Remember all the hype about Reynolds being this superb pass rashing end that everyone wants. Sound familiar. We should have taken the safe bet then in Hutchison and we should take the safe one now in Hawk.
No, I don't remember any pre-draft hype about Reynolds. None at all. In fact, many talent scouts said GB could have traded down 5-8 spots and still gotten him. And I remember SF's DC almost laughing at GB's pick of Reynolds.
Williams is in a whole different league of player than JR. If you prefer Hawk, fine, but don't twist history to justify your preference. And there are no safe bets. Drafting is a crap shoot. Should we also not take Bush because Brent Fullwood was a bust? How 'bout we pass on Ferguson because Mandrich was a bust? Oh, what about that Monster LB from OK, Bosworth. He was a total bust, so we better not take Hawk.
IMHO, nobody will question GB taking Hawk or Williams. I personally perfer Williams because dominating DE's are much harder to come by than LB's. But that's just my opinion... I'll be doing a touchdown dance if we get either of those guys. I'll be very disappointed if we trade down and don't get one of them.