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Here is a look at how the National Football League draft of 2015 is shaping up based on interviews with six executives in personnel over the last 10 days. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.
RECEIVERS

Mix five juniors with half a dozen solid seniors and it looks to be another stellar year for wide receivers.

One scout said wide receiver and tackle were the two best positions. "There are four juniors that kind of make this class," another scout said. "History says that four or five will be in the first round."

Alabama junior Amari Cooper (6-1, 210) was a unanimous choice as the top wideout. "He's a top-10 player," said one scout. "Excellent hands. Very explosive and fast. One of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time. Very skilled. Had big-time production. Only thing that's starting to creep up on him is a few injuries."

Two big seniors, West Virginia's Kevin White (6-3, 211) and Louisville's DeVante Parker (6-2½, 207), figure to be drafted next.

Of White, one scout said: "He's more of a (Larry) Fitzgerald type receiver in that he doesn't have great speed. I never see him beat people deep. But (if) he is even with them he's going to get the ball. Very good player."

Of Parker, the same scout said: "He's got size, speed and was dominating at the end of the season. He looks a little faster than White."

The other leading juniors with chances to be taken in the first round are two Auburn players, D'haquille Williams (6-2, 216) and Sammie Coates (6-2, 200), and Arizona State's Jaelen Strong (6-3, 215).

"Coates can go vertical," one scout said. "He's definitely going to (run) 4.3. The key will be, does he have consistently strong hands?

"Strong plays big."

Williams was compared by scouts to Chicago's Alshon Jeffery and Tampa Bay's Mike Evans. "Big, long, physical," said one scout. "He can run a little bit. JUCO kid. Just been a one-year deal there."

Junior Dorial Green-Beckham (6-5, 222) was thrown out of Missouri and transferred to Oklahoma.

"He's the wild card of all of them," said one scout. "He's a first-round talent, no question. Is there a team that will take a chance on him there?"

It's a weak year at tight end. Michigan's Devin Funchess (6-4½, 235), a junior, played wide receiver this season but spent much of 2013 at tight end.

"He's not unlike Jared Cook, who's with the Rams," one scout said. "Pretty talented kid. Will he be your split-out tight end-H-back or a bigger wideout? I lean more toward the mismatch at tight end. He's going to be kind of a hybrid player."

Jordan Aikens (6-3, 240), a junior from Central Florida who played 3½ years of minor-league baseball before joining UCF this fall, has excellent speed. Senior Nick O'Leary (6-3, 235) of Florida State is Jack Nicklaus' grandson.

According to one scout, Ohio State's Jeff Heuerman (6-5, 250) might be the most complete tight end.
OFFENSIVE LINE

"It is a very deep draft for tackles if all the juniors come out," one scout said. "It's not a great group inside but a lot of these tackles can be guards as well. Depends where you play guys."

Most often mentioned as the No. 1 tackle was Cedric Ogbuehi (6-5, 304) of Texas A&M. He played right tackle last year when Falcons rookie Jake Matthews was at left tackle before moving to the left side this year. One scout said Ogbuehi was playing as well as former linemates Matthews (No. 6 pick, 2014) and Luke Joeckel (No. 2 pick, '13).

"But he's soft," said one scout. "Never practices."

The next senior is Iowa's Brandon Scherff (6-4½, 320).

"Not unlike (Bryan) Bulaga," one scout said. "Little short-armed. Kind of like a Sam Baker kind of tackle with the Falcons but he could be a really good guard."

Louisiana State's La'el Collins (6-4½, 324), Pittsburgh's T.J. Clemmings (6-4½, 313) and Florida State's Cameron Erving (6-5, 305) are the next seniors.

"Collins is a lot like Scherff," said one scout. "He was a guard early in his career. Right now Erving is playing center but he's been a left tackle his whole career. Very versatile."

Based on recent draft history, the majority of juniors with a legitimate chance for the first round declare. Stanford's Andrus Peat (6-6½, 310) might be the exception even though four scouts said he'd be the first tackle taken.

Peat's father, Todd, played six NFL seasons as a squatty guard for the Cardinals and Raiders.

"He's got everything," one scout said. "Size, the bend, the feet, the tenacity."

