Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during pregame introductions before a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Taking The Next Step


 

Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shaun Phillips (95) during pregame introductions before a game against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

This is going to be a long article, but I have been uber-busy over the last four days, and the draft is coming quickly. So, please hang in there, as I may not get time to post again before Thursday. I will give my unsolicited opinion on what I think about each position, and how we should handle it. There are still so many questions unanswered… So, I thought this would be a good time to take a quick audit of what we still need to address as a resurgent organization. Obviously, we will see how it plays out over the next few weeks. Having said that, this will be one of our final opportunities to have a little fun, before we get the draft results. Let’s entertain our last thoughts, and scenarios about how we would like to see this roster come together!

To say that there are still a lot of holes, is an understatement. Now that Danario Alexander is not leaving, we can finally exhale for two seconds. However, I am curious to see where everyone stands on which steps to take next. What holes can be addressed with each step, and how? Here are the team needs, and different directions we could go. Please feel free to add anything I may have missed:

Left Tackle: Let’s get the inevitable off of the table first. If ANY of the the top 3 tackles are available (and there may well be), you can expect Tom Telesco to have a faster time racing to the podium, than Lane Johnson did in his 4o at the combine! However, what if they aren’t? What then? You can draft the second rounder, or third rounder of your choice… and hope that coach Joe-D can whip them into starting shape quickly. If not, you are relying on the Dunlap / Clary show to hold down the fort. Let’s not kid ourselves.. Dunlap is an upgrade from Harris, but I would be very unthrilled if that’s how we rolled into the new season. So would Philip Rivers. We still have the “dangling carrot of hope” that we sign Bryant McKinnie… but, that only makes it more uncertain. We MAY be able to head into the draft with McKinnie in our back pocket, see if we can get an elite tackle, and sign him if we don’t. However, his price would go up post-draft, I would imagine. I would feel comfortable signing McKinnie to a 2 year deal, as a stop gap. They can wait until next year to draft a Lewan, or a Matthews, or another LT. That would free up more picks in the draft. If TT doesn’t select a LT in the first 2 rounds (or MAYBE 3), I would bet that they are going that route. If TT drafts a LT in the 2nd round, I think you can pretty much pencil in Dunlap as the starter. I would be surprised if the McKinnie talks continued, after that point. Barring a decision to trade up, this will be a “you get what you get” kind of situation. It doesn’t seem like there is much control over it, other than to see how the draft plays out. All I know, is if we don’t get a top 3 tackle… or sign a 2nd rounder… we better be darn sure we have laid the groundwork to get McKinnie (Or SOMEBODY better than Dunlap)!

Strong Safety: Getting a safety like Kenny Vaccaro through the draft would be awesome! If you take Vaccaro, you will almost certainly have to do it at 11, as I don’t think he would be there at 16, even if we traded down with St. Louis. However, we drafted a strong safety last year, when we picked Brandon Taylor. It remains to be seen if he can be the starter next to Weddle. He got very little time on the field last year, in Norv’s “Vet-Heavy” system. However, he was a great leader of a dominating LSU defense. A torn ACL late last season couldn’t have come at a worse time for the kid (not that there is ever a good time for that injury). But, the new regime has virtually no NFL film to go off of, and his timeline for recovery is foggy at best. The Chargers have not signed Lynch back either, who could potentially be a stop-gap until Taylor is up to speed. This is going to be one of the hardest decisions for management to make, as a lot of uncertainty surrounds the whole situation. We could go with Vaccaro… a first round talent, who is versatile, and can be an immediate starter against a wicked Denver offense. Or, you can get Lynch in there, wait for your third rounder to get healthy, and give him the opportunity to prove himself. If that is the case, Taylor will have to learn (and heal) very quickly. He would need to get up to speed STAT! If any of the left tackles are there, you may be going with the Taylor plan… whether we like it, or not. People have talked about signing Jammer back, and moving him to strong safety. But, we need to realize that he hasn’t played a snap at safety since college, and not much of it back then. Could he start at safety? I just don’t see it happening. Even for the short-term. If none of the three elite tackles are there… Lotulelei & Milliner are gone, and we can’t trade down…. I can see TT pulling the trigger on Vaccaro.

