Been awhile since I've done one of these.
1. I/we need to stop raging.
Yes, it was one of Ozzie's worst need draft ever. Let's get that out of the way...... But we need to calm ourselves. We have a fanbase that is quicker to overreact than my mother. Ozzie isn't going anywhere... At all. We need to stop calling for his head.
Fact of the matter is, we were a running game away from being a playoff team. We got players that can contribute there.
2. But we have every tight to be mad about one thing.
NO WR? REALLY? Ok, Camp will be a long time starter in my humble opinion. I had a fifth round grade on him, and he was only that low because he is strictly a slot WR.
As we stand, we have 2 needs. Slot CB(easy to find), and WR #1.
Well. We don't have either.
3. Yes. We did improve the offense
Did y'all forget the entire first half of the offseason? Sure, I'm mad about a lack of a WR. But we got some solid pieces. We got Smith, Daniels, Zuttah, and I wouldn't be suprised if we look at another veteran or get Winston. We got back Monroe, and Pitta. We set ourselves up for signing Torrey to a long term deal.
The offense should go from being god awful, to serviceable. Which is ok. Even as crappy as our offense was, WE STILL ALMOST MADE THE PLAYOFFS.
4. Defensive Additions were necessary.
Our running defense was piss poor last year.... Let's face it, I was screaming vs the packers. And then this just pissed me off
Yeah, snow or not, we needed those run stuffing DTs. We made Gerhart look like a STAR there. Something he's not.
Some argue it was Pees. It is partially his fault. But I think we needed a talent boost as well. I mean, look at the damn play, he had a wide open hole. That's not gonna happen anymore.
And if you can stop the run, you can also stop the pass(see it goes both ways). It helps out with the deep ball. Part of the reason why the Lions were owning us until we made them respect the run.
Now, that being said, we could've used another pass rusher.
But look at it this way. We have our defense anchored for YEARS now. That's important.
The past three years have given us
Simon(as a situational pass rusher).
Throw in guys like Webb(who after a full year healthy should return to form), Jimmy, Suggs, Doom, Ngata, Dayrl.
We just got deadly here. We should have an elite starting unit with some decent depth. Especially if we move to a 4-3. Our weakest position being the two safeties. And Elam in the box should thrive.
5. Explaining the Crockett Gilmore pick over other WRs/TEs
I understand the Gilmore pick.
To go in depth, he's the anti-Dickson. Not a great athlete with good hands, and is a great blocker. So, for the next few seasons, he will be relied on as the TE #2.
But why in the third?
Simple, it was a reach. It was, no other way to spell it.
But Daniels never makes it through a full season, and Crockett is well, reliable. Kubiak loves his TEs, and knows how to use them. He can use them all very effectively. Meaning, Crockett will be groomed by two very good TE's, and a man who knows what he's doing. Meaning, if you actually look at it, it's a decent pick. (Oh, and Mayock was raving about it btw).
6. John Urschel is potentially a steal.
A genius. FINALLY! We needed one of these.Athletically, he's limited, but he does fit our scheme very well. He's much needed depth, considering back problems don't go away.
7. The Future Of Justin Blackmon/What WR would you be interested in getting that is remaining.
We take Jacksonville players now?
They drafted two WRs in the second round.. Now, Blackmon, as dumb as he is, might be getting cut. But the thing is he's a good player.. We'd never pounce, but I do want everyone's opinion of him. I'd like a guy like him, he's talented.(we are not getting him. Ozzie would never do that).
I only ask because we need a WR. And there are some decent options out there(Miles Austin even with his injury proneness for example).
Do you think we could trade for anyone?
Well, that's it for me