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In year's past it would seem we drafted nothing but depth after the first and second. It was very frustrating and even upsetting at times to see good players, and first day contributors end up on other teams.

This year I saw this happen to other teams and even read posts on other boards that mirrored our past issues with the draft.

Looking at all we have done. Let's reflect now. We took guys who can contribute day one. What are the possibilities? What do you all think we can do with the players here presently? Are there any guys still in FA you have an interest in? How do you think the players we have signed and drafted will be used?

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In year's past it would seem we drafted nothing but depth after the first and second. It was very frustrating and even upsetting at times to see good players, and first day contributors end up on other teams.

This year I saw this happen to other teams and even read posts on other boards that mirrored our past issues with the draft.

Looking at all we have done. Let's reflect now. We took guys who can contribute day one. What are the possibilities? What do you all think we can do with the players here presently? Are there any guys still in FA you have an interest in? How do you think the players we have signed and drafted will be used?

I'd like a RG, but I'm not sure Konz or Stone won't step up and take that spot. I'm not a huge fan of Konz and I don't think Stone is really a ZBS kind of guy, but I'll grant either of them might step up.

Beyond that, I hope one of the UFDA fullbacks pans out. I don't think we'll get a TE this year, but we'll probably draft one next season. So I think we pretty much stand pat, maybe pick up some camp body/June 1 cuts at LB and o-line, and roll with what we have. I was sketchy on the offseason until the draft. After last night, I'm pretty much happy with where the team is. Let's play 2015 and re-assess after the season is over. I think we're going to like what we see.

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In year's past it would seem we drafted nothing but depth after the first and second. It was very frustrating and even upsetting at times to see good players, and first day contributors end up on other teams.

This year I saw this happen to other teams and even read posts on other boards that mirrored our past issues with the draft.

Looking at all we have done. Let's reflect now. We took guys who can contribute day one. What are the possibilities? What do you all think we can do with the players here presently? Are there any guys still in FA you have an interest in? How do you think the players we have signed and drafted will be used?

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I'll be curious to see who gets cut after May 12. There are always teams that get prospects in the draft, and so a little house cleaning afterwards as a result.

Also, there some teams (*cough* Eagles *cough*) who were trying to trade players during and in advance of the draft, that may just outright release them now.

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We have a very good team now from a player/talent prospective. At this point the linchpin of everything is the oline, if it fails then it doesn't matter how great the coach or the rest of the team are. If the oline comes out solid then we have a good shot. They'll need to become better than good to square off with the panthers again if that's where we end up.

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Not worth taking the risk at OL, for the reasons ODB mentioned.

All the rest falls apart if our interior OL is weak...collapsing the pocket and failing to open running lanes.

So, I'd do a trade for an aging OG who can play 1 more year, or another young guy who won't make a 2nd contract. We could use help at several other areas, but the only one that seems devastating if it doesn't work out is OG. So, take care of it. Also would love a big RB who can run through arm tackles, even if just for 4 yards.

On the flip side, if we can get a little development from Hageman, and some rookie push, the D can be better than I expected this year. I hope our DTs wreak havoc, and Clayborn, Beasley, et all mop up. It looks like we may have push and penetration for the first time in a long time.

I actually get excited thinking about the different DL combinations, with Hageman and Clayborn able to play 5 or reduce, and pretty good depth at all DL and LB spots.

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In year's past it would seem we drafted nothing but depth after the first and second. It was very frustrating and even upsetting at times to see good players, and first day contributors end up on other teams.

This year I saw this happen to other teams and even read posts on other boards that mirrored our past issues with the draft.

Looking at all we have done. Let's reflect now. We took guys who can contribute day one. What are the possibilities? What do you all think we can do with the players here presently? Are there any guys still in FA you have an interest in? How do you think the players we have signed and drafted will be used?

Great thread, let's also not forget the talent we signed in free agency....
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I was thinking the same thing, KoG. We very likely drafted four starters with our first four picks and possibly five in our first six. Even then, Jarrett is quite capable of being a key contributor this year and starter next. Last year, we were wondering if anybody besides Matthews would be a contributor. We significantly upgraded our talent and depth.

I'm hoping Quinn and co. can develop these guys quickly. Our rebuild accelerated this off-season to the point that I'm actually going to go into the season with high hopes again.

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Anything is possible. Nolan ran our defense right into the ground over complicating things the way he did. Additionally through free agency and the draft enough players were brought in that its a clean slate and the defense should improve a great deal. The Saints went from having the worst defense of all time to a top five unit.

Offensively I would personally run the exact same system. It minimizes risk, ensures positive yardage on a high percentage of plays and with players like Julio Jones, Devin Hester, Tevin Coleman, Antone Smith and Freeman touch the ball as often as possible they will eventually, hopefully often, hit a home run.

So anything is possible. The inverse of the positive scenario I just wrote.

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