Admit it, someone on our team needs some help. via www.lonelykicker.com
Basically it comes down to the FO's breakdown of the talent and they will grab who they think will do best for us with the first overall selection. The question we have to ask is, 'what picks make the most sense to help us recover?' Remember, our D-line and O-ine received lots of injuries, WR was a revolving injury door, it was quite a bug. Hard to evaluate the development of talent when they are on IR isn't it? If we had a better LB corp it would help stop the run. Injuries and lack of talent in key spots was really exposed last year. Spags & Co have worked to bring in vet talent in key spots that will [hopefully] prevent a repeat of last year.
With that said, what areas do we still need to improve on? TE, RT, QB, OLB, WR, DE, CB. OK, for the most part, I view those are the teams 'Area of Needs'. Even tho we have many other positions we can use an upgrade on, it's not wise to draft w/BPA as our only tool. Just because an awesome C drops to us at #33, we have to be intelligent and not grab him because he is the BPA. We obviously know C is more an area of strength on our team, so is it really wise to select him? I would think not. Some ppl may think a DT is an area of need, but we have enough of a rotation. If you follow my rationale, it is applicable here. We don't draft out of need. We also have to look at available talent and what positions are low in impactful players vs our area of needs. I came up w/some surprising results. I am a big D fan; champions are won or lost by D. I didn't let me personal desire get in the way of team need. Here's what I came up w/:
Rnd 2, TE. Here is the logic: very few TE's that will come in and contribute at some point in the year. Either Hernandez or, who I prefer, is Graham out of Miami [he has a huge upside, but is a gamble I admit]. Obviously if neither is there, we then move to our BPA at our positions of need we haven't filled yet.
Rnd 3, WR. There are only 5 WR's worth it: Williams out of USC, LeFell, Benn, Bryant, & GoldenBoyTate. They all could easily make the team and improve an area of need for us. Yeah sure we have quite a few WR's on the team, but scoring points is important for a team to win. Only ones we might get available here are Benn & Williams. Either has the skill set we need. We could also use a back-up RB as well. But who do we want here, Best or McCluster if available. IMO neither. I'd look at my trusty BPA for area of need.
Rnd 4, OLB. We have a distinct need for WLB specifically. I'm more than willing to take Muckelroy, Watson, Perry or Riley here. The production drop between Washinton [#2 rated LB] and these guys aren't as big as between Weatherspoon & these guys. But Weatherspoon should go top 20-25. If we're lucky enough Dekoda Watson is available, but we have a great chance of improving over Paris Lenon in rnd 4.
From here, for me, it gets a little hazy to guess who we get. I would rely on one tool, that's right BPA for position of need. Fill the rest of our picks that way. IMO, the evaluation of the talent is very important in getting the correct player for our team. It goes beyond the physical tools and is told in the interview process. Even w/all the physical tools, it has been proven, some players just don't have the football smarts to play.
I'm sure many ppl think I'm crazy, but it's not that far fetched if you digest it a bit.