Right. But those same pro scouts drafted Locker, Gabbert, Ponder, Leinart, etc. QB is just a different animal...the position makes teams do silly things. That draft class was abysmal at QB...so it was anybody's guess how those QBs were rated. And even though that was argubaly the worst QB class in a long time, some pro scout still signed off on drafting one in round 1.
I agree that Ballard has his own big board...and it probably looks a bit different than anything we have seen. I honestly don't know what to expect. But given the clear needs on the roster, it does seem to align with the deeper positions in the draft.
The reason there isn't more CBs in the mocks is because it is so deep at the position. There is a steep drop off at nearly every other position but CB, TE and S. The difference between a 1st round edge rusher and a 2nd rd is miles apart, but with CB this year we can get a guy in the 2nd or possibly even the 3rd rd who can perform equal too or even better than a CB drafted in the 1st.
I think we will forever regret not taking RB McCaffrey. RB might not be the biggest need, but we can definitely use one and we can still use a receiver, and a return man. Bite the bullet and sign Hankins and Revis. With these 3 the only thing we are missing is another edge rusher, inside LB and maybe an Olineman, but those 2 things are desperately needed.
Heck, really bite the bullet and sign not only Hankins and Revis, but Zach Brown as well. Give Hankins a 1 year deal like Poe, Revis a 2 year front loaded deal and Brown a multiple year deal for an average of about $5 million. Our defense would be stout with these 3 additions and they won't break the bank and we won't have to rely on nailing every draft pick.
I don't see anyone projecting McCaffrey going to the Colts, yet I hear some experts putting McCaffrey above Fournette. He is from Stanford so you know the kid is smart and he excels at everything, plus who was the last good white boy running back n the NFL? Peyton Hillis? Madden curse got him and he wasn't half as versatile as McCaffrey who can not only receive like a receiver(top 5 WR as well as top 3 RB) but he can also return the ball. We have like 3 or 4 guys that take turns as the returner, McCaffrey allows us to cut all those guys.