So the seasons not technically over but our team seems to think it is so I guess we will start talking about the offseason. Our draft pick will either be #24 if we lose next week or 27-28 if we win next week, depending on what Atlanta does. I'm just going to start off by posting my thoughts on each position.
QB- Matt Schaub is clearly never going to win games for us but there arent any free agents worth looking into and people that will be available wont be worth giving anything up for (Vick, Alex Smith, Matt Flynn). Those guys might be better than Schaub but I dont think they're that much better. TJ Yates deserves a chance but Kubiak probably wont even let him try to battle to be a starter. I'd like to see us draft a QB in the 4th round or later if we can find a high upside guy. MAybe someone like Tajh Boyd if he comes out.
RB- We're pretty set here. Ben Tate is in his last year so if we can get a 1st rounder from someone picking late like the Packers or a second and like a 5th from someone picking high, I'd take it. He's still valuable to us but I think Justin Forsett can be the backup effectively.
WR- It's ridiculous that we still dont have any opposite Andre. I wouldnt be sad if Walter got cut but we dont have anyone to replace him. Jean Posey and Martin were all underwhelming at receiver although Posey is coming on late. Dont know our cap situation and we wont make a splash anyway but Jennings, Wallace or Bowe would help us alot. Getting a guy like Corrdele Patterson or Cobu Hamilton wouldnt hurt but is unlikely
TE- Just need to resign Casey and we'll be fine
OL- LT, LG and center are good but we need a RG and RT pretty bad. We just drafted two guys to play Guard last year so a tackle is much more likely. A guy like Erik Fisher from Central Michigan could easily be our 1st round pick and I wouldnt complain
DL- Our ends are set with Antonio Smith Jared Crick and of course JJ Watt but a nose tackle HAS to be found. I dont think I've ever seen a push up front from a nt on our team. There seems to be a fair amount of NT in this draft from John Jenkins in the 1st to Jesse Williams in the second or Daniel McCluller s in the third. Regardless, we need to draft one as Cody and Mitchell dont seem to do anything.
LB- If Barwin resigns cheap, we will be good at OLB, if not we need help there. It's hard to think we'd draft one in the first again but we very well could and Anthony Barr would be a nice pick. If Cushing is back, we dont need much help inside but I'd spend a late pick on an ILB
S- Wouldnt mind bringing back Quin for cheap but this is another position I'd be fine with drafting early. Guys like Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Baccari Rambo are some solid playmakers in rounds 1-3
CB- Alan Ball can retire and if we resig Brice McCain, Not too much attention needs to be paid here. Maybe a 7th round pick or undrafted free agent
K- Randy Bullock will get his chance
P- Donnie Jones seemed to be decent but I'm not sure and he's like 74 so we'll probably need to get an undrafted one somewhere
Coaches- Fire the special teams coach now
Short Version: This is early so we arent completely sure who is declaring for the draft or where we're picking but whatever. I think our biggest needs are at RT, NT and safety. If Barwin leaves we need an OLB and I would also draft a WR but dont expect anything from our front office on that.