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OK, so if no heir to Smitty is in our draft plans, or in the draft at all,then FA is critical

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How the fug do you know what Cam wants?? When did yau'll become friends??

lol common sense buddy.

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I like O-Line or best available (excluding QB/RB) with the 14th pick or even trade up.

WR with our 2nd round pick is OK if there is a guy who is overlooked but really BPA again is probably the best idea.

None of the WRs stand out to me. Justin Hunter could be our AJ Green type payer but he has already torn an ACL. We will have plenty of third string WRS to battle in camp and if Gettis gets out of whatever doghouse he is in he could be solid. And Lafell will be our solid second. I also don't see why LaFell can't develop into our lead WR

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i think i still want some combo of WR and FS in the first couple rounds.

i'd like the issues on the OL to be taken care of with vets so we don't have to keep on watching rookies on the OL look like they are on roller skates for a couple years.

if the pressure is on to win this season, we can't afford to let the OL be in another developmental phase.

we need to draft early guys that can contribute at a high level right out of the gate and that usually isn't interior DL or OL.

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I like O-Line or best available (excluding QB/RB) with the 14th pick or even trade up.

WR with our 2nd round pick is OK if there is a guy who is overlooked but really BPA again is probably the best idea.

None of the WRs stand out to me. Justin Hunter could be our AJ Green type payer but he has already torn an ACL. We will have plenty of third string WRS to battle in camp and if Gettis gets out of whatever doghouse he is in he could be solid. And Lafell will be our solid second. I also don't see why LaFell can't develop into our lead WR

I don't see LaFell ever becoming a #1 receiver. He doesn't have the speed to consistently get behind defenders or the moves to create separation. I love him as a big play #3 guy, but that's about it.

Now, before anyone talks about the times LaFell got behind defenders for big plays, those were instances in which he didn't draw enough attention. Take Smitty off the field and see how often it happens.

None of this is to disparage LaFell. It is instead intended as an honest appraisal of what he is and can become.

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I don't see LaFell ever becoming a #1 receiver. He doesn't have the speed to consistently get behind defenders or the moves to create separation. I love him as a big play #3 guy, but that's about it.

Now, before anyone talks about the times LaFell got behind defenders for big plays, those were instances in which he didn't draw enough attention. Take Smitty off the field and see how often it happens.

None of this is to disparage LaFell. It is instead intended as an honest appraisal of what he is and can become.

I never thought Lafell's speed was the issue. From a size and speed standpoint he is Dwayne Bowe. Lafell's issues were concentration and hands which he fixed in 2012. He would have been a first rounder if not for those

He can't beat Smitty in a footrace but plenty of guys with his frame and speed are #1 receivers in the NFL. Bowe, Dez Bryant, Crabtree, Fitzgerald come to mind. While it's fun to have a guy who can run a 4.4 forty it's not a requirement.

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Those guys may not be much different in their 40 time, but they are better at this stage of their careers in creating separation. Add in that guys like Fitz are expert in using their bodies to wall off defenders.

Obviously, many great receivers weren't speedsters (see Jerry Rice) but they had other attributes that in essence made them play faster than their 40 times.

Maybe Brandon will surprise me and develop those skills. I just haven't seen anything yet to suggest he will do it.

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LaFell is an excellent WR3. To me, that's what he is. Last January I would have said that he has the possibility of being a consistent WR2, but that was last year. Last year we thought that he was rising up and developing into what we wanted. He was poised to break out, remember? We had to suffer through that argument. He was Dat Deal! We almost believed that perhaps LaFell was that real deal once the season began when LaFell had some hopeful performances, but then LaFell began to disappear during not only stretches of games, but entire games. The thing is that you may argue that perhaps coaching was at fault, but even when we began to turn the corner from losses to victories, LaFell was consistently LaFell (which is not to say is a bad thing). If LaFell can disappear when he is playing with a WR1 who is a legend, what do you think would happen to him if he became a WR1 without the legend? He is not that guy. He is just not (and neither are any of the other WR3s that have seen the field during the regular season).

It would be prudent of us to address this need in the draft or FA---regardless of cap issues. If we have to wheel and deal and jettison some overvalued vets and bring in or develop younger and/or cheaper players who can do the job, then you better prepare yourselves because that's what Gettleman said in so many words. If we are to succeed, and do it with brevity, all the needs will have to be addressed one way or another. That's what makes championship teams and dynasties, not offering up excuses and half-stepping.

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Those guys may not be much different in their 40 time, but they are better at this stage of their careers in creating separation. Add in that guys like Fitz are expert in using their bodies to wall off defenders.

Obviously, many great receivers weren't speedsters (see Jerry Rice) but they had other attributes that in essence made them play faster than their 40 times.

Maybe Brandon will surprise me and develop those skills. I just haven't seen anything yet to suggest he will do it.

That was my point. Lafell isn't ready to be a #1 today but he has developed. But it's not his size and speed that holds him back.

He should be a great #2 next year and with 2 more years opposite smitty he can be a #1

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yeah but thats the thing its not only patton.....allen,rodgers,hunter,patterson,hopkins and williams all are potential top flight wr.

i was just using one example. i dont have man crush on anyone...but thise team needs a true no 1 wr real bad. lol

lol

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The teams that made the SB and most in the playoffs know how to utilize most to all of their players on offense.

They spread things out, have a diverse set of skill players, and on the other side have a good enough defense to crank out wins.

With us, we have dynamic players on offense but haven't used them correctly. We have basically 2 wideouts in Smitty and LaFell, Olsen at TE, sometimes use Tolbert correctly, and Stewart/Williams constantly hot and cold with an ever fluctuating o-line. This will cause troubles for Cam and the whole team when it comes to closing out games. FA is critical regardless because we have more holes than some let on imo. Its gonna be interesting to see how Gettleman maneuvers through this offseason.

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Better work some restructuring magic if we are going FA

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Better work some restructuring magic if we are going FA

i'm sure there will be some done...enough for us to be a little active.

it won't be high profile guys he goes for and there won't be any first day FA activity going on which will piss off a lot of people.

that's ok, tho, because he's not someone that goes after the big money high profile guys. he is essentially an expert in finding hidden gems. i'm pretty sure it's even written on his resume like that.

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