Yea we won't do that. Can't see this happening. Just voicing an opinion. We already signed two guys there already this year and will watch to see what falls out of the sky as for more sub 27 year old defensive linemen so we can gobble up another one cheap to go along with the team building slash coaching teachers concept we have going but I will not be surprised at all to see us not go there in the 1st. 2nd/3rd whatever round sure I can see a warm body being drafted at the position but the NFL draft works with these professionals in tiers and what won't work in tiers at 17 is a DL/DE/NT type of guy.
People don't understand the thinking that the real guys who actually draft work in. Fans get wrapped around the edges of Best Player available vs Need. You can hear Bruce say they will draft solely on player grade but what he's not saying is that it's player grade depending on the tiers the players are in. The more you listen to the guys who are pulling the triggers during a draft the more you understand how they think. Every year teams take these prospects and they put them in tiers, tier one two three etc, per the position. Then they draft according to that. Doesn't matter a position like QB this year isn't good, bet your ass there will be a QB drafted very high yet again. That's because of the tiers concept.
When teams are up to draft they look at the tiers and they say "hmmm this guy is a tier one guy lets take him" and say things after wards like "Highest grade on the board" and won't say the truth like "The guy had a 2nd round grade on him but we drafted him anyway because he was the only one at the top tier left to get" or ever say "we had a gapping hole at this position but ignored it anyway because of the tiers that they fell into". Its why you see guys going earlier and later then expected and this thing is so unpredictable. It's neither BPA or Need alone, fans not yourself included don't understand this because we aren't professionals drafting these guys but this is how it works.
For this year at 17th pick to go DL your getting in the weeds of 4th or later best on the board guys. Seriously how high could that tier go? Not that high it's not that deep of a draft. Where as if we go WR or RB your looking at maybe the 2nd best player taken, or LB or G maybe the 1st best taken, much better chance we do this then if we just go and say "hey we need a DL/NT lets go get one right away" that won't happen so don't worry