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  1. Bartu, Spoon and Wor Pick two/three LBs to fill the roster. I think all 3 could be upgraded, but I like their Potential! I would like to have Willis(Fning Jam), Bowman(best) and Sean Lee one day though! I hope Nolan and co. bring in a beast or two. You can add draft players if you want to the 5-6 total spots! ILB http://www.cbssports...nkings/2014/ILB OLB http://www.cbssports...nkings/2014/OLB Outside linebackers James Anderson, Chicago Bears Michael Boley, Cincinnati Bengals Jonathan Casillas, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jo-Lonn Dunbar, St. Louis Rams Larry English, San Diego Chargers Omar Gaither, Atlanta Falcons Parys Haralson, New Orleans Saints Adam Hayward, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Herring, New Orleans Saints Rob Jackson, Washington Redskins Edgar Jones, Dallas Cowboys Rocky McIntosh, Detroit Lions Marvin Mitchell, Minnesota Vikings Stephen Nicholas, Atlanta Falcons Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins Calvin Pace, New York Jets Shaun Phillips, Denver Broncos Keith Rivers, New York Giants Jordan Senn, Carolina Panthers O'Brien Schofield, Seattle Seahawks Ernie Sims, Dallas Cowboys Will Smith, New Orleans Saints Darryl Tapp, Washington Redskins Reggie Walker, San Diego Chargers Dekoda Watson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jamaal Westerman, Pittsburgh Steelers Jason Worilds, Pittsburgh Steelers Frank Zombo, Kansas City Chiefs Inside linebackers Pat Angerer, Indianapolis Colts Nick Barnett, Washington Redskins Jon Beason, New York Giants Desmond Bishop, Minnesota Vikings Stewart Bradley, Denver Broncos Donald Butler, San Diego Chargers Kavell Conner, Indianapolis Colts Dan Connor, Carolina Panthers Blake Costanzo, Chicago Bears Jacob Cutrera, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Karlos Dansby, Arizona Cardinals Zac Diles, Tennessee Titans Dane Fletcher, New England Patriots London Fletcher, Washington Redskins Rob Francois, Green Bay Packers Erin Henderson, Minnesota Vikings Ramon Humber, New Orleans Saints Akeem Jordan, Kansas City Chiefs Bryan Kehl, Washington Redskins Paris Lenon, Denver Broncos Josh Mauga, New York Jets Joe Mays, Houston Texans Arthur Moats, Buffalo Bills Perry Riley, Washington Redskins Darryl Sharpton, Houston Texans Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots Austin Spitler, Miami Dolphins Daryl Smith, Baltimore Ravens Stevenson Sylvester, Pittsburgh Steelers Jonathan Vilma, New Orleans Saints D.J. Williams, Chicago Bears Jason Williams, Carolina Panthers Will Witherspoon, St. Louis Rams Wesley Woodyard, Denver Broncos 1. 2. 3. We should run both 3-4, or 4-3 depending on opponent though
  2. I have seen some mocks with us taking a LT, but is this even possible? If we take an OT at #6 wouldn't that rookie also make a pretty big chunk of coin? Just wondering what the reasoning is behind acquiring another OT when we are stuck with Sam "China Doll" Baker's contract.
  3. We know where our biggest problems lie. OL and DL. We know we need work on both fronts. We have to have it. We have our toughest decisions at LB though. Are we comfortable with Spoon going forward? How much are we willing to pay him? We had 2 rookies step up big time this year but they had rookie growing pains too, as expected. Some say we already have our 3 starting LBs there. Our rookies may have been impressive but they haven't even played a full season. Does the FO trust them? Is that too much youth at LB? Or are they the best we have? (Spoon, Bartu and PW) ....Which brings me to the draft. The 2 biggest names at OL & DL arent locks to drop to us. At the same time, one (or both) of the top 2 LB prospects will likely be there. Do we go for the top LB that can at least help our pass rush? Or go with the best available Olineman (even if 2 have been picked). Tough decisions and I didnt even mention Dent and Nicholas. Will they be back? I understand Linebacker isnt the BIGGEST need. But some luck at that position last draft has forced us to make some tough decisions. What say you? FYI: I'm not sure if people prefer Khalil Mack or Barr. From what I've heard, they are closer talent wise than Clowney/Matthews and the next best at their positions.
