Posted by mbeaulieu07
I think the Mankins and Light situations will be resolved before the draft so I think we will go DL or OLB at 17. I don't think any other direction at 17 would make sense unless there is a highly rated player that unexpectedly fell to us.
You're question about which backs make the most sense for our system is really a tough question. Fitting our system generically would be versatile backs that run well with good vision who can catch, block and hold onto the ball. First we have to assume that we are happy with BJGE and Woody. I think it's safe to say Woody has taken over the 3rd down roll that Faulk had. Is it safe to say BJGE will be our #1 back next year so we are only looking to fill 2 roster spots? This is the part I don't know. I assume BB is expecting BJGE to be his #1 back but we don't know how he views the top backs in the draft yet or whether he thinks an upgrade is needed.
If I had a chance to draft an explosive back that I think would be better than BJGE, I would seriously consider doing so with pick 28 or 33. But if I'm looking for depth and players who compliment our main 2 guys, then different players come to mind and certainly later in the draft.
For RBs, I think Ingram and LeShoure have set themselves apart for pick 28 consideration or certainly at 33. I think both guys have the ability to be better than BJGE and both could be game changers.
Then I think there's another group of backs that I'd be considering at 60 such as Hunter, Vereen and Williams. But 60 is where I think OLB makes the most sense right now so we might be inclined to put RB off until the 4th round if we miss out on these 5 RBs by pick 60. I like these 5 backs better than the rest primarily because of their production, dual threats as receivers, their size/speed ratio (4 of the 5 are listed in the 4.4s) and that they all bring something a little different to the table from our current crew. A healthy Ingram showed us in 2009 what he can do and LeShoure had his break out year this year. Both guys could easily take the starting job from BJGE. Hunter reminds me of Maurice Jones-Drew and could do many of the same things that BJGE and Woody do today, so he provides excellent depth to both players. Vereen and Williams are about the same size/weight as BJGE but both move faster and Vereen especially is a solid receiver out of the backfield. Williams had his break out year in 2009.
At 92 or laterthere are a whole slew of RBs that would seem to make sense.
Powell and Helu are very similar to each other and BJGE but both are faster than BJGE. Allen, Royster and Thomas are big bruising backs like LeShoure but they should be had later in the draft. Murray is a pure receiver, third down, ST guy. Clay is a pure beast as a short down guy. Todman, Rodgers and Locke are your scat back types so they wouldn't really add much to what Woodhead already brings us.
If I was trying to round out the group with late picks I might get Clay with our late 4th or 5th if we have one, then Fannin with a late pick or undrafted. Fannin really interests me as a late round guy in that he's big, 5-11, 228, runs well, 4.54 but has low miles, just 233 career carries which is the lowest of the group but at a nice 5.9 average and he was very productive with Auburn coming out of the back field with 97 catches for 985 yards and 9 TD. After Murray and Rodgers, Fannin was the most productive receiving back in my top 20.
Sitting here today looking at the board and our needs I'd likely hold off at RB and go with one of the guys in the table above in the 4th or 5th than take Fannin with our last pick of the draft since he is currently projected as going undrafted.