Merlin's First Look At 2009 Draft Needs

This is a good time to take a look at where our needs appear to be looking towards the 2009 Draft. For this exercise, I am going to set some ground rules for the discussion. A change in any of these ground rules wold force a reevaluation of the draft. 1. The current regime stays philosophically intact. That is, Carl, Herm, Chan and Gunther all stay in their current roles. 2. No trades. That means, no significant trades or retirements of current players (Tony G, LJ, Brian Waters) or trades of draft choices. Yes, you can trade Pat Surtain and no, you are not getting a fourth or fifth round pick for him. 3. No value arguments are allowed. By that I mean you can’t argue that that the value is not there for position X when we pick in the first round. We don’t know where we are drafting and we do not know who is in the draft. There is plenty of time for those discussions later. I will work under the assumption that we will be in the top five in the draft. Now, onto the positions.

Quarterback: The Chiefs are talking about using the spread next year and for years to come. That is a signal that they think Thigpen is their QB going forward. I think Damon is done and Brodie will be in camp next year. I like at least one vet QB on the roster, but I am not sure if the candidate we talk about (Losman) can run the spread. Look for us to draft a QB, but not until around round five.

Running Back: This position is pretty deep, so I don’t expect any additions here.

Tight End: Same as above

Offensive Line: Albert looks like a keeper. Waters is still playing fairly well. The rest is up in the air. D-Mac looks pretty done to me. RT is a big need, but not a first round need. I would like to see a RT drafted in rounds two or three with at least one Guard drafted later.

Wide Receiver: With Bradley emerging, we are fairly set here with D-Bowe, Bradley and Franklin. I could see a later round pick coming in here, but not in the first four rounds.

Defensive Line: Wow, what a disappointing group. Tamba showed he can not handle RDE, Tank has been pushed around and Dorsey is showing that he is a rookie. We need a RDE badly (major need, first or second round). We could also use another DT later in the draft. Who can we steal from the Ravens to do D-Line player evaluation? They seem to grow good lineman there.

Linebackers: Another area of need. Only DJ is safe. Donnie Edwards is not an every down player going into 2009, Pat Thomas has been a disappointment and Williams hasn’t impressed. MLB is another major need, and I can see an OLB being drafted later on.

Secondary: We could use a nickel CB. I can see a later round draft pick being used here. Hopefully another Carr and not a Marcus Maxey.

Special Teams: Barth looks OK on FG’s but not kickoffs. We should look at signing a rookie free agent to handle kickoffs.

So, to summarize, primary needs (rounds one and two) are MLB and RDE. Secondary needs (rounds two through five) are RT, RG, OLB. Tertiary needs (Rounds five through seven) are QB, CB, O-Line (again), DT, WR. Plus, you can add a rookie free agent for kickoffs.

OK Addicts, that’s my take, what’s yours? Reactions?

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