  4. I'm not picking specific players... I believe in BPA. However, I think we really need these positions to fill out our roster for a good competition next year: Picks in draft order: 1. RT (Keep Holmes at LT with Baker as Backup, or cut Backer and have Schraeder at Backup) 2. DT(Jerry is a backup or off the team, same with Matthews even though he is half DE) 3. RG 4. DT or DE 5. RB 6. OG (R/L) 7. OT (R/L) I say go all in on the lines this draft. We have no other choice. Go for the best burst RB with decent size available at the 5th round. What're your picks?
  5. Looks like we will get a top 10 draft pick next year, does anyone have confidence that TD will draft a lineman and not a dam wide receiver? I swear if he doesn't I'll loose my mind. Or is he even still a Falcon?
  6. Has anyone been watching SportsCenter during the draft (stupid question, but really)? I'll summarize it for you: 1. What is Tebow gonna do?!!?! 2. Manti Te`o was signed by the Chargers... OMG!!111 3. There is this gay guy who was in the NBA and that is awesome 4. What is Tebow gonna do?!?! 5. Have we mentioned Te`o yet? Seriously... for hours, and hours. I was hoping to get some nice recaps on who got certain hot UDFA's... some analysis on draft picks the Falcons got (yea that'll never happen). The fact that a "sports" network's main story after the NFL DRAFT is where a meaningless back-up QB will go... is utterly disgusting. Te`o? Why the **** should I care about an overrated LB who got blown up by a real team in the BCS title game? I wouldn't mind if they dedicated 24 hours a day to the Jason Collins (gay NBA player)... at least that has some form of meaning / social impact. WHY DO I CARE ABOUT TEBOW?? WHY DO I CARE ABOUT TE`O?? They are just a ******* joke. It's as bad if not worse than MTV. 50 minutes of some jackhole who means nothing to the NFL except his annoying celeb-story, and then 10 minutes of highlights focusing solely on 2-3 teams from each of the different leagues. Ok, my rant is done.
  7. Has anyone been watching SportsCenter during the draft (stupid question, but really)? I'll summarize it for you: 1. What is Tebow gonna do?!!?! 2. Manti Te`o was signed by the Chargers... OMG!!111 3. There is this gay guy who was in the NBA and that is awesome 4. What is Tebow gonna do?!?! 5. Have we mentioned Te`o yet? Seriously... for hours, and hours. I was hoping to get some nice recaps on who got certain hot UDFA's... some analysis on draft picks the Falcons got (yea that'll never happen). The fact that a "sports" network's main story after the NFL DRAFT is where a meaningless back-up QB will go... is utterly disgusting. Te`o? Why the **** should I care about an overrated LB who got blown up by a real team in the BCS title game? I wouldn't mind if they dedicated 24 hours a day to the Jason Collins (gay NBA player)... at least that has some form of meaning / social impact. WHY DO I CARE ABOUT TEBOW?? WHY DO I CARE ABOUT TE`O?? They are just a ******* joke. It's as bad if not worse than MTV. 50 minutes of some jackhole who means nothing to the NFL except his annoying celeb-story, and then 10 minutes of highlights focusing solely on 2-3 teams from each of the different leagues. Ok, my rant is done.
