A positive Thread this early when we have no problems? I don't see any nay sayers........
First off, as much as I HATED the neglect of offense this past draft, I can acknowledge that we did pick up some impressive talent(with the exception of Lorenzo, whom I loathe). But where do we stand.
1. I'm a 16 year old who needs to get a girlfriend because too much of his freaking life is spent on the forums.....
2. We're not that bad off actually.
Last year, the sky was falling. Pitta got hurt, and with no depth on offense we were screwed. We have some depth now with the additions of Steve Smith and Daniels. Sure, not long term options, but hey, with this formula we were a consistent winning team. Maybe we shouldn't fix what isn't broken?
Is the offense better than when we won a super bowl? In some ways, yes actually.
We have a legit #2 TE now. Daniels, who'd be a #1 TE on several teams. Not to mention Kubiak has a TE fetish for some reason, making Juice relevant again. Oh, and Pitta being 100% is a plus. Gilmore will get a ton of playing time as well seeing as Daniels never makes it through a full season. So in reality while a reach, not a terrible pick.
Steve is a leader first and foremost, something we needed among a young core. Combine that with a good set of hands and toughness, and you have a borderline hall of fame WR(who in his prime was among the NFL's top 5. Remember when he dominated against us years back?)
So that's more targets to get open. The passing game improved. I hate the complete lack of depth, but I'm ok with the additions as long as we do find a long term #1 WR eventually(Ozzie doesn't draft offense next year either).
Our running game is a question mark. Rice is old, and probably done, and Pierce could be a star if he could stay healthy. I don't see Lorenzo getting playing time this year tbh. It'll be a three way committee at RB. Rice when he's off his suspension, Forsett being the change of pace Sproles esq back, and if Pierce is able to stay healthy, he will carry the rock. And Pierce fits the scheme to a perfect T basically.
So with all that said. Did we improve the Oline?
Way I see it, KO should improve. Yanda is still an all pro. Monroe is a very good LT, best we've had since JO.
Oh, and for those saying "Zuttah is only x spots higher than Gino"......
Zuttah >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Gino.... Gave up NO SACKs.
Line = improved.
With RT being a question mark, Oher was ranked so poorly last year....... If we brought in Winston, even as bad as he was at times last year, he was still better than Oher....
So we DID improve the offense in hindsight.... Depending on how they gel together, we might actually be, dare I say it..... Potent.
ESPECIALLY if we can get another WR......
Defense wise. Our unit is so much better than the SB unit it's not even funny.
Dayrl Smith is old.... So looking at it in hindsight, the Mosley pick makes sense. When LBs reach their mid 30s, they are inclined to drop off at any given time(not to mention, sources tell me that Mosley is the best rookie we've drafted in a LONNNNNG time in terms of how he's doing at camp.)
Even then, 34 Smith > 37 year old man Ray Lewis.... I'll get a lot of hate for it... But it's the truth.
Mosley has the chance to be a special player. While I would've taken Dix for the sake of a need, Mosley's ceiling is truly off the charts if he can stay healthy.
Also allows to switch to the 4-3 to become gradual.....
Brown-Mosley-Smith is a pretty good starting lineup who all excel in coverage. Not to mention, all three are excellent blitzers.
One may argue that we need more pass rushers, but from what I saw from Simon, he could be a Kruger esq situational pass rusher for us(since I think Suggs may be hitting the breaks).
Dumervil was excellent when healthy last season so I like his chances.
Upshaw should be a Jarret Johnson esq edge setter...
So pound for pound, WE HAVE ONE OF THE DEEPEST LB CORPS IN THE WHOLE FREAKING LEAGUE. For a 3-4......
Ngata is Ngata. While in decline, he's still seen as one of the game's best... So he should be fine.
Jernigan is a prospect I loved. While not exactly a fit in a 3-4, he's a good one in a 4-3... He'll be rotational.
Canty is a veteran who's decent....
KPLM might surprise. I liked him too. Might be a starter if he could get into shape.....
Urban won't play, but will be a contributor in the future.
Williams is a wild card, but worst comes to worst, he and Cody rotate.....
So, the dline has a ton of depth. Some of it unproven, but some might surprise.
The secondary is the weak link. Webb and Jimmy are good CBs, but we have uncertainty with slot Cb and the safety positions.
We will prob pick up a Jabari Greer or something, but the safeties have me worried. Elam was OKAY last year, but he wasn't spectacular. That might change with a move to SS, but still..... I'm not sure.
Brooks is also not as pro ready as I'd like him to be. But he's freakishly athletic. So he can make some plays.
Outside the saftey positions(Ok, Pollard was horrible in coverage here, and Elam as shoddy as he was was still better. So FS and Slot CB), our defense has improved from two years ago....
We should be in a good position next year to make the playoffs. If we get hot, maybe the superbowl..
Also, I posted this song when before we did win the SB... So I figured it's best of luck to repeat. (even though IK everyone here hates Jovi). Hey, it's only weird if it doesn't work right?
Edited by SecretAgentMan, 04 June 2014 - 10:59 PM.