Besides Peat, the other top juniors being looked at by teams are Miami's Ereck Flowers (6-5, 324), Florida's J.J. Humphries (6-5, 295), Baylor's Spencer Drango (6-5, 315), Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi (6-5, 320), Ohio State's Taylor Decker (6-6½, 315) and Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley (6-6, 318).

"Humphries is more of a second-rounder," one scout said. "Talented kid. He's like most 20-, 21-years-olds. He needs to get a little bit stronger but he has the athleticism.

"Ifedi is playing left tackle now but he's more of a guard. He and Flowers are more second-rounders. Decker and Stanley are more mid-rounders."

South Carolina's Brandon Shell (6-6, 334), Art Shell's nephew, didn't have a good junior season and might last until the fourth round if he declares.

Possibly the best guards are South Carolina's A.J. Cann (6-4, 315) and Alabama's Arie Kouandjio (6-5, 326), but there is mixed opinion on Kouandjio. The top centers looks like Auburn's Reese Dismukes (6-3, 299) and Oregon's Hroniss Grasu (6-3, 295).

"Cann is square, big, gets movement at the point," one scout said. "He'll need a little bit of work in pass pro.

"Dismukes has quickness, good angles and position. I'd like to see him work to finish better, run his feet better."
QUARTERBACKS

With no senior expected in the first two and possibly three rounds, the four leading underclassmen all are expected to declare.

"This will not be one of your top quarterbacks drafts," said one scout. "It may be a busted quarterback draft."

Oregon's Marcus Mariota (6-4, 215) stands as good a chance as any player to be selected with the first pick even if the team with the choice ends up trading it.

"He's clearly the best," said one scout. "He's perfect for the new breed of football. He knows how to play the spread-option stuff pretty good and he can throw."

Several scouts compared Mariota to Colin Kaepernick.

"I don't think of (Andrew) Luck at all," another scout said. "Luck was born to be an NFL quarterback. Mariota's probably a more complete player than Colin Kaepernick but more of the athlete type."

Next is Jameis Winston (6-4, 230), the redshirt sophomore from Florida State who has had all kinds of problems off the field.

"He has an uncanny ability to know what's around him and get himself out of trouble," one scout said. "He's not that impressive on some throws but he's the reason they're undefeated."

Said another scout: "I would be deathly scared to have him. He's so freaking inaccurate to start games. He's off the mark more than he's on. He has arm strength and a good delivery. He's a nightmare."

Michigan State's Connor Cook (6-4, 219) says he plans to return.

"But somebody will get to him and tell him that Jameis Winston will fall in the draft once people continue to do background work on him," said one scout. "I'd feel much more comfortable taking (Cook) in the second round but the (NFL) coaches are going to love him.

"He's big and has a strong arm and a quick release and he's very smart. Just not a very accurate quarterback."

UCLA's Brett Hundley (6-3, 225), much like Blake Bortles, needs development. He does have size, arm strength and talent.

"He's going to be a bust," one scout said. "He's one of those guys who seems to lock in right away. His shortcoming is accuracy."

Oregon State's Sean Mannion (6-5½, 220) drew the most praise among the seniors. He scored 36 on the 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test.

"More of a third-rounder," one scout said. "Just lacks arm strength. Good size, good production."
RUNNING BACKS

Juniors Melvin Gordon (6-1, 215) of Wisconsin and Todd Gurley of Georgia (6-1, 226) were set to compete for top back in the draft honors when Gurley blew out his ACL.

Gordon was called a top-10 pick by one scout, a top 10 to 15 pick by another, a top-15 pick by a third and a second-round selection by a fourth.

"He's a bigger version of Jamaal Charles," one scout said. "He'll run 4.42. He's really good."

As for Gordon's record-setting production, another scout said, "He's good against those slow-(expletive) Big Ten guys. It (the Big Ten) is terrible. That's what bothers me a little bit."

A third scout said the comparison to the Chiefs' Charles was skewed because Gordon hasn't proven himself anywhere near as accomplished catching the ball and sorting out the blitz.

"I know he makes a lot of yards but I don't think he's special," the scout said. "I don't think he runs with good pad level or contact balance. He's got good straight-line speed. I don't think his vision is outstanding. He'll try to be a slasher at times but he goes down pretty easily."

Gurley wasn't featured until this season but made a lasting impression before the knee injury.