  8. Topic title says it all, put your money where your mouth is where it comes to draft prospects. Offensive rookie of the year: Tyler Eifert Defensive rookie of the year: Dion Jordan 1st round bust: Sharrif Floyd Surprise 1st rounder: EJ Manuel Can’t miss prospect, i.e. multiple pro bowler: Eric Fisher Sleeper pick: Christine Michael or Earl Wolfe The one player you are 100% sure the falcons will draft: Stefan Charles
  9. http://www.ajc.com/n...-trufant/nXYPF/ By D. Orlando Ledbetter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff targeted a player and made a trade to land him in theNFL draft Thursday night. It wasn’t the mega-deal, but the Falcons moved up eight spots from 30th to 22nd in a deal with the St. Louis Rams to select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant. “It’s who we had focused on all throughout the offseason,” Dimitroff said. “We were very fortunate because it was a very eventful middle of the first round. It was very, very active with a lot of trade discussions.” The Falcons knew they had to get in front of Minnesota to select Trufant. The Vikings had the 23rd and 25th picks. They ended up selecting Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Falcons coach Mike Smith said that Trufant, who was a team captain for the Huskies, will compete for a starting position. “I’m very excited about the pick,” Smith said. They gave up a third- and a sixth-round pick and will get a seventh-rounder next season from the Rams. The Falcons had a need a cornerback. Three of the top five cornerbacks from last season are no longer with the team. Brent Grimes (Miami) and Christopher Owens (Cleveland) left during free agency. Dunta Robinson was released and has signed with Kansas City. Trufant, who’s 6-foot, 190 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. He will become the third Trufant to make it to the NFL. His brothers Marcus (Seattle) and Isaiah (Jets) are already in the NFL. “They told me that it’s time to grind and try to make a name for myself.,” Trufant said. The youngest Trufant is a big corner. “I don’t know the last time when there’s been three brothers in the NFL,” Trufant said during his interview at the combine. “It’s definitely a milestone. It’s big for our family, and our city. And so I’m just going to (keep) it going.” Marcus Trufant played at Washington State and was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2003 draft. He made Sporting News’ Pro Bowl team in 2007. Isaiah Trufant played at Eastern Washington and made the Jets’ roster after spending time in the Arena Football League and the United Football League. The Trufants all play cornerback and are from Tacoma, Wash. Desmond wants to eventually make a name for himself. “I have been waiting for this opportunity my whole life,” he said. “All the workouts, all of the season work, all the games — everything is coming down to this moment. I’m very excited.” Trufant draws some inspiration from Isaiah’s climb up the rough side of the football mountain into the NFL. “I think my brother Isaiah, he definitely took the long road,” Trufant said. “He’s a very resilient person. It just shows that you never give up on your dream. People might say that you can’t do this or you can’t do that, or you’re too short or you’re not big enough. He just kept working.” Isaiah and Marcus joined Trufant at the Senior Bowl. We hadn’t been together for a while, so that was cool to just spend some time and talk,” Trufant said. “I love my brothers, love my family. And I’m just going to keep the legacy going.” He considers his instincts, quick feet and his breaks on the ball to be strengths. At Washington, he played in 50 games and had six interceptions and 33 pass breakups. He was named to the All-Pac-12 first-team last season. This is the guy they had their eyes on throughout the off-season. I'm 100% behind this pick. Let's get to work Trufant.
  10. to make good moves and picks in the draft? Whether you like Trufant or not he will be a force and solidify our D coverage I remember not long ago when the likes of Rich McKay, Ken Herock and Taylor Smith were making picks and frankly the joke of the NFL I can't wait to see who get in the second round
  11. I know everyone is nuts over Eifert, and for good reasons, however with serious needs to fill on defense we might not draft an offensive player til the third round. If this happens what other tightend has caught your eye that could be on the board after the 2nd round
  12. There was a gathering 3 years ago, when I joined this forum, but I have not seen anything since. Would some people like to get together at a sports bar or something and watch the draft? I plan to watch the whole thing. Another option would be a chat room during the draft.
  13. I've seen it posted several times that whoever we draft better be able to start day 1. Why? I could care less whether a rookie is starting on day 1. What we should be asking is who will give this team the best chance to win come playoff time. Ask yourself, if a rookie balls out in the playoffs will you really be saying he wasn't worth it because he didn't start on day 1? I really just don't see the relevance of who is starting at the beginning of the season.
  14. http://thesidelinevi...draft-prospects Couple of my favorites are in the larger font. Hill's case getting stronger by the minute. More than Sheldon Richardson or Datone Jones...wow.
  15. Just saw this video that's posted on the website. Sounds like man I'd want with a great deal of control in my war room. LINK NOTES -Might trade up, down or around our pick -Character isn't as big of an issue with certain positions. -Happy to have a full draft. Not just to pick, but maybe to deal picks. -Has good relationships around the league so conducive for trades. -Likes our pick at 30 because teams might want to make a run on a QB late in the first round. -After making a deal for Julio, teams now contact us to see if we are interested in trading up or down. They know we're willing make moves. -Has already spoken to various teams about potential moves. Doesn't think it's smart to go in without a plan. -TD and Smitty are always concerned about the future. -Really excited about 11 picks, but stressed that it doesn't mean we come out with 11. All in all, we're lucky to have a GM like this. He's proactive and willing to take risks.
