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This thread is for GM's that have been participating in this year's 2009 Interactive Mock Draft. This is the TEAM WRITE UP THREAD; so any teams that is willing to do a writeup and get graded by your peers, here's the place to do that.

It been a fun IMD this year, so let's see who's team was assembled the best. :D

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2009 IMD – Philadelphia Eagles Off-Season Review

By: Papikaika

NEEDS

Left Tackle / Right Tackle

Both, Tra Thomas & Jon Runyan were free agents, so both tackle spots played a big part in what I needed to do this off-season. Thomas, still has a couple of solid years left in him, and is still one of the best left tackles in the league, but on the other hand, Jon Runyan is coming off of knee surgery.

Free Safety

Brian Dawkins is set to become a free agent and he isn’t getting any younger, so a future at this position is another one of the key components that got my attention this off-season. It is indeed tough to replace a captain, a team leader, and a true vocal veteran player, such as, Dawkins.

Tight End

LJ Smith was a waste, nothing more he could do for the Eagles. Celek showed flashes during the regular season, and he had a very outstanding performance in the NFC-CG. But, is Celek that big target that the Eagles need, that’s a question I had to ask myself this off-season.

Wide-Receiver

The Eagles lacked a true #1 receiver and it showed. DeSean Jackson is a great #2 / slot receiver, Kevin Curtis was hurt for the majority of last season – he’s another solid #2, Reggie Brown, Greg Lewis, and Jason Avant isn’t anything to brag about. So, this position was another priority for me to address this off-season. Another thing to note is that Hank Baskett is a free agent, as well.

Running-Back (Depth – powerback)

4th & 1, most common sense play to run is a running play, but if you’re the Eagles, you pass cause of the fact that you’ll get stuffed because you lack a powerback. Also, Westbrook needs plays off and I was looking to address a solid complimentary, but in ways, similar back to him.

FREE AGENCY

Cap Room (per. IMD) - $30 million

Re-signings

Nick Cole / C/OG

(2nd round tender - $1.5 million cap hit)

Cole is a versatile lineman that can anchor an offensive line, as well as slide over to play either Guard spots; he was one of the players I worked to retain.

Tra Thomas / OT

(2 yrs, $7 million + $4 million sb - $5 million Y1 Cap Hit)

Like I stated up above, Thomas is a vital part to this team, and we will continue to go with him at the left tackle spot. One thing to note is that Thomas only gave up 1 sack last season, and in my opinion, that’s proof that he still can ball.

Sean Considine / SS

(2 yrs, $1.75 million + $500k sb - $750k Y1 Cap Hit)

I know in real life, some Eagles fans don’t like Considine, but I do. He provides depth to the roster, can anchor the special teams unit, and can step in to start if any injuries occur.

New Acquisitions

TJ Houshmandzadeh / WR

(3 yrs, $9 million + $6 million sb - $2 million Y1 Cap Hit)

Here’s the #1 receiver the Eagles lacked. I could’ve targeted Anqan Boldin here as well, but I believe he was traded early in the IMD, thus I didn’t have the time to plan out a trade. So, I settled for option B, and landing Houshmandzadeh is key for the success of the Eagles. Not a deep threat, but a possession type of player, who has a knack for the endzone. I have deep threats in DeSean and Curtis, so a player of TJ’s caliber was needed for the Eagles to win, NOW!

Darren Sharper / FS

(2 yrs, $4 million + $2 million sb - $2 million Y1 Cap Hit)

Patriots snagged Dawkins with a considerably high bid that also had 4 yrs. worth of contract time. I like Dawkins, but just like in real life, we had to let him go. So, this is the justification of signing Sharper. Now, Sharper isn’t Dawkins, nor is he young, but he is a proven playmaker and has 2 yrs. left in him; but don’t worry, I got his eventual replacement.

Corey Ivy / CB

(2 yrs, $1 million + $500k sb - $500k Y1 Cap Hit)

Ivy is a physical corner that fits the mold of an Eagles cornerback. This signing makes more sense especially when I traded Lito Sheppard to Cleveland; more analysis will come from that later when I discuss the trades I’ve made.

