There will be a couple of people who will not like this philosophy but I think in the long term this could really improve our team! This scenario is obviously a "WHAT IF" kind of thing but IF Dre Kirkpatrick falls to us I think we grab him with our first pick no matter what. Next I would like to pick up Janoris Jenkins with our second 1st round pick. In this scenario Adam Jones
MUST be let go or signed and traded. I know Jenkins has some baggage but think about who he would be mentoring him (Leon Hall
and Nate Clements
). I doubt they would let him get away with anything. Another guy we let walk is Crocker for obvious reasons (sucking!!!) We also need to try to resign Nelson but if we can't we have to resign Jennings. I know so many people hate Jennings but he honestly got better as the season went on and is still fairly young. With all of that said (and assuming if Leon comes back healthy) think of how good our secondary would be in a dominant passing league. And to sum up my draft strategy about drafting 2 cb's in the 1st round is because I think Kirkpatrick could be a lethal safety for us. Imagine Janoris Jenkins (who is a younger version of Asante Samuel
and can also run with Torrey Smith
and Mike Wallace
) and Leon Hall (shutdown corner on possession receivers like Anquan Boldin
and Antonio Brown
)at our 2 corner positions with Dre Kirkpatrick and Reggie Nelson
/Nate Clements at safety. That would be a secondary that would be feared for many years.
Other thoughts about FA/Draft:
RB: Sign one free agent (Michael Bush
, Peyton Hillis
, or Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis) and then draft Isaiah Pead. I think this guy can be a lot better than people think. I think he can be a hybrid of Scott and Leonard but BETTER! I really just want us to wait so we can go after Marcus Lattimore in the 2013 draft cause this kid is a stud and could be the future at this position.
WR: Give Simpson one more year (if law allows it) because this was basically his rookie year. Only sign FA if great deal comes along
OL: I hate passing up on Decastro but there are good FA's available and thats what we could dedicate our 2013 draft to.
: I read a comment somewhere saying they think Mays should be tried out as OLB. I think this is an awesome idea. In running situations he could maybe go back to safety and in passing situations as a pass rushing linebacker. This would make our defense really versatile.
I would like to hear everyone's opinions and thoughts about going this way with our beloved franchise.
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