I wouldn't compare Tillman with Harper. Tillman is an all-time great in the secondary. Plus he is a turnover machine. As for getting speed in the secondary, as for as our young starters, we have more than enough speed. I would plug Tillman at safety however.
We need to upgrade our speed at the wideout position, and Coates is among the fastest out of this class. Of course not only that, he is a big guy who can muscle his way through the opposition. So we have a combination of speed and power. That is very rare to find in one guy.
2nd Round Pick- Jake Fisher
The best OT prospect left. I would take Ogbuehi here, but just too many things going against him for me to take him this high. Fisher is an athletic OT who is very agressive. He's what I call a gamer.
3rd Round Pick- Chris Hackett
A great SS prospect.
4th Round Pick- Cedric Reed
Has the talent to easily replace Hardy long term if you look at it that way. Played the year with an injury, but the season before he was unstoppable.
5th Round Pick- Eric Rowe
His man to man cover skills are pretty good. He could make a good nickel corner for us, and he's big enough to play hard against the run.
6th Round Pick- Kaelin Clay
Many know him for his famous blunder, but I liked him before that game. He was one of the better return men in college throughout the year, and his receiver skills are respectable. I see him being a good receiver in the NFL.
Round 7- Stephone Anthony
I like his potential. Probably will go around the 5th round, but usually once you get to the later rounds, just about everyone has the same value.
That's what champions do. Find ways to win when you shouldn't.
Seattle will repeat and we will travel up there and beat them on the Thursday night season opener.
If the NFL is going to put us on the Thursday night opener, we better sign some good free agents and draft high profile rookies. They aren't going to put us on that stage if we still have Cotchery and Bell as our starters.
I want to get rid of Shula as well, but who is going to replace him? We already know that Carolina is cheap when it comes to this kind of thing. When Chud left here, they lazily promoted Shula to OC. I imagine if we let Shula go, we would just promote Ken Dorsey.