Same shit, different Day - Draft Edition
Wanted to go a different direction and start a new topic. Kind of don't want more talk about the O or Cutler and how great Tillman or the D is. We all know that Tice isn't the best OC and never will be.
I thought about the upcoming draft and about what direction Emery will go. I found out that we have many many ways to go and that there are many possibly scenarios. I won't come up with names of players. That's why here are some more knowledge guys about the players that are headed into the draft. Haven't seen all of the guys you might consider and often only got limited time to see a player like Te'o.
What is really important for me is that we have a player that could start from day 1 at least in limited time and be a competent #2 who gets about 50% of the snaps/plays.
Let me start with the drafting position. I don't think we will draft in the Top20 and I assume that we won't trade up into the Top20. If we draft #20-#26 the TE position would be a reach. The value we would get for our pick wouldn't be worth the player we get. Could draft a TE in the 2nd too in this case. If we draft #27-#32 this changes a little. Here you can get a TE that would be worth his value but he has to be the best TE of this year.
We are finally set at saftey, it would be stupid to waste a 1st on this position. Same seems to go for CB. We have our starters + Hayden who can and will stay and Moore. No reason to draft Tillmans eventual replacement this year. He may play another 3-5 years. Jennings has 1 year left on his contract too and will be a Bear next season.
Briggs is the same as Tillman. He is elite at his position and as long as he has football left, he will stay and will play as starter. WLB (or ROLB) is set with Briggs. SLB (or LOLB) we have Roach. He isn't the best at his position but he is a great fit for our team and can play MLB in case of injury. He is signed too. He will remain the starter at his position and it's not really a weakness.
Brian Urlacher is a big factor going into the draft. We will have a lot talk going forward about him. We won't know how much he has left and if he can play 0-3 more years as a starter. Replace him with a 1st rounder would be fine for me, but only if he retires. He won't sign with another team, really can't imagine this. The question is, will he sign with us. If we win the SB, I think he retires. Nothing more to prove and best time to call it a career. If we lose the SB, he will not retire and will play on 1 leg if needed. If he stays, you don't bring in his replacement in THIS years draft. You do it 1 year later or via Free Agency. Or Roach will play in the middle and we need to find a ROLB/SLB. I don't prefer that because Roach isn't that good over 16+ games to play this important position. I even think Hardin could play that postion. He is an even bigger question mark.
DL is good, has depth and we just drafted a DE with a 1st rounder. Peppers, Wooton, Izzy, McClellin. That's good enough. Paea is a starter as is Melton. I don't see why we won't extend him. He will get his money and will stay with us. Perfect fit and he knows it. There have been talks with his agent about this in the past. Players like Okoye, Collins or Toe can be find every year via Free Agency.
QB is set with Cutler.
RB is set with Forte & Bush signed longterm + Allen or whoever as #3.
WR is a position with good depth. Marshall, Jeffery & Bennett signed, Hester too. Just drafted a WR in the 2nd. Not a position we have to draft this year. I know you can never have enough good WRs as you can never have enough CBs
TE is a position we need to find a better option at. We don't have a pass catching TE that Cutler trusts and can trust. Olsens blocking sucked, but Cutler had faith in him and you saw it on the field. We have Davis and those blocking TEs. Like I said before, a TE has to be great to be drafted in the 1st round. Good TEs can be found in the later rounds
We all know about or OL. IF we win the SB, we have more time to build the OL IMO. Webb just isn't good enough. LG is a position that needs to be upgraded. Garza is solid and some kind of a leader. Louis has to stay and Carimi gets the benefit of the doubt being in what basically is his rookie season and being drafted in the 1st round. His run blocking is good enough. Needs more work.
LG just isn't a position you draft in the 1st round. Unless you have a talent like DeCastro was.
If we don't win the SB, we have to upgrade the LT position for sure. The problem would be that we need a player that is great and can help NOW without doubts. Long and Clady are Free Agents to be as of now. Those would be the guys we need to sign as sure upgrades.
Not sure if all is logic and if you will agree, but it's way too early to talk about the Draft :-D
I came down to...
#1 priority is MLB if Urlacher retires/leaves (and we won't sign a Free Agent who is a Top10 MLB in the league in the rankings for 3 years now)
#2 priority is DT if Melton leaves for whatever reason
#3 priority is LT if we can't sign a FA that is a sure upgrade
#4 priority is a pass catching TE and only if we draft late late in the 1st round
#5 priority is a LG and I'm talking about the best LG in the class and only if he is close to DeCastro (a shame that he misses this year)
long text in short
unless we have to replace Urlacher or Melton via the Draft, go OLine with the 1st
If you find some typing faults, feel free to ignore them