BJ Askew / FB

(2 yrs, $1.75 million - $750k Y1 Cap Hit)

The Eagles can’t always depend on Dan Klecko (DT) to come in to play FB, so with that said I signed Askew to come in and be a solid blocker and solid receiver out of the backfield. He presents an upgrade over Klecko, but the question is, is he a dependable short yardage back? I believe he can be in certain formations and plays.

Jon Stinchcomb / OT

(5 yrs, $19 million + $5 million sb - $3 million Y1 Cap Hit)

Here’s an up and coming right tackle that fits the mold of an Eagles lineman. He’s relatively big, and the transition from the Saints pass-happy offense to the Eagles similar attack; it should be simple. Stinchcomb is a very solid pass blocker and has the ability to take his man to the next level when the running game is called upon.

Total Year 1 Cap Hits - $15.5 million

Cap Room Left - $14.5 million

Recap:

In free agency, I managed to fill both tackle spots / offensive line, sure up depth at corner and safety, sign a proven veteran fullback, and sign a big time receiver for McNabb. I, on the other hand, lost out on re-signing Dawkins because of the Patriots GM signing him to a long term deal and I felt that it wasn’t the right amount to bring him back. Overall, I think I did well. Many needs were addressed, even if it’s just a short-term answer, they’re proven veterans and I’m comfortable with that.

TRADES

Philadelphia Eagles Get:

Kellen Winslow Jr. / TE

Cleveland Browns Get:

Lito Sheppard / CB

2nd Round Pick, 55th Overall

The first proposal for this was a 3rd instead of a 2nd, but I upped the ante because I needed a proven tight end. In my opinion, this trade benefits both teams and we are even. Sheppard really got shafted down on the depth chart and in real life he was traded for a 5th + a conditional ’10 draft pick and at this point KWJ is still 1st round value, thus this trade. KWJ provides a middle of the field target / another endzone threat for Donovan. Question marks are around his attitude, but I believe he will put that aside to help this team get above that mark.

Philadelphia Eagles Get:

1st Round Pick, 17th Overall

Jesse Chatman / RB

New York Jets Get:

1st Round Pick, 21st Overall

3rd Round Pick, 85th Overall

I made this trade to assure that I landed my future All-Pro player at safety. Many questioned my move, but I did it because I felt that couple of the teams ahead of me would make the move for him, so I just went ahead and made it. Chatman came in the deal to even it out, but despite that he only played 3 games in ’08, he still is a thumper of a back and is a multiple threat out of the backfield. Fills the void left by the departed Correll Buckhalter.

Philadelphia Eagles Get:

Patrick Kerney / DE

Seattle Seahawks Get:

Brodrick Bunkley / DT

4th Round Pick, 117th Overall

A defensive end opposite Trent Cole was needed. Need I say more about Kerney? His motor is off the charts, and with him in the Jim Johnson defense; the Eagles defensive line would be a force to be reckon with. Yes, I may have lost a solid player in Bunkley, but I will replace him with Trevor Laws, who in my point, needs to be unleashed. He wasn’t a 2nd round pick in the ’08 draft for nothing. He provides solid gap penetration and with Laws teaming up with Patterson and a solid rotation of defensive ends on the outside (Kerney, Cole, Juqua Parker, Darren Howard, Abiamiri), the Eagles D just got better.

Philadelphia Eagles Get:

Tank Tyler / DT

Kansas City Chiefs Get:

7th Round Pick, 213th Overall

I believe this trade was a steal for me, personally. Tyler was drafted in ’07 (3rd round) and some may have said that he didn’t live up to anything yet, but in the Eagles defense, he will thrive off the rotation with Patterson. The prototype nose tackle for JJ’s defense, short and stumpy, Tyler can provide a lot for the Eagles team. Also, insurance for the trading of Brodrick Bunkley.

DRAFT

1 (17th Overall) – Louis Delmas / S / Western Michigan

This is the player I coveted the most when I knew that the Eagles needed a future Safety. Delmas provides a lot of swagger with his ability to come up and make the tackle against the run and he has solid coverage skills to go along with it. He will come in and be mentored by one of the best in the business at playmaking, Darren Sharper. Sharper will help Delmas become a true top All-Pro Safety for years to come and a true marksman for the NFL. An all-around player with a very high ceiling.

