I have always been a person that looks ahead and tries to line things up. After this draft, I couldn't help but start to think about what holes we might have filled and what holes were still to fill. I got to thinking about it because I got excited to see how the draft went and how Emery just focused in on the club needs. I think it is safe to say that if there are needs, Emery will bring people in to try and address them. With as much work as he has done in the last two years, I go to thinking about finally having th luxury of maybe actually starting to move into BPA mode. I don;t think we will be completely there next year, but I do think that there may be some picks that can start to be used that way. So obviously, as early as things are we don;t know if these guys we brought in will actually fill the needs they were brought in to fill or we will have to go into the pond and fish again (like maybe last years LBs). Assuming the guys we brought in this year fulfill their potential, what might be next years needs, and what might Emery address in FA and the draft next year. We still have this years post cut FA, which might change our needs, but let's just say we go with what we have into next year since no one knows who Emery might still be looking for. I'm going to say we are going to need a CB because I'll say Tillman leaves and we need at least three good ones. I'll also say we want two more Safeties. I'll say Vareen sticks, but I think we need three there also, and to be frank, I don;t like any that we have. Hopefully, I like Vareen. I honestly don;t know what to do with DE because I know Allen will only be around maybe 2 more years and that needs to be taken care of. I have no idea if we have the people here now to take his place or not. I suspect we don't. So I would say a DE, but that hopefully will be a luxury (at least next year) rather than a need. As far as LB, I don;t know. I have not been impressed, but that is actually one group I would like to see play under a new coach before making a decision. It was a dumpster fire and this year, it could be anything between a strength to a dumpster fire again. We pretty much have the same people that played last year when it sucked, with the big exceptions of Briggs and DJ. Both of them will make a HUGE difference, but I have no idea any more to what level Briggs can play and DJ won't be here much longer. MLB seems to be the place where we don't have a long term solution, so I'll say MLB is a need. That may not be the case by the time this season ends, but it looks that way to me right now at least. I'll say we stand pat with the rest of the DL. I think that addresses the defense. On offense, I think we look great at WR, but from the pattern I have seen, we will still bring in a few more WR to compete and try to unearth the next good WR. Whoever is doing the picking at WR, has been doing a great job. We seem to be getting some really great young kids to work out there. I'll call TE as a need for sure. I don't know what to do with RB. I think we are fine as is, but I'm kind of thinking about a Forte replacement. He is playing very well, but I'm not sure how long that will go on. He will not be easy to replace, and everyone we have brought in has really been for a backup to him. I am thinking it may be time to take a look at bringing in a top RB to have on the roster. May be a year or two too early, but maybe not. At QB, I'm really waiting to see how this year goes. I expect Cutler to get hurt. I also am not confident in ANYONE we have to step in and perform like McCown, but I didn;t have confidence in McCown to step in and perform like McCown until he actually did. At this point, I'm going to say that we draft another QB because Emery said that's what he's like to do. What level of QB would be the question. If Cutler goes down and we suck, I'd say we may go for a high level QB to have on the shelf to replace Cutler when necessary, and if someone on staff does really well, we'll go for more QB depth just for competition and to see if we can hit the Tom Brady lottery. I think we will draft someone for the OL. We have a very good OL, but I think we might be good to bring in a G and T to compete. I might have missed a position, but not sure. So next year I think we look at QB TE RB G OT S CB DE WR LB After typing this, I realized that is most of the positions on the team, but only a few (S, TE, and maybe MLB) I think will be positions of need. The rest are going to finally be picks to strengthen the team. These are for both FA and draft. I kind of like where we are. Of course, remember that before last year, we thought we had fixed the O and that we still had a stout D. I would have never thought we would have had to burn a full year to retool what had just been a top defense. I am also assuming the wheels don't fall off any group like they did for last years defense. Any thoughts? The only reason I am doing this is not because I am looking past this year, but because I actually got excited about the off season moves and am looking forward to next years. I normally don't get very excited about the offseason moves and only live for the actual season, but Emery has actually injected a certain level of excitement for me in the offseason. I see a team being rebuilt and retooled from the ground up, and I like what I am seeing. I can;t wait for the next installment.