Originally Posted by Scooter
i'm still not seeing nose tackle unless it's a BPA. cody is more than adequate, as well as being cheap. mitchell could certainly be upgraded, but is respectable depth. dont get me wrong, if BPA is a heavy with the adjective "tenacious" in his scouting report, i'm all for it ... but i hardly see NT as a need. with 2 all-pro's beside him, i'd hate to tie up more money on the line (or lose smith) when we already have "good" at the position. also, and this is a big one, nose tackle is the position with the lowest play total (brice mccain has more defensive snaps than cody and mitchell combined). edit: we're #2 in run defense and have only allowed 1 rushing touchdown this season ... i'm actually curious as to why NT would be so high on some lists.
wide receiver and right tackle are my main focuses still. jones has flashed great (and poor) play, and brooks is going to be absolutely beastly if he learns the technique and nuances of the position. as it stands now he obliterates his man ... when he knows which man to obliterate. those two could very well be our guards for the next 10 years (i see jones sliding to the left side). newton i dont see the potential in, and after a brief but impressive showing from gardner, i'm not sure newton will hold the swing tackle position. right tackle is the hole on our offensive line, and one that should probably be addressed in the first 3 picks. harris is our current ephraim salaam, only here because noone else is able to play the position.
wide receiver is pretty obvious. jean and posey are simply potential, most likely remaining unrealized. walter is exceptional, expendable depth. andre is still andre, but a monster 2 weeks doesnt turn back the clock. it's way past time to get the next big thing. i dont mean to trade up for julio jones, but much like atlanta it's time we added the big second receiver.
inside linebacker. cushing is all-pro ... everyone else is depth. i'm not a fan of james, sharpton flashes potential but cant stay healthy, dobbins is strictly a thumper, and ruud is above average filler. we still need a starter here, preferably a 3 down player. i would use a 1st or second here if there was a standout, and most likely double up hoping one is a homerun. this is still THE big hole on defense - our lack of a complete nickel package.
i think wade really likes his OLB's, and i see barwin being signed relatively cheap. offensive line outside of right tackle is great, receivers are deep, tightend is a bpa addition, quarterback is great, runningback is great, DE's are great, safeties are great, corners are great. those 3 positions are where i see our only holes being (RT, WR, ILB), though certainly there are spots that could potentially be upgraded or improved with depth.