You all make very good points. I would give Pioli a solid A for what he has done, so far.
As far as the draft goes, I am tentatively giving it a B+ for now. We really can't fairly evaluate it until these players have had a couple of years to develop, but I really like his picks, this year.
The only reason I don't give it an A is because the Poe pick is still a question mark. He could turn out to be a great player (and I think he will) but also has a higher than average chance of being a bust. I'm in "wait-and-see" mode on him.
Strategically, however, I think it was a great move by Pioli to take care of NT first and then improve the O-line in rounds 2 and 3. If he had picked DeCastro in round 1 we probably wouldn't have gotten a decent NT. But in this case we were still able to get 2 excellent O-linemen (hopefully).
We took care of our biggest needs in rounds 1-3 and got some excellent depth in 4-7. I think we will see a higher than usual number of these guys make the opening day roster. Pioli and Crennel may have to make some very difficult decisions when they cut the roster down to 53. And that's a good thing!
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