I just wanted to stray away from the Redskins for a little bit (even though I still can't get enough)... just wanted to write this piece to see what people would decide and choose and why?
Offense: You have a stable of running backs which is arguably one of the best in the league: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson, you have 1 Pro Bowl WR in Steve Smith, a pretty solid O-Line. You have severe QB Issues, Moore v Clausen v St. Pierre. You need more from your TE, and other WR's and obviously your QB. The previous regime drafted Clausen with a 2nd Round Pick. The team just doesn't score points and has virtually no passing game. They get penalized way too much and are one of the worst teams on 3rd down conversion (30%).
Defense: You run the 4-3, with a D-Line still recovering from the loss of Julius Peppers that has a problem getting to the QB. They've only had 31 sacks each of the past 2 seasons, and get gashed on big plays. Jon Beason is a stud, but one man can only do so much. The defense is in the middle of the pack as far as turnovers, and gets handled by the run more than the pass
Key Players On Team: DeAngelo Williams Jonathan Stewart Steve Smith Jon Beason Chris Gamble
You have the #1 overall pick this year, do you see what Clausen has? Or do you believe in a little LUCK? (You don't have a 2nd Round Pick, New England has that, but you still have 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Rounds)
Biggest Team Needs: QB, DE/DT, S, TE
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers:
Offense: Frank Gore is coming off of a season ending injury, and you've had a carousel of Off. Coordinators for the past half decade. You have one of the better Offensive Lines with Joe Staley is healthy coupled with the two rookie lineman drafted in 2010, who will get better with experience. Alex Smith is set to leave, and you've got Troy Smith and Nate Davis left on the roster. Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are young with a ton of talent and just need to get the ball to make plays. Terrible at converting 3rd Downs (31%) and highly penalized. Middle of the pack rushing and passing in the league as well as eliminate costly turnovers.
Defense: You run the 3-4, with a great pieces in place with NT A. Franklin, ILB Patrick Willis, and CB Nate Clements. You are solid against the run but suceptible against the pass. You do a decent job of creating turnovers, but you need more dynamic plays on defense. 2010 was very much a down year for the 49ers Defense compared to 2009.
Key Team Players: Patrick Willis Aburayo Franklin Vernon Davis Michael Crabtree Frank Gore
You've got the 7th Pick in the 1st Round, as well as a 2nd, 3rd, 2 4ths, a 5th, 2 6th, and 2 7ths
Frank Gore, Joe Nedney, Joe Staley on the IR this year.
Biggest Team Needs: QB, DE, CB, OLB
Offense: Your new VP of Football Operations is John Elway. While you were in the top 10 in passing yards per game, the running game lacked dearly. Knowshon Moreno couldn't stay on the field as well as your 2 rookie receivers. Converting 3rd downs is an issue too. Lastly, you have to decide if Tim Tebow is your guy, or are you going to start Kyle Orton, or even give a good look at Brady Quinn.
Defense: You run the 3-4, and your defense is porous to say the least, allowing the most points in the league at a whopping 29.4 per game in 2010. 31st against the run, and 25th against the pass. You are worst in the league at getting sacks as well as turnovers. While Elvis Dumervil was on the IR this past year, one man does not make a defense, but someone who has 42.5 sacks in 4 years and is only 26 years old is an important piece if he can stay healthy. You've got two aging wonders in the secondary that possibly might not be back, Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey
You've got the #2 Pick overall, as well as 2 2nd Rounders, a 3rd, 6th and 7th
Biggest Team Needs: CB, DE/NT, OLB, RB
Offense: Colt McCoy has been a pleasant surprise, but the West Coast offense needs to be installed, similar to Seattle's version with Matt Hasselbeck. Peyton Hillis has also been fantastic in the run game, but outside of him, the WR and TE spots bring almost no production. 13 TD passes from the QB spot isn't nearly enough, top tier QB's have that through 1/3 of the season. Decent job of protecting the QB considering you play PITT and BALTI twice a year. You do have a disciplined team, being one of the least penalized teams in the league. You also have Jake Delhomme who wants to be back despite his $5.4 million price-tag.
Defense: You run the 3-4 but still get gashed by the run, and a little less in the pass. Joe Haden will improve and has proved to be a playmaker with 6 INT's his rookie season with fellow Rookie Safety TJ Ward being a "hammer" in the secondary. The real question is in the front 7. Will D'Qwell Jackson stay healthy? The team is one of the works in sacks and Ffum in the league and need a better pass rush, as well as more consistent play from their D-Line (cough Shaun Rogers).
You've got the #6 pick in the 1st Round, with a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2 6's and a 7th rounder.
Biggest Team Need: DE/NT, OLB, WR, RG/RT
Offense: While the team did go 8-8, are you a believer in Jason Campbell? Michael Bush and Run DMC make a great running attack but need to stay healthy, while the passing game suffers especially when TE Zach Miller is taken away. Jacoby Ford is a great playmaker however not a consistent WR threat. Let's not forget about Darius Heyward-Bey. Your Offensive line lets up too many sacks as well. You were the most penalized team in 2010 and one of the worst in 3rd Down Conversion. You'll also be working for Al Davis, who has had a history of inconsistent ownership and disarray, as well as meddling in the draft for "his type" of players.
Defense: Are you going to run the 4-3 or the 3-4 or a hybrid? You don't have a true NT, but you have players like Richard Seymour, Lamarr Houston, Tyvon Branch, and Rolando McClain and don't forget Nnamdi Asomugha. You did a great job of getting the QB Sacks but the team is in the bottom third of the league as far as getting turnovers. You have one of the best pass defenses in the league, but get gashed by the run. More consistency is needed.
Key Team Players: Zach Miller Richard Seymour Darren McFadden Nnamdi Asomugha Tyvon Branch
You don't pick until the 2nd Round thanks to New England, but you still have your 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks remaining.
Biggest Team Needs: OLB, RT/G, WR, NT