Originally Posted by manxman2601
Agree with this completely. I think the whole draft is predicated on what happens in FA, particularly Welker, Vollmer and Talib. Not re-signing any of these three creates a big hole. Other than that, I don't think there are any major holes that need to be filled giving BB some real options but also making it very hard to predict.
Can bring all 22 starters back if we keep them. I'm going to wait until the season is over and rank our starters from 1-22. Try to get a feel for our needs/upgrades that way. Especially, if we keep those 3 ufa's.
We have tremendous depth too. At nearly every position. WR maybe the weakest if we don't keep Edelman too. I'm assuming we have to keep White Wes.
QB - R. Mallett - Very good backup. We think. Still unproven though.
RB - S. Vereen, B. Bolden and J. Demps - Pretty good. Outstanding if we keep Woody.
WR - Just Edelman if we keep him. Need a player if we don't keep him.
TE - Just a hunch. I think we keep Hoo Man and J. Ballard. Let Fells walk. Good
C - N. McDonald and D. Connolly - Very good
G - Really just D. Thomas. He could walk. Area of need.
T - Cannon and Zusevics. Prob as good as any team in the league. If we keep Vollmer no need.
DT - K. Love - I view Deaderick as a backup so depth good. Need a starter IMO. Possibly, M. Fortson can develop.
DE - J. Francis, J. Cunningham and J. Bequette. Pretty good. I think Hightower can play here and we can always bring T. Scott back. Might sign Armstead too. Good depth
LB - Ugh. I like Fletch. He'll be back. T.White is a good ST player and a vet. A need for a fast OLB type. Because all 3 starters can play MLB.
CB - Dowling and M. Cole - If you can count on Dowling, not much of a need. I'm not. So, I count it as a need.
S - T. Wilson and N. Ebner. Slight need.
I have 5 areas of need if keep our 3 big free agents.
1. DT - Maybe even a starter
2. WR - Would love to get a good prospect in 2nd.
3. CB - Too many sub packages and can't count on Dowling.
4. OLB - If we had an injury to a starter, Fletch is starting?? We got kinda lucky this year. We didn't even have him. Would prob have to move Ninko.
5. G - If we keep D. Thomas no need. If not. I'd like to get one