Originally posted by NCommand:
Knowing the aforementioned, how would you arrange your priorities in this draft, off season (e.g. sign certain players to LT extensions, etc.), etc.?
Sorry, didn't see your question yesterday. I'll throw out some thoughts:
I figured Anthony would get signed. Not saying we will have to choose between him and Iupati but if we did I am not surprised it's Anthony. Iupati will be 26 in May, Davis will be 24 in October so he's about 2 1/2 years younger than him. I felt Iupati would be slightly cheaper but I think Anthony is the better player and RT is harder to find than LG. If we wanted to we could probably plug Boone in at LG (probably cheaper as well) and draft a RG or fill it in with Looney/Kilgore. Boone is killing it at RG; probably could be just as good at LG. Just my opionion but RG is probably the easiest of the 5 to fill. The way the FO is going though they are signing only he best players. We might try to work something out with him; not sure we can afford it but I would give him like 5 years, 30-32 million or so but he could hit FA in a few years and get 50 million. Side note I actually think Iupati dropped off from 2011 and possibly even his rookie year. That's not really a negative just means he was that good.
As for 2013 FA's I would tag Justin or have him sign a 1 year deal after this season. Some might say 2 or 3 but too risky. We will see how he does but he dropped off last year but that's expected compared to 2011 which was remarkable. I don't see him wanting to go anywhere else so we should have the upper hand. Besides Justin the only 2013 FA that I really want back is Brown. He's very underrated IMO however he would be 29 by that time so obviously the price would have to be right and it would have to be a short deal (2-3 years). Just like all these guys he can get more elsewhere, depends on if he wants to win or not. I think Culliver will be our #1 or 2 soon. Rogers is probably gone after this year. We will probably draft a CB high (1st?) after this season. Not sure there is room this year for a CB.
Tolzien and Colt will be question marks... I think one could stay. Dawson would be a 1 year deal if he does well this year. Manningham/Williams... doubt we keep both and might not even keep 1. Both nice guys to have... if he can return healthy I would take Manningham for a reasonable price. Don't see Whitner being back. I think we move on and draft a SS this year or next. He's really regressed this year and he has lost a step. Good guy, good tackler, good leader and good in run support but he got beat a lot in coverage. Dobbs, Tukuafu, McBath, Moore, Hastings might not even make the team this year, no worries bout re-signing IMO. Dixon could be replaced by Jewel Hampton... has he ever played ST? On the other had we could re-sign Dixon since he is a good locker room guy, brings energy and is a better short yardage back than he use to be. I don't think he is much of a ST player like some say. I think Wilhoite could be our 3rd ilb this year.. he had more ST tackles in 5 games than Gooden did in 16. Gooden is a solid ST, Grant is a better LB than all 3 but could go the cheap route. Already have so much tied into Willis/Bowman. Won't be looking to spend more than 3 yrs, 5 mil on Grant and if we choose Gooden probably less than that. Surprised they haven't got more interest around the league.. doesn't seem like they will be back... not because they aren't solid players but we need the cap room. Goodwin and Haralson are probably gone and we move on with the future. If Boldin does well I could see him re-signing for a 1 year deal. Cox will have to prove himself this year.. hasn't had many chances...Really minus Justin and possibly Brown we could do without all those guys. If we did bring some of the rest back I would say Boldin and/or Manningham, Tolzien or Colt and that's about it. Time to save for 2014.
As for the draft I have been thinking in the terms of we have 2 drafts to fill starting spots. SS - This year or next...DE this year or next... CB this year or next.... WR probably next...NT this year or next (unless Dorsey or Williams is the guy). Only ones we have to fill this year are FS and #2 TE. The rest are depth or future starters. So in the draft I would go at 31 and 34.... FS then #2 TE or DE... after that we can do whatever we want. We already have a an extra 2nd next year... I hope we move around and either get future picks or trade up in rounds and get some quality (over quanitity). Not saying I would trade up from 31 to 10 and give up half the draft... just saying maybe use a couple 5s to get move up in the 4th.... maybe use a 4th to move up in the 3rd... use the 6s and 7s to move up a few spots. Either that or just draft players and let the cards fall as they may. We will cut a lot of good players... just can't give everyone a chance on this team.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Apr 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM ]