Originally posted by IdahoNiner:
We will need more than 6 players from the draft to fill roster holes. 6 players will not fill the holes we will have this offseason. I fully expect alot of pics to be made. We will needs of 2 wr's, a TE, DE depth, NT, CB, S, OL, OLB depth, and a Kicker.
Alfords size is not an issue. He elevates very well and can play the ball at its highest point with the best of the CB's in this draft. He also adds good ST value.
We do not need a RB that will play this year. We have Gore, Hunter, LMJ, and Hampton. Lattimore could sit the bench and fully recover. He was the best back in the counrty before his injury, and if he falls to the third he would be a steal. Modern medicine is a beautiful thing, and Gore did alright, as well as other backs whp had signifigant college injurys.
I'm looking at the possibility of 10 rookies added to this roster. There's going to be a lot of holes to fill, not necessarily huge ones like replacing some backups, but still, they need to fill those spots and there's no cheaper way to pickup a backup ILB, a backup CB, a kicker, than in the draft. They also have to upgrade certain spots such as NT, DE and so on so I have no trouble seeing them utilizing a great deal of these picks. If they get a 3rd for Alex, that would be awesome as that is another top player that can be added to the roster.
I do like Alford a lot, I think he can be a very good CB but if they're looking for a CB, there's plenty that will be around between the 2nd-4th round range, guys like Leon McFadden, Terry Hawthorne, Logan Ryan and more.
As far as RB goes, getting that additional pick for Alex might allow for the luxury of drafting Lattimore and letting him recover and get game ready. I'm also quite a proponent of drafting Dennis Johnson, I think he's got the full spectrum of ability, able receiver, able pass blocker, good physical north-south runner that would be a complement to both Hunter and James.