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A lot to read but have fun tearing it apart guys lol My New Draft

A whole new draft, this time we have the full coaching staff in place. We know Gus Bradley's philosophy and goals. We know what Dave Caldwell is looking for and we know a little about how he wants to get there. We also now have the benefit of seeing the senior bowl, the east west shrine game, and the combine. We have as much info as we're going to get on the draft class. Pro days should just reaffirm what we have already seen on tape and the combine. I approached this as much as I could with a NEED based draft. With that said, we need a lot. Caldwell wants to go in to training camp with 4 QB's to have an open competition. We need pass rushers galore, at this point almost every one currently on the roster is expendable. If we don't resign any of our corners we will need to fill those holes... we have three whose contracts are up. Prosinski is not the answer at safety. We need better linebackers behind Smith and Posz. On the other side of the ball, we need to add a starter or two on the line and doing so we make our depth on the line a strength again. We need to add a receiver or two, at least a slot receiver. Everything behind Marcedes Lewis needs and upgrade. We found out the hard way that we do not in fact have a run game past Maurice. It was nice to see Montell show his versatility, and in my opinion earned his spot with this team for a few more years. I also feel we have a lot of wasted money in Chad Henne, Aaron Ross, and Laurent Robinson. According to Rotoworld we will be paying Henne 2.625 million with incentives. Aaron Ross 2.2 million with a 1.5 million roster bonus and another 3.7 million in 2014. Robinson is still owed 14.6 million over the next three years. All of which have tremendously under performed and are not worth the price. Getting out of these bad contracts are important in my eyes. It would also free up almost 10 million in cap room this year. Look for anyone that will take them in trade for draft picks. For my draft I traded Robinson and Ross to Miami for a 3rd and 5th. Unloading Henne to Cleveland for just a 3rd. I also traded down where I thought we can find good trade partners to get as many picks as I could. Caldwell said himself with a good draft we can fill a lot of holes and start being competitive quicker than people think. I'll get in to those trades in my draft. I see our biggest needs being filling our defense with players that can fit Bradley's scheme. I don't see us going in to the full on system right away, the players will take some time to transition to the new look. I feel we have a pretty solid core of veterans to help the team out during the rebuild. We need new blood in our linebacker corps, as mentioned previously we need corners not just to fill spots but to get bigger more physical corners that Bradley likes. We can't keep ignoring the issue at safety either. I like Landry and Lowery I just feel they are starting to drop off, as well as Prosinski is not the answer. Antwon Blake has huge upside and is an absolute beast on special teams. On the offensive side of the ball we can not be successful without fixing our line. I don't think we are as bad off as people think. We need a solid starting RT that is dependable and proven. We can use a for sure starting guard. With us keeping the best of the crop we have already for backups. A slot receiver, as well as some new blood in the receiving corps to bring out the best competition we can in camp. Hopefully in doing so we can find more than two receivers who can catch the ball and stay healthy. This is my draft board I made up for my purposes. I looked for multiple options in positions I felt are in need of upgrades. This was just to gauge who I felt stood out in these positions. I put stars next to the ones I felt were the best options for what we need and can get in the range we are picking at. Other words people I would draft using a pick. Some of these guys we can get as UDFA's according to most mock databases I've looked at. Draft Board QB *EJ Manuel Sean Renfree Matt Scott HB *Giovani Bernard *Christine Michael *Jonathon Franklin Knile Davis Zac Stacy WR *Denard Robinson *Josh Boyce *Aaron Dobson *Tavares King TJ Moe Da'Rick Rogers Rodney Smith TE *Joseph Fauria Levine Toilolo OL *Larry Warford *Terron Armstead *Vinston Painter Brennan Williams DT *Brandon Williams *Akeem Spence Josh Boyd DE *Dion Jordan Michael Buchanan *Margus Hunt Datone Jones Quanteres Smith LB *Zaviar Gooden Cornelius Washington DB *Xavier Rhodes Blidi Wreh-Wilson *David Amerson *Dwayne Gratz *Jonathon Banks S John Cyprien *Shawn Williams *DJ Swearinger *Baccari Rambo *Duke Williams These are the trade downs I saw as possible. Draft Trades 1.2) for Arizona 1.7) 2.38) and 4.100) For Geno Smith 2.33) and late round in 2014 for Cincinatti 2.37) 2.53) and 4.115) For Margus Hunt 5.128) to San Fran for 5.150) and 5.157) Player Trades Aaron Ross and Laurent Robinson for 3.77) and 5.139) Chad Henne for a 3rd from Cleveland 3.68) Draft picks after trades 1.7) Dion Jordan DE/LEO The best available LEO candidate in this draft. At 6'6 248 lbs ran a 4.6 40 is explosive. Has nothing but upside, if he can add a little bulk he will be a force to reckon with. 2.37) Baccarri Rambo FS A turnover machine, interceptions... fumbles... you name it he's got it. Always around the ball making plays. Can also blitz when called on. 2.38) David Amerson CB Had a bad senior year trying to hard, had an amazing combine. He's big, strong, and has a nose for the ball. 2.53) Zaviar Gooden OLB All over the field, diagnoses the play quickly and gets a hat in. Needs a little work in coverage but has decent coverage skills. Had a great combine, and looked solid all around. Will be a great pupil behind Darryl Smith. 3.64) EJ Manuel QB Dominated at the Senior Bowl, continued his success at the combine. He's 6'5" 237 lbs. and can move. Has a huge arm and was pretty accurate throughout college. Will challenge Gabbert for the starting job, and is a huge improvement from Henne. 3.68) Larry Warford LG Had a huge game at the Senior Bowl. Had a solid career at Kentucky, an absolute steal in the third in my opinion. He seems to be the best guard in the draft. He was consistent, stayed healthy, and competes every down. 3.82) Josh Boyce WR Was TCU's biggest weapon and is an absolute freak. 4.38 40 time and 22 reps on the bench. He's built like a HB at 5'11 206. Can stretch the field and with the ball in his hand just makes plays. 4.95) Joseph Fauria TE Best measurements for a TE in this class. Not afraid to block and has above average hands. Was used a lot in the redzone and to stretch the middle of the field. He's also 6'7 260. 4.100) Brandon Williams DT 6'1 335 and built like the Hulk. Can stuff the run no problem. Was consistently in the back field at the senior bowl. Blew the combine out the water. Had 38 reps on the bench, not far off the record. Ran good, was the only linemen I saw in the foot drills that never looked down and had no mistakes. Fluid through all his field drills. Has exactly what you want character wise, knows the meaning of hard work and not afraid of it. His motivation? To get to the next level so his Mom doesn't have to work two jobs anymore. Takes it upon himself to stay after to push his self just a little more than everyone else. 4.115) Christine Michael RB Had a strong showing at the combine. Is electric on tape. Has a 97 yard kick off to his name, and is just flat out fast. Has good vision, and has the ability to break it big every time he touches the ball. Like CJ2K just not quite as fast, but the threat he could take it any touch will help out whoever may end up starting at QB. Adds a solid back to compliment Maurice as well as making sure that if Maurice goes down we will still have an every down back that can step in and not miss a beat. 5.139) Shawn Williams SS Bradley has found his Kam Chancellor 2.0 with this kid. He is a hard hitting safety that likes to get down in the box to help with the run. Him and Rambo were arguably the best safety tandem in college history. Why break up a good thing when we need to secure both spots. 