The biggest problem I have is there are no real glaring holes on the team now.
Agreed, they've done free agency properly the last couple of years, to fill holes with mid level players.
I think there is more to Earl Wolff, a lot more. UDFA Keeland Johnson isn't a player to look past either.
Hope so, but they can afford to add another guy here if there's somebody appealing available. Nate Allen is only a fallback if Wolff doesn't develop as hoped.
We have 3 OL that are 30+. That might be of concern to the team. We'll see. Someone like Joel Bitonio could be a nice pick if the Mathis rumors are true. He can be a OG short term and RT once Lane Johnson moves to LT post-Peters.
Agree here for sure. Mathis is still playing at a high level, but he's 32. Heremanns is clearly fading and I wouldn't be surprised if they gave him some competition from Babre or somebody else in camp. I think Peters will actually be here now until he clearly falls off performance wise. The OT depth isn't bad between Babre and Kelly.
There is no need to chase WRs in this class. It's a buyers market and Howie seems to think so. Mainstream is running with the idea that we will draft a WR high, but we won't have to count on a rookie to produce to have a high powered offense. As long as we have captain efficiency at QB the ball will move. At pick #22 the best case to land an instant impact player who can be the best WR on the team immediately is maybe Cooks or Jordan Mathews. Then we can all chip in and get Insein a Cooks jersey to replace his DJax one. He won't notice the difference.
I agree on the WRs to a point, there are guys outside that first tier I like, Matthews, Allen Robinson etc. Our WR group as it stands is a little underpowered but has zero depth. There's also still the question of whether Maclin comes back next year. Doesn't have to be 1st round, but I do think they need to draft a WR early, if the value's there of course which in this draft it should be. My prediction of WR/CB is mostly just where I expect the value to line up with what I see as needs.
Don't really agree with the POV that as long as we have Foles all will be OK. You only have to look at McNabb's career for a good example of that. Big difference between 2001-2003 McNabb throwing to stiffs compared to the 2004 version. The premise of this offense is to use personnel and alignment to generate situations where we can run the ball against a weak box, but that means having weapons outside to force the D to spread out. I think we'll have to convince teams we can throw without Jackson early in the year before we'll see many 5 or 6 man fronts.
It's a buyers market for pass rushers too. Maybe with the added help to the secondary we can be more aggressive up front with the play calling. I'll still remain stubborn about using B. Graham if rushing the passer is such a need. Sending Kendricks every once in awhile wouldn't hurt either.
Who are the pass rushers you like? Don't see the buyers market, at least for the 3-4 OLBs we need. There was zero available in FA. The Big 3 will likely be long gone for us, I like Marcus Smith, but who else do you see as a fit?
This is one of my big problems with the 3-4 shift. We have a bunch of guys who suit the 4-3, we (so far) can't find the right guys for the new scheme but we're running it anyway and can't find a pass rush because of it.