  16. I got this idea from Andrew Parsons at draftbreakdown. If you want an explanation for this, go here: http://draftbreakdown.com/my-guys-list Now to my guys (and because it's late I won't explain these): The Guy You Know - Tavon Austin WR WVU The Guys You Should Know - Jamar Taylor CB Boise State Jordan Reed TE Florida Jamie Collins OLB MSS Tank Carradine DE Florida State Keith Pough OLB Howard Guys Not Getting Enough Love - Jelani Jenkins OLB Florida Bennie Logan DT LSU Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers My Guys - Arthur Brown OLB Kansas State Jarvis Jones OLB UGA Post yours, hopefully people bring up some lesser known players and we can spice up mock drafts around here lol.
  17. For my first post on the forums here I wanted to put up my picks for FA/Draft/Hopeful draft. I see a lot of mock drafts and such but I haven't seen one that compiled everyone's picks. So I was hoping to get it started (it would be a nice break from all the Miko threads and other drama at least!). With my wholly uninformed opinion noted - for FA I think we will: Sign Osi, sign Dansby, and if TD can do the cap shuffle, re-sign Abe for vet min. In the draft I think we will go: 1. Arthur Brown 2. David Amerson 3. Corey Lemonier 4. Devin Taylor My Wishlist: 1. Jarvis Jones (it could happen!) 2. Margus Hunt (turn him into a weapon) 3. Corey Lemonier 4. Kwame Geathers/Marcus Lattimore What are yalls picks / opinions?
  18. Tensions are high, frustration is mounting, and joke threads/attention wh*ring are setting volume records. An oft-overlooked fact (these days) on TATF is what we have in our GM. Just like the rest of you, I can admit to getting caught up in the madness, tuning in to the coverage of the opening Free Agency hysteria, hoping we make a big splash. Why? It's entertaining, and the NFL turns all madden for a second. You can covet other team's stars as opposed to trying to work out wtf a Corey Peters is. But in the long run, the war is won away from opening day. The smaller battles build a team, and we have the right general for such a task. You don't wait until the last minute to lock up Jackson at a bargain price if you don't have the stones to do so. You don't keep a blockbuster trade under wraps for a now top 5 WR in the league without keeping your cards glued to your chest. Is the system perfect? No, not many are (apart from a v12 engine and any bar that serves ice cold beer), and that explains the guys who get away. The Vance Walkers of the world. But rest assured that we are in the right hands. So what's the next battle? Free agency is alive and well people, alive and well. There are well over 10 players left on the market that we'd get excited about being on our opening day roster, and their prices are falling day by day. You think Freeney, Osi, Abe et al want to be unsigned at this point? Would you like to be in employment limbo? At some point you take the deal in front of you. But only TD only has to make a move when the time is right. Refer to the Jackson move for a steer on this! I like the wait and see approach, long term. does it hurt in the short term? Heck yes. But there is every chance we are doing backflips after either 1. First batch of FA 2. Draft 3. June cuts It takes quite the poker player to not get impatient and go all in. TD is the kinda guy that will wait and wait for the right spot, then hit the market at the right time. In a years time, and we can lock this, many of these big name FA signings will be waived, and many will be seen as long term mistakes. The spiky haired one is a wise one. Patience, grasshoppers. Patience.
  19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72SLCNaHJco you probably know this guy. He's a speedy pass rusher at 6'7" with a bull rush real similar to JA55. I honestly think we should do whatever we have to to pick him up in this year's draft. He may even fall to us. What do you think?
