When you look at this team, the starting groups on both offense and defense should be pretty decent in 2008. Obviously the OL will have a new look to some degree next year but when you look at all the need areas we have; unless Colbert & Tomlin use FA we may just have too many needs to fill in 1 offseason.
We only have so many day 1 picks and anything past the 4th round in recent history has proven to be nothing more than a spare tackling dummy in Latrobe. If this team wants to get itself situated to compete in 2008 they are going to have to bring in some real FA's and not just some scrubs to overpay for. If we actually pulled say, oh a New England, this offseason we would go out and get ourselves a few FA's to come in and help out while draftees get ready or while we concentrate on other areas in 2008 and let the FA's hold down the fort and then address those needs in 2009.
I would love to see us go after a veteran WR like L.J. Smith, Bernard Berrian, D.J. Hackett , Drew Carter, Jerome Mathis,etc . These guys are productive enough to push Nate to be a better player and that would give us 4 legitimate targets at WR for Ben to have at his disposal along with Heath and Matt at TE. Most of those FA's are big guys that Ben has been asking for and all of them are or have been productive for their teams. That would give us 1 less thing to worry about draft wise this year that we could shoot for in 2009.
Once Woodley takes over at OLB and TImmons pushes Foote for more time then we are left with very little depth once again. BG4vr was mentioning about taking another LB, Im all for that and we may need to for sure but I just don't know how you can address this area and all the others without going into FA and getting quality players which is somethign Colbert refuses to do.