SO... This season is pretty much over, so why not start the offseason talk? First, we have to address our most pressing needs, which have become glaringly obvious as the team has improved dramatically in certain areas. QB, WR, and DL are no longer desperate needs (although there's always room for improvement). OL (as usual since Year 1) is still our weakest position, followed in my opinion by S, RB, and LB. So let's start there. The toughest position to fill is offensive line, which is why ours is still so pathetic. We'll assume that absolutely MUST be addressed in the draft and move on. There are some defensive studs available out there after this season, including Lance Briggs, Asante Samuel, Marcus Trufant, Bob Sanders, and Eugene Wilson. We should make a run at one of those guys (Bob Sanders would be a double kill, shoring up a weak safety position for us while weakening our division foes). We should go ahead and keep Von Hutchins, as he can play safety or corner pretty effectively, though more as a backup or nickel than as a full-blown starter. Running back is another hole that's fillable by a FA this year. Michael Turner, Julius Jones, Tatum Bell, Michael Bennett, Michael Pittman. All those guys would be fine for a year or two (or stand pat with what we have) and find a late round prospect, or wait one more year and draft a stud in the first round. NOW...if in free agency we can land a solid safety and/or complimentary CB to Dunta, find a RB that can either remove some load from Ahman or start in his place, and get everyone else healthy, we can turn to the draft. DRAFT AN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN. Even if it means making a wacky trade to move up to land Jake Long or Sam Baker, although I think one of those guys (or Ryan Clady) will be there when we pick. It will be VERY tempting to go after Jonathan Stewart here, but I think if we stay the course and get an OT here, and a center in the third round, we can maybe find a diamond in the rough in a later round, or hope that Darius Walker or a healthy Chris Taylor develops into a top-tier back with a solid OL. After the 4th round, you just draft BPA with a leaning towards secondary and LB's. Thoughts or additions here? I also want everyone to keep in mind that Rick Smith, after the 2006 draft, specifically said "we are still two more drafts away from being a good team". He's right. We had the 2007 draft, and after the 2008 draft and offseason, we SHOULD be a GOOD TEAM.