Anybody think it may we smart to draft DE (practice squad)

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    I know there is hope for C_Washinton with his size but Clarke seems to have the Physical traits one would want as well. We have needs but it seems to me the later rounds are really the chance to get them developmental players for the future, if you're getting your current starters and depth here you have bigger problems. I think with FA we have the starters and depth and 10 DE's on the team now. Allan, Houston, Young from FA are not going anywhere soon. C Washington will get another yr to see what he has and Bass I suspect will as well. So that leaves a spot for probably Izzy.

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    I have been watching Clarke for a while and he seems to have moved up a bit. Still a 5th or 6th round pick but I think it was BIH (Bears in Houston) who said something to the extent of if we improve as expected where will we get a future DE from, Allan has 2 years and maybe more to find a replacement for. Clarke has the physical measurables and with some solid coaching could really come on strong. I would like to see the Bears get this guy for the practice squad for a year if possible.

    CBS has him rd 3 or 4 and NFL.com has him undrafted. Seems these opinions on drafted vs not drafted is enough to raise interest as a developmental player. Anyway that could be another story.

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    I don't think I would draft a guy in the mid rounds to put on the PS. One it's a waste and two if he has promise then somebody could snatch him away and we're out one player and one pick. We had to keep Bass and Washington on the active roster last year to keep either one of them from being snagged, Washington especially, so if we want to do that it would probably be with an UDFA.

    We have so may starters, backups and guys to develop now that spending one more pick on an edge guy this year seems a bit foolish. I thgink we'd be far better off double dipping at DT where the need is greater. We're short one DT already, the other is on a one year deal rehabbing an ACL tear, Paea is in his contract year and Ratliff is only signed for two and aging. We also have zip behind these guys on the PS already. If there's a glaring need anywhere on that line it's at DT and NT.
     
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    Depends on someone falling into our lap as a no-brainer BPA. I wouldn't be bothered by us grabbing Chris Smith in the fourth if he's there.
     
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    Can he play DT too or are we gonna build an entire eleven out of DEs?
     
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    We had to go with TE's. Lovie is now in TB and we don't think there will be any safeties left after he picks.
     
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    Nah, we're safe. I think that was a JA thing. If he couldn't figure out what else to do he had a dart board with Safeties names on it and would toss a dart and take whichever one it hit. Lovie liked his linemen more.
     
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    Well anyway it puts us back on track about whats needed ... 11 DE STARTERS ??

    Hmmmm ...can any of them play QB ?




    Angelo/Lovie was known to take nothing but Safetys in the draft and assign them different titles ...

    i. e . Chris Williams ... Punt returner/Free Safety

    J'Marcus Webb ... WR/Strong Safety

    Chris Conte ... Chris Conte ...Chris Conte ...
     

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