The senior bowl just ended so I figure this would be a great time to put a Mock up. For draft pick standings I uses nfldraftscout.com's new listings, but I am sure they are changing all the time. Until the combine, my gut on these guys wont change much. Free Agent Re-signings Moss-our #1 off season priority. I think this will be his last contract, he will give us a small hometown discount in exchange for years...5/35M with our option on 10M the last year. Gaffney-3/7M of so should be fine for a #2-3 guy Seau-1/minimum-he has gas left in tank Paxton-1/minimum-havent found a position player to replace yet Mitchell-3/3M-loss of Washington/Izzo makes him more valuable Woods-3/5M-loss of Washington/Izzo makes him valuable too T.Brown-1/1M- year off leaves him in great shape, multi positonal backup GONE Bruschi retires- great guy, great career Samuel- just too costly Wright-replaced by draft pick Gay- I think someone will offer him more than we can Stallworth- Cap casualty, should catch on somewhere easy(hope not jets) Washington- too $$ for ST guy K.Brady- cap casualty not worth 3M Wilson- writing on wall when you go from starter to not dressing RENEGOTIATING Colvin- 2nd most important offseason move. FA and draft moves based on his health and acceptance of a paycut. 3M in dead money is going to hurt if he is cut, 7.5M is just too much for a 1 dimensional player(as good as he is a playmaker). Redone to 3/10-12, ??$$ guaranteed. It would be a good time to extend both Brady and Wilfork as well FREE AGENTS ILB L.Foote-3/7M- another Pittsburgh LB castoff that flourishes a few years(hopefully). CB-D.Florence-a great #2 CB pickup. He kept Cromartie on the bench a year and a half, that says alot. CB-C.Scott-resigned for 1/2M- the guy knows our system and we hope he can stay healthy this time..... TRADES #7 to Chicago for #14 and #45 #14 then to Dallas for their #22 and their 2nd Our 2(63) for say ATL(2) in 09 DRAFT 1(22)- T- Sam Baker-USC--best value of the linemen left on board, can play both guard and tackle 2(45)-CB A.Cason--best CB left, Cromartie shouldnt drop this far, Mckelvin and Jenkins drop Cason to 2nd rd. 2(60?)-DT-- Red Bryant-Texas A&M--upgrade over Wright and should push Vince in a contract year. Gives us negotiating leverage, by far the best NT this year.BIG. Great motor in senior bowl. 3(68 from Oakland)-OLB--S.Crable-Michigan--outside rusher, project but Michigan background and age help here. Luxury pick really. 3(95)-TE-Cottam-Tenn-- looks like the real deal in the senior bowl. Not much experience but great size, liked the way he used his hands too. 4(120?)-SS-Wesley Woodyard-Kentucky- This guy is a ball hawk,playmaker, nose for the ball but without the big hit. Could learn from Rodney. 5(150?)-ILB-Goff-Vanderbilt--kinda doubt he will be here but scoutsinc says he should,lol. We do need bodies here, hoping someone will turn out smart.. 6(180?)-WR Arrington- Michigan--big reciever with decent speed. 7(210?) CB Ikegwuonu-Wisconsin-likely wont be here, blew out his MCL last week but we put him on IR and hope to get 1st round talent cheap, nothing to lose really.... 7(230?)Compensatory-P-Dragosavich-N.Dakota St-- our punter continues to cost us field position, this guy looked great in the senior bowl setting a record. DEPTH CHART QB- Brady/Gutierrez/Cassel(looking for GUT to win backup role) RB- Maroney/Morris/Faulk/Evans/Eckel or FA TE- Watson/Thomas/Cottam WR- Moss/Gaffney/Welker/Jackson/Arrington/Brown LT- Light/OCallaghan RT-Baker/Kazur LG- Mankins/Hochstein RG- Neal/Yates C- Koppen DT-Wilfork/Bryant DE-Seymour/Warren/Green/Smith OLB- Vrabel/Colvin/Crable/Woods ILB- Thomas/Foote/Goff/Seau CB- Hobbs/Terrell/Florence/Richardson/Scott/Andrews S- Harrison/Sanders/Merriweather/Woodyard/Mitchell K-Gostkowski P-Dragosavich LS-Paxton Now I dont pretend to think that every pick down to the 7th round punter could make a super bowl team, but have to count numbers. There will be more FAs brought in and competition and injury will always change the ideal. To blend intelligence, flexibility, talent, speed and youth on defense is a must because its in a serious transition stage. We need backups to be starters, starters to become playmakers more than ever.