Webb is starting no matter what it doesn`t matter who we sign or draft.
4. Geoff Schwartz
5. Donald Thomas
6. Matt Slauson
7. Ramon Foster
These 4 are all strong interior pass blockers with starting experience and would secure LG for the Bears next season.
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If he isn't permanently damaged his draft status and the guarantees in his contract virtually assure that he'll be back. For all intents and purposes he was little more than a rookie last year and one coming off a serious injury at that. Was he any worse at RT than Webb was his rookie year? No, he wasn't.
He needs to have what's broken fixed and that amounts to spending the offseason getting his lower body strength back and spending some serious time with Kromer and Myers straightening out his pass blocking technique. By the time the season was half over last year his confidence in himself was almost totally shot in the ass. You can't just throw the towel in on him yet. The kid needs to be built back up and it seems to me we have a coaching staff who can do that.
I'd love to get a LT and let Carimi and Webb duke it out for RT but I just don't see that happening. I suppose there's some small chance a kid like Johnson falls to #20 but it's doubtful. So that puts Fluker next in line and he's certainly got what you'd look for in a RT. So maybe they take him as opposed to an OG just to hedge their bets at RT with the thought that Fluker may also be able to move inside. If it comes down to him and one of the top OGs we'll have a pretty good idea of how certain they feel Carimi is to turn his game around.
But you also have to consider that if we bring back Scott as a hedge we can probably get RT prospects later on in the draft. We don't stand much chance of getting OGs with the potential to become future All Pros once you get past Warmack and Cooper.
That being the case the top of their board has to be Johnson, Warmack and Cooper with Fluker a more distant fourth. As long as one of those guy is on the board I'd be very hesitant to trade out of that spot and if I did it wouldn't be very far and then only if I could predict that one of my top guys would still be there. I don't care how they're ranked now interior linemen and RTs seldom go before DTs and DEs or top CBs and WRs and there are quite a few of those to be had along with 3 top LTs some LBs and a Safety. Those positions all have more impact than an OGs or a RT and IMHO they'll go first.
Multiple lower tier prospects do us little or no good. We have two picks in the top 50 players and we need to make those count as far as guys who can start this year day one or be damn fine backups ready to go later in the year or at the latest the following year. We have all kinds of second tier and PS prospects for the line and even a few at LB. We need top tier draftees in those spots not also rans. We can add more second tier guys later on and as UDFAs. If Emery and his scouts are good somewhere in there we'll find another gem or two.
It's beginning to sound a bit disappointing.
1. Webb is marginal, but it sounds like we're stuck with him at LT. We'd move him to RT, but we don't want to spend money on a decent LT, so we keep him at LT.
2. We're probably not going to have serious money to spend on the oline for FA's. So what does this mean? Do we roll with some of the same crap we've had? Dig out the old bag of pixie dust Tice left behind?
3. I don't think we need a RT. We need a better LT.......unless Webb is our ceiling at LT and we're fine with that. But if Carimi doesn't pan out, then we do need a RT too.
4. Garza is done, and Louis is a question mark due to the injury. OK, this means we need a center and maybe we're looking at RG too.
5. But wait, our real need is LG. So, let's see. LT, RT, RG, C, and LG. But we have no real $$ to do much in FA. And we can't get Cooper (so they say) and we may spend our #1 pick on a LB anyway.
....but I guess the good news is that Webb is touring the South in his pickup truck, and tearing up the McDonalds circuit this off-season. He'll probably balloon up to 400 pounds by training camp. At least they dropped the pot charge.
I agree with Soul that we don't need 3 5th round guys competing on the OL we need some frontline potential star talent.
I would not trade down unless the top OLmen are gone or we do t get anything in free agency.
We need an OG and OT of some talent level in free agency that can compete and then I draft am OLmen at 20 and in the 4th round and we go from there.
LG: Schwartz (FA)
C: Garza/4th round pick
RT: Fluker (1st)
I could live with that.