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My case for drafting an LT if one of the top 3 slides to 14

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#37 Dash Global

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:09 AM

You spend that high of a pick on an olinemen and they are expected to start. Basically if you take one in the first two rounds that's a team replacing a starter, well hoping they did at least.

You don't spend a high pick for an OT and not play him as a rookie,

Normally your right, but we have a unique situation. Gross eyeing the end of his time in Carolina. We will only drop in the draft every year. If you want a blue chip LT you will need a high to semi high pick.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:22 PM

If only Matthews and Lewan came out...... then we take the best LT left (I cant imagine 4 out of the top 14 being OT right now, or hell even 5!). I am not sold that Johnson can come in and be effective as a RT. I think he is a LT only type. Gross could shift to RT as he has been top notch over there. while i think Gross is a better all around better FIT as a RT, $$$$ and need make him the LT, and he is still good there too.Thing is moving him to RT leaves Johnson and Aminu over on the left side next year, that would be more trouble than our right side was this year, cant have that.

personally i think the 2nd round might be the time to pick up a guy like Long, Thomas, Armstead (cause we don't have a 3rd, and he might actually go this high) or Fluker (betting his is gone before the 2nd though). Long can start inside, as could Thomas, and move out side later. Both I believe have played inside at G and outside at T before in college. Gives us upgrades now and potentially later depending on the development of Bell and Long/Thomas. Armstead would have to be a stash guy, or risk 2 highly talented, highly inexperienced guys over on the left side. Armstead is a LT/LG guy. He isnt a real anchor bull rush thwarter. More nimble and deflect the speed away from the QB. i like Armstead long term, I just wouldn't want to start him year 1. (side: could draft Johnson in the 1st and Long in the 2nd. start them on the right side, be an interesting pairing....)

Now Fluker is the ideal RT, big nasty bruiser. I would easily pay for that even if we had to move back into the 1st to go get him, but at 14 idk, If poo hit the fan and all the LT, CB, and DT were gone, i might consider over the wr crop this year, but that would mean a trade down could be in order to a qb or wr hungry team that would give up next years 1st and this years second. I wouldn't think he would be my choice to eventually slide over to LT, but that's ok. He could be the healthy Otah in terms of effectiveness as a road grader at RT. If thats how the staff grades him, I would get behind Fluker at 14 all the time.