Secondly...we dont have anyone to play opposite Hamlin, so as far as draft need goes, safety is at the top of that list. So, that 2nd rounder of ours is more than likely going there...thus, limiting the search/talent at ILB for us.
As for Brooking, he actually performed very well in Wade's scheme. He actually had two of his best, if not the best seasons of his career under Wade. 2002/2003. I also wouldnt downgrade that of familiarity...Zach admitted that he never felt comfortable playing the MO and was often out of position or found himself overmatched. I'd also say, although Keith isnt the Keith of old, he def. has more in the tank left than Zach does/did.
As for Pat, he did have some nice promise but, he is constantly injured now and has seemed to slow down significantly. He hasnt really made much progress from his rookie season. Maybe he could surprise but, his career path has been rather disappointing after showing all that promise his rookie year. There arent many that would project him as our starter next season.