1. I agree that they have lower floors. But I think that's the difference between 1st round picks and 2nd-3rd round picks. And that's normal IMO. It's about if they display coachable traits whole flashing potential to be more. If you wanna talk offenses then Mariota would be a high risk/high reward player because he played in the most prolific spread offense in CFB. But if you consider that he showed that he was very coachable and flashed more than enough potential, he wasn't a high risk guy (although some in the media made it seem that way).
2. It really depends on how you weigh the risks. The spread offense has killed the development of OL at the next level, so are you going to label every guy who never put his hand in the dirt a major risk? Are we going to label a guy who only played FS for 2 years a risk because he may not be as pro ready as a Joseph or Bell?
For me those are normal flaws for 2nd-3rd rounders when they have the HWS that teams want, which Clark and Green do. When I think of high risk/high reward I think of guys with character issues, injury concerns, and/or lack of HWS. Oakman before his arrest was a high risk guy because he was terrible and gave no effort but had enticing size you couldn't ignore. Spence was high risk because of his obvious character issues. Erik Striker was a high risk guy who went undrafted because of his size.
Green and Clark? Two guys with terrific HWS, clean character, and no injury concerns? I don't see them as high risk guys more than the typical risks of a standard 2nd-3rd round picks. If they are high risk guys based on what you said then there are a lot of players in the league that GMs gambled on and luckily won out.
So the guy who got more personnel control from the owner is as dumb as a rock and average? The guy who took a team with no starting QB and a GM forcing his players on his game day roster, and still won games is average?
I think the FO realized that all the great press they read about themselves from 2012 had zero relevance to future success. Sort of like lucking out on a stock pick doesn't make you a successful stock broker. It seems to be that the best 2 moves Grigson has ever made was TY Hilton and trading for Davis. Anderson had the makings of the 3rd, but got hurt. I think 2012 led them to coast on what they thought were brilliant instincts they had in 2013 and they have gotten spanked. I hope Thornton doesn't make the team, not because I don't like him (I actually felt he was the only good pick that year) but because I hope these 4 new guys take his job (and Harrison's who I am saddened to see still on the team, making me think he must have some pretty damning photos of Grigson hidden somewhere...).
Definitely, my grandfather lived in Baltimore for a while and grew up watching him. He still pulled for Indy but always referred to them as Baltimore. I wasn't allowed to say the name Irsay in my house. The game sure has changed. I wish I could go back in time when players didn't get flagged for breathing on a player and defenses were actually feared by offenses.