"We need to draft a QB that fits what we do..."I am only saying this based on experience of having followed the draft for 25 or so years...beware of fast risers.
Burrow could be a savior- or he could be Ryan Leaf. There is no way to know. We can't stick our heads in the sand and cry because we won't get him.
But this first round has serious studs- if you watch college football, there are some serious players there for the taking. Simmons from Clemson, Brown DT Auburn wrecks people, Delpit S LSU...A couple of awesome centers maybe late in the first. I watched the Wisconsin center maul Minnesota on Saturday, he looked like the real deal.
I do appreciate people being torn on this subject of drafting high, but I really think this QB class that looked like a historic one pre-season has really pooped out. We need to draft a QB that fits what we do, but it may not happen right away.
Though I have a feeling that Herbert will be the pick, maybe after a trade down of our top pick. That's just a hunch, not a prediction or a wish.
Bingo. We need to find a QB that matches the system that we want to run, which... at this point, isn't completely clear, and I think this is what leads to so many debates here.
My take is this:
We've focused on finding big targets for our QB and diminished the role that the smaller receivers play in our passing game, and to me... this suggests that we are not looking to build a run/pass option offense as that offense relies more on quickness than size. I also think that this suggests that the pure run first QBs like Hurts are not on our radar either. (No, I'm not swearing to any of this... just spit-balling)
I'm left with the idea that Flores is going to make a move for a large, big armed QB and a large one-cut RB, so I've spent most of my time trying to identify which players from the 2020 group fit this model. (No, I don't think Tua fits this model).
I too think that Herbert (and Eason) are the type of QBs that we are looking for. Now, to be clear, my analysis is coloured by the fact that these are the types of QBs that I prefer, so take my guesses with a large chunk of salt, but back to the large target WRs... Many posters here were stunned when we signed Hurns, and even moreso when we extended him. I think it was a clue, and a big one, which way we were heading. Signing a large bodied slot said we are gonna beat you, not we are gonna try to finesse you.