well, you don't like the facts of low success. Let's try another way, then.<quoted text>A case can be made for or against any draft pick. Jones vs Ferrior? Let the facts speak. Jones...9 pro-bowls, Farrior..2 pro-bowls. Not really comparing apples to apples there. A LT is more important than a LB, IMO. I just think, looking at all the head-cases, fat-asses and warning flags surrounding players, Kalil is the safest pick. BPA in an area of need is my only criteria. And if we trade down, my criteria does not change. Over-all, we do think alike, except I value LTs a little more than you.
OK, vikes play in the NFC north. 6 games nest year against detroit, chicago, & green bay. We will be 0-fer in those games without some immprovement & until we can win, likely, 4 of those games, vikes are home for the post season, right?
So, Kalil does not block clay mathews, as a 3-4 guy can blitz from whereever, so he does not help with GB.
Kalil does not block the detroit DT's, the strength of that line. Little real help there, but some.
Kalil won't block Peppers unless Peppers feels like it. He goes against whoever he feels sucks the worst. So, if Kalil is blocking Peppers, Peppers is saying he's a bust, lol.
Now Claiborne. Green Bay - little help, but much more than Kalil. He can take away one of many receiving targets.
Detroit: Mo takes away Calvin Johnson - for real instead of like cook almost did, lol.
Chicago: they just aquired Brandon Marshall & a shut down corner would stop his threat.
So, if neither of the two busted, Claiborne can get us to the post season. In the Post season, we're likely to play GB & SF, both 3-4 teams where they decide to line up Aldon Smith or Clay Mathews, so again, no Kalil help. Giants have Justin Tuck as the massive threat, Washington & dallas are 3-4's, if they come from the east. New Orleans - Claiborne can only take away one, but Kalil still really doesn't take away a premium pass rusher. Atlanta - there kalil would get to block somoeone, but Claiborne would also get to take away a huge threat. If it's Tampa down there, they have the #1 wr's to take away, & run a 4-3 as well, but not sure they have any big-deal DE's to be worried about. Young DT's, sure.
Anyway, that's how I see it & one of the reasons i feel the stats show elite LT's are not required at all to win. Because teams are not required to put their best guy there & really, if Loadholdt's block lasts 2.5 seconds & Kalil's lasts 5 seconds, Ponder still only gets 2.5 seconds to throw.
you know what I mean? to get your money's worth on an all-pro LT, you gotta have at least 2 more all-pro's on the line. 3 solo blocks, one double team & then the QB has the max elite pass block time w/ no blitz. So, let some young LT develop with the rest of them & take a premium position like you should in the top 5.