Buy it! Buy it all! The strategy for this team has been an easy one, buy your way to competitiveness. After failing to make the playoffs every season and not feeling like there was any progress pretty much every draft pick in 2020 was shipped off.
Deshaun Watson, James Connor and Kenyan Drake are new to the team and cost the 1st and 2nd round picks in 2020 and a 1st round pick in 2021. It’s a bold strategy but it did put together a solid starting lineup. Those three join A.J. Brown, Courtland Sutton, Will Fuller, Mark Andrews, N’Keal Harry and Dallas Goedert. The problem is when you have to buy contention you’re going to lack depth.
Albert Okwuegbunam, La’Mical Perine, Joe Reed, Quez Watkins, DeeJay Dallas and Antonio Gandy-Golden are the notable rookie additions. Snagging Ryquell Armstead looked quite smart with Leonard Fournette being released, though the Jaguars backfield is up in the air and Armstead is out for the time being on the COVID list.
Armstead and Gandy-Golden should be some kind of contributors but on the bench is Matt Breida, Alshon Jeffery, Corey Davis, Darrel Williams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are the only players with decent projections. There’s a little help there but if there’s an injury the quality of the starting lineup quickly takes a dive.
With a 2nd, two 3rds and three 4ths in 2021 and all the picks beyond that I don’t think you can quite buying. If you’re really going for it then there’s no benefit to not going all the way in. I wouldn’t necessarily get too crazy trading too many more 1st round picks but if you’re going to go in then go in.
This team is more about holding out hope. You have to hope your team stays healthy so you can ride out the starting lineup. You also have to hope that some of the questions passed this season, Drake and Connor, go the right way. The only way to get anymore assurances is, at this point, to buy more.