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#1 Billsrhody



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:31 AM

Just wanted to visualize it in depth chart form.

"Biggest needs" in red
"Could be improved" in blue
"Solid starter" in green
"We're set" in black


CB    DE DT     DE    CB
McKelvin  Dareus   Troup   Williams   Gilmore

Williams    Sheppard   Lawson Anderson

S   S
Searcy Byrd


WR   LT   LG     C   RG     RT     TE   WR    WR
Easley Glenn    Snow Wood   Urbik Pears Chandler Graham     Johnson



So our needs (in my opinion):

Tier 1

Tier 2

I'd like to see all 5 tier 1 needs addressed in the draft at some point, but I would understand taking a better value at one of the blue or green positions instead of reaching.

When I look at the roster like this I realize that we do have some serious talent at some key positions. We need to add a few more starter quality pieces (and a QB that can play) over the next 2 drafts and I really we could have a good team.

Edited by Billsrhody, 18 April 2013 - 11:34 AM.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:37 AM

I'm putting Glenn in green, minimum. He's our franchise LT imo.

Other than that I'd say it looks prett good.

Edited by Bangarang, 18 April 2013 - 11:44 AM.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:42 AM

Based on Nix's comments at the draft luncheon, it sounds like the LB starters will be Lawson, Sheppard (for now), and Bradham, with maybe Mark Anderson at a hybrid DE/LB position.  I don't think we'll have both Mario & Anderson playing alongside 3 traditional D-lineman in anything but goal line sets.

Also, I think it's highly unlikely that Troup plays in front of Branch in any scenario, whether we start a true NT or not.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:58 AM

QB is our biggest need.  It will be until we get a very good one. I'd say WR and LB are next.  We need 1-2 legitimate WRs and (IMO) a middle LB.  I think we're set with Bradham and Lawson. When we play 3 DL, Mario, Anderson and moats can all rush the passer from the OLB spot.  Shepp in the middle is the weak link. Maybe it was our scheme, but shepp looked horrid last year.  Maybe pettines D will help him improve.  If not, we need an upgrade badly.  LG is an obvious hole.  Cb/SS and TE should also be upgraded.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:11 PM

View PostBillsrhody, on 18 April 2013 - 11:31 AM, said:

S   S
Searcy Byrd

We're not anywhere near set until Byrd is signed to a LT contract.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

Still - we also have Williams at SS - which might be a strength (although, we'll know by draft time how set they think they are there, since it is a "deep" class).  I have to agree on the whole.  I think if we add starter talent at QB, WR, TE, and ILB, and depth at G, CB, maybe a big NT, we can be competitive this year.  It's not too much to ask, IMO, from Nix with this uniquely deep class, where good talent evaluators should be able to find starters on a roster like ours into the 4th round.

And, there's still FA - with guys like Moore at G who could get us by for a year.  We can field a good team this year - at the least, a team that is getting better, on the rise, fun to watch.