yeah... in the end. they have the best data and even then, they don't know. We'll start to see glimpses of ability during TC and preseason, but we'll really have a better idea during the middle of the season. It's a process that I enjoy but dread all at the same time! As far as valuing the S, my opinion is that we should value the S highly. It is an important part of a complete D and we need strong S play to be able to compete in the deep playoff games. I just think that the S/CB and DT are somewhat of a tradeoff. In the end, you need all three of them to be a really good team, but in general, if you don't have a strong line, you had better have very good coverage in the backfield because they are going to be coving some balls (when their running backs need a blow from constantly running it down your throat). So in our case, I think we now have a solid DL. We are talking about having to upgrade only one position. If we don't, then we need to look at 2CBs and 2S to counter that. This year CB is ok, but 2S positions. And a weak DT still provides you with a running threat that you have to deal with. If you make the S and CB strong, you are better able to cope with the balls that are going to come their way. Plus it gives you the ability for turnovers when they do get in the air. I just like the idea of taking the play away befoe it even gets off the ground by solidifying the DL. It makes the S and CB a little less important for the time being and allows us the ability to focus on less positions next year. Plus it theoretically takes away the run game at the same time if we get the right player. I think the rest of the line is now capable of stopping the run. Houston and Allen were huge upgrades. We have solid players in some of the other guys too. You have to pick your poison when you can't do it all to the level you would like all at one time. The bad thing is doing both a CB and a S next year with lower picks (hopefully) is not going to be a picnic either. Emery is still going to have to be pulling some FA magic for the next several years, but he appears to be more than able to do that.