The draft will be BPA (best player available). As will FA, although we'll be spending more on retaining our own, but there may be some younger guys out there that may be able to help/compete and one of them may improve the roster. It will be about competing next year as usual.
QB - QBOTF in hand. Cannot rule out the possibility of trading Flynn. Could be a developmental pick here.
RB - All set here. Hopefully Leon comes back on a two year that's not too expensive. UNLESS, you want to go after a kid like that WVU player. Possibly game changing explosive at any time. Even if just a role player that might be worth a high pick and he's not even a RB....which brings us to possibly bringing in a few prospects to duke it out for 3rd back.
FB - These aren't the droids your're looking for. Leave this alone until we have no choice a la Mac Strong.
WR - Would like another true burner developmental guy who's capable of playing #1. Maybe not a high pick though. I very much like Rice and Tate now. They have a connection with our QB. Baldwin is working his way back in. Would like a 4th high ceiling prospect and then let Kearse, Tuinei, and Bates crack it back out with anyone else who can show a tiny something and play ST.
TE - Retain existing players here. I really like these guys. Let Cam battle it out with Moore and the other PS kid.
OL - Been saying Sweezy might need a shot at RT since preseason at some point and the offseason would be a time to experiment. Carp, I still think could be a pro bowl LG at some point, but he's a giant dude and I wonder if he isn't too giant for his own playing health. Will need to add a G or T along with our retained players depending on Sweezy. If you like a guy take him. BPA yet again. C I'm not worried about in the slightest or LT.
DE/DT - Not sure Jones is back. Scruggs showed up again on Sunday even if he didn't get a stat for it. A 285 pound kid who ran the 40 in the high 4.6s. Thought he was a project with limited film. Plays with good pad level naturally along with really nice athleticism. Natural tools to mold. Can play 5 or 3. Howard is sort of along those lines, but is bigger and not quite as fast. I believe he ran in the 4.7s at just over 300 pounds. Not quite as nimble as Scruggs, but good upside. Not sure Branch is back either, but he is pretty solid at 3 on run downs. Really solid actually. Still not sure he's back. Depends on the money and draft circumstances. Star will go to high for the Hawks. That kid would be nice. Keep thinking for some reason Suh might still want to play here as he's previously said, but I think that's two years off. Need a better backup for Bane. McDonald has been dissapointing at the POA. We get gashed more often when he's playing 1 tech. If there's a 3 tech there that they're in love with I wouldn't be surprised at that.
Another pass rusher won't hurt. Only having two outside rushers might be considered negligent. Injuries happen in the NFL. Maybe another inside rusher too. Good players will get cut in the summer.
LB. Wright is a hell of a 4-3 strong side backer. Does everything well. Didn't time fast, but plays fast. Wagner is stacking up with the best MLBs in the league even with some rookie mistakes here and there. With Wright's ability to slide inside and Morgan's ability to play strong side as well as Toomer being suited to compete there I'm not sure we add on the strong side or middle in particular. Smith will need someone to compete with though, but I won't be surprised if he wins. We have 4 LBs who like to hit and run 4.4 40s. It's a bit ridiculous actually. Some player would have to show a whole hell of a lot to get drafted high to play LB for the Hawks next year, IMO.
CB/S - We're loaded. End of story. And yet I won't be surprised if we add to it all. We may end up losing one, in fact, and have to invest more for the sake of high level starting competition. The Secondary has been a premium for the HC who used to play in the secondary.
Overall this will be a whole lot of competing yet again as previously stated. Just at a higher level, theoretically....
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