Interesting Comparison of draft choices from 2010 thru 2012
Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:38 AM
I'm optimistic that the defensive players from that draft will develop to become solid bench contributors. Remember, Wanstadt's defense needs solid defensive tackles as well as shut-down corners.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:41 AM
but he didnt have the ability to build a culture into his scouting. really get the priorities, and goals set. someone else did that for the entire 2009 calendar year... atleast thats the best i can guess. that whole scene was a mess.
i dont doubt buddy went with guys he was familiar with from that falls work - but where he was and who he was looking at might not have been the same as if he were in charge the whole way through. plus building the coaching staff, turnover in free agency, etc... all took away time from being able to focus on scouting culture. the entire organization needed to be addressed. i think its safe to say that he wasnt afforded the same luxuries of preparation and freedoms of the job from april 2009-april 2010, as he has been the last two years.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 11:56 AM
On draft day, Buddy was just one voice in a heirachy where Modrak was the boss. His input was provided, and I'm sure, out-voted (no way does he pick a one-year wonder in the first round).
The 2010 draft is on Buddy, although he was still working with the scouts hired by Modrak. Troup was a big miss, but Spiller, Carrington and Easley were good picks.
The scouting staff has been upgraded with Chuck Cook and Daryl Moody and the results appear (on paper) to be much better. Don't forget Doug Whaley's added role this year as head of college scouting (in addition to his pro responsibilities).
This is shaping up as the best personnel group since the Butler days...
Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:00 PM
I do agree with you that TT & AC meet the basic sniff test for Nix. If they didn't I doubt very seriously that they'd have been drafted, and Nix was the guy who pulled the trigger.
What many of us are arguing is that the shift into a full Nix-ian type draft didn't take place in his first year (3 months before the draft after much of that draft's work had been done). He still had Modrak, we didn't have Whaley, we hadn't added two scouts and rearranged a couple others and NIX didn't set the priorities and work styles that have since changed. (scouts cross-referencing each other & cross referencing position)
I don't see why this is hard to find reasonable that there will be a difference between the transition year and subsequent years. Especially since, as the OP pointed out, the draft LOOKS very different.
As for TTroup/ACarrington, Nix still could have drafted them, but maybe a round later where they may still have been available because perhaps with their modern drafting department, they had another player ranked a little more properly that Nix believed in. Who knows, but not wildly out of the question either.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:11 PM
I think the working combo of Nix and Whaley is special. A bit of the old school, with a bit of young blood, both with a football mentality. I love the idea of Whaley learning under Nix, and then taking over and carving his own path and legacy.