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  • Greg Little, anyone?

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    • I'm down with that.^

      So I guess theres some rumblings about getting rid of Chuck Taylor. Can I start yearning for Demarco Murray yet?
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      • There is a major inundation of capable running backs in the late rounds or in the UDFA ranks every year...

        IIRC, the top two rookie rushers from this past year were Chris Ivory and LeGarette Blount...both undrafted.

        I'd be just fine spending higher picks on good blocking for Forte and looking for a speedy back in the later rounds or after the draft.

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        • Well in my Demarco fantasy we sign Mankins first..but thanks for making me sad.

          And with his injuries I wouldn't force it so 3rd round at the earliest.
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          • Originally posted by BeerBaron View Post
            There is a major inundation of capable running backs in the late rounds or in the UDFA ranks every year...

            IIRC, the top two rookie rushers from this past year were Chris Ivory and LeGarette Blount...both undrafted.

            I'd be just fine spending higher picks on good blocking for Forte and looking for a speedy back in the later rounds or after the draft.
            Why get a speedy back? Forte has 4.4 speed. His compliment should be a power back who can hit linemen for that extra half yard when there's no hole, i.e. whoever wins out in training camp between Harvey Unga/Kahlil Bell.

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            • Originally posted by Monomach View Post
              Why get a speedy back? Forte has 4.4 speed. His compliment should be a power back who can hit linemen for that extra half yard when there's no hole, i.e. whoever wins out in training camp between Harvey Unga/Kahlil Bell.
              Forte ran a 4.5 at the combine. Granted he plays faster than he times. I'd agree with you though... Forte is big, but he's not a power guy.


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              • I've never quite understood the fascination with finding a 2nd back that is a specific type of back. We don't need a thunder / banger back.

                I could understand this if your feature back was someone like Brandon Jacobs who doesn't catch passes out of the backfield and isn't elusive.

                But, we have Forte, who does everything well.

                We don't need a specific kind of back. We just need a real legitimate talented back up RB. No matter how he plays. Teams make bad draft picks all the time trying to create a lightning/thunder combo.

                Just find us a good back. Starks last year would have worked.

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                • Given how I think JA will handle things with the o-line, here is my current top 4 picks for us:

                  1st Round - C/G Steven Wisniewski, Penn State - Could plug in at C right away if Kreutz is not retained or, if he is, can at least make for an upgrade at either guard position. Won't blow you away with strength or athleticism, but is a good technician with a lot of starting experience. Good value at the end of the first.

                  2nd round - DT Jurell Casey, USC - Adams is a free agent and I don't see us keeping Tommie at his current price. That leaves us with Toeiana and Melton. We'll need at least another player to work into the rotation and I think Casey is the type JA will like.

                  3rd round - S Jeron Johnson, Boise State - Dan Manning is a free agent and I've read that he will test the market. I think someone out there will pay him more than we will offer. That leaves us with Harris who I think will need to be replaced sooner rather than later, and likely by Major Wright. Johnson is exactly the type of centerfielding we've been missing since Mike Brown was young and healthy. Him paired with Major Wright gives us a solid pair of safeties for the future.

                  4th round - OT Lee Zeimba, Auburn - All around solid player if a bit unspectacular and has a ton of starting experience in the SEC. Might not be cut out for a LT in the NFL, but he could make for a solid starter at RT, or at worst a backup swing tackle.

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                  • I like that Baron. That would make me a content if not happy Bears fan.
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                    Whitney Mercilus will be a better and more productive player than Shea McClellin


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                    • Originally posted by BeerBaron View Post
                      Given how I think JA will handle things with the o-line, here is my current top 4 picks for us:

                      1st Round - C/G Steven Wisniewski, Penn State - Could plug in at C right away if Kreutz is not retained or, if he is, can at least make for an upgrade at either guard position. Won't blow you away with strength or athleticism, but is a good technician with a lot of starting experience. Good value at the end of the first.

                      2nd round - DT Jurell Casey, USC - Adams is a free agent and I don't see us keeping Tommie at his current price. That leaves us with Toeiana and Melton. We'll need at least another player to work into the rotation and I think Casey is the type JA will like.

                      3rd round - S Jeron Johnson, Boise State - Dan Manning is a free agent and I've read that he will test the market. I think someone out there will pay him more than we will offer. That leaves us with Harris who I think will need to be replaced sooner rather than later, and likely by Major Wright. Johnson is exactly the type of centerfielding we've been missing since Mike Brown was young and healthy. Him paired with Major Wright gives us a solid pair of safeties for the future.

                      4th round - OT Lee Zeimba, Auburn - All around solid player if a bit unspectacular and has a ton of starting experience in the SEC. Might not be cut out for a LT in the NFL, but he could make for a solid starter at RT, or at worst a backup swing tackle.
                      5th Round: Korey Lindsay
                      6th Round: Armando Allen
                      7th Round: Developmental O-lineman

                      Thats a draft I would enjoy.

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                      • So I've watched more and more film and talked myself into basically being in love with Gabe Carimi. Like, big time. My #1 O lineman now.

                        Also, I'm starting to think that Rodney Hudson is the best center prospect in this draft.

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                        • What took you so long? ;) 1-2 combo of Carimi and Hudson would get my attention but Hudson is still small. He's not the 285 everyone was worried about, but I'd be cautious about drafting him into a division with the Williams Wall, BJ Raji, and NDonkeyKong Suh.
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                          • It wouldn't surprise me at all if GB drafted someone like Phil Taylor to play NT & moved Raji to end.

                            I like Hudson as well. But, realistically I expect Kreutz to be back next season. Probably just hold off and take someone like Brewster next year.

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                            • I'm on the Danny Watkins train myself, at least from what I've read. His best football is ahead of him and seems like a guy Tice could work wonders with. Hopefully Tice and Ruskell will give Jerry some insight in a postion he obviously has no idea what to look for. I can't Jerry taking another offensive tackle in the first round again. Although I'd start burning effigies if he passed on Carimi.

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                              • 1st round: With this pick I think we need to go either LT, UT or WR. The names I have at OT are Derrek Sherrod and Anthony Castonzo. DT should be a priority and the name I see as a better fit tan any is Drake Nevis, LSU. Great explosive one gap penetrator that would compliment our defensive line in a fantastic way, especially when you think about how much better Julius Peppers would be if he didn't have to do all of the work himself. Corey Liuget is also an intriguing name there.
                                At WR Jon Baldwin is the name I'm coming back to. Big, physical and fast guy who can fight for the ball. Definitely a Jay Cutler type of receiver. My only question mark is how he will respond the Martz-playbook.

                                2nd round: here we can look more at interior offensive linemen. Jason Pinkston and Rodney Hudson are the two names I'm looking for right here. I don't see Stephen Wisniewski falling this far, but if he is I'd be all over him. Some DTs that could make it here could be Marvin Austin or Stephen Paea. I know Paea has a 1st round grade with some, but his injured knee could cause him to fall a bit. A couple of linebackers prospects I'm also intrigued by: Martez Wilson and KJ Wright. Both tall MLB types that fit a 4-3.

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