1 (28th Overall) – Eben Britton / OT / Arizona

The eventual replacement to Tra Thomas at left tackle. Another player that will be mentored by one of the leagues top at his position. Britton benefited from an excellent junior campaign and with a year or two to sit behind Tra, Britton will gain more knowledge and experience and when he’s called upon, he will be a surefire All-pro tackle.

5 (133rd Overall) – James Davis / RB / Clemson

Boy, I was so close to landing my pick for powerback here; Andre Brown (NC St.), but Sac (Rams GM) selected him 3 spots before. Grr. So, I just went to plan B and landed another tough back that will run up the middle and get that short yardage needed; James Davis. He was the thunder to CJ Spiller’s lightning, so I expect him to come in and do the same with Westbrook. He needs to work on catching out of the backfield, but who better to learn from than one of the leagues best at that, Brian Westbrook. Solid value here for Davis.

5 (149th Overall) – Frantz Joseph / ILB / Florida Atlantic

Joseph is a project at linebacker, but he has all the tools necessary to one day become a starter in this league. I’ve watched a few tapes of him and he gets after the ball carrier in a hurry and don’t let his size fool you, but this kid can cover a back / tight end. A defensive coach like JJ will help this kid develop all he needs to succeed.

6 (181st Overall) – Ra’Shon Harris / DT / Oregon

This is about where I projected Harris to land in the draft and I had to take him to assure depth and rotation at defensive tackle. He’s coming off an injury, but he won’t be rushed on the field. He’s in ways similar to Laws, quick, penetrating type of tackle.

6 (182nd Overall) – Nader Abdallah / DT / Ohio State

No one really talks about this guy, but I just had to draft him; again for assurance of depth and rotation at defensive tackle. Very strong at the point of attack and uses his hands well to disengage, Nader is another project, I’m predicting he will start one day. For now, he’ll be in the rotation.

UDFA (1st Round) – Eddie Williams / FB / Idaho

Despite coming off a knee injury, Eddie Williams is worth taking a flyer on here in the UDFA round. Williams is a versatile player that can play FB, H-Back, & TE for a team. The Eagles will benefit from this guy because he’s a powerful blocker and runner and he catches well out of the backfield.

UDFA (2nd Round) – Graham Gano / K/P / Florida State

Another player worth taking a flyer on. Akers is getting up there in age and I don’t mind bringing in the BEST kicker in this draft via UDFA. Gano has a strong leg, but is known for his accuracy. Assurance for David Akers.

Recap:

Overall, I filled all my needs and added much more depth to positions that needed it. I’m pleased of the way my draft went, but there’s no doubt it could’ve been better. I was hoping Beenie Wells fell to me at the 28th Overall, but he got selected by Kansas City, 3 picks earlier again. Haha. Other than that, I think this depth chart will show you what I mean about the Eagles improved team…

DEPTH CHART ‘09

Offense

QB – Donovan McNabb / Kevin Kolb / AJ Feeley

RB – Brian Westbrook / James Davis / Jesse Chatman

FB – BJ Askew / Eddie Williams

TE – Kellen Winslow Jr. / Brent Celek / Matt Schobel

WR – TJ Houshmandzadeh / DeSean Jackson / Jason Avant

WR – Kevin Curtis / Reggie Brown / Hank Baskett

LT – Tra Thomas / Eben Britton

LG – Todd Herremans / Mike McGlynn

C – Jamaal Jackson / Nick Cole

RG – Shawn Andrews / Max Jean-Gilles

RT – Jon Stinchcomb / Winston Justice

Defense

LE – Patrick Kerney / Juqua Parker / Victor Abiamiri

NT – Mike Patterson / Tank Tyler

UT – Trevor Laws / Ra’Shon Harris / Nader Abdallah

RE – Trent Cole / Darren Howard / Chris Clemons

SLB – Chris Gocong / Tank Daniels

MLB – Stewart Bradley / Frantz Joseph

WLB – Akeem Jordan / Omar Gaither

CB – Asante Samuel / Joselio Hanson / Quintin Demps

CB – Sheldon Brown / Corey Ivy

SS – Quintin Mikell / Sean Considine

FS – Darren Sharper / Louis Delmas

K – David Akers / Graham Gano

P – Sav Rocca

Recap

Did my best to improve the Eagles and get them to that next level (Super Bowl). I believe I addressed every need there was and made sure I had an ample amount of depth and assurance of rotation at each position.