Outside linebacker: If you feel comfortable with our pass rush right now, then you are in the minority. Johnson is great for the run, but has almost no pass rushing skills. Ingram is coming into his second year, and should get plenty of playing time, but fell well short of what people had hoped his numbers would be last year. English… well… I don’t even need to go into that, as he is in a make-or-break season. Shaun Phillips has one foot out the door. So, you let the dust settle from the draft, and pick up some cheap depth in Free Agency… hoping that Ingram & English produce the results we have all been dreaming of. Or, you turn to the draft in the later rounds (possibly a promising undrafted FA). I see Telesco going younger, so the later rounds make more sense to me. But, I have been wrong before.

OLB Side Note: Shaun Phillips is a longtime fan favorite… a solid leader in the locker room… best pass rusher on the team last year. If Shaun Phillips is still available, and could not get a good contract anywhere else, do you think he would take a much lower salary to remain a Bolt? If he stayed, would the new regime even want to bring him back? Do you think he would take less time, so Ingram could develop into a starter? A lot of fans didn’t like the fact that SP took valuable snaps away from Ingram last year. Or, do you think it’s just time to move on? If we have any chance to get him for the veteran minimum (or close to it) with a reduced role.. I say yes, let’s do it. He knows the system.

Middle Line-Backer: Takeo Spikes is gone. I’ll just come out, and say it… Alec Ogletree would be awesome to have… IF we can pull off a trade down! I wouldn’t even hate the idea of Te’o or Minter wearing a bolt if Ogletree is gone. If we don’t trade down, this need will probably be addressed in the 3rd or fourth round with Alonso or Bostic. I don’t trust the options in the FA market, and you need a starter. We all would LOVE to see Mouton step up, and ring the bell… or, Bront Bird, or Andrew Gachkar for that matter… but, I don’t think you can put all of your eggs in that basket. You just can’t. So, that means you either draft one in the first three or four rounds, or you take your chances. One thing is for sure.. SOMEBODY has to be Butler’s wing-man!

Cornerback: Cox was a nice addition to the roster, no doubt! But, is that enough? Shareece Wright, and Marcus Gilchrist will both battle it out for the second starting job. Wright showed some pretty good play-making ability before he got hurt, so you hope he can be the guy. Gilchrist hasn’t been all that bad as a nickel CB, but I have seen him in deep coverage, and he needs…. let’s just say… he needs to work on that. Granted, we haven’t seen a whole lot of either of them, they are both still raw, and they could improve greatly under the coaching of our new defensive backs coach Ron Milus. It looks like we will have to use a draft pick on a CB at some point, but which round? There has been a lot of talk about Mcfadden in the 3rd, as not many people are talking about going CB in rounds one & two, unless Milliner drops to us at eleven  (and all 3 tackles & Lotulelei are not available) I would take him, no doubt. If he doesn’t, I would take a CB in the 3rd, or 4th round. I would take Vaccaro over Rhodes, and I would take Ogletree if we drafted down, and we could get Armstead AND Warford in round two. The draft is very deep at CB this year. I think we could still possibly come up on Mcfadden in the fourth, or somebody as good.  Beyond that, I would sign a stop-gap veteran to accomplish the same thing we would get with a 5th / 6th / 7th round CB.. which would be depth. I wouldn’t sign Jammer, as I don’t think he could play strong safety, and I wouldn’t want him taking over Gilchrist’s nickel spot.

Nose Tackle: If Star Lotulelei is there, TT will have to think hard about the fact that Cam Thomas will be your starter, if you pass him up. Cam MIGHT be able to step up. But, even Weddle was making comments about Star being a beast yesterday! That let’s me know that he would probably prefer a nose tackle, over a safety in the first round if Star is there. This COULD also be a vote in Taylor’s corner. Maybe he has faith in the young man. We have kicked the tires on Antonio Johnson. But, he was just replaced by Aubrayo Franklin. That doesn’t exactly scream “starter”, but he could add depth. However, with Cam’s contract expiring next year, do you want to be stuck signing another veteran stop-gap? Or, possibly starting a late round 2013 rookie nose tackle, and draft another depth guy behind him? If TT is not sold on Cam Thomas being the future starter.. passing on Lotulelei is almost suicide. Overpaying average players out of desperation is what got us into this mess in the first place. When I see the lack of depth behind this position, I almost have to assume that Telesco is going to see if he can get a NT in the top 3 or 4 picks.

