protect the QB ..... and catch/run.

Yeah, what does that help?

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For a non-playoff team like the Lions I think the 2nd best DT helps a lot more over the next 5-10 years than the best TE.

And people disagree.

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The Lions had too many other needs to be taking a TE in the first round. Taking a TE this high means that he has to turn into a pro-bowler within 4 years or the pick was a bust. IMO this was too risky of a pick. There were plenty of really good OL or DL players available at this spot.

I'm going to equate this to when the Lions picked a fullback (James Jones) about 15 or 20 years ago. He was a decent player but not good enough to be picked that high.

26 years ago.

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I'm going to equate this to when the Lions picked a fullback (James Jones) about 15 or 20 years ago. He was a decent player but not good enough to be picked that high.

David Lewis was picked at 1.20 (I didn't know this btw, I thought he might have been a first rounder though...)

All depends how aggressively they use him. Personally I really like TEs as a really important part of the package. If they can use him effectively to control the ball a bit better then that's great.

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Replace the Pettigrew and Delmas picks with Jerry and Maualuga and we have a better foundation to build

And Maualuga fell as far as he did for a reason.

This wasn't a reach, Brandon Pettigrew was ranked as a top ten talent, not just by Mel Kiper. The position wasn't even a reach, because we haven't had someone that can do what Pettigrew can do ... in how long? Pettigrew helps out Stafford, Kevin Smith, and even Calvin Johnson. He's just that good.

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That's my whole argument. We AREN'T drafting for one season. Since this is basically building a team from the ground up, we oughtta be drafting the BEST players when we can. Drafting the best TE (a position the Lions have been weak at for YEARS) will help us more than settling for less at another position just for the sake of being a tad better next year.

No one is disagreeing with you about whether we are drafting for just next year. I just don't see how it helps your argument. Go back and look at drafts and 90% of the time the 2nd best DT has a better career than the best TE.

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