It is clear to me that to me that the FO views our offense as in full rebuild. The comments made by Philbin at the owner's meeting were quite revealing. He is a strong believer in building through the draft as is Ireland. In addition, Philbin made it very clear that he is not happy with the OL. The fins are going to be switching to a zone blocking scheme which means that we no longer are going to draft the biggest linemen. I see this as a two year project at mininum.
Scenario 1: Move up and draft Blackmon at 4 from Cleveland
When Philbin was on the Finsiders, he said that we do not have any ones, twos, or threes at WR. Drafting Blackmon would give us a legit number one receiver. This offense currently has only one playmaker and that is Reggie Bush. We cannot count on Bush being healthy in 2012 as he was in 2011 because w/o other playmakers, opposing defenses are going to want to take him out. Blackmon will give Moore or Garrard a legit target to throw to and he will make our other receivers better. In addition, we have so many needs that it makes sense to target a few key postiions so that you don't go into the draft every year w/a bunch of needs. For ex. we could of had Earl Thomas, the FS a few years ago. We still have not solved that position. This scenario implies that you are going after quality as opposed to quantity.
Scenario 2: Trade number one pick to Indy for their 2nd pick in 2012 and their 1st pick in 2013
This scenario makes sense, especially if Tannenhill is off the board. In addition, I believe that there are a lot of question marks re: Tannenhill. This guy has risen from a 2nd rd pick to a top ten pick. How did Gabbert play for Jax?
In addition, Gil Brandt stated that after Osweiller's workout that he should jump to the 1st rd. This is utterly ridiculous. When QB's keep moving up because of their position as opposed to their talent, GM's who fall for that will not keep their job long. Personally I would rather see us draft a legit franchise QB and next year's draft looks very strong. In order to accomplish this we have to find the perfect suitor.
It is very clear that Indy is in full rebuild mode and we should definitely get a top ten pick which means that we should have plenty of fire power to move up and get the franchise QB that we all desperately want. Irsay has made it clear to his fans that they are rebuilding. Plus we know that they will not be interested in drafting a QB next year.
In conclusion, I believe that we should focus on quality players as opposed to projects or getting bodies to fulfill needs. We have done that before and what have we accomplished. It is time for Ireland to be bold and get playmakers on this team. Look at what Jimmy Johnson did when he was with the Cowboys. They drafted Aikman, Irvin, and Smith. Those three HOF's made the rest of the players on the team better due to their skill sets. It is a lot easier to draft quantity than quality.