Guard: Aside from Warford in the second, if we got an extra pick, I would be irritated if we took a guard high. It wouldn’t be the end of the world.. I guess… but, I would MUCH rather have a play-maker, than a guard. You can find good guards in all rounds. The curve doesn’t “drop off” like it does with other positions. Not to mention we went out and got Reinhart, Ohrnberger was signed, and Troutman is healthy. Dunlap can play guard, as well (assuming we get that left tackle) Yes, Cooper & Warmack are beasts. But, they probably won’t be there, and I wouldn’t pick them if they were. But, that’s TT’s decision, not mine… so don’t get too flustered, m’kay?

Wide receiver: I feel similarly about wide receiver. I wouldn’t hate it if they took Tavon Austin.. he is awesome, without a doubt, and Rivers would have his own little Welker to throw to. Realistically, a year under the belt of this receiving corps, and another training camp, can make a big difference. Joiner is gone, but we have a new face in town, and a superbowl caliber play caller to boot. Vincent Brown is going to be healthy, and will be a shot in the arm of this crew. I would stick to my guns here, and possibly take one in a later round. However, even that doesn’t seem necessary.

Running back: I wouldn’t be mad if we can get a bruiser of a running back in the later rounds, if we can pick one up, I will say this.. we already have a ton of guys competing. Not that they will all make the team… but, we have Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Ronnie Brown, Edwin Baker, and Fozzy Whittaker. Not to mention fullbacks Le’Ron McClain (who can run the ball) & newly signed Chris Gronkowski. Even if we cut a few of guys, we would still be full. Clearly, Ryan Mathews has had his injury problems, but I am going out on the biggest limb EVER here… I think this strength & conditioning staff gets their money’s worth out of him this year. The backups will be used as change of pace backs, and we’ll keep someone on the practice squad, just in case.

Defensive End: I left this one to the last, as we have Liuget, and Reyes holding down the starting positions. We can get one or two more guys in the later rounds, or get some undrafted rookies, or get some depth in free agency. I feel comfortable with our starters, and think they are solid. We just need another vet, and a couple of newbies, just in case the fit hits the shan.

Well, that’s it….  Long winded?… Perhaps. But, that’s my two cents, Bolt Fam! Please comment, debate, throw your own ideas in there, tell me where I’m right & wrong.. etc., etc. It’s all fair game, and we can compare scores on draft day!

Much Love, and LET’S DO THE DANG THANG!

Pete

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  • Nate

    Cmon chargers! Lets get it!! We are going to have a great draft i can feel it

  • davacho

    wow- great article. don’t agree on all fronts, but am reconsidering my stance on taking one of the two elite guards at 11… good point about talent drop off at skill positions.

    i just really want us to be able to to trade back.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thanks, D! Even though I really want Vaccaro.. I think you are right, and that’s what is best for the team. Get extra picks. In that case, I am really pulling for us getting Ogletree with the tradeback, if Vaccaro is gone. (Depending on which team we trade with)

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        That would be the ideal situation.

  • FitzWilly

    Ditto :)

  • J.C. Ortiz

    While you have a point with the guards, do you really pass on a sure fire Pro Bowl player? Especially with the way the NFL is moving with these pass rushing DT’s like Watt (including Liuget/Reyes) you need to have a stout interior line. Not to mention one of the guards would greatly improve our non existant running game.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I know that I said that I would be pissed at guard in the first round, but let’s be fair.. I also said we should take Warford with our high second round pick, if we trade down. He is no Warmack, or Cooper.. but, the pro-bowl doesn’t have a first round requirement. Agreed?

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    would love SP95 for one more year and would start him over JJ in a heartbeat….

    • davacho

      yah, keep jj as depth- get phillips back starting for another year.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Maybe Telesco has the minerals to sit JJ… maybe.