Critiques & Comments?

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KiiNGofLONDON

Where to begin? I took over the Jaguars midway through the off-season, just as the F/A had come to a close, and as GM's were preparing there draft options. I was lucky in that we didn't lose any players through F/A (none of my F/As were signed, so they all returned to my roster as per default in the IMD). I was taking over a roster with a lot of potential, but that had just come off a 5-11 season and had a lot of holes to fill. I knew that I simply couldn't fill every hole through the draft alone, and I was happy to accept that (I guess kind of like the Falcons this year). In a way it kind of made things easier and took a little pressure off. Anyway, here's how the off-season went:

Needs

The O-line was a mess. In terms of sacks allowed, Khalif Mitchell was the worst tackle in the league. Both the former starting guards, Vince Manuwai and Maurice Williams had been out all season, and with Manuwai coming off a torn ACL, he may not play to the same standard again. I knew this was going to have to be my primary objective: rebuild the O-line.

That wasn't the only need relating to Garrard's supporting acts. My WR corps needed help; I needed a downfield threat badly. I also needed a new starting CB with Florence already out the door, and a big run-stuffing DT with the Jaguars' Defense being 24th against the run.

Trades

As I mentioned, I had two guards coming off season-ending injuries. I decided I couldn't risk my O-line depending on both of them returning, so with Manuwai coming off the worse injury, I decided to trade him. In return I got Carlos Rogers, Washington's #1 CB, which filled a need and to be represented incredible value.

Vince Manuwai G for Carlos Rogers CB = Trade Grade
A*

Trade 2 involved a player I had on my roster who was simply in the wrong system. Quentin Groves is a 3-4 OLB who was stuck as a 4-3 DE at Jacksonville, and when I found a few GM's interested in him I was happy to let him go for a 3rd round pick, especially knowing there were a lot of 4-3 pass-rushers available in the mid-late rounds. The only drawback I saw in this trade was that he had been drafted in the middle of the 2nd round a year earlier, and thus we had lost a little value on him over the year, but I saw a lot of value in the extra 3rd round pick, so was happy to pull the trigger.

Quentin Groves DE/OLB for 85th Overall Pick (Round 3) = Trade Grade
B

The final trade I undertook was to look for a deep-threat WR through a trade. I targeted Sinorice Moss, who I find to be a very underrated WR in the NFL, and who may, in the aftermath of the Plaxico Burress affair, have a big year for the Giants in 09. He was a 2006 early-second round pick, and while he has yet to develop into an NFL starter, he still has so much potential. I was prepared to offer a 5th round for him, but I started by offering a 6th which Robb, the NYG GM, accepted. I was delighted with this pickup which took a lot of pressure off of me to find a suitable WR in the draft.

167th Overall Pick (Round 6) for Sinorice Moss = Trade Grade
A

Overall Trade Grade = A

The Draft

I needed a new starting left tackle so I could shift Barnes over to the right where he is a great fit as a mauler. The only place where I could get this would be in Round 1, so iI had to pull the trigger on Oher. I could have got him up to five picks later, so it could be considered a slight reach, but he fits in do well and definitely helps my fix my mangeld O-line.

8th Overall Pick: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss (Round 1) = Draft Grade
B

I very nearly chose Brian Robiskie who I like a lot, but with one of my favourite prospects still, to my surprise, on the board, I had to go with the Duke. He would be able to come in and start as my right guard and complete my O-line transformation.

39th Overall Pick: Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma (Round 2) = Draft Grade
A*

I had my eye on Juaquin Iglesias for this pick. I think he's going to be a very good WR in the NFL, and was delighted to see him still on the board ten minutes before I was OTC. Sadly, a GM who had missed an earlier pick picked him just before I went and did the same. I had to settle for the best DT on the board, but in hindsight that was probably the best thing for my team. He's a natural leader, a monster in the running game and does get the odd sack. Him and Henderson together as a pairing would inspire those around them on defense, and he holds value in the 3rd.

