Position priorities going into FA and the draft

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  1. HookemCards

    HookemCards Have at you!!!!!

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    How would all of you guys rate our positional needs. It would be nice if we could get all the biggest concerns locked up in FA, but what do you guys think they are. Here's what I've come up with and how I'd attack them.

    Dire Straights

    OG - We really need to upgrade here one way or another. Generally speaking guards are relatively inexpensive. I'd probably go after Fonoti or Neal as after Hutchinson the guard market really dries up. Neal would be a definate upgrade, and Fonoti could be huge if he keeps his weight under control (excuse the pun).

    DT - Again this is a critical area, even if we resign Davis. I'd target Kemoeatu or Clancy.

    RB - Hard to tell what we have in Arrington and Shipp, but I think we have to try to upgrade. Shipp is probably gone, Arrington could be a good change of pace back and 3rd down specialists, but I have my doubts he'll ever be an every down back. Jamal Lewis would look really good in red. Cheaper option would be his backfield mate Taylor.

    Not Quite As Dire

    C - I really like the idea of having Bentley anchoring our line next year, but it doesn't seem realistic. Mawai would be a good upgrade, and center is probably the OL position where you want experience sign him for 2 or 3 years and let Step and Leckey learn behind him. I think one of our biggest problems with the line last year was playing musical chairs at the position and not having enough experience. Get an experienced vet to make the line calls and you should see a much better OL play.

    BUQB - This should probably be addressed in FA, because if Warner goes down (maybe should be when instead of if) we'll have to have someone who can step in and play. I'd probably go after Kitna or Ramsey (if he is released).

    Looking To Upgrade

    FS - While Griffith is a bit long in the tooth and not as fast as he once one, he does provide leadership. Would it be nice to upgrade there? Sure, but it isn't necessarily a make or break proposition. FA targets - Chavous or Hope (depending on his price tag) Draft targets - Huff (rd 1), Simpson or Whitner (rd 2), Blue (rd 3).

    TE - I have nothing against our guys there, but at this point I can't even remember there names, which tells me something. Not much upgrade wise in FA, but there is alot of great talent in the draft. Davis (rd 1), Pope (rd 2), Klopfenstein or Thomas (rd 5).

    If You Have Money Left Why Not

    OLB - I like some of the young guys we have here, Dansby is a force (and we should extend him if possible this year), Blackstock could be good soon, Huff and Darling are probably situational, rotation, or back-ups at this point in there careers. Peterson would be a huge pickup if healthy. If I signed him it would be for decent money, upgradeable to very large if he meets certain incentives. I don't know much about Witherspoon, but alot of people on this board, and alot of the stuff i've read says he's a heck of a player.


    Ideally the Dire straights and Not quite as dire positions would be handled with FA. I'm sure 20 mil could upgrade these 5 positions (OG - 4 mil, RB - 5 mil, DT 4 mil, C - 3.5 mil, BUQB - 3 mil).
     
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    What?
    You think Chavous would come back? That doesn't happen very often.
     
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    Plus not to mention the guy just isnt any good.

    He has his one fluke season of a ton of INT's yet their Pass D was still one of the worst on the league. Minny has been trying to replace the guy for years.
     
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    IMO we will sign 3-5 FA's this year. Two will be on the lines, a linebacker and a QB.There is an outside chance we pick up a RB , but I think it just might be White as the guy. If we can fill those slots many other things will fall into place during the draft.

    The key to this season will be getting back healthy many of the players we counted on last season. Berry as an example makes Okefer better. Davis Or whoever takes this slot helps Dockett's game. A strong RB helps Kurt and time managment. I;m not sure that we will all agree on the names the Green and Graves come up with, but if they are happy with them I will be as well. Green knows this is a show me year and he will do everything he can to get us playoff bound.

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  5. JeffGollin

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    I agree with your position needs, but feel that trying to target specific players in free agency or the draft is kind of like trying to throw a dart at moving target blindfolded.
     
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    Draft I would agree with you but its easy to target guys in FA. If they are FA, bring them in and talk to them. If you like what they have to say get a contract worked out.
     
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    the analysis was really well thought out...i hope i am not getting too boring with my mawae support, but being realistic he is the best we actually have a chance on getting and should try very hard in getting him signed....i agree FA are much easier to target...ramsey would be an ideal backup and not expensive...4th or 5th round pick....would not have to dumb down the offense for him as we have in the past with jmc...davis is no more than a less than average DT and we need help there....the guy from the ravens would be great but don't hold your breath for him...the Florida State DT would be a big plus....that is also one of the positions if a guy is good it shows relatively early in his development...the fun starts saturday morning!!!
     

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