  20. I was looking around for the top running backs in the draft and i found this. is Michael that talented??? Running backs 1. Christine Michael, Texas A&M University At 5-foot-10 220 pounds Michael looks the part of an NFL running back. He has average long speed, surprising quickness for his size but most importantly he runs with a low pad level. He showed off his talent in all the measurable drills at the combine proving he is a man who works in the weight room on his craft. On tape he runs hard and is willing to block. Why isn't he considered at the top of most lists? He has "character flags". What does that mean? He disagreed with the new coaching staff, as a senior and the departure of Cyrus Gray led Michael to believe he would be the primary ball carrier. The coaching staff wanted all their RBs to get touches that didn't sit right with Michael. Early in the season, as Manziel went through his ups and downs, Michael tweeted during the game " Man run the ball!" this was the straw that broke the proverbial camel's back and Summlin benched Michael. Michael got only 88 carries on the year but had 417 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also ejected from Texas A&M's win over FCS Sam Houston State. Michael only major problem is he can't pass block but this is a technique issue not a factor of physical limitations. If we are talking about talent alone Michael may be the most talented in this class. 2. Eddie Lacy, University of Alabama Lacy is 5-foot-11 231 pounds and a big back. He has good vision and quick feet for a back of his size. Lacy displays good balance and runs hard. He has subtle moves in the open field to make a defender miss, most notably his spin move. Lacy has good lower body strength and will carry defenders with him while falling forward. He played in a pro-style offense and is no stranger to pass blocking as well; he is very good at it. Why then is Lacy second on this lis? For starters Lacy doesn't accelerate well and despite being a power back runs slightly upright. When he builds his speed his is hard to take down but before the hole he doesn't break many tackles. Lacy lack long speed and will be caught from behind. He doesn't have great lateral agility and won't be able to bounce a run backside. Lacy benefited from a great college O-line that allowed him to stay clean behind the line of scrimmage and build his speed. Once he did that he was deadly. Lacy is will be a good power back and in the NFL but he will be far from an Adrian Petersen franchise type running back. 3. Giovani Bernard, University of North Carolina Bernard measured at the Combine 5-foot-8 202 pounds. He has average long speed, good but not great quickness and runs with a good pad level. He is young only a red-shirt sophomore but already has good vision. Bernard is an okay receiver out of the backfield. There aren't many negatives to Bernard's play on tape. He could get better at pass blocking but that's about it. What is hurting Bernard in the rankings? Well he does everything well but nothing elite. He doesn't have elite quickness, or speed and his current size prevent him from being a power back. He is young and could put some more bulk on his frame but it looks like Bernard will be a solid back in the NFL. In today's passing NFL that's all most teams are looking for. 4. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA 5. Montee Ball, University of Wisconsin
  21. What do you all think DT will do? IMO whichever of those guys are available, DT would probably be happy with either...I prefer Jones but both have some upside. But, Seattle is looking hard at DE too, and so will almost certainly take one of those 2 (probably Jones IMO), so there's a possibility we might not have a shot at either guy. IMO should that happen, it will hinge quite a bit on what we do with Grimes...if we retain him, Grimey and Samuel would be a good tandem for a year, maybe two...assuming both stay healthy. If Grimes tries to get paid or DT is worried about his injury (I don't think he is but you never know), we could be looking hard at corner in the early goings as well. I kind of get this gut feeling we might go with Ertz or Eifert no matter what defensive players are on the board. Hope I am wrong there, but assuming we focus on D with our first pick and Jones and Okafor are gone, I'm curious what some of the draft/scout gurus here think we might do with that 1st pick.
  22. Haha, good luck in spotting some defensive talent through that side of the binoculars there Sean.
  23. I am an Alabama fan, and have seen this guy for a few years now. I think his stock has been hurt because of the use of 3 or 4 running backs at anytime by the LSU staff. I think he has a lot of potential in the NFL, not only because he is big, strong, and fast, but because his carries have been limited by the previously mentioned system. I would like to see us take a RB in the 5th or beyond. I think he also may be available in these rounds. Would you take him in the 5th? I know I would.
  24. This usually changes pretty radically after the combine. I live in Indy, so I usually hang out at the hotel bar and listen to the prospects talk....I don't get much...but hey...it's cool..and you never know what you might pick up. RD. 1) Alex Okefor DE Texas (FINALLLLLYYYY!!) 2) Travis Kelce TE Cincy (Big, Strong and productive) 3) Melvin White CB Lou-Laff (Big, Physical corner who had a lackluster senior year>UPSIDE<) 4) Orwin Smith RB G.Tech (You all already know him) 5) Craig Wilkins OLB Old Dom (Undersized, so he will slip. Insane motor and speed) 6) Danous Ester OG USF (Would fit our scheme, depth guy) 7) Darius Smith DT Miami (He should be gone..but word has it that he may slip..HUGE plugger) Like I said..VERY early..it will change...but wanted to know what y'all thought. Thanks!!!
