I’m going to pay Smith less. He’s a Right Tackle. I think he’s looking at roughly 4/52, 13m per.
We have perimeter players on both sides. They’re young and on rookie contracts. We will add more of them. Maybe this draft and next...
We don’t have answers now. But we will soon enough.
I'd usually agree, but between what's left in FA, and what's available in the draft... My answer is "Whoever is the highest LEFT Tackle on Ballards' board." I know you're not supposed to draft based on need... but it's THE single biggest need, and it hasn't been addressed through FA yet. And what's left in FA is questionable at best.
As the roster stands right now, we should take advantage of this Tackle class to solidify our LT position for the next decade.
I know the Tackle class is deep this year, but I don't like the logic of trading down to take whatever Tackle is left from a group/tier of Tackles. I'm sure there's a guy or two that Ballard covets above the rest as a future stalwart at LT, and I think one of them will drop to 21. And if you think there's a guy in this draft that can be your anchor at LT for the next decade, you draft him.
Even if that's the only pick that lands in this draft, a decade-stalwart at LT wins any draft.