    • Julien Bélair

      to me sp95 is usless. i feel he got 9,5 sacks but those are the only pressure i oculd get and he did absolutely nothing on running plays

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        …but 9.5 sacks on a team with no other pass rushing threat seems pretty strong. jarrett johnson started on the other side most of the time too. but he didn’t have his greatest year last season and he was injured the season before…. is there a better option?

        • Julien Bélair

          i would feel more comfortable with igram as a starter and a rook or FA buddy to back him. but i feel ingram can play about 90% of defensive plays. jj on the other side or mayby we will draft jarvis jones or mingo or mayby okafor in the second

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I have been grappling with that pass rusher spot myself. I have to believe that we can start Ingram 70% of the snaps, unless he is just a monster.. then you go all in!
            English will follow behind, good or not. But, having that veteran backup (who got 9 1/2 garbage sacks last year, with no help). I just think that once they start double-teaming Ingram this season, Philips, English.. and dare we say it… Johnson.. can all roam free.
            And yes, I think you draft a late round 3-4 pass rusher, or UFA, and let them compete or keep them on the PS.

          • Julien Bélair

            i am afraid they would start phillips instead of ingram…but if they don’t and he come back with vet minimum i would be ok with it

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            That’s the only way I would let him come back.

      • Boltfanaz

        SP is awesome at batting down balls and getting strip sacs . . . don’t know what games you are watching

        • Julien Bélair

          lol watch his ranking on off and come back after

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    So pretty much we need 11-12 draft picks lol, come on SF lets make some trades.

    • tubbs45

      we could trade down with rams, then the vikes, then 9ers and have 5 or 6 extra picks! LOL

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Best Comment in forever!
        @epadaon:disqus
        @cgoodness13:disqus
        Best Comments post?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Just a rumor, but they are pushing a Charger trade up with Cleveland so that the Chargers get Lane Johnson. Not sure it is the reality. But also not sure on the idea of getting a bunch of picks that we’re not sure are even ready to start–at least that is what the NFL analysts and draft folks are saying. If they get Rivers some decent protection, I would be happy for sure.

    We’re not going anywhere unless Rivers has time to throw.

    “Trading up five spots would allow San Diego to get their man without having to give up too much.” –taken from nfl.com

    • tbell11

      Bucky Brooks said that and I wouldn’t oppose to that either. When Rivers has time to throw he’s as deadly as anyone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Yep. I agree. Another guy said it on his mock draft. Don’t hold me to it, but I think it was Gil Brandt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    And why are there so many fan boys of this King Dunlap as he about got run out of town when he was with the Eagles? No, he is not good, but we will reform him like we did with Gaither. Not.

    • Pels04

      I dont think its that they are fan boys, its probably because thats whose slated in as the starter right now. So naturally, thats why his name keeps popping up. Im not trying to argue at all and we would agree on wanting a better option at LT but Ive seen you go off more than once on how bad Dunlap is so i thought i would just say this. Eagles fans were used to Jason Peters (excellent LT) and a lot compared Dunlap to him. Not fair. Ive talked to some Eagles fans and a common theme to what they say is that Dunlap is average at the least in pass protection but could use a lot of help in run blocking. They also agree that what hurt him the most was coach Mudds scheme (athletic and fast OL). Dunlap isnt that. He actually had a decent year before they switched schemes. Some Eagle fans actually came to his defense for that reason.

  • Cgoodness13

    Did English even play on special teams? Feel like norv put a Leash on this kid and tied him to the bench.

    • tubbs45

      AJ put him in a bubble so he wont break!

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Hahahaha! Good one.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Probably… He did it with Taylor, and let Bigby’s average ass run the SS spot.

    • boltingindiego

      english couldn’t run down a kick off b4 he would get hurt. thats way to much running for him.

  • tubbs45

    I had heard SP95 was at the fortress last friday… maybe something is in the works? or he was just picking up his gym shoes….

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i saw that somewhere else too… where did you see that?

      • tubbs45

        I know high people in places… hehehe, no my bro covers pro-sports for a stats and analysis (analytics) company. He said he saw him roll up and into the building…

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          Hahaha… I would have taken the first answer. Ha

          • tubbs45

            I do know those guys too!!!