  25. QB- We've got the first thing every team in this league needs, a franchise QB. Ryan (27) had his best season, just like he has every year in his career. How do you know if you have a franchise QB? Do you expect him to go down the field and win the game on the last drive? Without question I do and you can bet he is highly respected around the league. Ryan has even found ways to get it done with seconds left on the clock instead of minutes. Ryan also demonstrated great toughness in the last game of our season, not missing a snap. I fully expect Ryan to be even better and put up even more absurd numbers. Watch some of his highlights from this year and see how he dropped balls into tiny inches wide windows. That's something you either have or you don't and Ryan definately has it. Consider that Gonzalez was open on that 4th and 4 pass interference not called play and that Ryan would have had time to find him if a LB wasn't coming in unblocked and think of how great he will be once we improve the OL. Backup McCown is a UFA and may be replaced by another vet for cheap or we may go with Davis as the 2nd QB and look to add a late pick or UDFA. We should be more focused on making sure Ryan gets protected better than his backup. RB- Turner built this into a respectable team from a bad one but his time may be up. He is 30 and has a large cap hit and may be cut to free up space. This is a passing team now and his style doesn't quite fit. If he can't catch on with another team he certainly deserves a chance to come back and get a ring with us, he deserves it. Rodgers (22) as of right now will get a chance to be the featured ball carrier in this pass first offense. The staff tried to force that some this last season and Rodgers responded with some good things behind some bad run blocking. He definately impressed with his run vs Sea. He could be even better next season especially with improved blocking and is very young. I like him as an inside runner but the reality is he lacks homerun speed. He can still be a very productive player but we need to add a speed back. He had 53 receptions but averaged 7.6yds with only 17 first downs and 1 TD Snelling (29) Barely got to touch the ball and was used more as a receiver than runner, but was less efficient than Rodgers. In the playoffs the times he did get to touch it he ran like it was the last time he'd get to touch the ball. He may be in line for more touches if Turner is cut but may be pushed down the depth chart again by further moves. He may see time at FB or as a 2nd RB if Gonzalez retires and we go with more 3 WR 2 RB sets. I see Turner most likely being cut, Rodgers getting a shot at a starter, but we need to address the lack of speed at RB. We could do it with an impact FA like Reggie Bush or a cheap one like Larod Stephens Howling but the best way is probably to use a early-mid round draft pick on a rookie with blazing speed. Ideally one that can contribute as a weapon in the return game too. The offense is lacking a RB with that homerun speed that is always a threat, can rip off those big runs when the defense is focusing on the receivers, and can get big gains as a checkdown receiver. Adding an explosive RB as a runner and receiver will add a new dimension to the offense and offset the potential loss of Gonzalez. FB- The 3rd pick of last years draft was 5th round pick Bradie Ewing. He got injured last year and will get a chance to secure the job. Mike Cox is a UFA. Snelling may see some snaps here. The front office obviously felt good enough about Ewing to take him when we didn't have many picks. His team bio says he had 30 touchdown blocks his senior year, maybe he gets healthy and provides a much needed spark to the run blocking and a bodyguard for Ryan. TE- The big wildcard here is Gonzalez. I have a feeling he'll be back. He'll probably take his time. The best thing the team can do is prepare as if he is retiring by improving the OL, adding a speed RB, and getting ready to draft a TE, and when he decides he wants to come back you can bet we'll find a way to make room. Even if he does decide to retire I don't want to waste cap room on any of the FA TEs. Palmer is a RFA and Coffman is a UFA. I think our best option is to take a TE in the midrounds where great value can be found like Gronk, Hernandez, Finley and others. While we could certainly use an athletic young mismatch TE, it may be easier and more helpful to find a big bodied TE like a Kyle Rudolph. A guy who can be a factor as run and pass blocker, and who gives us a tough big body with big hands over the middle that we don't have in Douglas. WR- Jones (23) beasted even harder in his 2nd season as expected and emerged as a dominant force while staying healthy for every game (13 reg season games played as a rookie). He makes the spectacular look routine