1) DE Matt Roth or Justin Tuck (A replacement for B. Smith whom I would release)
2) S Donte Nicholson or Ernest Shazor (Split time w/Keion Carpenter)
3) CB Best coverage corner available (To replace Mathis as our nickel back)
4) OT Nick Kazcur (solid depth)
4) DT Lorenzo Alexander (Rotate w/Chad Lavalais)
5) LB Best available w/speed (ST player plus depth)
I would also try to trade Duckett if Dunn is going to be our starter next season. The player I would try to draft from this trade would be....C Vince Carter.
With all this I hear about Roth's game at the Senior Bowl, I'm having doubts he's there when we pick. I'd love to get him though. I think Shazor will be gone well before it's our turn in the second round. By the third round I think the CB talent will be on the thin side, and we would probably be best served looking at interior OL, either C or LG.
I've heard before that our guys are interested in Kazcur, though I don't know how accurate that is. I could see us getting him and Lo if he's there as well.
I wouldn't trade Duckett. I think he definitely made strides this past year, and I continue to believe that if he loses some weight, he's only going to get better. Now of course, if someone is going to offer us a #1 or #2 for Duckett, then I'd definitely think about making the trade. In this offense, I think it's far easier to replace Duckett than it is Dunn. We'll see...
I don't know if Duckett really needs to lose weight, but he does look hesitant and/or sluggish a good many times when he first gets the handoff. Heck, I remember back in preseason a few times he started to dance around. If we can just get him to the hit the hole strong and quick he'll be fine.
Besides, with the talent that could be available into the first and second round, I doubt we get any offers that would benefit us. Oakland could try to make a trade if Norv thinks he fits his power offense style. But I don't know if they'd send us their second. If we can work something out for Buchanon to be our other corner in that trade, however, I'd be all over that. I doubt that's likely, but I can dream, can't I
Elton Brown is a road-grader, and I'm not sure he's the type of plaer that Atlanta should be after. He's a short-area guy that has good athleticism for his size, but he's not a guy that is going to have an easy time getting downfield and making cut blocks, etc. He measured at about 340 I believe at the Senior Bowl (some referred to it as "sloppy"), and typically you need to be lighter in Gibbs blocking scheme because he wants you to be mobile.
I've seen Elton Brown place for us on a few mock drafts, and they all make me laugh. I can't recall any 6 1/2' 330+ guards being selected in Denver while Gibbs was there, and I don't see it happening here. I mean, if any guard that big could have the quickness Gibbs like to have, then sure... but I don't find that too likely
In the first round I think we have a few options of players to look at even if we don't make any kind of movement with letting our own players go. This going by just who I think will be available at #27, not the entire draft board.
We could look at DEs that are available. If Roth is there, which I have my doubts, I'd love to take him. I think our realistic choices are Tuck or someone like that. I don't think we necessarily need to let Brady go, as depth is always a good thing. Still, it may be too much money for the position if this is the case.
The only DT I'd be happy with in the first is Shaun Cody. I think if he's gone, then there's enough talent at a few other areas that I would feel better looking at those instead of a different DT.
Thurman would be a nice pick up at MLB. He'd be my first choice of the remaining Mike backers, but not necessarily my first choice of the overall talent remaining.
If Rogers, Adams or Webster is there at CB (I'm fairly certain that one of them will be) I'd love to see us get any one of the three, however with the money that went to DeAngelo and Webster last year I don't know if it's a position we could tie first round money into.
At this point I'm not really in the belief that Shazor or Nicholson are first round guys, however if we want either I think we need to act on them here, trade down no more than 10 spots, or try to move our 2nd round pick into the top 10 of that round somehow. I honestly don't feel both will be there past New Orleans at 40, and Kansas City at 46 at the latest.
Now if I branch it open to who I think could
fall, I think Jammal Brown tops my list. Honestly, I can't stand Oklahoma and their players being a CU fan, but Brown and Carter are two players I really want to see us get. Brown has played RT at OU and can come in for us and take over for Weiner. Weiner's someone who just hasn't made me believe he's playing worth we pay him, so if we get the chance to upgrade that spot in the draft we have to.
If Roth is there, and Brown isn't, he's my #2 choice. If our RB group gets shaken up somehow, Dunn released for cap concerns, Duckett traded, whatever... I think if Ronnie Brown happens to be available he's #3 on my list. I've heard Gruden is all over him, so if they try to do something like Detriot did last year and get their running back by trading back up, but don't trade into a spot in front of us, it would serve us well to take him on two counts. 1) I think he's got all the tools to be a very good, balanced feature back in the league. He could reach a level similar to what Edge was before injuries got to him. 2) We keep him from going to a division rival that already gives us fits when we visit them. I seriously doubt Pollack or Thomas Davis is there, but either would make me happy if they were.
Looking into the second round, I think Kirk Morrison would be great. Khalif Barnes, if he's sitting there and we didn't get Brown, would be another pick I'd like to see. Again, if something happens at RB where we could use a player, Barber would be a good player to look at IMO. I guess we could look at Vincent Jackson at WR, but I really don't know anything about this guy. I'm always pretty biased against small school guys in the first two rounds, anyhow. Jamaal Brimmer is the safety I'd like us to take if that's the position we address in the second.
In the third, Carter is my first and really only desire to get. If we need to, I'm all for trading up to secure getting him. I don't know if we can sit behind the Jets as they may want him to take over for Mawae. He just turned 34 so looking for a replacement may be on their agenda. In fact, if we take Carter in the second, or trade down from there to do so, I'm all for it. From the couple of games I saw of him, he's what fits into a Gibbs system. Good at reading the defense and picking up blitzes, aggresive but not to a fault of missing his assignment, and quick enough to get to the blocks past the line. If he's not there (No, I'm considering we don't select him
) then after I'm done yelling and swearing, I'd like to hear Nugent's name called. I don't think he'll be there, however if he is I'd really like to see Feely replaced. Probably more than any other starter on the team. Well except maybe Shaffer, but I think we can look at FA for an LT.
Sorry for the lengthy post, I tend to ramble at times