72nd Overall Pick: Dorell Scott, DT, Clemson (Round 3) = Draft Grade
A

I can't believe how underrated this guy is! I need a backup C to cover the oft-injured Meester when he's on the sidelines and to eventually become my starter, so this pick made a lot of sense. I truly believe Caldwell is the #2 C in this draft behind Mack, so I can't believe some mocks have him going on the 4th. Great value at the bottom of the 3rd if you ask me.

85th Overall Pick: Antoine Caldwell, C, Alabama (Round 3) = Draft Grade
A*

I still needed to replace Groves and find a back-up DE, so I took Phillip Hunt here. He's a very good pass-rusher and could add to an already very-strong DE rotation (Harvey, Hayward, Spicer and now Hunt). He may still have been on the board at my next pick, but I highly doubt it, and he was by far the best DE still on the board.

103rd Overall Pick: Phillip Hunt, DE, Houston (Round 4) = Draft Grade
B

6'1" WR who ran the second fastest combine 40-time (4.33), and jumped the 4th higest (10') and the 3rd longest (10'9"), is effective as a kick-returner, and has pretty solid hands. That's pretty good value to me. Yes, he's a project, but with Jerry Porter to learn from I think he should be fine, and is a bright prospect for a team needing as many options as possible at WR.

136th Overall Pick: Mike Wallace, WR, Ole Miss (Round 5) = Draft Grade
A

This guy simply shouldn't have still been on the board. I consider him a 6th round prospect, so I was delighted to snap him up. Can come in and sit behind Marcedes Lewis and hopefully develop into a starter eventually.

1st UDFA Pick: Davon Drew, TE, East Carolina = Draft Grade
A*

Probably my favourite UDFA prospect, and somebody I really want the Falcons to sign. No, he won't get drafted, but he's a big guy, a mauler, and most importantly a leader. He, like Wallace, is a project, but has everything an NFL RT needs. All he needs to do is sit behind someone with NFL experience, like Khalif Barnes, and improve his mechanics and technique. He was Tennessee's captain, and would definitely be a great guy to have to lift spirits.

2nd UDFA Pick: Ramon Foster, OT, Tennessee = Draft Grade
A

Overall Draft Grade = A

The Depth Chart

QB: David Garrard/Cleo Lemon

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew/Fred Taylor/Chauncey Washington

FB: Greg Jones/Montell Owens

WR1: Jerry Porter/Sinorice Moss/Dennis Northcut

WR2: Reggie Williams/Mike Walker/Mike Wallace

TE: Marcedes Lewis/Davon Drew

RT: Khalif Barnes/Ramon Foster

RG: Duke Robinson/Greg Norman

C: Brad Meester/Antoine Caldwell

LG: Maurice Williams/Uche Nwaneri

LT: Michael Oher/Tony Pashos

LE: Derrick Harvey/Phillip Hunt

DT1: John Henderson/Tony McDaniel/Atiyyah Ellison

DT2: Rob Meier/Dorell Scott/Derek Landri

RE: Reggie Hayward/Paul Spicer

WLB: Justin Durant/Clint Ingram

MLB: Mike Peterson/Thomas Williams

SLB: Daryl Smith/Brian Iwuh

CB1: Rashean Mathis/Omare Lowe/Brian Witherspoon

SS: Gerald Sensabaugh/Chad Nkang

FS: Reggie Nelson/Pierson Prioleau

CB2: Carlos Rogers/Brian Williams/William James

K: Josh Scobee

P: Adam Podlesh

KR: Maurice Jones-Drew

PR: Brian Witherspoon

So there you have it. I think I have turned the worst O-line in the league to potentially the best. I have given Garrard a few new options as receivers and I've added a brillian new starter to my secondary as well a couple of rotational players to my D-line. I think I have given the Jags a chance to push on for the play-offs, but more importantly, I have looked to the long-term and given them a stepping stone from which to build a fantastic team.

Overall Grade = A

The 2010 Draft

I though I might as well go and put together a mock 2010 draft. So here goes:

1. Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee.

He can come in and partner Reggie at safety. Could you imagine Mathis + Rogers + Nelson + Berry. That would be by far the best secondary in the league!

2. Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU.

Depending on how his senior year goes he'll be a 1st or 2nd rounder. He could be an incredible outlet for Garrard.

