1. Opportunity - We are likely going to high draft picks starting day 1 on both sides of the ball. Woods is almost a lock to start opposite Stevie, not to mention potentially EJ. On Defense, Kiko is about as close to a lock to start as Woods is on offense come week 1. That's a min of 2 second round picks, and possibly our first round pick all starting week 1 at important, impactful, and high profile positions. I also would not be surprised to see Duke play himself into a starting role early in the season if not week 1.
2. OROY - This offense is gearing up to be a fast paced and aggressive design that is rooted in the thoughts of getting more offensive possessions. If the offense can have decent success at this or better, that is going to create a lot of opportunities for Woods, EJ and even Goodwin. Woods to me is probably the most NFL ready WR in this years draft and I think he is going to be very involved in this offense out the gate. Tavon is probably the biggest threat for OROY going into the season, however, I just don't see that team being very good playing in the toughest division, specifically the toughest defensive division in all of football. All the talk about EJ so far is about how fast he is learning the offense, his leadership, confidence, etc. All of that leans more and more potential to him winning the job outright for week 1. If he does, he will likely be the most successful QB in this draft, and the media loves QB's. I dont see Geno (even if he starts week 1) having a very good season on that lame offense in NY. The other dark horse QB I think is Tyler Wilson in Oakland, but other than that, I just don't see any QB's getting much playing time this year other than Geno and EJ.
DROY - Now this one I think has a lot more players who could easily find themselves in contention for DROY. My thoughts here are not based on that though, they are solely rooted in my belief in Kiko. I really like this kid for our defense, Pettine's system, and for an impact player. I loved this kid at Oregon, and often over shadowed Dion Jordan and many feel he was the best player on that D last year. If it were not for the early college issues, he would have been a surefire first round pick IMO as well as many scouts and draft pundits. This kid is going to start week 1, just cant see any way other than injury that would prevent that. He is a playmaker all over the field and in this aggressive style D, with the additions of Manny and Branch, our big front line, a better utilized Mario I think he will be setup out there to excel big time. I think Duke could also earn a lot of playing time, but still I just think Kiko is the guy that I see as a strong candidate for DROY.
So, I am sure all the pessimists are gonna freak out about how ridiculous this sounds citing a dozen pessimistic and negative reasons, which is fine. But my thoughts on this are not about being a homer or annual optimism, its based on football, opportunity, and personal thoughts on the individual players and how they will fit in this season and be used.
PS: Dont sleep on Goodwin either, I just don't think he will get as many looks as Woods, but this kid is more explosive than Tavon.
Edited by Alphadawg7, 20 May 2013 - 12:00 PM.