Happy New Year everyone. I hope the booze washes away the sorrows of 2013, and brings in the clean slate of 2014. I do not know about everyone else, but I am pondering the moves our riddling GM will make. Who knows what will shake down in free agency, but I think there are some surprises in store for us in the draft regardless. No one expected us to take Long or McClellin (who should be playing linebacker) in 2012.
Every shit team in the top 10 outside of Atlanta, Buffalo, and Detroit could have an argument to take a QB. This means some talent is ours for the taking at 14.
Here's a brief list of some possible shockers:
Eric Ebron TE North Carolina: One can never have enough options on offense. Imagine having another 6'4 monster for Jay to throw towards. Think of Martellus as the blocking TE and Ebron as the move/slot TE on certain sets. Cincinnati has a similar situation with Eifert and Gresham.
Mike Evans, WR Tex AM: Huge target at 6'5. Marshall, Jeffery, and Evans...my goodness. As stated above, Cutler loves large bodies to throw at. Our starting receiving corps would be all over 6'3.
Marqise Lee WR USC: If Speedy Rodriguez had a twin brother, he would be named Marqise Lee. I watched USC's bowl game and he absolutely torched that secondary with straight-line speed. Imagine him in the slot with the BranShon (power couple name for our wideouts) on the outside. My god Dom Capers, if he's there next year, might just shit himself.
Best available offensive lineman. Who knows how the combine and free agency will effect need, but there are some athletic freaks on the line this year. For instance Greg Robinson from Auburn comes out he would be a lock for a pick in the top half of the draft. I think the trend towards coveting offensive lineman early continues this year. If teams were picking guards in the top 10 like last year, would it really be out of the question to have more of the same?
On the defensive side of the ball, I would follow the most athletic prospects available. Phil likes 'em big and fast. Someone like a Vic Beasley OLB type might fit that mold. Maybe a pass-rushing linebacker, think DeMarcus Ware, that fits a hybrid 4-3 could come our way. I wouldn't be one bit angry if we picked Khalil Mack.
I would love to hear people's input on this. I don't think our first rounder will be a predictable event like the last few years. Then again, the draft isn't until May, but one can hope and ponder for a brighter future. Bear Down.