In response to PatsLifer's comment:
Have you changed your mind over the past 6 games or is your above list the same?
DT sure looks like a need with vw out and Kelly hurt and long in the tooth. We have still yet to hear from armstead, but comparatively speaking based on his cfl play, he could be similar to Travis Raciti in his ability to generate pressure from inside.
Is it me, or do you guys like the way vellano and jones are playing. I know we lost size, but it seems we added an element of quickness which I like more considering we have run sub defenses almost 70% of the time this year. My vote is for another 4-3 DT with quickness who can penetrate from inside.
i don't think Talib is in the cards for next year based on his play this year. We may not be able to afford him. I hope they can get creative with contracts and find some money because the back of our defense is totally different with hI'm.
i agree that we should look for another TE. I was saying so last year when ertz and eifert were drafted. For me, I want a more athletic type or move TE. I think Gronk and hooman are great blockers, and I would like to find a guy that we can use like we did AH.
Looking at the line, I think we need to beef up the interior. I don't like cannon at guard, and I think we could really upgrade Connolly.
positions I would like to see drafted...DT, te, cb, OG. No particular order.
PI will add to the watch list for the above positions.
My feelings really haven't changed that much since I made that way to early draft. I like what I'm seeing from Vellano and Jones but then again we''ve seen rooks come in and flash before. But, going from the Atl game to Cin to Saints I've seen a steady regression from that flash. They aren't getting nearly as much push up the middle and without Spikes blitzing nearly every running down there's a large gap between the tackles that other teams have noticed too. Like I said I like both of them but I see them as quicker more rush oriented versions of Love and Deadrick. As sub and rotational players they are good enough to give D's fits and prevent them from catching their wind but the more either plays the less we are getting from them as other teams are figuring them out and frankly they are wearing down at times later in games. So, while I think they can make for a great sub roles in the future I would still look to enhance the starter position or at least find a future replacement for Wilfork. Now Armstead is still an unknown but if he comes in and shows the push he had in the CFL then I take a rushing DT off my need list and would be happy to say Armstead is Kelly's future replacement but that's still to be seen. I still want a bigger (320+) run stuffing DT who has some rush ability to play behind Wilfork and eventually take over. But, next year I'd be happy with 6 DT's moving forward in Vellano, Jones, Wilfork, Kelly, Armstead (or mid round drafted rusher), and a drafted anchor DT/NT tpye. Heck, Vellano and Jones could move outside on occassion as a larger rush package DE's and that way you only need to carry 3-4 DE's (Nink, Jones, Buchanan, whoever you want to put here).
As for CB, I do think Talib might be gone but if we are going to replace him I don't want another rook just to keep the turnstyle going. I think Ryan is a good 3rd outside CB, Arrington I wish didn't get that contract but what can you do, Dennard if healthy and not in jail is a #2 CB, but I still want a vet #1 as we've seen the difference in the play of the secondary when they have that vet leadership right there instead of the rotation of rook 'x'. Harmon looks to be a solid backup swing S and I've liked how Gregory has played so far but they can save $1.5mil by cutting Gregory and another $.5mil for A. Wilson so that's my preference and to draft a SS. Unfortunately it looks like the good SS's won't last past the 60's at this point so might have to get one early. Man I was they signed Ray Ray as a UDFA like I wanted. That was BB's LB/SS hybrid he's been searching for for a while.
OG might be slightly more important than I orginally thought but if you are looking RG then you can still find a good starting RG in the mid rounds and actually the Pats have been great at finding them as UDFA's and day 3 picks so I'd trust Scar to find one late.
WR I'm still holding my breath as I'm not convinced Amendola will be around next year and if he is that he will play very much. I also think Edelman might be playing himself out of NE, lets hope he doesn't make and feet references. I do want a larger WR to fill Hern's role. I'm liking Thompkins as a #2/3 outside and Dobson if he can learn to catch the ball (best call I ever made saying I was concerned about his hands in the draft) he'll be another #2 type so they might be alright but Boyce is a huge ? mark. Once healthy Moe might have a good shot next year in the slot to replace Edelman and I'm really curious to see what Harrison can give (given size) but I still like to find a 6'3"+ 225+ WR for the RZ given their stuggles there.
TE I think is a given need.
The other position I've been wondering about is RB. Vereen can't stay healthy so I wouldn't extend him at all (I'm still pissed they let Woodhead go), and it seems BB doesn't trust Ridley to carry the load. Blount and Bolden are ok but nothing special so could they look to bring in another RB at some point. Maybe a quicker change of pace type of back if they plan to move forward with Devlin as a FB.