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Re-Focusing on the Draft

Now that free agency has settled down a bit, I'm curious to see how our draft priorities have changed. It seems like Bruce Allen has more or less filled some starting roles on the defensive front seven. And with DeSean Jackson now in the fold, targeting a WR at #34 doesn't seem likely. Depth has always been an issue in this organization, however, and we still have obvious holes on both sides of the ball. So, I went back to the Fanspeak Draft Simulator after a few weeks off to work out my own ideas on what our draft priorities should be after the free agent frenzy. I was eyeing Xavier Sua-Filo but he went to Seattle 2 picks before us, so I decided to trade back with Cleveland and again with Detroit, which netted me two extra 3rd rounders while only moving back 11 spots. I wasn't able to trade back up and grab an OT towards the end of the 2nd but I think this draft would help our overall depth tremendously, and give us a few guys who could surprise and start right away.


2/13 - Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn - I'm afraid for our rush depth even if Brandon Jenkins is healthy and can contribute. Plus, it's still 50/50 whether we can get Brian Orakpo to stay after this season, and Ford can learn behind Rak and Kerrigan and hopefully take over if necessary after this year.
3/2 - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson - EJ Biggers is on a 1 year deal and I don't think it's guaranteed he's on the roster in 2014 anyway, and Porter is purely a slot corner who'll be gone in 2016. Breeland's an aggressive corner who could eventually takeover from Hall in a few years, and has the height and strength to matchup with more physical receivers.
3/12 - Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State - Yes, we need a future stud FS, but between Ryan Clark, Brandon Meriweather and (hopefully) an improved Bacarri Rambo, I think we'll be ok in 2014. But Philip Thomas and Jose Gumbs are at best replacement-level players at this point. Bucannon was known as a hard-hitting safety in college who, despite knocks on his coverage skills still managed to pick off 15 passes in his WSU career. He could potentially start this year if Thomas isn't fully recovered from his injury.

3/19 - Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada - Before you jump on this pick you should know that there was a run on the top O-Lineman at the end of the 2nd (where I mentioned I couldn't find a trade-up partner). That being said...Bitonio was an under-sized left tackle at Nevada but there are some who think he can move inside with a little coaching, and I think his mean-streak would do well at guard. He'd need to add a little weight but rooming with LeRibs in camp should probably do the trick.
4/2 - Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee - I wanted his teammate Richardson at the end of round 2 but I'll settle for James here. Strictly a RT but has a ton of experience on that side of the line. He should be able to push Polumbus from day 1, although he needs some work on his run blocking.
5/2 - Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers - Signing DeSean Jackson was a huge addition to our passing game, allowing RG3 to stretch the field and take pressure off of Pierre Garcon. However, I'd still like us to have a big-bodied receiver and red-zone threat (no more fades to Moss!!!). Hankerson hasn't shown he can be that guy, much less anything else and Coleman (6'6) can give Gruden even more options on offense.
6/2 - Brent Urban, DE, Virginia
- Even though we signed Jason Hatcher and brought back Chris Baker, I'd like to see a young D-lineman with some upside on our roster. Stephen Bowen is likely to be cut or restructured (either way he's 30) and Jarvis Jenkins may never live up to his 2011 preseason. Urban is built like a beast and probably would've been a Day 2 pick if not for some injuries this past season and at the Senior Bowl. If he's fully healthy his upside would be well worth a 6th round pick.
7/2 - Dri Archer, WR/RB, Kent State - Plain and simple, this pick couldn't possibly make our special teams any worse. He'd be an electrifying return man, and I'd prefer not to use DJax as a returner if necessary.


Don't rip it too bad, but where do you think our priorities have shifted to at this point?



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