Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
One thing I don't understand -- and this was also mentioned in a PM I received -- is why do did we exercize a large number of picks when the number of available slots is relatively small on our roster? Doesn't it make sense to bundle picks for impact subs/maybe starters? Obviously, trying to get gilbert was out of the question. probably Fuller too. But if we could have found a way to draft Dennard + Ward, should we have taken it? Might have cost us Hyde. But that's ok, IMO. We are not thin at RB.
Let's look at the 12 picks.
3 are gonna be IR'd (Brandon Thomas/Keith Reaser/Trey Millard). That's a good strategy when you have a lot of picks, as it adds to your depth without impacting your immediate season roster limits.
Barring any shocks, all the other draft picks through round 4 should make the team:
Jimmie Ward - Basically the replacement for Carlos Rogers
Carlos Hyde - Replacement for Dixon / Lattimore injury/depth insurance
Marcus Martin - Immediate competition for C with Kilgore, Iupati 2015 departure insurance
Chris Borland - Immediate competitive replacement for Bowman / Willis injury insurance (remember, Willis has missed games two years running now. What if Willis goes down while Bowman is still out? Depth was a need here)
Bruce Ellington - Skill set not like other WRs. Also KR/PR competition of LMJ. Given the injury plague that hit the position a year ago my guess is one of the WRs currently on the team will be on PUP/IR at some point this season anyway.
Dontae Johnson - Team is thin at CB and he should make team as at least a backup CB
So that leaves the following:
Aaron Lynch - Boom/bust pick and Aldon depth insurance. Good use of a 5th rd pick.
Kenneth Acker/Kaleb Ramsey - Likely PS players, which can always use competition, especially because any injury to the 53 at these positions could see a quick promotion in the season.