3. Dexter Davis, OLB, Arizona State.

A SLB who can get to the QB regularly is gonna be needed in '10. This guy sure knows how to do that (40 tackles, 15 TFL and 11 sacks last year)!

4. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech.

Garrard's successor. With a little grooming could be a franchise QB. T-Mobile could well be Michael Vick without the interceptions and the dog fighting.

5. Keenan Clayton, OLB, Oklahoma.

Why not take a WLB too? A SS convert who had 84 tackles, 10 TFL, 4.5 sacks, nine passes broken up and six forced fumbles last year.

6. Ekom Udofia, NT, Stanford.

Dorell's gonna need some help on those running downs when Henderson's hung up his boots.

7. T.J. Conley, P, Idaho.

This kid is a very good punter.

Thanks for reading!

:D

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Minnesota Vikings

Free Agents/Restricted Free Agents

Corner Back - Charles Gordon

Defensive End - Jayme Mitchell

Defensive Tackle - Fred Evans

Fullback - Nafahu Tahi

Available CAP (20ish Mill)

C – Matt Birk has started to show signs of age. Doesn’t pull very much anymore and appears to struggle in the new scheme. We will not retain Mat Birk and wish him the best. With this in mind, our # 1 offensive priority was to continue our successful campaign in the run game. Our violent rushing attack led by AP requires a superb/successful performance by our o-line. In order to command a brilliant offense we needed a center that can prove he is the leader/adjuster. In our minds we had only 1 person in the FA that could provide such talent. Jason Brown FA High-end. He is not only versatile player that can play C and OT, but he is a proven leader.

QB - Tavaris Jackson (last year on his contract) had flashes of elite QB traits when he came back from early season injury. The problem we continued to observe was a lack of consistency or leaks of confidence at times. TJ continues to show questionable decision making when forced out of the pocket. Instead of throwing the ball away or scrambling to the sidelines, TJ at times extend plays gets himself in risky situations. With this in mind we have decided to retain John David Booty and add Marques Tuiasosopo FA Mid-end. Marques Tuiasosopo - UCLA, 2nd rd pick from the Raiders has a built of a FB. Very solid traits similar to Dante Culpepper. Only difference is Culpepper has a stronger and more accurate arm. However Marques Tuiasosopo will start as the #2 QB and compete for a start as he conforms well in the west coast offense. The newly acquired Rudy Carpenter 7th rd- QB Arizona State also indeed creates the known "urgency" and "seriousness" that the QB position is up for grabs.

LB - With the return of the dominating enforcer - EJ Henderson, our LB situation looks to be the most feared in the NFC North. With Greenway (pass and run), EJ Henderson (pass and run), Ben Leber (running downs), Napoleon Harris (possible spring training cut) we decided to pick up a dominating ILB, Dannell Ellerbe 3rd Rd who we will groom to succeed Harris and Thomas/Leber. We have Dannell Ellerbe as this year's best coverage LB in the 2009 draft. With possibly beefing up another 10-15 lbs without losing speed, we expect Dannell to eventually be a 3 down LB. Playing in both the run and pass. However this year alone he will need to prove he can manage in nickel situations.

S - The Vikings ranked 18th in pass defense. We have alot of young talent in the safety position and will allow Darren Sharper to test the FA market. Tyrell Johnson whom is a 2nd rd pick of 2008 will be our starting FS in 2009. He made some rookie mistakes but that was expected (at times played out of position and out of the play). We will bring in Mike Brown FA-Mid-end who will help develop our young group and will start as our SS. He will mold and develop our newest SS Patrick Chung2nd Rd. We would like to mix the group in different schemes and will see how well each player responds. We expect to be be top 10 in pass defense in 2009.

DT – Pat Williams signed a 3 year contract in 2007. Has thrived in the new scheme and along with K-Will cements the defensive front especially against the run. Will be entering his 13 year in 2009. Even though he appears to be playing at a very high level, a future replacement has been considered carefully. We decided instead to patch a quick hole and picked Tank Johnson FA-scrub off the FA market to fill in during Kevin Williams's suspension. We will have Letroy Guion who is Pat's understudy fill in during his absents as well. We will also have a starter/backup Fred Evans to be primary starter and play an active role during the William's suspensions.

