Continuing on with the series...I move onto the position that was considered such a need going into the April draft, and between Mayo, Guyton, Redd, Ruud & Crable, not to mention the progress of Woods, it seems the team may have settled that issue, to say the least. As you'll see, I don't really see LB as an area of need, and think all its need can be filled with players that are on the roster or PS... LINEBACKERS (11), 6 signed, 5 unsigned OLB - Thomas (2011) OLB - Vrabel (2009) ILB - Mayo (2012) ILB - Guyton (2009) ILB - Bruschi (2009) OLB - Crable (2011) FA OLB - Woods (RFA) ILB - Alexander (RFA) LB - Izzo Practice Squad OLB - Redd ILB - Ruud LOCKS (6): Thomas, Vrabel and Crable are locks on the outside. Mayo and Guyton are locks inside, with Bruschi a lock providing he returns for another season. SPOTS UP FOR GRAB (3): 1) Backup OLB/situational pass rusher and or long term replacement for Vrabel 2) Versatile ILB, who can fill in and or rotate at WILB & SILB 3) Depth at either position, but with the ability to contribute on ST CURRENT COMPETITION FOR OPEN SPOTS (5): - Woods has shown he can be the 3rd OLB on the roster, and has been a consistent contributor on ST. He would be worth retaining if the price is right - Redd is a very intriguing prospect on the practice squad. It will be interesting to see how much he progressed, he will have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot. - Izzo is a leader on ST, and until a player demonstrate they can replace him in that regard, he will likely have a spot. Ideally, another younger player can do his job on ST and provide more upside as a contributor on defense. - Ruud is spending the year on IR and seems to be unlikely to beat out the competition for a roster spot. - Alexander has been a great ST player, but has little upside on defense and can probably be replaced via the draft, doubtful he will be re-signed. PLAN OF ACTION VIA DRAFT/FREE AGENCY: - This position seems to be in good shape short term and long term. The team will likely grab another ILB to bring into the mix with Mayo & Guyton, presumably anywhere in the draft where they can find good value. - Hopefully between Crable, Redd & Woods (RFA), they have a potential long term replacement for Vrabel. If they see a player with greater upside or potential, likely during Day 1 of the draft, they could take that player. Otherwise, and especially if Woods is brought back, OLB is not a need. Bottom Line: 2-3 players needed, all which could come internally. They could add another player via the draft at ILB, but OLB will only be augmented if a) Woods is not resigned b) a high upside 3-4 OLB presents itself in the draft. If Izzo does not return, look for the ST position to be filled internally first, but the team could spend some Day 2 picks and UDFA taking flyers on either LB position.