i don't see Barwin leaving the Texans but I would love to see him in Silver and Black, that would be a good signing.Indeed! When you had to pay potential busts like JaMarcus Russell $66 million, nobody wanted that pick. Now when you are risking half of that for a top prospect, it is well worth it and it has to deminish the value of some top FAs too, since if they ask for too much, then teams can just take their chances in the draft for not as much risk. Saying that, the other post is right too, there is no RG3 or Luck or Julio Jones this year where teams may fall over themselves to move up.
If we can go from the 2nd pick (possibly the first the way this team is playing) down to around 15, and get a second rounder back also, that would be great for us.
In the first round Texas DE Alex Okafor will still be there at 15, or Bama LB CJ Mosely either is an immediate starter on our defense and both look like the real deals.. You get Okafor and move Houston where he belongs at DT.
In the 2nd round Texas DE Jeffcoat may still be on the board depending on the status of his injury. If not, then hopefully Bama RT D.J. Fluker is there. Tell me he won't help the run.
I could see McKenzie using the 3rd rounder to tender RFA CB Sam Shields from the Packers (assuming that is how the Packers tender him)..if it is a 5th rounder, then it is a steal. He is a starter who will command a reasonable salary and he is familiar with him.
In Round 4 I'd look at DE William Gholston from Michigan State as a developmental pass rush guy.
Past there, I'm not going to pretend I've watched enough college football this year to know anyone beside maybe Denard Robinson if he falls to the 5th round as an all around awesome athlete. There are a lot of holes to fill...
Other free agents, I think we pay Minnesota MLB Erin Henderson top dollar to be our prize FA this offseason. He is a great run defender.
I think they take a flyer on Texans DE Connor Barwin as a pass rusher if they don't get one early.
That is really all I see that looks attractive.