WR – We decided to bring in a vet presence to provide a leadership role and much needed experience. With that in mind we picked up Dante Hall. Sure Dante HallFA-scrub had more success in PR/KR. However what is more invaluable and more of the issue was we needed someone who can break from press coverage and stay in routes or simply be effective use of the timed routes which is essential in the WCO we run. We had several injuries but still no excuse. (Sidney Rice) (Bernard Berriam)

TE - We decided to bring in Bear Pascoe5th rd to compliment Visanthe Shiancoe who had a breakout season (And that is the NAKED TRUTH!!). We expect Bear to contribute in both the pass and run game. He will immediately start as a TE along with Visanthe. With the release of Kleinsasser (Forgot spelling).

RB - Adrian Peterson (Enough said...) Actually Adrian Peterson will need to work on ball security. No matter, he is young and should play better next year. Chester Taylor (last year on contract) maybe Maurice Hicks takes over his role. Also have Albert Young, UDFA.

OT/OG - 3 main issues last year... PASS BLOCKING, PASS BLOCKING & PASS BLOCKING...one of our solution was to drive our newly acquired C Jason Brown to improve in pass protect. However we decided we will also shuffle our players to revert back to their natural positions. Without a doubt Ryan Cook was the weakest link. We will move Anthony Herrera from G to RT and move newly acquired Brian WatersFA-Mid/High to the RG position. Backing up Herrera will be Ryan Cook. This solidifies the Right Side. With the Left side we already have 2 elite OT/LG - Steve Hutchinson LG and Bryant McKinnie LT. We have Ryan Cook also support the LT and Artis Hicks back up both tackle positions as well. John Sullivan will be primary C/OG back up as well.

DE If Keneche doesnt come back healthy, say hello to the new advanced future DE of DE, Micheal Johnson1st rd out of GT. The sky is the limit to the potenial deadly tandem of both Jared Allen and Micheal Johnson. 5 Superbowl rings HERE I COME!!! We expect Micheal Johnson to fill in at times with either Keneche/Edwards depending...We also expect Otis Grigsby/Jayme Mitchell to play an active back up role in the DE position.

CB Antoine Winfield does an exceptional job with respect to run but struggles at times in the pass game against bigger and stronger and more physical receivers in press coverage. Cedric Griffin is the shutdown corner and will fill out his promises and play out the life of his contract. We also decided to bring in Adam JonesFA-scrub to stiffen the competition. We expect both Adam Jones and Dante Hall to compete for the KR/PR positions. Imagine that...

Overall we are pleased with this year's results and expect to mix the chemistry rather quick and hope to see a talented group in both offense and defense.

GM Jluk

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Detroit Lions IMD Off-Season

THE NEW LIONS!

Draft

1 - Eugene Monroe - OT - Virginia

1 - Mark Sanchez - QB - USC

2 - Robert Ayers - DE - Tennessee

3 - (Traded for LB Zach Diles)

3 - (Traded for OG Brandon Moore)

4 - Otis Wiley - S - Michigan State (Won in Leigh Bodden Trade)

5 - (Lost in Leigh Bodden Trade)

6 - (Traded down for 2 7th rounders)

6 - Kevin Ogletree - WR - Virginia

7 - Cameron Morrah - TE - California

7 - Cecil Newton - C - Tennessee State

7 - (Traded for QB Michael Vick)

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Here are the Players that Ellijay got in FAcy and the players we drafted together , I would love it if TD got just half of the players we drafted for Arizona , I know we need a DT though.

Here is our Free Agents I signed.

C.... Brad Meester from Jacksonville

CB.. Ron Bartell from St. Louis

ILB.. Kevin Burnett from Dallas

RB.. Darren Sproles from San Diego

Resigned QB.... Kurt Warner

Franchised LB.. Karlos Dansby

Drafted

DE/DT ........Tyson Jackson

OLB/DE/TE Connor Barwin

OT/OG........Jamon Merideth

CB/FS........ Keenan Lewis

FS/SS........ Chris Clemons

DE/OLB......Brandon Williams

WR............ Deon Butler

RB............. Shonn Greene

TE.............. James Casey

ILB............. Worrel WIlliams

C/G........... Juan Garcia

UDFA

TE... Kory Sperry

RB.. Jerimiah Johnson

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