Here is what I want come draft day (please leave comments as to which prospects might fill these roles):
A defensive tackle that can control the point-of-attack. This might be our biggest need. With Kemo's status for 2010 being very uncertain, and Hollis Thomas being 35 and unsigned, it is time to bring in a talented young player in the mold of a Thomas or Kemo. I am glad we have Louis Leonard, but I think he may be more of a tweener (NT and UT). Tank Tyler is undersized as a NT. And Ed Johnson is a camp body. Our 22nd ranked run-defense must improve, period. Drafting 3 WRs, a QB and a TE as some have advocated, is not going to accomplish that. You must build your team from the inside out, and to do this, early picks must be spent. I'll be interested to see who y'all have your eyes on. Personally I am praying that Dan Williams (Tenn) is still on the board at 48, but he is going in the late first in many mocks.
A slot-receiver that can return kicks. I am not in the camp that thinks our WR position needs a complete overhaul. We have some pieces in Smith, Moose (if resigned), and Jarrett (yeah I said it). We need to add a Ricky Proehl type to make tough catches on 3rd and 7 and keep drives alive (assuming we do not run a draw on 3rd and 7, oh wait Jake will be on the bench). I am also not in the camp that says we need to fill this hole with the 48th pick--unless there is a player still on the board with too much value to pass up.
(This is more of a luxury pick)...An OLB that can also put his hand in the ground in obvious passing situations and be effective rushing the passer. Do we have a LB that can do that? Have we ever? Example: Aaron Curry did this for Seattle last year. Brian Orakpo, while probably miss-cast as an OLB, did this as well. Terrell Suggs has been going this for years in Baltimore. It would be great to have this kind of versatility, especially if our best pass rusher (he shall remain nameless) does not return. This player might also be able to eventually fight Dan Conner for a starting spot as the Sam backer. I have a former Gamecock in mind here.
I will be very interested in who you would like to see picked if these are in fact the positions we fill in the draft.
Assuming Peppers leaves in Free-Agency, which area will be in most need of an upgrade?
Pass rush (8 votes)
Run stopping (12 votes)
Receiving (26 votes)
46 total votes