As of right now, we have roughly $3 million of cap room. So, we need to find some money whether it is thorough restructure or cuts. The only two players we can cut without adding to our ~$10 in dead money are Harvey Dahl and Matthew Mulligan (~100K hit). That's not too bad. It would save us about $4.6 million and would give us about $7.6 million overall. I can see a few guys taking about a million or two down from their contracts. But, we will have no more than $10 million if we're lucky. I would count out any other notable signings in free agency. Maybe one or two for a back up role or Quintin Mikell real cheap. But, we loaded up on talent this offseason bringing in 3 dynamic players in Hayes, Cook, and Long. I'm hoping for at least two more dynamic players and some solidification this draft. Here's what I'd like to see:
1.16 - Alec Ogletree OLB Georgia
This is a dynamic pick. One thing we need to bolster this year, like we did with corner last year, is the LB core. We have two good players in JL and JLD. But Dunbar only has one year left and with the way he's been playing, he will warrant more money. Ogletree will step in at the strong side this year and move to the weak side in 2014.
1.22 - DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
I see Hopkins as the second most dynamic player in the draft behind only Tavon Austin. But, the drop off is not big at all. This brings about a different style of offense for the Rams. Chris Givens is now the slot receiver in place of the departures DA. I actually like Givens in the slot better than DA due to his speed and quickness. Hopkins and Quick on the outside will cause headaches when trying to guard Cook and Kendricks as well.
2.16 - Eric Reid FS LSU
Reid is a player that coaches love. He has the size, strength, and smarts to man centerfield. He brings another dimension to the defense that will help, especially in nickel formations. With Courtland manning the slot receiver, a big safety is required to jump the TE over the middle. Reid is that dude.
3.16 - Travis Frederick G/C Wisconsin
Big boys from Wisconsin know how to block. This will help the offensive line this year by playin him at guard and then moving him to center the year after and releasing aging Scott Wells.
4.16 - Tharold Simon CB LSU
Fisher loves corners and he gets another like Tru to join them. He's a bigger corner with fluid hips and good ball skills. He's a bit under looked so him here would be a steal.
4.29 - trade up with the Pats (4 and 5) - Ace Sanders PR/KR South Carolina
This pick is something we need - a returner. Ace was the best returner last year in CFB. We need to keep adding dimensions to help the offense out. This is what we need.
6.16 - BPA
7.16 - Chance Player