"He was a top-five talent before the injury," said one scout. "He's special. I don't think he'll ever run before (the draft) but you don't need him to because he's so fast on film. Not a lot of wear and tear on him because they rotate so many backs."

Alabama junior T.J. Yeldon (6-2, 220) is regarded as another definite first-round choice.

"Different type than (Eddie) Lacy but he could be (better)," one scout said. "He runs hard like Eddie. He has more speed than Eddie."

Indiana's Tevin Coleman (6-0, 210), Miami's Duke Johnson (5-9, 208), Boise State's Jay Ajayi (6-0, 215) and Florida's Matt Jones (6-2, 226) are juniors expected to go between the 25th and 60th picks.

Of Johnson, one scout said: "He's short but productive as hell. He's explosive, stumpy. He's a block."

Of Jones, another scout said: "Second round. Physical runner with enough speed. His best football is ahead of him."

Perhaps the leading senior is Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah (5-8½, 199). "He's kind of similar to Giovani Bernard," said one scout. Another said Abdullah reminded him of LeSean McCoy.
DEFENSIVE LINE

The best defensive tackle is junior Leonard Williams (6-4½, 300) of Southern California.

"Top-five pick," said one scout. "He was 312 during two-a-days, 300 now. He'll run in the 4.7s. And he's a great kid."

Behind Williams, and with a solid shot at the first round, are defensive tackles Eddie Goldman (6-3, 320) of Florida State, a junior, and Danny Shelton (6-0½, 324) of Washington, a senior.

"Goldman didn't play much the year before," said one scout. "Really getting better as the season goes along. Big body."

Shelton moves as well as B.J. Raji, according to one scout. "True nose tackle," said another. "When there's a rare nose tackle like that, they go (high)."

Two Big Ten seniors, Michael Bennett (6-2, 286) of Ohio State and Carl Davis (6-4½, 318) of Iowa, should be gone by the second round.

"I see Bennett being explosive initially," said one scout. "Strong. Sheds. Three-technique, not a nose....Davis is not just a plugger. Strong."

Alabama junior Jarran Reed (6-4, 315), a junior-college transfer, is expected to declare and be at least a second-round pick. Oklahoma junior Jordan Phillips (6-5, 305) could be an early second-rounder as well.

Nebraska junior Randy Gregory (6-6, 248) is projected as a top-15 pick by some teams. He might be the first taken from among a cluster of players that could be 4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers.

"Gregory's the pass rusher," said one scout. "He's taller than DeMarcus (Ware) but he's got some of that sneaky stuff in him."

One scout said junior Dante Fowler (6-2, 261) of Florida is "quick, athletic, physical. A stud. He's first round."

Juniors Shane Ray (6-3, 245) of Missouri and Danielle Hunter (6-6, 240) of LSU won't be available after the second round. The same might be said for seniors Nate Orchard (6-4, 255) of Utah and Lorenzo Mauldin (6-3½, 241) of Louisville.

"Ray gets off the ball as good as Gregory," said one scout. "Plays with a lot of effort. I keep hearing Gregory is the best one in this draft but I think he looks lean, thin. I don't see him holding the edge a lot."

Junior Mario Edwards (6-3, 294) of Florida State has enough size to play anywhere in any defense.

"Very, very strong upper body," one scout said. "Plays the run extremely well but also can rush the passer. He goes back end of the first."

Kentucky senior Alvin Dupree (6-3½, 268) also has a chance for the first round.

"He can be a physical player but he also can be an athlete," said one scout. "Has played both up and down. As he's gotten better the defense has gotten better. Great kid. All the intangible stuff."

Junior Shawn Oakman (6-7½, 275) of Baylor drew mixed reviews. He looks great but doesn't produce.

"Looks like he's going to be whoop (expletive) and he just isn't," said one scout. "Looks like a pro but he's got a lot of rawness to his game."

Junior Shilique Calhoun (6-4, 260) of Michigan State and senior Trey Flowers (6-3½, 269) of Arkansas are 4-3 base ends with pass-rush potential.

"Calhoun should be a guy that plays the run and plays the pass, which is kind of a rarity," said one scout. "He's got size, strength, production. He's got a game that will just continue to get better."
LINEBACKERS

Mississippi State Benardrick McKinney (6-4, 255), a junior, looks like the top inside prospect if he declares.

