Like any true football fan I have been looking forward to the draft and getting excited to the new talent which this team hopefully will obtain. So when I see a new mock-draft posted on NFL.com I jump on it, and to tell you all now I'M SICK OF EVERYONE SAYING WE WILL DRAFT A DE!!!!!!!!!!
I'm well aware that our pass rush is in dire need of help, but lets look at what has occurred this off season and how that will affect our pass rush. First, the signing of Joe Cullen to the D-line, hopefully he will be able to provide the coaching that is needed to propel our D-line to greatness (or just getting a few sacks a game). The most important attribute he can bring is coaching Harvey in becoming the pass rusher we drafted in the first round. Now I know a lot of people out there label Harvey as a bust, and the first season he was, but look at what he has done this past season under a new D-coord. No he has not gotten the sacks we want, but he has been great against the run and it developing into a good all around defensive player.
The second off season change has been the addition of Aaron Kampman. I'm well aware that he still needs time to heal, and I'm well aware that he will not solve all of your DE/pass rush problems, but he is a step in the right direction. He provides the veteran experience on the D-line that we need, and will be a great coach for the young DE's like Harvey, and a underrated Julius Williams.
The now those are the two major off season changes which I saw, if I missed any please comment. Now, should we draft a DE in the first round we will be paying 3 HUGE salaries for DE's, Harvey's, Kampman's and the new guy. Should a DE be the best avaliable player on the board, then I hope Gene goes from him, but I don't think that will happen. There are many DE's in this draft and many other talented players we could grab in the first round. I could go into detail but frankly I don't have the time as I should be writing a history essay right now. I'm sure Ewdtrey or Zoltan or someone could go through the list.
Maybe these mock draft analyzers like Brooks don't know that Gene is GM in Jacksonville, and don't know that the days of drafting need in Jacksonville are over (hopefully). Or maybe Brooks and company don't realize that Jacksonville is not made of money. Or maybe they are not on the draft Tim Tebow train? (joke, I personally do not want Tebow).
Well I guess we will all have to wait until Draft day, and remember In Gene We Trust