Originally Posted by Corrosion
The last six weeks of this season has definately changed my thoughts on the draft .... Six weeks ago , I was on board with a top draft pick at NT/DT , now that focus has shifted to fixing a broken OL where despite Wade Smith making a probowl appearance , I think at least three positions are lacking in LG , RG and RT.
Add to the above the fact that five of the Texans top eight defensive backs will be FA's .... There are also needs at OLB & ILB due to injury and looming free agency.
These positions ....would be my focus in both FA and draft moves , I'd also like to address QB but dont see how with Schaubs contract and not having a premium pick to work with.
NT / DT has almost fallen off the radar for me , below is how I'd rank the needs going into the FA period and the draft:
OG - At least one as neither position has been particularly strong the last third of the season.
RT - Newton has been solid in pass protection but pathetic in run and screen plays. I like him as a swing tackle , not a starter.
DB - Both S and CB with so many possible free agents , you can never have engough good DB's.
ILB - James was a stop gap for a year , the depth has been hurt with injuries , both Dobbins and James are FA's. Sharpton finishing a third consecutive season on IR.
OLB - Barwin's pending FA and the lack of production from the position overall. JJ Watt needs some help up front.
QB - This would be my primary need but with Schaubs contract , a team built to win now and no premium pick or means to move up to one , its just not logical. Need to look real hard at the scrap heap of FA to find a viable plan B should Schaub continue to falter.
right there with you, though i think our rookie guards will be significantly better next season with the amount of time they're getting now. brooks seeing the field at all this year is HUGE to me, it means kubiak has confidence that brooks is putting in the work and digesting the playbook. if he can get it going, brooks has an absolute excess of potential. wade will probably return next season and i like jones to back up the interior (or hopefully replace wade), though the next backup needs to be found. newton is the weak link and it has nothing to do with anyone around him, as you said a pretty solid swing tackle, but not a starter.