"He makes plays," one scout said. "He's big. We don't know if he can run yet. I don't know if he's a dinosaur or he's a new-breed 'backer."

Whereas McKinney is regarded as a possible first-round choice, senior Denzel Perryman (5-11, 248) of Miami seems to be a second-round player. One scout said Perryman has gotten too heavy.

"He's short," said another. "But he's got a really good nose for the football."

UCLA senior Eric Kendricks (5-11½, 229) and Clemson's Stephone Anthony (6-2½, 238) are in the third-round category. Trey DePriest (6-0½, 258) runs the defense at Alabama.

"The only quality DePriest has is he's smart and they (Crimson Tide coaches) really like him," one scout said. "I think he's slow, short, lacks length."

Washington junior Shaq Thompson (6-2, 231) leads the group of conventional outside linebackers.

"Really good athlete," one scout said. "Not great instincts but he's got a chance. He's the best athlete on that team. He could be the best running back. He's just running around being an athlete. First round."

Clemson's Vic Beasley (6-3, 227) is a completely different player from Thompson but has a shot for the first round, too.

"He'll be a rusher," said one scout. "Beasley is a better football player. He can really run. He understands leverage. They don't crush him."

Oklahoma junior Eric Striker (6-0, 218) is a difficult player to evaluate.

"He makes plays but he's so small," said one scout. "He's an outside rusher. I'm just trying to figure out what you do with him. He's not going to get any bigger but he ends up with a bunch of sacks."
SECONDARY

"Corner is not a great group overall unless somebody really comes on," one scout said. "It's a suspect group. I don't see one in the first (round) but I'm sure somebody will run well and sneak up there.

"There's a little bit of depth at safety but there's nobody right off the top that you just love."

Michigan State junior Trae Waynes (6-1, 183) was a high school teammate of Melvin Gordon's at Kenosha Bradford. Assuming Waynes declares, he might join Gordon to give the Red Devils the first player drafted at two positions.

"He's pretty good," one scout said. "He's probably the best one of the bunch. He can press, he can play off, he can go vertical and he's got length."

Said another scout: "Really been well-coached. He's good at press. Kind of a weird built kid. He's long but he's kind of thin. At the right place he'll have a chance to be a player as a press guy. Second round."

If Mississippi State junior Will Redmond (6-0, 182) declares, he could be next. But there are no indications he will.

"I'd say late first or second round," said one scout. "He will be more of an off corner. I think he will run in the 4.3s."

A pair of juniors from Florida State, P.J. Williams (6-0, 195) and Ronald Darby (5-11, 195), figure to go in the second round. Notre Dame senior Cody Riggs (5-9, 190) might as well.

"Williams can't run but he's got length," one scout said. "Darby can run but I don't like him. I think he plays soft."

Senior Kevin Johnson (6-0½, 178) is in that second-round territory. "Long, tall, very thin," said one scout. "Runs OK. Very good technique, awareness, instinct, ball skills. All that good stuff. He's just lean."

Senior Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (5-9, 186) of Oregon has made a lot of plays but probably projects as a nickel back.

"He'd be much better playing him in the slot," said one scout. "Good tackler, good blitzer, around the football. Little stiff. Probably not great top-end speed."

Senior Marcus Peters (6-0, 198) of Washington is regarded as one of the most talented cornerbacks but also an enormous character risk. He has had several physical altercations with assistant coaches and was kicked off the team Nov. 5.

"He tried to strangle a coach on the sidelines," one scout said. "Then they let him back on the team and he did it all over again. Try selling that to your head coach."

Two seniors, Steven Nelson (5-10½, 199) of Oregon State and Senquez Golson (5-9, 185) of Mississippi, figure in the first three rounds. LSU junior Jalen Collins (6-2, 195) has size but might lack speed.

"Collins is very much like P.J. Williams," one scout said. "Good size but isn't going to blow your socks off with his speed. Second round."

If Alabama junior Landon Collins (6-0, 222) declares he probably will be the first safety selected.

"I thought he was better than Green Bay's guy (Ha Ha Clinton-Dix)," said one scout. "Little better movement. Coming out of there he probably will be (a first-round pick)."

Junior Gerod Holliman (6-0, 201) of Louisville has an incredible total of 14 interceptions.

