I don't know what happened to the previous thread but after this exciting FA period (which is still on-going) I feel the need to speculate about what we do in the draft is primed for chat-time. Especially with the overall #11! To help further the debate, these are my thoughts on the subject (continued FA, trades, and draft talk are all welcome here).
* sources include: nfldraftgeek, sideline scouting, drafttek, walterfootball, nfl.com, optimumscouting
Trade: Glenn Dorsey + our 3rd to get STL's #39 overall
Why trade Dorsey? He's excellent run support, Bailey is still developing and weak against the run, why not leave him be? We have a decent DL, especially now that Rogers/Franklin are in the middle and eating up space so this is a risky venture. Plus STL would never go for it.
STL needs a lot of help in a lot of places. They run the 4-3 they have two first round picks, two second round picks, and another two firsts for the next two years after. One of their pressing needs is at DT. They could draft one, our they could take a fair trade on a seasoned, versatile young man (who was thought to be the second coming of Warren Sapp) and have the assurance of knowing they're getting a quality player in Glenn.
Why trade him? Because he does not fit our defense. Regardless of his ability to play the run, our run-D still ranked 26th in the league. We ranked 30th in sacks. Dorsey struggles against one-on-one situations and lacks the physical ability to push the pocket or rush the passer. While he is not the worst player, due to his size and the type of scheme we run, he is a liability overall to our defense. He fits the 4-3 to a T. I say give him the chance to make himself known with a team that could put his skill-set to proper use. We benefit, they benefit. Win-Win in my book.
Draft: Trade down with Cincy for their #21 and #84 overall (just got our 3rd back)
1. Devon Still DT/DE Penn St
-Possibly the "best run-stuffer" in the draft and has the ability to consistently command a double team while still pushing the pocket. Should help take a load of pressure off of Hali.
2a. Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
- Solid big body (6'4, 315lbs) that excels at run blocking. With Cassel at the helm and JC/Hillis in the backfield Zeitler solidifies a superb ground assault.
2b. Doug Martin RB Boise St
-Martin is a blue collar guy who is the most well rounded RB in the draft. He excels at pass blocking and provides us with excellent quality depth behind Hillis, who will most likely test FA next season.
3. Antonio Allen SS S. Carolina
-Big safety who is tremendous in run support and a sure tackler. Solid depth behind Berry and a great looking special teamer in the making.
4. Ladarius Green TE Louis-Laff.
-Big receiving type TE with great hands and athleticism. Somewhat injury prone. Goes perfect with our other two TE's. Developmental prospect in the blocking department, but has the qualities to make for a dangerous receiver.
5. David Molk C Michigan
-Smaller C but quick and highly intelligent. Good depth for Hudson.
6. Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State
- This is what gets you excited. These (plural) are reasons not to be. Immensely talented athlete that needs a mentor and/or therapist. This pick is a low risk/high reward type of pick and under Crennel and the guidance of DJ and Berry, I think maybe we could get Burfict back into beast-mode. And if not, he was a 6th round pick, no biggie.
7a. Devon Wylie WR Fresno St
-Wes Welker 2.0, end of story.
7b. J.B. Shugarts OT/G The Ohio State
-Depth, has experience playing RT and G. Small for an OT though, will need to bulk up.
While I know my ideal draft is more of a dream, I believe in the words of Oscar Wilde," there are only two tragedies in life: One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."