Not disputing any of that brother. Just that when you look at the stats of virtually every QB, including Brady, they are good stats when they are given a clean pocket and time to throw ... no matter who their targets are and no matter how much separation they do or do not generate. It also doesn't really matter how great the receiver hands are. It barely matters how many targets they have. The one metric that holds across the board is that a clean pocket and time to throw = excellent numbers for almost every QB in the NFL. Comparing the same QB on the same team vs. their own numbers when they do not have time to throw and do not have a clean pocket, it is literally night an day. Every QB suffers a massive degradation of performance.Look, Tua isn't as transcendent as things like the "Tua Worship Thread" on here would like you to believe. But you've got to understand play style and QB strength.
Tua was a guy who was lethal in college at hitting guys after their break. Alabama wasn't asking this guy to throw 50/50 balls all the time in college. We threw him in without a single guy who could reliably make a great and get open - and I'm talking on the entire darn team. The closest guy to doing that is Grant, and he is a doofus who can't catch. Yeah, Tua benefited from a great support cast at Alabama, guys who could get open. Yeah, I had doubts about Tua being the right fit for the Dolphins. But that's because I understood pretty clearly that we were drafting a guy who what he did best and the only things our receiving corps did weren't going to mesh with each other until we did some re-tooling. I just didn't imagine that we'd pull Fitz 6 games in, and that was a big mistake.
Not every QB drafted the last two nights is a 50/50 ball thrower (Wilson and Trask are). And not every QB can throw passes over the middle to receivers in stride. You can hate on Tua for not being able to throw Gesicki open, or Parker on one leg, but that's something that a lot of QBs would struggle to do game in and game out. The Dolphins just made the mistake in selling everybody on that possibility when they prematurely benched a guy who could.
Half the board wanted Pitts a TE
We draft a TE the board flips.
I am shocked at how many people on here seem to really believe the random crap they think they know about these prospects.
I could be off, but I envision Hunter Long was a guy that was okay to the rest of the room. Nothing more. Grier even joked in the presser this was entirely a Flores pick. And maybe there is a fair amount of truth to that. I think they were going to target TE in the draft at some point, and Flo pounded the table to make it the BC alum with Pitts gone. Can't blame him. The guy was not a slouch in college. And you know what, if you're a head coach and you want to go get your guy, go for it.He loves the BC connection.
Flores is enamored with this guy. Showed more excitement for him then I'd seen with other picks.