5.150) Aaron Dobson WR A big body receiver at 6'3 210. Not the fastest guy out there but fast enough. Makes up for it with his amazing hands. Great ball skills, great body control, good route running. Needs some work on separation at times. Will make a great addition to our receiver corps. Would allow us to line up 4 wide and spread the defense and help out our young QB's. 5.157) DJ Swearinger S Played wherever his team needed him, lined up in both safety spots, corner, and even nickel. Is a missile out there. Crushing hits and knows how to make the splash plays. Has good ball skills at the point of attack, has a few flash interceptions to his name. Can come clear across the field and making a diving interception, or force a fumble. Another turnover machine that is a versatile defender. We can for sure find this kid a place to call home. 6.159) Dwayne Gratz CB Three year starter in college, a tackling machine. Totaled 189 tackles in three years, 141 of those solo. Only 8 interceptions but added 28 pass defenses. Among the tops of every drill at the combine, had the highest bench out of all corners. 4.47 40, 22 bench, 38" vert, 10'5" broad jump, 6.7 3 cone. All that means is he's fast enough, has great vert., explosive, and agile. Not a lot of tape but the little I did see has a good head on him for making the play. Might not get turnovers all the time but won't give up too many big plays and can make the stop. 7.192) Michael Buchanan DE/LEO/LB Was overshadowed in college by other ends. Really had a solid senior year, on tape he is all over the place. Versatility and has LEO experience. Can even put him in as OLB if need to. Plays really good with his hand in the dirt too. With all the positions he can play it would be dumb to not add him to the mix. That's one roster spot that can play 2,3, maybe 4 positions. Freeing you up to add depth in other positions, like receiver or corner. UDFA Vinston Painter LT Cornelius Washington OLB Justice Cunningham TE TJ Moe WR Jonathon Franklin Prentiss Wagner CB Matt Scott QB Sanders Commings CB Mark Jackson RT Rodney Smith WR Michael Clay LB Nick Clancy LB Our Free Agents to Resign Derek Cox William Middleton Darryl Smith Terrence Knighton Brad Meester Jordan Shipley Greg Jones Free Agency Andre Smith RT Matt Moore QB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB Jason Jones DL Depth Chart going in to Camp 75 man Offense 37 QB 1. Blaine Gabbert 2. Matt Moore 3. EJ Manuel 4. Matt Scott HB 1. Maurice Jones-Drew 2. Christine Michael 3. Jonathon Franklin 4. Jordan Todman 5. Johnathon Grimes FB 1. Greg Jones 2. Montell Owens 3. Brock Bolen WR 1. Justin Blackmon 2. Cecil Shorts III 3. Josh Boyce 4. Aaron Dobson 5. Toney Clemons 6. TJ Moe 7. Jordan Shipley 8. Jerrel Jackson TE 1. Marcedes Lewis 2. Joseph Fauria 3. Justice Cunningham 4. Matt Veldman LT 1. Eugene Monroe 2. Mark Jackson LG 1. Larry Warford 2. Will Rackley C 1. Brad Meester 2. Mike Brewster RG 1. Uche Nwaneri 2. Drew Nowak RT 1. Andre Smith 2. Cameron Bradfield 3. Vinston Painter OL 1. Austin Pasztor 2. Mark Asper Defense (36) LEO 1. Dion Jordan 2. Andre Branch 3. Michael Buchanan 4. Ryan Davis The 5 Technique 1. Jeremy Mincey 2. Jason Babin 3. Austen Lane The 1 Technique 1. Terrence Knighton 2. CJ Mosley 3. Jeris Pendleton The 3 Technique 1. Tyson Alualu 2. Brandon Williams 3. Jerome Long Buck Linebacker 1. Darryl Smith 2. Zaviar Gooden 3. Michael Clay Whip Linebacker 1. Russel Allen 2. Julian Stanford 3. Cornelius Washington Mike Linebacker 1. Paul Posluszny 2. Greg Jones 3. Nick Clancy Weak Corner 1. Derek Cox 2. Mike Harris 3. David Amerson 4. Prentiss Waggner Strong Corner 1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 2. William Middleton 3. Dwayne Gratz 4. Sanders Commings FS 1. Dwight Lowery 2. Baccari Rambo 3. Antwon Blake SS 1. Dawan Landry 2. Shawn Williams 3. DJ Swearinger Special Teams 2 K 1. Josh Scobee P 1. Bryan Anger Having the talent and depth this would provide we can always have fresh guys out there. With little to no drop off in ability. This would give us a huge advantage, allowing for us to make up for inexperience. While other teams will be wearing down we can just keep it coming. This leaves enough veteran leaders in key roles to bring the young guys up to speed. This is just my take on how we could for sure turn this thing around in a matter or 1-3 years. We would build off the solid group we have and just keep adding. One more thing I didn't stress QB in this for two reasons. Gabbert deserves another year, and there are no for sure bet franchise QB's this year.... however next year there are. Teddy Bridgewater for one, this kid is just flat out a phenom. There's also Logan Thomas, Aaron Murray, and Tajh Boyd. The point being that next years QB class has a whole lot more value than this year.

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