Originally posted by random49er:
If his speed checks out this is the way I am leaning. People seem to forget that our current roster is DEEP. We need to find spots for guys that were on IR and the practice squad. This is the last year before the heavy contracts come,...this is the year to try to get over the hump more than any other.
We will most certainly not draft 10 kids with so few spots. We either need an over the hump player such as Watkins, or a trade to a later draft (which would be counter productive to my point of this being our best run given the vets and upcoming contracts). The supposed payoff for picks like Dial, Tank, and Lattimore is that they basically count as 3 extra picks this year that need to make the 53. Hopefully a project like the Brit develops and that makes 4 spots covered.
Watkins can come in and instantly contribute to a title run. We have to ask ourselves "who else can?" We could sure use a shut-down corner as well, but getting one for immediate help would perhaps only happen in FA. I see us addressing spots like CB, S, and OL in the draft as well.
We basically are in the position of needing to develop the guys we have
Of course this ignores the needs at cornerback, safety and several other positions. The "let's trade up" crowd just doesn't get it. This team will have plenty of guys to replace this offseason, and will need all the young talent that they can get to keep salaries under control, not just this year, but every single year. Rather than be like Atlanta, trade up, blow a bunch of draft picks on a single guy and then get screwed over when the lack of depth and injuries catch up, build like New England who has managed to keep pace and remaining a winning team and Superbowl contender for over a decade.
So which is it? Do you want to be the Falcons or the Patriots?