The NBA's most decorated small forward was a prototype but not a specimen. Larry Bird was drafted in 1979 with flaws: His slow feet and heavy legs opened the possibility that he would be unable to keep up with NBA Defenses on either side of the ball. Larry Bird was, however, part of a team drafted, and a plan. Red Auerbach made a team that offset those same slow feet and heavy legs
The winning teams all have(at least) one thing they're good at: for SF it's linebackers of scrimmage players, for Seattle it's defensive backs, for New Orleans its receivers. For New England, when you think about it, its defensive linemen. Couldn't it be said that injuries destroyed the best Patriots defense in ten years last year? This feels like the right pick. Question: should the Patriots have gone for a 3-4 NT outright with Wilfork?