Just for grins and hopefully to show it's not as bad as all that, I decided to mock up a draft using Fanspeak, and model out which FA's I'd pursue as of now to get things put back together:
28 WR JORDAN MATTHEWS
(Cooks was available, but I'm assuming the signing of Edelman or Sanders for their speed, and I wanted Matthews for his size... Still, I was torn... If I don't get Sanders or Edelman, I probably would have taken Cooks...)
60 OT MORGAN MOSES
92 OT JACK MEWHORT
124 S DION BAILEY
156 CB PHILLIP GAINES
188 OLB PRINCE SHEMBO
202 CB DONTAE JOHNSON
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
(with the pick it didn't give me that I got from NY for Beason I'm taking Kevin Norwood WR Alabama)
I'm also pushing to sign:
WRs (1, maybe 2 of the following)
Julian Edelman (want his return skills)
Emmanuel Sanders (want his speed)
Lance Moore (like his familiarity with the NFCS)
Lafell (would just as soon have him as the #3/4 as anyone else)
Miles Austin (I want to kick the tires, but interest is only so-so for now)
CB (1 of the following)
Drayton Florence (want his experience in the system)
Dominique Rogers Cromartie (probably too expensive)
OL (Lots of good depth left, that should be affordable)
Also, I'm probably dropping Godfrey to save on the cap, so I'll have to pursue another Safety option...
Now granted this isn't the way it'll work out, but I hope it shows you that there's a good deal of time and talent left between now and the time games start to count... Just let the dust settle, and you'll see a damn good defense, and the foundation of an offense coming together...
What a way to show that you have arrived this season!
To accomplish all that was accomplished this season, after some 'experts' picked this team to finish last in the NFC, is simply amazing...
This core is young... Newton, Kuechly, Lotulelei... A defense that will out-physical most teams... An offense that should inject some needed youth and talent this offseason... A front office and coaching staff that now seems to understand what it needs to do to win...
I'm proud of this team... I'm proud of this organization...
But what I'm happiest to be able to say right now... For the first time in years, I'm excited to be a Panther fan!!