kearly wrote:I'm not too concerned about left guard, though an upgrade would be nice. Carpenter is good against power rushers and is good in the power running game. And if he shows up this summer in shape for a change, he might actually turn into an above average player. Not holding my breath, but I don't see LG as a glaring need, especially if they slot Bailey there.
Tackle is a different story. Bowie doesn't look ready to handle top drawer pass rushers in our division and we don't have a viable backup for Okung either. Actually, we do, but Seattle doesn't seem keen on playing Bailey outside just yet.
Despite all this, I'm betting we still go WR with our first pick. We are one Harvin injury away from being neutered on offense. And Harvin has always found a way to miss games every season. Moving down won't be easy but this is a great draft to move down in for teams targeting WR and OL.
Thanks for the response. My thoughts are similar. I feel better about the LG position than RT, but I admit, I am hesitant to say I'm unconcerned. We've talked a lot about the importance of continuity with offensive linemen, yet Cable and Carroll still felt the need keep changing players at the LG position, even starting Bowie over Carp in the playoff game against the Saints! His first start of the season there, IIRC.
Kearly, what positions do you think Bowie and Bailey are best as? I ask thinking there might be a chance they view Bowie as a better LG than RT and Bailey still a development player, so leaving a big hole at the right tackle position for the draft.