...assuming we re-sign Chandler. Chandler is coming back after a major Knee injury. Some players bounce right back. Some take up to a full season. Some never bounce back. I consider Chandler to be in the second category. He definitely looked rusty in the early part of the year. He looked better in the second half, but he just didn't seem to play with a lot of confidence. With that said, only 5 of the 12 playoff teams had a TE with more receptions OR receiving yards. It would be nice to have a top notch TE, but we already have an excellent blocking TE and a very good receiving TE, and we have Gragg and Moeaki. If we draft a TE, do we upgrade Lee or Chandler? It would take our 1st round pick to upgrade Chandler. We could upgrade Lee later in the draft.
I've been going over our 2013 stats, and it shows what I think we all saw. We were 2nd in rushing yards, but only middle of the road in yards per attempt (we were only up that high because we lead the league in 40+ yard runs). Our passing game ranked 28th, and coincidently we were 28th in sacks allowed. We were also 28th in 3rd down conversion percentage, and 30th in 4th down conversion percentage. This tells me that our O-line needs to be upgraded. On defense, we were 3rd in opponent's QBR and 2nd in INT's and sacks. However we were 23rd in rushing yards allowed per attempt. I believe the fact that we were dead last in 20-40 yard runs allowed had a lot to do with that. This leads me to believe that our problems were with our LB and secondary play. The secondary was beat up for most of the season, but we definitely need upgrades for Moats and Bradham.
Our focus should be on LB and OL. These are not sexy picks, and we could fill them in the 2nd - 4th rounds, but we could get much better athletes in the 1st - 3rd. In fact, with a draft this deep, we would be wise to trade down if Mack and Matthews are gone when we pick at 9. If we had 4 picks in the first 3 rounds, we could fill the needs at LB and OL with the 3 picks in rounds 2 and 3, and go with the BPA that provides the biggest upgrade in the 1st. We could pick up a TE in the 4th - 7th, or we could use those picks for depth at other positions that can have an immediate impact on ST.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?