"He needs to go back to school," said one scout. "He's horrible. He can't make a tackle to save his life. He's got pretty good instincts but he's not that athletic."

Michigan State senior Kurtis Drummond (6-0½, 205) and Samford senior Jaquiski Tartt (6-1½, 223) might be next.

"Drummond is more of an athletic space player than a box safety," one scout said. "Tartt's physical and he can run."

Stanford senior Jordan Richards (5-10½, 209) might fall in the third round. "Tough, try-hard, smart," said one scout.

West Virginia junior Carl Joseph (5-10, 196) also has redeeming qualities. "Short, but a very good hitter," said one scout. "He can cover. He'll make it on special teams right away."



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December 9th, 2014, 9:39 am
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Happy we're not already thinking about the draft as we usually are. We've got about $123M committed already for next year and that's without a starting LG or C (depending on which spot Swanson takes), 2 DTs and CB. I expect the cap to jump again hopefully into the mid 140s. A few other role players will need to be re-signed or replaced as well. Where do you want to see us go in the draft? With as late as we pick an olineman might be good. Too bad there's a lack of top end talent at DT and CB. Be nice to have another draft like 2013.


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TJ Yeldon - Eddie Lacey only faster. And he would look fantastic in a Lions uniform.


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TJ Yeldon - Eddie Lacey only faster. And he would look fantastic in a Lions uniform.


Like Yeldon alot. Think he has upside to his game and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. Great feet, and a bigger back to boot at 6-1, 220.

Lots of backs this year, a good time to be in need of one.

*Melvin Gordon RB 1 Wisconsin rJr 6-1 207 1-2
*Todd Gurley Injured RB 2 Georgia Jr 6-1 226 1-2
Ameer Abdullah RB 3 Nebraska Sr 5-9 195 2
*Tevin Coleman RB 4 Indiana Jr 6-0 210 2
*Duke Johnson RB 5 Miami (Fla.) Jr 5-9 206 2
*T.J. Yeldon RB 6 Alabama Jr 6-2 221 2
*Mike Davis RB 7 South Carolina Jr 5-9 223 2-3
*Jay Ajayi RB 8 Boise State rJr 6-0 216 2-3
*Javorius Allen RB 9 Southern California rJr 6-1 220 2-3
David Cobb RB 10 Minnesota Sr 5-11 229 3
Cameron Artis-Payne RB 11 Auburn Sr 5-10 210 3-4
Jeremy Langford RB 12 Michigan State rSr 6-0 205 4
David Johnson RB 13 Northern Iowa rSr 6-2 229 4-5

I have misgivings about Ameer Abdullah, think he will slide because of his size and injury vulnerability. He is more like a Sproles type of back to me. Thinking 4th to 5th round instead of 2nd. Haven't seen all these backs play, but most of them. This list is generated by NFLDRAFTSCOUT.COM


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I still like WR round 1.

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I still like WR round 1.



Agree, if a premier receiver is still there, and the way RB's slide nowadays. Just kinda doubt there will be any of the top WR's still there towards the end of the 1st. Remains to be seen where they are slotted, but I like the possibilities. Especially with where we will be picking later in the rounds. Looks to be a good year for WR's, RB's, and O-line, needs all.


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Am I the only one who doesn't see RT as a need? Waddle has been pretty burtal there when he's played this year.

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Am I the only one who doesn't see RT as a need? Waddle has been pretty burtal there when he's played this year.


Im not a huge fan of the OTs coming out, especially where we will be drafting.

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Happy we're not already thinking about the draft as we usually are. We've got about $123M committed already for next year and that's without a starting LG or C (depending on which spot Swanson takes), 2 DTs and CB. I expect the cap to jump again hopefully into the mid 140s. A few other role players will need to be re-signed or replaced as well. Where do you want to see us go in the draft? With as late as we pick an olineman might be good. Too bad there's a lack of top end talent at DT and CB. Be nice to have another draft like 2013.


The Lions are likely to save a couple bucks by cutting Bush in the off-season. There will be some decent DTs and CBs later in the first round, in all likelihood. There is also going to be some good depth at WR if some of the top juniors declare. I still would like the Lions to consider getting a very good third receiver, but that's not necessarily a priority. We still don't know how good TJ Jones is.

And for the record, CJ Mosely is a free agent at years end, so that will be three DTs who will be free agents.

