O line - Handled in FA and a year of growth, we won't draft O line with such a thin draft of good talent now.
RB - Handled with Lacy and dare I say the Rumor of Lynch and also getting all our backs back plus some (10) healthy by camp.
WR - Were stacked already
TE - Were set with Willson back and everyone healthy.
QB - Appears were happy, Wilson a given, Boykin showed promise and now has a year under his belt in the system and I am sure has been working on things. The fact we are not looking at the FA is a indicator as well.
FB - I really hope they bring back Reese, this is the one spot on offense that needs to get done yet.
Our biggest needs across the board are here for what is suppose to be our strength.
D line - Need interior run/rusher to push the pocket and collapse it, Mebane is missed much more then we realize. Maybe some of the Red Shirt guys can fill this, but FA late as in June cuts and Draft and hopefully guys healthy can fix this, we may take two guys here in the Draft since it is suppose to be strong for the interior line guys.
Edge Rusher, Avril and Clark have done well, we need another in that rotation.
LB's - Wright and Wagner are our only locks, we need like 4 guys for depth and at least one starter opposite Wright. Morgan started there last year but I don't think that's was the plan.
FS - is Terrell the back up for Earl long term? He has 5 years in the league heading to hos 6th, I think we need someone here that isn't drop off, One pick at least.
SS - Again Kam is at the age where wear and tear show up, 28 years old for an aggressive player is getting to the edge of their career before the dive of health or ability starts to take over. Need one pick here for his replacement I think also
CB's - Face it our CB depth is now great, our starters are in question with injuries and age creeping up on them. Were at a point where we need like three guys right away, RCB, Slot, and primary dime guy heir apparent for Sherman, Sherman still has ability, but he was never a burner and worked off smarts and being physical, age is going to take away more speed and that knee may bite him again at some point since I have not heard about anything surgical done.
So I see like 12 picks we should make and well, we don't have that many, June cuts and maybe another signing somewhere still will have to be the key. Also some of those injured red shirt guys may step up I hope, but suffice it to say our defense is in bad shape if we get a domino effect injury bug again.
So I think we have 7 picks starting out, we may be able to fill holes but unless were lucky with cuts in June were still going to have questions post draft.
This sounds about right. I too don't like throwing a really high draft pick on questionable O-Line draft picks. I also think very little is needed for the offense, with perhaps one mid to late pick on a T or G for depth and development only. We don't need another season of young, inexperienced rookies starting on our line again.
As for defense I would like to see at least 5-6 players drafted and 2-3 UDFA's make the team and bring a real hunger to prove themselves. That is what made this team to begin with under JS and PC. Hopefully, we could get two or three D starters this season from this class.
I also really hope Quinton Jefferson comes back completely healthy, and really ready to prove himself as an aggressive 3tech that provides the interior push you refer to above.