I'm guessing that we'd pick around #21. By then all, or most, of the cute players will be off the board. Does that mean we can't get our bang for our buck? Of course not. I am slowly becoming a fan of the 3-4 defense. I love its attacking style and aggressive mentality. This analysis of draft needs will be from a balanced offense (traditional with a tight end and fullback) and a 3-4 defense prospective.
Round 1. OL/DT- Our first priority is to fix our line and that means fixing a few glaring holes. However, if we could get e real NT to anchor our D-line, then I'm all for it.
Round 2. DT/OL- It will take a real presence in the middle to receive constant double teams allowing the LBs to run free and to react. Just ask Ray Lewis how happy he is now.
Round 3. RB/CB- I have a man crush on the Giants earth, wind and fire RB stable. It doesn't matter who is in there, they will get the job done. It also means D-coordinators have to plan for three backs instead of one or even two.
Round 4. ILB/CB- I think once the middle is clogged, you need a backer who can run sideline to sideline and react quickly. With the NT double teamed, one of the ILBs should be free to be a primary playmaker.
Round 5. TE/OLB- Spach will do an admirable job in the run game. But a true power running game may need a strong double tight formation. Our current guys are more apt just to go out and catch the ball. To keep defenses honest, you can't be one dimensional.
Round 6. OLB/QB- With everyone getting hurt on the edge, how will we ever get pressure to the QB again. And forget stopping any runs off tackle.
Round 7. QB/OL- The former Steelers experiment is failing miserably, save for a few bright spots (Morey and Haggans), and that means they are becoming less and less reliable. With Warner still undecided about retirement and St. Pierre just plain scaring me, I would love a QB prospect we could train a year or two to be a good back up to Matt. Or maybe just take over if he never gets it.
With all that said, if he were still on the board, how could you pass up on a man child, a gargantuan beast of a DT? Meet Terrence Cody, a RS Sophomore from Alabama and projected 1st rounder.
This is just my opinion. Let me know if you agree/disagree and share your thoughts.