Originally Posted by Corrosion
NT could use an upgrade , but I think its far from the only position of need .... OG , RT , CB , ILB and WR are all a higher priority pending Cody is resigned.
Along the OL we have to consider the pending rules changes .... and the fact that this team averages less than 4 ypc despite leading the league in attempts.
Butler probably wont be retained , Harris is on a 1 year deal and Newton has not impressed in run blocking (Been real solid in pass protection).
I was actually impressed with Gardner yesterday when he replaced Brown for a few plays in comparison to what he looked like in preseason. Possible that he looked so bad because of the quality of players along that second unit with him.
Swing tackle and RT could be huge questionmarks going into next season.
CB - McCain and Ball will be a FA's , Harris and Carmichael played "decent" when pressed into action but the depth at the position has to be a priority. Just look at the second half of yesterdays game and see that the #5 & 6 CB's were forced into action for a reminder. To quote Rick Smith - "You can never have enough CB's."
ILB - Cushing , James and Dobbins have been hurt in recent weeks forcing the signing of a street FA in Ruud into the starting lineup along with Sharpton who has had a history of injury himself. James is also on a one year deal.
WR - This bunch is ... I just dont know what to think of them. Maybe its Schaub , maybe its Kubiak , maybe its them .... but there is a lack of a vertical threat to this offense.
I want to believe that one of Martin , Posey or Jean can be that guy .... but they havent shown it yet. They have 4 games + the playoff to get off my sh!t list.
There are other needs too .... but each of those listed above I think is more pressing than NT as long as Cody is resigned and you could make an arguement for each getting first or second round consideration.
NT dire, others a bit less. I thing except for Myers we would be ok if blocking rule changes as all are strong id not huge like Newton,Brown and Brooks. I think many underestimate Wade Smith's strength. The per carry avg is effected by new guys I am thinking + Foster huge attempts. Hopefully Tate and more of Forsett as we saw against Tenn will increase. Butler gone but I think Harris will be back as I think ZBS better on his back. Newton is basically in his rookie year so we need to give him same leeway as Brown got. I'll probably have at least one Olineman in my final mock but 3rd or later. You are on target with Gardner also as I too was impressed. He just doesn't get many reps behind Brown. I actually believe Butler would have looked better as LT next to Smith than RT next to whoever lined up at RG early this year. If Smith agrees, Rashad could be back.
Not sure Ball will get any more than Texans & might be back. Joseph and KJ with Harris replacing McCain. Carmichael backing up J JO. I think a corner will be drafted but late. Quin in a pinch could move & I wonder if Keyaron Fox could play safety/LB as Quin has done? I think Smith will bring in a couple UDFA and street guys also.
ILB was a dire need for me but James, Dobbing and Sharpton (especially this guy) have played well over all. Injuries happen but if Smith can find a Ruud, why limit him next year? I am locked into Andrew Jackson in 3rd.
Definitely understand your concerns but when was the last consistent deep threat we had? Walter and AJ can usually off Schaub's hide the rock that he does so well. Weakest link imo is Posey simply because he cannot get on field. Hopefully, he is soaking it up in practise cuase he ain't going anywhere. AFter round two I do not see any college player beating out AJ/Walter/Jean/Martin or Posey. I could see a project late who is a solid return in case Martin is hurt. Throw OD in mix...no worries, mate!
Jean has what it takes to eventually replace AJ & could move to other side starter '13. I honestly thought it was AJ that scored that TD despite seeing 18. The people I was watching game with thought I was being sarcastic yelling go AJ! Jean reminds me a lot of Andre.