First off, "tongue-in-cheek" or not, the word retard in the manner in which you used it might be politically incorrect but I am not concerned with that. Instead, I was just pointing out that the casual use of the word in mixed company, with mixed backgrounds, and mixed family histories shows a certain lack of common sense that, as I stated, makes me question the validity of anything else you are trying to say. I don't care if you were calling me, Brett, Jim Ireland, Sammy Sosa, Big Bird, or the man on the moon a retard... the result is the same in my mind.
Also, there is a big difference between "WWSD" and "WSSD." I am simply pointing out that what Speilman WILL do is not draft a quarterback at #3. I am fine with people disagreeing with that, of course I am I do it all the time, as we all have our own opinions on what Speilman SHOULD do. But calling people names and putting blinders on of your own, well that just makes it appear like you don't understand the difference.
With that being said, this last post is more thought out and well represented than any of your previous ones on the topic, and I have to say I understand your point somewhat better as a result. I may not agree with you, but at least I understand you. Although, your "point" did alter quite a bit. You went from claiming that drafting a good left tackle in the first round somehow hindered a team's ability to play good football, to now challenging me to point out a top three left tackle that was able to turn things around for their team.
Top Three Left Tackles in last decade: Jason Smith (Rams), Jake Long (Dolphins), Joe Thomas (Browns), Robbert Gallery (Raiders).
That is a sample size of FOUR freaking guys to support your conclusion, theory, point... whatever you want to call it, that drafting a left tackle in the top three will somehow doom this team in such a manner that you will "swear off Viking football." I'm no statistician, at least not officially, but I'm pretty sure a sample size of FOUR (especially with a brand new set of rules under the new CBA in place) means that you shouldn't swear off Vikings football.
I will say that the Packers drafted first round offensive tackles in the first round of the last two Drafts. They won a Super Bowl in 2010 and had the league's best record in 2011. The Patriots drafted Solder in the first round this year, and despite having taken a tackle in the first round, somehow still managed to make it to the Super Bowl.
There are plenty of busts at the tackle position, just like EVERY position, that one could point out. But I do know this is a fact: Teams that selected good players to play the left tackle position are not worse off because of it. Teams that selected bad ones are.
Selections should only be position/need based to a certain extent because a team needs good players first and foremost. NFL Scouts would be fired for suggesting Kalil is not a top three prospect simply because Trent Williams stinks and the Dolphins and Browns haven't won a Super Bowl... each player is to be evaluated ontheir own merit. The only harm that can come from comparing prospects to current or past players is if those comparisons somehow turn into expectations. Players are human, and each human is different. Scouting 101.