Can we not pretend that we don't check out our neighbor's new car, then turn around and give our own vehicle the side-eye after being filled with envy?
Admit it, you didn't think about getting hurricane shutters, or redoing the driveway until the family down the street did it.
Football fans are no different. That's why Dolphins fans shouldn't be ashamed to admit they checked out the rest of the AFC East's draft haul, and were lusting after a few players the Bills, Patriots and Jets landed.
There's nothing wrong with having a conviction about a player, and pushing all your chips into the middle of the poker table. That's the way Buffalo felt about Sammy Watkins, so they traded a first and fourth-round pick in 2015 to move up for the dynamic Clemson receiver.
"Very high cost," said General Manager Doug Whaley. "We thought it was a calculated risk and a risk we were willing to take."
Buffalo, which also acquired Mike Williams from Tampa Bay earlier this summer, traded Stevie Johnson to the 49ers for a conditional fourth-round pick to make room for Watkins, who many think could be the next A.J Green or Julio Jones.
Watkins' presence should help former FSU standout E.J. Manuel, Buffalo's first-round pick last year, become the quarterback he has the potential to be. How good that is isn't clear right now, but the one thing Manuel can't say is that Buffalo didn't give him weapons, and that the Bills didn't fortify his offensive line considering the drafting of offensive tackles Cyrus Kouandjio and Seantrel Henderson, and offensive guard Cyril Richardson.
The Patriots reached on Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who was good when he was healthy. But two surgically repaired knees makes him a huge risk, and medical risks don't belong in the first round.
Because New England has Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, the rookie won't be rushed onto the field. And he also won't have to handle significant snaps in his first year unless one of the veterans suffers an injury, or he earns it.
Bill Belichick and New England also managed to do something the Dolphins failed to do in Dan Marino's twilight years, selecting Tom Brady's possible successor in Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is now the second successor to Brady the Patriots have drafted early the past few seasons, joining Ryan Mallett, who might be traded to Houston in the coming days, or months.
Considering Garoppolo was my favorite quarterback in the 2014 draft because of his quick release, that is the Patriots' pick Dolphins fans should fear the most. Every Dolphins fan is secretly waiting for Brady's retirement, wishfully thinking it will end New England's dominance over the AFC East. But what happens if Garoppolo takes the baton and keeps the Patriots atop the division?
The rest of New England's draft class appears to be a bunch of role players, and that's exactly how I'd describe the players the Jets drafted.
Calvin Pryor, the Louisville safety the Jets took with the 18th pick, will likely be the head hunter Rex Ryan needs to inject fear into Dolphins receivers and tight ends working the middle of the field. But he's nothing more than a younger version of LaRon Landry.
The Jets needed an infusion of playmakers on offense and added Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, and receivers Jalen Saunders, Shaquelle Evans and Quincy Enunwa. It is safe to assume that New York's front office lacked conviction in their receiver choices so they didn't just double-down, they threw an extra wide out on the pile.
Maybe this year the Jets won't have to pick up the Dolphins' leftover receivers (cough, cough Patrick Turner ... cough, cough Clyde Gates).
Every team in the AFC East has drastically improved since the season finale.
The Bills added some dangerous weapons, and fortified their offensive line.
The Jets added Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, Eric Decker and Amaro, improving every aspect of their offense.
And the Patriots signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, tightening the screw on a defense that was decimated by injuries last year.
The Dolphins better hope they've done enough this offseason to keep up with the Belichicks and Ryans.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun