On the teams that manage to stay succesful for an extended period of time, they manage to have a younger player step up when they lose someone to cap issues.
Bowman replacing Spikes turned out to be a huge upgrade. Brooks ended up being superior to Lawson. Boone has been better than having Snyder there. Brown and Culliver have made people forget Nate Clements.
During draft time, I walk away thinking they didn't fill a specific need, but they obviously are aware that someone is talented enough on the team to take the next step up. Who's the next guy that makes the leap? Do they need to draft an OLB if those last two guys have potential? Do they have confidence in Ian Williams, Dobbs or Tukuafu? Celek steps up? Spilman?