Realityburn's offseason/draft plan

Okay, it's been a while since I've chimed in here with my 2 cents, but here goes.

I have some unusual ideas as far as what I would do this offseason, and it would somewhat impact how we draft.

First off, I would draft Trent Richardson, but ONLY is he is available when our pick rolls around. I would not trade up to get him by any means. Since I think it unlikely that he will be there at 17, I'm not going to consider that a strong possibility. With the signing of the Law Firm, RB is covered if we don't manage to draft a good one. We should pick one up as a replacement for Scott, who has disappointed me the last couple years, but with Green-Ellis on the roster, Richardson is the only RB I would draft before the 3rd round.

We made some good calls on FA signings thus far, which filled a few holes nicely. With the signing of Allen, CB is not as direly important to address in the draft as it was a week ago. I might be alone in this, but I'd be comfortable starting the season with Allen, Hall, Clements and Jones. I'd still draft a CB, but it's not as huge of a need as it was.

As far as Safety and Linebacker go, I'd do some unusual stuff there. I would move Taylor Mays to OLB and look for a Safety in the draft to compete for the starting spot opposite Nelson. I would also rotate Sands in more.

Why move Mays to LB? Because it seems to fit his skill set better than Safety does.He's pretty big for a Safety, coming in at 6'3" and 230 lbs. He's only an inch shorter and 10 lbs lighter than AJ Hawk, and could probably add a few pounds without losing much speed if, any. He's fast, and he hits like a truck, but is prone to missing tackles in the open field due to committing to the big hit too early. Sounds like he could be a monster pass rusher with that tendency. QBs are less mobile than a WR in the open field. Give Mays a target that doesn't move much and he'll crush it. He struggles in coverage against WRs, but if moved to LB he can use his experience as a safety to give opposing offenses the illusion that they've created a mismatch when he covers a TE. I don't want to spend too much time on this topic, but I've explained why I would move Mays to OLB.

And honestly, I don't consider WR as huge of a need as some others. We have Green, Shipley will be back, and we have Hawkins (who I still think is underrated). Simpson I would actually keep around as a #4 receiver and have him start returning punts. He has issues catching the ball sometimes, but he's elusive as hell once he has it. Sounds like a good punt return option to me. Of course that depends on whether he gets suspended or not, hopefully we find out before the draft rolls around so we can make a decision about how important it is. It's still a position of need, but it's one that can still be addressed in FA. I'll be honest, I haven't followed things enough this year to know who a good option at WR would be in the draft this year, so I won't speculate too much.

With the signing of Travelle Wharton to replace Livings, I'm not as concerned about the O Line as I was. Still something that should be addressed in the draft, but not as pressing. I'm not going to count on DeCastro being available at 17, but there are quality players that will still be available even if he's gone.

Also, now that we have 2 more scouts than before, they may find some gems that are under our radar at the moment. With as surprisingly good as our FA signings have been thus far, we are almost in the position of being able to draft BPA regardless of position.

I haven't been watching things as closely as some of you guys have been, so I'm sure there are quite a few things I've overlooked. Hopefully the comments will points some of those out so I can address them. I'm pretty optimistic this year, with our rookie QB and WR actually getting a full training camp this year, and having time for Gruden to gel with our offense. We've made some....unexpected moves this offseason, and I suspect we will make some more unexpected moves in the draft. I'm not going to get TOO optimistic yet, but my feelings are sitting at a solid 7 on a scale of 10 for the offseason so far.

So, with all that said, my draft goals have shifted a bit. 1st round I would look at OL, S, and CB in no particular order, 2nd round whichever of OL/S/CB that was not picked in the 1st, 3rd RB, and BPA the rest of the draft. Would definitely look into best WR available at some point, probably round 4. I would also consider drafting a monster player at a non-needed position in the 1st if he falls to us, but there's no way I can predict who other teams might pass on.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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