  • 619chargers4life

    Safety: yeah i dont trust Taylor at all. all i hear is he was a great leader. ok great, cool, leader, i get it, but he was a 3rd round pick for a reason and its not cuz he was a great leader, or maybe it was cuz he was a great leader that he went that high in the draft. yeah not sold on him at all. i trust Stuckey over him any day of the week. Vaccaro would be awesome.

    Guard : i havent read the comments section below but we do also have Dombroski which everyone seems to forget, thats a possible 5th Guard if u add Dunlap to that list like u did. i for one, would be border lined pissed if we go guard at 11. it doesnt make any sense to me. then ur gonna have UFA’s which they will probably bring in another guard or two.
    ive said this whole time i wanna a see us trade down if a LT isn’t there at 11. and if that happens and we get 3 picks in the first 2 rounds then in the 1st round i would love to see MLB if Vaccaro isn’t there which im sure he wont be and the two 2nd’s i would go LT,RT . Of course this would be in my perfect world if LT’s are gone by 11. it was a good read Pete,

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thank you, kind Sir.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I have the same feeling on Taylor.. Think he was drafted higher because of leadership, not necessarily skill. Also draft was not deep at safety and he was the next best up last season. He benefited from a really good cast around him in LSU. He doesn’t even have that type of talent around him here in SD in the secondary.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        We need Vaccaro! I’ve been saying it for months. Especially If the top three tackles aren’t there.. and I’m not even sold on Lane Johnson!

        I would be weighing Vaccaro in one hand, and Lotulelei in the other (If available). Even a top CB wouldn’t sway me at this point. Fluker? You’re smoking crack!!! If they go that route.. they must know something I don’t. I just feel like Vaccaro is exactly what we are looking for, short of an elite LT (and I don’t mean Johnson). I just get this feeling that the “Charger-Hating..East Coast fed media” is trying to deter teams from taking him in the top 14, so that some whack media favorite team like New Orleans, Dallas, or Baltimore (who won the superbowl, and need an elite safety after Ed Reed left) can take him. These NFL mock-drafters.are a part of this media machine, and I don’t trust them as far as I can throw a piano. I know TT is smart enough to know that.

      • Per Ola Öberg

        You might end up beeing correct, but I seem to remember that people had him go higher. Most “expert” thought that the Chargers got a nice pick at that spot.

        And to twist some words, Maybe it was Taylors leadership that made everyone else that good? ;)

  • Boltfanaz

    This is soooooo long, I don’t know where to begin with comments. let me just say this – I agree in principle with most of your points and commentary. I think Jammer is such an experienced vet that he could play safety immediately. Plus the rapport he has with Weddle is huge. And he would give us depth for CB. He LOVES SD. It’s his home! SP would give us a Home Town discount and we would have a nice 3-man rotation with Johnson, SP and Ingram (I don’t count English). It Star is on the board at 11, take him PERIOD! Go LT in second, and sign McKinney on a 2-yr deal to groom the 2nd rounder (unless the 2nd rounder is the 2nd coming of McNeil). No Star, trade out of 11 and pick up more picks and bolster this roster out of this deep draft. RB is fine. DE is fine. WR is fine. Need to shore up MLB (you did not mention Mouton) with a post-draft free agent.

    • Boltfanaz

      And we should re-sign Damarrio Williams at MLB. He played great in his limted role last year. he probably should have been on the field more (e.g. sat Spikes some).

      • tubbs45

        Completely agree with trying to resign Williams. while he appeared lost on occasion (as did others), I think most of the time he played solid.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        This is why I write articles… so that I can get your professional insights! I forgot to even mention Williams as an option… he should have had one more TD return (Ingram… dang it!). Good call.

        Sign him.. if you can’t trade down and get Ogletree, of course. Nice comment!

    • tubbs45

      McKinney would be such an upgrade from Harris and King D… Dont know what it will cost, but it certainly would make the draft a hell of a lot more flexible in terms of addressing needs. Star reminds me of Jamal-lite, but dude is really freaking powerful and will grow into an All-Pro NT… I love old man Jammer and agree having him in the wheel house wouldn’t be a bad thing. Not a huge SP95 fan, but you cant argue with the numbers 9.5 sacks…

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        YES!!! You can’t argue with 9 1/2 sacks!.. especially if he Re-Becomes that second guy! If Ingram can draw most of the attention.. he could be our Dumervil to Von Miller (Ingram DID train with VM). Essentially, he can be what he was to Merriman. Now, you just have to count on Ingram being a beast! You think Ingram is that guy? Or just another English?

