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2013 january NFL draft

Posted on: January 19, 2013 5:55 pm
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Aside from D Rogers I don't see many WR's in this draft with the potential to be #1's on our team. He may be avail in the 2nd, but I'm going with our big 3 needs aside from a #1WR with our first 3 picks. OT, OLB, SS.
Despite the lack of elite WR's in this draft we need atleast one along the way due to a couple of our guys becoming free agents.
As a way to find Sam another offensive weapon, I am leaning toward finding a playmaking TE in the 3rd-5th round that can atleast add a threat over the middle of the field, opening up the run game and freeing up our young core of WR's.
One concern going into the season is the lack of cap room. Quinten Mikell may be a casualty for that reason.
So assume we draft a safety in the early rounds then cut Mikell... either one of the young late round safetys from last year starts beside this years early rounder OR you know who is still a starting safety for us next year. For this reason I am opting to draft Elam over any other safety because he is the best of the strong safeties in this class. It'd probably be easier to plug one of last years rookies into the free safety spot.
SJ39's age is a concern. Eddie Lacey would be an excellent replacement. After that 3 guys I have my eye on are Mike Gllislee from Florida, Michael Dyer, formely of Auburn, and Spencer Ware from LSU as a late round or rookie free agent option.
Here's my draft for mid January.

1.16 OT Eric Fisher 6'8" 310 C-Michigan(really the only other reliable LT in the draft after Joeckel)
1.22 SS Matt Elam 5'10" 205 Florida
2.16 OLB Chase Thomas 6'4" 245 Stanford
3.16 G Travis Frederick 6'4" 338 Wisconsin
4.16 TE Joseph Fauria 6'7" 260 UCLA(led the nation in TD's for TE's in 2012)
5.16 WR Emory Blake 4.5 40 runner 6'2" 193 Auburn
6.16 DE Quenterius Smith 6'5" 250 Western Kentucky(One of the very few DE's that gave AJ McCarron fits. The kid tore his ACL late in his senior season. If not for that he would be a 1st-2nd round projection. Had surgery in December & prob will spend next season on the Physically unable to perform list. That sort of talent is worth the 6th round gamble and wait IMO.)
7.16 DT Chris Jones 6'1" 295 Bowling Green(On absolutley nobody's radar, but he led Div.1 DT's in sacks in 2012 with 12.5.)
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