Big Pimpin wrote:
I like the OT idea too, but part of me thinks Crabtree would still be the best pick. I know we've got Branch and Nate but neither of them inspires a ton of confidence from me.
It's tough to say here. First off, Branch has not been worth that 1st round pick we gave up for him at all. I'm not sure why GMs keep bailing out the Patriots of all their problems. And Burleson certainly hasn't lived up to his $49 M contract (yeah, I know he's not making much until next year) either. At the same time, when they have been good they have been **good** and have the ability be burn defenses. With Housh there they will be even more potent, especially if Housh lives up to his claim that he can be a true #1 (which I think he already was the last two years in CIN).
I'm not sold on Crabtree, although I am warming to the idea a little as long as he can get much, much better. Here's a YouTube video of Michael Crabtree
. Watch it and tell me why everyone is so high on this guy, because I don't see it. I'd rather wait and hope Heyward-Bey falls into the second round, or Robiskie (a guy who probably could help us today as a #4).
But I still maintain that we should be taking as close to a "can't miss" type player as possible. For me, that's Aaron Curry, Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe or B.J. Raji. (I've read that Raji has character issues so he's probably off Ruskell's board already).
Big Pimpin wrote:
biju wrote: - We still need to acquire a good sized CB. We need to remember that we have to face Larry Fitzgerald twice every year and using someone like Kelly Jennings on him will just get us burned. We need to light a fire under Jennings or Wilson and grabbing a value guy later in free agency will do the trick.
What do you think about any of the recent cuts? Specifically, Rolle and McAlister have both been cut by the Ravens and Lucas is out of Carolina. Would any of them be worth a look?
I think it depends on what kind of a role we want them to play. McAlister and Rolle could be great mentors for our younger guys and McAlister has the size to play against Fitzgerald (he's only 2 inches shorter at 6' 1"). They both, however, are old for corners and have had injury issues the last two years. Lucas, on the other hand, could probably step in and be a starting CB and would probably be a cheaper option.
I don't think Ruskell is ready to give up on Jennings and Wilson though, and while I've expressed disappointment with our CBs I need to remember that Trufant didn't break out until his 4th year and 2009 will be Jennings' 4th year and Wilson's 3rd.
Maybe they'll step up this year...