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Happy we're not already thinking about the draft as we usually are. We've got about $123M committed already for next year and that's without a starting LG or C (depending on which spot Swanson takes), 2 DTs and CB. I expect the cap to jump again hopefully into the mid 140s. A few other role players will need to be re-signed or replaced as well. Where do you want to see us go in the draft? With as late as we pick an olineman might be good. Too bad there's a lack of top end talent at DT and CB. Be nice to have another draft like 2013.


The Lions are likely to save a couple bucks by cutting Bush in the off-season. There will be some decent DTs and CBs later in the first round, in all likelihood. There is also going to be some good depth at WR if some of the top juniors declare. I still would like the Lions to consider getting a very good third receiver, but that's not necessarily a priority. We still don't know how good TJ Jones is.

And for the record, CJ Mosely is a free agent at years end, so that will be three DTs who will be free agents.


I was only posting about starting positions we have to fill. If we get into depth/rotational there's another slew of players we'll have to replace or resign.

http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/detroit-lions/ Here's a full list. 21 guys not counting the guys they list that aren't still on our roster. Just about all of them have started at some point this season or played a major role for us. We'll be in good shape to get back the guys we want unless we break the bank for Suh (which I guess I'd be ok with). Should have around $20M to play with. And knowing Lewand, we'll probably do a restructure on Calvin and save about $9M if we need to. Anyway back to the draft, my chief concern is oline, then DT then secondary.


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And cutting Bush would save $3M so I agree, it'll likely happen. Tulloch is another possibility as he'd save about $3M as well, but I feel less confident in that move.


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And cutting Bush would save $3M so I agree, it'll likely happen. Tulloch is another possibility as he'd save about $3M as well, but I feel less confident in that move.


Why? Our defense didn't miss a beat when Tully got hurt. Whitehead is doing just fine. Plus, next year, KVN should be healthy. And we can draft another OLB for depth.


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Actually with Tully back and Whitehead stepping up, and Suh and Fairley being FA's, it might be the time Austin looks at 3-4. There's so many options with how our front 7 depth is lined up. With the way the cap is heading up, I think resigning one or both are a possibility though. Why change a good thing. The rookie salary cap makes every position a possibility now though, so I think it will depend on what shakes up in FA.


December 11th, 2014, 2:10 am
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Post Re: An early look at the NFL Draft
I really dont see WR in Rd 1 as a need. Calvin and Tate are there and Fuller has made strides proving himself to be worth developing. There is no reason to spend such a priority resource at WR. Lions should be able to develop a middle or late round talent to be a consistent WR 3 but it doesnt look like they even prefer to have such a designated player as they have specific roles for Ross and Fuller. Ryan Broyles looks like a good player but they cant even get him active on game day - WR is okay for now.

At CB, Mathis is productive but on borrowed time and Cassius Vaughn is somehow getting it done after barely making the team in camp. I really feel there could be a big dropoff waiting. There s a clear need to groom a starting corner to be ready if Mathis suddenly declines. Bentley and Lawson could make it back to play nickel ahead of Vaughn but both had pretty serious injuries.

DT - yeah we have 3 free agents at the position. Suh doesnt want to come back. Fairley it seems isnt well liked by management and Mosley has been productive but the marijuana thing in London could spell the end. No matter the system Caraun Reid isnt quite enough. Huge need for a blue chip talent.

OG - Swanson isnt a very good guard and Sims contract is up. I dont think they should re sign Sims since his play has been in decline the last couple of years. Maybe they tough out Swanson at guard for a year and squeeze another year out of Raiola but it wouldnt be such a bad thing to have the next guy waiting in the wings. I dont think Rodney Austin is our next starting guard.

OT - There is talent at the position esp in comparison to the investment. But still without a reliable option at RT it has to be a consideration. Waddle and Lucas are great finds as UDFA but they arent the best the team can do.

RB - Bell is already on the roster as the Eddie Lacy type. What the team needs is more of a dynamic, slasher type back. Bush doesnt look like the same player and Riddick lacks the speed to bounce runs outside and isnt a natural inside runner though he sets up blocks well with good vision and can both pass block and receive. I d put RB ahead of WR as a need provided the line can be patched up first.


December 11th, 2014, 8:27 am
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