Originally Posted by Corrosion
The way I see it , there are five major area's of need (before we factor in losses in FA) , two on offense and three on defense. RT and WR ..... ILB and NT/DT and the 3rd safety.
The defense was riddled with injury all year .... Cody and Jamison up front (im forgetting someone here) , Cushing , Sharpton , Dobbins , Reed and James all missed time at LB while J.Jo , McCain and Ball missed time in the secondary and was really good when healthy.
The offense was relatively injury free all season .... they looked good early but faded late because A) they couldnt run the ball , B) They lack a WR that can stretch the field (Posey probably doesnt factor into next season at all) and C) Schaub , which I blame the lisfranc for his issues.
I think they have to spend some premium picks on the offense on both skill positions and the line as they are old , slow or lacking talent all over the field.
While the defense should get better by getting healthy ...
Im looking at WR and RT with the first two picks while adding ILB , S , NT and a pass rusher in no particular order later (you can add a QB somewhere along the way)
I see where you are coming from and I wouldn't be upset at all if we ended up going that route. I just don't see it that way. I think the OL is going to come together quickly after they decide who is the permanent starter. They weren't as bad as some make it out to be. Actually they played pretty well considering their age and experience and the fact that they were getting swapped out seemingly every other game.
IMO once the OL gels it will solve a lot of the offensive woes of this season. The way I see the defense is that there are weak spots with shady depth. Fix them and we are elite. ILB has no depth whatsoever. Really other than Cushing who is coming off a manor injury we have nothing. This defense is built around the LB's. the better they are the better the defense will be. Then there is the DT. Cody has never been more than a plug in. Now he has back problems and is getting old. Mitchell is only slightly better than a healthy Cody. He should never be more than a backup. I really believe if we fill those two spots with high quality players and we are there.
Another reason I want to crank up the defense is that I don't see us out scoring the top offenses by adding more weapons on offense and only filling in the blanks with average guys on defense. At least not as long as Schaub is our QB. I can see us becoming a team with a Dominating defense and a solid offense that doesn't need to score a ton to win similar to the Ravens.