bokzg wrote:That's a lot of "ifs" for an early pick IMO. It's certainly possible Wall puts up those numbers, but too much of a gamble for me that early. Then again, I can be conservative at times, so take that as you will.
Yup, it certainly is a lot of if's.
There are a couple of things going on with this pick. First, I do actually think that Wall will be very good in this year. I think Washington has the players in place to help him better some of his to-date career numbers and I think Wall has a tremendous ceiling and skills and athleticism to get there. There's a part of me that wants to be even more enthusiastic about his potential this year but I'm trying to hold firmly to a reasonable level of expectation (with mixed success). Second, I was in the middle of projecting where I thought Wall would be for my personal rankings when this pick came up, and I think a little more of my enthusiasm than was warranted filtered over to the mock. That said, I'm within a round of where I think he'll end up so while it's a reach I'm not in the least bit upset about it.
bokzg wrote:Just out of curiosity, did you think it was very likely someone else would have taken him before he made it back to you in the next round? I'd be curious to know if anyone else was considering Wall this early.
I'm actually not sure. If a guy like Dragic is going to go then Wall probably would have gone as well, but there's no saying for sure. If I was picking mid-round I probably would have drafted Cousins and let Wall slide but when you're picking at the turn sometimes you need to put on your big boy pants and draft the guy you want. That said, I still probably should have drafted Cousins.