and is as deadly a physical talent as you will find in the league. He and White basically split duty as #1 receivers. Next season he will take over as the clear #1 target and beastmode even more. He and Ryan are going to give defenses nightmares for a VERY long time. I loved the beginning of the 9er game when we just got the ball to Julio and let him take over the game, I have a very hard time understanding why we went away from him and to Douglas with the game on the line. Hopefully the coaches learned from that. White (31) turned in another workhorse season like he always does, and the continued emergence of Jones helped White post his highest avg per catch since 2008 and 3rd highest yardage total. He and Jones are the best WR duo in the game. Jones taking over as the workhorse next season with Roddy as the #2 will continue to create opportunities for White and prolong his career by saving him defensive attention. He will continue to produce at a high level for another 2-4 years Douglas (28) had an underwhelming season statistically as he always seems to, but we should consider that without even including the RBs he's behind Jones, White and Gonzalez. He did seem quite involved as a blocker in our screen game though. I wish that with the game on the line we forced the ball to our big 3 receivers instead of Douglas, or atleast got him involved earlier in the game if we were going to go to him in the crunch. If Gonzalez retires Douglas will certainly get a shot at more targets, especially if we're trying to bring along a rookie TE. I don;t want Douglas catching passes over the middle tho we should look to get it to him in space and on screens, and use his speed to attack defenses deep. Use a big bodied TE for those tough catches over the middle. WR is certainly one of if not our strongest unit, at the top anyways. We could use some depth and I wouldn't mind a speedy WR who can contribute as a returner in the mid-late rounds. We will run a lot of 3 WR set but have no 4 WR and may need that depth over the course of the season. OL- The OL seemed better in pass protection but not good run blocking and not great overall. Not quite a playoff caliber line. Baker (27) apparently played a bit better but I saw him leave the QB hanging out to dry plenty of times and has a history of back problems. Maybe he gets resigned for relatively cheap but if we're going to be spending big money I'd prefer to try to upgrade with Jake Long who should be available, and give Ryan a real franchise LT he can trust. Blalock (29) is one of the few parts of the OL you can feel confident about Konz (23) should replace McClure at C, giving us a much needed upgrade in size. That should help improve the run blocking and ability to anchor a pocket. Konz took his licks at guard as a rookie against the likes of Suh and hopefully shows a good leap in his 2nd year settling in at C. Clabo (31) has been our RT but I think with his size his best fit right now could be RG, where no one stood out and we need someone with Blalocks size like Clabo to actually move DTs and anchor the pocket. At 330 Clabo gives us that, and allows us to get more athletecism at the OT spot in this passing offense Holmes (23) was a 3rd round rookie while Konz was a 2nd. I don't think Holmes saw much action as a rookie and is a real wildcard here. He's got great size at 6'5 333. If the staff thinks he's a LT and is ready that would open the option of letting Baker walk and replacing him with Holmes, then focusing on getting a RT or RG. I think a much more realistic option though would be starting Holmes at RT, which would allow us to upgrade our size at RG and C with Clabo and Konz. It would also open the option of starting Holmes at 1 tackle spot and then grabbing an OT with our 1st rounder. Hawley (24) didn't do much to distinguish himself and has the look of a backup interior OL at this point. Primarily a C with his size Johnson (25) was a 3rd round pick in the draft that Hawley was a 4th. Johnson has better size at 6'6 but has not distinguished himself either and has been injured. Right now he looks like a backup G/RT Baker could be resigned, upgraded through FA or even replaced by Holmes or a rookie. Whether it's through FA or the 1st or 2nd round (no more mid rounders) I think we need to add 1 talented OL whether that's replacing Baker or to fill the void at RG/RT. I think Konz will start at C and be better than as a rookie, and hopefully Holmes can emerge as a starter. I'm not confident in Johnson or Hawley emerging as an impact player. I think the safest way to upgrade the OL is instead of paying injury prone Baker we spend on a franchise LT like Long, making everyone else better combined with the young draft picks stepping in Up next Defense and Special Teams
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