Ill start off by saying that I think we are a few good key moves from being elite.
Id say that I think it starts with Lewis, but we all know Mike Brown is too cheap to go out an get somebody else who wont give us a discount.
Offensively: I think we need to address our offensive line to start. We fixed our run game, we have a few guys who I think can compete for the 2nd WR spot. Dalton needs to improve in more ways than one. A good offensive line will make improving A LOT easier. It'll give him more time and that alone will cut down on the picks. An offensive line is stopping us from being SB contenders.
Defensively: Assuming that we're gonna be able to get back to one of the best Ds in the league when were healthy, I think as long as we get our guys back we should be okay talent wise. But, Micheal Johnson will make or break that theory. And I pray to god that Zimmer stays.
1st: I think this is the perfect spot to address the O-line situation. A fast, young guy that can keep up with our offense. Greg Robinson out of Auburn is exactly that. Would love that pick.
2nd: Maybe a safety? A ball hawking safety is what ive wanted on this team for a while now. Dion Bailey is my dream pick here. Fast, and can play the deep ball, something that seems to kill us, especially with teams in the division.
3rd: QB. We need to bring in some talent to challenge Andy, and make him really earn his job. Kevin Hogan out of Stanford is a guy who can do that. He's also young and has the potiental to take Daltons job, come a breakdown. He has a good arm and can run if needed. With the line we have now, that wouldn't be a bad option to have.
Also a few side notes;
AJ Greens contract is up after the 2014 season. He will be a talked about topic. He said he is in no rush to get the deal done.
There is a chance that James Harrison will want to call it quits, that would be a small talent hole to fill but a huge locker room/ leader role to fill.
Here are our free agents this offseason. With a few personal opinions.
Michael Johnson DE
Knowing that we signed Dunlap to a long term extension, Johnson is as good as gone. His contract will give us a good chunk of money to address another big hole.
Anthony Collins LT
Would like to keep him, weather it be for depth or to start.
Brandon Tate WR
Nothing really special. More of a return specialist than anything. We can find those anywhere.
Taylor Mays S
I still think he has talent. He ws injured for half of the season. I'd give him one more year.
Brandon Ghee CB
Didn't get much time this season. He hasn't done anything to keep his spot, but hasn't lost a roster spot, in my opinion.
Vincent Rey OLB
Must re-sign. He finally got some time and played pretty well. Could be a monster along side Burfict.
Mike Pollak G
Another must sign. Played in 8 games and didn't allow any sacks. Would be a damn good depth guy, if not a starter.
Alex Smith TE
I think we can let him go. Two guys on top of him in the depth chart, and hes only a depth guy. Can find another one anywhere.
Andrew Hawkins WR
Would be stupid not to re-sign him. Hes a weapon that not many teams have.
Dane Sanzenbacher WR
I like the kid but our WR position has a lot of talent right now. It'll come down to if the FO thinks hes worth another season.
Chris Crocker S
We can find somebody better. He makes tackles. Not really a playmaker. I expect plays to be made by my safties.
Dennis Roland RT
Another guy that hasn't lost his spot, but hasn't earned it. He's a toss up.
Zoltan Mesko P
Probably will be let go. He was only a replacement for Hubers injury.
This is kind of a rough draft offseason preview. Things will probably change if we cant get Johnson back. Ill keep updated.