The pick I questioned most in the draft was Asamoah the fast, but undersized LB who didn't grade out all that well. Recently I'm hearing he's a stand out among the new players and also Nailor is looking great. Kwesi just might know what he's doing.VikingLord wrote: ↑Wed Jul 06, 2022 2:14 pmI've given this some thought, because I originally had the exact same reaction and feeling about the draft and KAM's moves as you did.CharVike wrote: ↑Tue Jul 05, 2022 6:26 pm This new GM that we hired hasn't done a thing to make me feel he's above the rest. I felt he screwed up in the draft by trading away from the talent. IMO Hamilton was the guy to be picked for the safety position and he was there for us. He's a different type of player at 6' 4" and great sideline to sideline in game speed. How do you throw over that guy.
However, I'm willing to give KAM some leeway on this, not because he's new at it or I just want to be optimistic about the moves he made, but because he's articulated a strategy about how he views talent and draft picks and I am curious to see if he's on to anything. I mean, Spielman was a wheeler and a dealer during his time as GM, but I didn't get the sense he had much of a strategy behind the moves he made beyond trying to hit a home run with every pick. That strategy seemed to have its share of spectacular successes, but those seemed to be cancelled by misses of equal note. In the end, the wins cancelled out the losses, and the average results overall speak for themselves.
So while I don't know if KAM is going to be more successful, and in practice he made a lot of moves in this last draft as well, in regards to how he picked the players he picked, I'm willing to hold my fire until we get a better chance to watch how things play out. If Spielman was trying to hit home runs with his swings in the draft, KAM seems to be trying to get on base and even looking for multiple base hits rather than the big boomer. Sure, he might have connected with a guy like Hamilton earlier in the 1st, but what if the combo of Cine-Booth ends up driving in 2-3 runs instead of a solo shot?
Sorry for all the baseball analogies, but I managed to take in a Twins-Diamondbacks game recently and it put baseball in my mind.
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