We have had many discussions about what the team needs are. Could it be all of us are right to some extent? The absolute biggest complaint is that we do not have the big time QB. The team management, true or not, have expressed faith in Matt Cassel. Others complaints include every and all other positions on the football team with the exception of kicker/punter. Some will argue that we have no immediate needs since we are set with starters. Some believe a first round player has to start from the gitgo. Some will argue regardless, just to be contrarian.
The QB, wrongly or rightly, is the figurehead of a franchise. In today's NFL if you ain't winning, you need a QB. I think that many here think that is the primary need on this team. This a very difficult thing to project as I see it. Every team, even if they have one, will draft a franchise QB prospect if he appears at their pick. The problem with this scenario is very seldom do you have a shot a drafting a franchise QB. If you don't have one, you are looking for one. But if you have a very competitive QB with intangibles, a team can be put together that play to his strength's. Seems like that is happening here. Whether it results in a Super Bowl Trophy is an unknown. Some teams unlike us have both a primary and immediate need, Redskin's and Colt's come to mind in this draft.
I think it interesting that Brady Quinn gets a shot here, after OC Brian Daboll was hired. Wasn't Quinn benched and Derek Anderson installed as the QB? A pro bowl performance-well done by Derek and Coach Daboll. So even though Brady gets benched, here he is. Gotta be something positive there or he wouldn't be here. Can Brady have a magical transformation like Jim Plunkett did? Doubtful, but the opportunity exists doesn't it? Would he have come here, for less money, if he didn't think he had a chance too? As for Stanzi, I would relax and let him develop, as he won't do anything but get better with improved competition during camp. So if a franchise QB prospect falls into our laps, and I'll let Pioli decide this, we take him. If not, the team build continues, which brings up immediate needs.
As an outsider looking in, I have my beliefs what the team needs. This is when you wish you had a pipeline into the GM's thoughts. Since I don't, I can only think the way I do about the immediate needs that can be addressed with this draft. I'll list them in the order that I believe is most important, not where they get drafted. Could happen in whatever order that presents itself at our picks.
No surprise here to most readers that I think the OT position needs upgraded. A swing tackle who has the ability to play on the left side or the QB's blindside. By play, I mean pass block first and .foremost. If you can't pass block you shouldn't be allowed to play. In the ZBS, run blocking asks it's blockers to get in the way of the defenders more than powering them off the LOS. It's up to the backs to find the holes.
Next is a tie in importance to me, and it's a tough call as there are already some options on the team, either FA's or developmental guys. Those are a G/C, NT and Safety. Needless to say there are some compelling arguments for and against all of the above. G/C Harris, NT Powe and several DB's gives us hope the solution may be in house already and management has a much better purview than I, so I expect however they address these needs will be fine. Anyway, got a little long winded so I am going to close it down. Go Chief's!!