I put this position as a top need right behind the O-line and Kick Returner. There are tons of reasons for using say a 3rd or even 2nd rounder on this position.
1. When you have one TE/FB that can both lead block and catch, defenses can't respond.
Right now, only VD can take advantage of 8 in the box because of his speed. Think about the advantages of having 2 TE's with that speed on our team that can actually catch the ball. Unfortunately, Walker just doesn't have great speed and he has drops.
We could get a burner as a slot receiver but then we're still stuck w/ Norris as a lead blocker.
2. This is real weakness on our offense. Shockingly, defenses don't game plan for Walker or Norris.
Moran Norris and Delaine Walker are pretty bad. When you see them play, do you feel confident that we'll get a first down or do you cringe and hope for the best? We get one guy that can fill 2 starting positions and do the job. Walker's job is to catch the ball and he's NOT that good at it. Same thing for Norris and blocking for Gore.
3. Gore needs some blocking to be successful.
A new OT will help Gore but having 2 rookies on the line may be a recipe for disaster. Using a FB or TE to make some holes for Gore is a great solution if we don't want to rebuild the whole line in one draft.
4. We're running a spread offense and we only have 2 legit targets.
Davis and Crabs are the only real offensive threats on our team. Morgan's solid but we could really use another home run threat. Our offense needs one more guy with great hands if we're serious about doing a spread offense.
Two guys I'd be excited to draft...
Pittsburgh TE Dorin Dickerson. In the combine, he ran a blazing 4.40 in the 40 yard dash, and leaped an amazing 43 inches in the vertical.
Toby Gerhart RB. a 231-pounder with 4.5 speed.Gerhart is a full-contact runner who had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Cardinal and had 11 100-yard-plus games in '09.
[ Edited by Walsh on Apr 10, 2010 at 01:42:28 ]