Personally, I want to build up the defense with the first picks so we can compete highly in our division. We have one of the toughest divisions to compete in when you look at their offenses. We need a defense that makes them cringe when they see us on the schedule.
no, we need to be able to score more than them.
that is the key.
you have to be able to win shootouts, because regardless of how good you think your defense is, you're going to be involved in one. and you have to be ready to have them in the playoffs. no team in the games last week scored less than 28 points and there were only 2 who scored 28 and both of them lost. 49ers scored 45 points against the packers 31 points. the ravens had to score 38 to beat the broncos who had 35. point is...these games can get pretty high scoring and you have to count on your defense not being able to stop them.
i keep preaching this, but you CAN NOT trust your defense to stop a team from scoring. i don't care how good you think they are, you can't act like they can. you can't put them in a situation where they have to stop the other team. it puts too much pressure on them and the league makes it easy for offenses to come back from behind. the rules protect the deep pass. the QB has a cushion around them and the WRs can't be touched past 5 yards and have to be allowed to plant their feet before you hit them. good and smart offenses take advantage of that.
it's good to have a great defense, but you are shooting yourself in the foot if you don't have an offense that can beat any defense through the air. none of those teams get into the playoffs without killer offenses and good receivers. none of them get there without being able to put a ton of points on the board. none of them have any hope of going the distance without a great offense.