Off-season game plan.
We’re now in that dead part of the year, with no football! Running the risk of being called redundant (or worse), I’m going to submit a plan for what I’d like to see our off-season look like.
To begin with, we should submit a “friendly” contract tender to DJ (“Friendly” as in attractive to another team). The tender should be just in the amount that would require compensation in form of a 2nd round draft choice this year. This draft pick is very important to other parts of my plan. DJ doesn’t seem to fit into Haley’s plans, but would appear to have some value, as he’s just approaching his best years. Hopefully, Dallas or Arizona would be interested.
Next, in the FA market, go after & sign a NT (Ryan Picket if available, then we‘d at least have one NT), and a pair of veteran LB’s, Karlos Dansby (ILB, essentially DJ’s replacement) and Joey Porter (if he’s released by Miami; he’d be Vrabel’s replacement). Then we’d be set for the draft.
Now for the draft. I’ve come to the conclusion that Chris Chambers isn’t interested in another season in Arrowhead, so we’re going to need a WR. If we are able to pull off the DJ thing, & get a second round pick, there is no pressing need to trade down, unless someone (Buffalo?) makes us an offer we can’t refuse. Our draft could look something like this (Note: I used Walterfootball.com as my source for value boards. Supply other names if you want, switch positions, too):
1 (#5) any LT you like; Okung, Davis, Campbell, Bulaga
2A Golden Tate, WR, ND; without Chambers, we have to address this position
2B Daryl Washington, ILB, TCU; one of the key defensive positions in need of
2C (from DJ leaving) Cam Thomas, NT, N.Carolina (a defensive “need”)
3 Larry Asante SS, Neb. (also a defensive “need”)
Note: Walterfootball had Thomas ‘s value listed at rounds 2-3, & Asante’s
Value listed as rounds 3-4; this is why DJ deal so important…making sure
both would be available
4 How ‘bout a C? Olsen from ND?
5A whatever…I’d like to see John Jerry, G Ole Miss….he’s BIG!
5B whatever…Cameron Sheffield? OLB, Troy (depth at position)
5C whatever…Stafon Johnson? RB, USC, JC needs a running mate…or Blount,
U. of OR?
Priority FA’s… camp out on their front porches…
O’Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin…this guy was invited to Senior
Bowl, blew out knee in practice; probably on PUP next yr.
Armanti Edwards, QB, App. St. a running QB, should be WR/wildcat QB
**Alternate scenario Rounds 1-2: take Dez Bryant in 1st, best G left in 2nd (Ducasse?)