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      SO STOKED that you commented! I did mention Mouton. It was just a long article… As the Big Labowski would say… “There are a lot of strands in the old Duder’s head…”. Sorry so long… here’s the quote.
      “We all would LOVE to see Mouton step up, and ring the bell… or, Bront Bird, or Andrew Gachkar for that matter… but, I don’t think you can put all of your eggs in that basket.”

    • Julien Bélair

      in my mock star is long gone
      trade : dolphins up with browns
      vikings trade up with titans
      49ers trade up with panthers

  • FitzWilly

    Awesome job Pete
    less than 2 days
    the “draft boner” is getting bigger :)

    am i right ladies :)

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      If I didn’t know better, I’d say you are flirtin’ with me, Fitzy?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        Hahaha

      • FitzWilly

        Us Boltaneers gotta stick together ;)

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          (I own all the Charley Brown movies).

  • tubbs45

    Peter, strong work and in-depth analysis. It was like reading a horror novel of bad drafts past or maybe ‘Holes’. But all-in-all very well thought out. My Brain is going to explode with all of the 80 million options and opinions. Frankly, I’m fuckin sick of the experts and their bullshit spins on what will happen.

    Thursday can’t come soon enough!!!! I will be routing for some bolt magic come draft time, while pounding some IPAs!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thanks, TB45! I feel like giving y’all the same nicknames as the players… lol.

      • FitzWilly

        sounds good P-Son

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I prefer P-Ston… but that’s just because … well… Am I right ladies?

  • FitzWilly

    A quick shout out to my New York Islanders, for making the playoffs tonight :)
    first time since 2006-2007

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Happy for you… but… Quack!
      = )

  • tubbs45

    Man Travis Kelce would be a nice TE addition. He is a monster 6’5 255 that can catch and block. A friend of mine sent some link to game tapes… Wow… 3rd or 4th rounder??? I know, I know, we dont need a TE right now, but damn…

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      To that I say… would you be mad if they draft a punter? I would… if he was great!

  • C.Steele

    Good article Pete. I’m feeling everything you said (especially your out look on not taking a guard at 11). If the tackles aren’t there, I would be ecstatic with Lotuelei or Vaccaro. The one pick I would disagree with you on is taking Millner at 11 (If the OT,DT & S are gone). I’m not that impressed with him, and the draft is to deep at the position to go this early (Not to mention I think Wright will win the #2 spot and fill in nicely). We should definitely be doing everything to possible to bail out of that pick. Overall solid article! Go Bolts!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Thanks for the compliment, C.Steele! I have changed my mind about Milliner since this was posted. I really think that we just need depth at the position.. get a CB in later rounds, or get some cheap depth in FA. I was still holding onto that “We need a CB” thing a little tight, as it was such a major issue the past few years. Jammer & Cason gave me the beaten dog syndrome.. hahaha!

      • C.Steele

        “Beaten Dog” HAHAHA So funny because it’s soo true! Can’t fault you for that, I think we all can commiserate.

  • nativesandiegan

    Great article to get the ball rolling right before draft.I have my own drafts w/options but not finished yet. Re: cb’s, we can get a good one in 3rd, but if Milliner is there, take him. Why? He would be BPA (& at high-rated position). He’s the only cb I’ve seen in this draft w/o a glaring weakness (ie some don’t tackle well, or have straight-line speed, or maintain technique in various types of coverage, etc). Milliner is the total shutdown corner (even on TE) who is ex excellent in run support, blitzing, and all types of coverage. He’ll also keep working to be his best. Real possibility of another Champ Bailey. I wasn’t looking at cb in 1st, but if he’s there & we’re building a championship team, gotta take him.

    • nativesandiegan

      If top 3 LT taken

  • Ren o. Vate

    We have the players. What we need is good play calling and a team atmosphere with everybody pushing each other. Confidence will grow from there.