Originally Posted by Corrosion
I cant make up my mind on the RT / RG arguement. I think in the coming draft it needs to be one or the other early and a developmental player at the opposite position later.
Wouldnt mind a NT but the top tier will be long gone by the time the Texans pick in the first round and there are several guy's in that second group that are relatively close in terms of talent. I think you get more value at the position later in the draft , maybe make a move up to the middle of the 3rd round.
I agree with your bolded section, RT or RG confuse me as well. I keep flopping back and forth on the replacement of Newton at RT, but BB pointed out to me in a PM that Newton has only given up 3 sacks and 6 penalties this season and that's pretty damn good for a guy in only his 2nd season and first year really playing. Jones and Newton both show potential for the future along with Brooks but the hard part for us all is being patient while waiting for their development. We expect replacements to step in and be better than Brisiel and Winston but it doesn't work that way, they need time to learn. I know it's hard to be patient.
As for OLB I don't think it's a 1st round need even if we lose Barwin in FA, which I really hope doesn't happen. I think Reed and Barwin are doing a good job, sacks aren't the only measure of an OLB. Both of them set the edge against the run and direct the run to the middle of the D-line very well, all the more reason to get better at NT. We drafted Merci as insurance against losing Barwin because Barwin was in the last year of his contract. If we lose Barwin, OLB is not a 1st round need because neither Reed or Merci are going to be a FA at the end of next season, thus no need for insurance against them leaving.
I think our 1st round pick will most likely be at NT or CB if a really good CB falls to us, doubtful. I think Cody will be gone at the end of the season which leaves a huge hole in the D-line which Mitchell is not prepared to fill by himself. I think the early rounds of the draft go something like this: JMO...
1. NT or CB.
3. OT/OG, a guy like Wagner that can most likely play both.