- Apr 10, 2013
Wasn’t 2009 the famous “backup player” draft?And Kiper also had him as a 4th rounder, which is what I called it— two round reach. One site mocked him in the 7th! The predictions were all over the place, but no one had him as a 2nd rounder.
All Marinelli saw in Hill was his raw talent playing at his best. You obviously can’t project that level of play over his whole career. Not with his maturity and laziness issues.
McClay and everyone else in the Dallas front office will defend their pick made as part of a collective decision. Like you said, the personnel guys are always left covering for the decisions made by the execs.
I remember the scouts backtracking after the 2009 draft, claiming there were a range of players who could go anywhere from rounds 3-5 when justifying how they drafted late round talent in the third round because they could play special teams.