Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
What happens when Bowman returns and you have 4 other ILB's on the roster?
All depends on their fitness and other value. As in players like Ventrone and Osgood who may be listed as S and WR but are only on roster for special teams in reality.
I do think it likely that Moody and Borland are the competition to start in place of Bowman, but it will be an open competition and Wilhoite and Skov can get in there too.
Realistically we will only ever have 4 on the roster, but the odds are someone else will be injured by time Bowman comes back anyway. This is the NFL after all, and as much as we like to predict depth charts, etc, it's impossible right now. What I would say is this draft and off season has left us with 90 players that seem to offer good cover for injury at almost every position.
Admittedly, there may be issues if we lose Kap, but Gabbert is better than McCoy if not damaged too badly by Jags experience. And returner is a question mark if James not on roster.
I could add comment about other things that have came up on this thread, but I guess there are other threads for them. As for the OP, great work on the analysis. We don't have to agree on everything, but surely other posters can at least acknowledge the work that has gone into it. If I had to grade this draft I give it an A.
And a note for some posters on here - players picked in the draft do not have to start this year, but I seriously expect Ward to feature a lot, and favour Martin and Borland to start in first game, which would be great for them, and no great failure if they don't. As long as the 2016 roster still has half these 12 on the roster the draft gets pass marks, and if 4 or more are starting in 2016 or 2017 then it really does get an A.