Originally posted by ninertico:
As far as Thomas, I know Mayock was high on him, but the review wasn't all glowing. He excels in coverage and can roam the field very well and has recovery speed. It is his size. Would he be able to start at FS while moving Goldson to SS or would it take time?
I think that the "immediate" starter label needs to be discussed. Out of these players below, who could start now?
Out of these I say Spiller, Bulaga, Davis, Iupati, and T. Williams, possibly Graham. The others, including Graham, it seems would have some serious competition at their spots.
That's why I am in with any combo of these three with our first two: Spiller/RT/Iupati. Can't go wrong with that.
Don't want Thomas at #16/17. This safety class is way to deep with much larger S who can play center field well, too. Value is the word of the day with Safeties, IMO.
I agree with that a lot of these players will have some serious competition at their spot but that's a great thing. Last year's draft was a lot simpler in our 10 spot to see that someone pretty decent was going to fall to us. This year it's a lot harder to see if we'll get 2 top picks fall to us that also fill needs.
I actually don't like Spiller for the same reason that you do like him. Yes, he fills a need as a return man but he isn't the best returner in the draft. I just don't see him as good value for the pick. For me, if we didn't have Gore then it would be a different story.
Now, although Thomas would have to compete for a spot as a corner or safety, I think either this year or next he would start. Like another poster said, our pass defense is pretty bad. He fills a need and this year he pushes Roman off the field. Roman...ugh
We aren't going to compete in the superbowl next year. We can still take time to develop some top picks this year. The fact that he's a little small might allow him to drop to us so it's a mixed blessing. I'd take the chance on the guy.
I like RT and Iupati. Guard isn't the most exciting but if Gore can run behind a probowler that'd be good. Graham has dropped on some boards and I see him more as a DE than an OLB. He would have to compete with a bunch of our guys as a DE.