While putting together my own preliminary depth chart, I found a few observations to be interesting. The amount of roster turnover was the most surprising thing I found, while the statistics of how bad Shack Harris really is was not much of a surprise at all. One thing of particular interest I found, is that it was really hard to cut the offense down to 27, and the only area I had difficulty narrowing on defense was the defensive line. Given a better Garrard than last season or the breakout of Gabbert, and I believe we have the pieces for a top 10 offense, and the only thing preventing it from being a top 5 would be the maturing of Gabbert and/or a "number 1" wide receiver. Without further ado,
Bolen/Harris(RB)*/Murphy(RB)* (Why, oh why can't we have all 3?)
DT Knighton Alualu Smith Collins/Mosley
Observations - assuming my roster is correct:
-* denotes UDFA Rookie; $ denotes drafted rookie
-Players separated with / are in alphabetical order, not order of preference.
-First Gene picks cut: Underwood (2009, 7th round), Larry Hart (2010, 4th), Scotty Mcghee (2010, 6th)
-Finally enough talent to make LS Cain expendable
-Don Carey possibly cut after a long year of IR and a long year of bad play
-Multiple possibilities for UDFAs, if they keep impressing (expecting 2 with a potential up to 6).
-Whimper has a spot solely because of versatility
-Only 6 linebackers, but not necessarily because of a lack of talent, for once; because we have 3 starting 3-down backs and we expect to play a lot of nickel (sorry Cutrera). Having special teams players (coverage/tacklers) on
-27 offense, 24 defense...and that's after making lots of difficult cuts on offense.
-FAs acquired by Shack Harris (0): ?
-Players drafted by Shack Harris after 6 years(8): MJD, Jones, Owens, Nwarni, Lewis, Daryl
Smith, Mathis and Scobee (the only players drafted before Harris that remains on the roster are starters David
Garrard and Brad Meester). Only one of them were drafted in the first round (Lewis).
-Of those 8 players, 7 are starters and the eighth was selected to the ProBowl for special teams. Only 7
starters in 6 years as GM (compared to Gene's 15 in half the time). To my knowledge only Gerald Sensabaugh,
Drayton Florence, Reggie Nelson, Khalif Barnes, Byron Leftwich, Paul Spicer and Mike Peterson have gone on
to be starters elsewhere (of those drafted/acquired by Harris), and some of them were only temporary. None
of them are/were great on the new team and only 3 of them are even "Solid" with 1 or 2 more being debatable.
Ironically, 2 have superbowl rings and one has the potential to get one this upcoming season.
-43 players that have been drafted or acquired with Gene Smith in 3 drafts. 43.
-No stats to back it up, but if the average team signs two FAs and retains four draft picks, that's a turnover
of six players a year. 43/3 = 14.3 players per year. This is more than double the average team's roster
turnover from 2009-2011. Sheesh.
Commence the criticisms, discussions and/or wt(expletive)s.