I'm not a huge fan of Peter King's MMQB, but his writeup inside the Hawks' war room during draft day is well worth the read. In particular, the dropping of Russell Okung and Earl Thomas to our spots seem to be absolute dream scenarios for Schneider and PC.
But the bit on our 60th pick, and how we loved two guys for that spot (Golden Tate and Jimmy Clausen), and then we get trade offers:
So Clausen goes 48. Now Schneider's got to play GM. Far and away the best guy on their board now is Tate. But the calls start coming in. Lots of interesting players on the board and lots of teams trying to come up. Schneider's got an offer he likes a lot. If he'd go down a handful of spots (fewer than 15), into the upper third round, he could add two fifth-round picks. And if Tate had lasted this long, who's to say he wouldn't last an hour longer?
"You know, sometimes you reach a point in the draft -- we already had two fours and two fives -- where you say, 'How greedy do you want to be?' '' Schneider said. "There was so much separation between Tate and everybody else. Would we have lost him? I don't know. But at that point, the risk was just too great.''
Right call? Wrong call? Discuss.
He also mentions something I've yet to see discussed here: Tate in the Wildcat. It seems not unpossible, since he took direct snaps in college. Always a nice wrinkle to add.
He also talks a bit about the Leon Washington trade.