I'm high on Turay continuing to mature. Banogu is a total wildcard though to me.
I think Oke and Willis will improve, but I still see them as situational or scheme. In short, just not a very high ceiling.
I do think Tell has a high ceiling and could develop in our scheme.
Houston may be on the wrong side of 30, but he was by far our best, and easily the most well rounded DE we had last year. 11 sacks and 15 TFLs lead the team by a wide margin last year. Unless he drops off big time, he's back IMO. If anything, I think he'll be more dangerous this year than last with the addition of Buckner. Team's won't be able to double him nearly enough. He may not get as many sacks given he's sharing the eats, but IMO his pressures go up at minimum.
It's a wildcard IMO. While I believe Rivers will be back for a 2nd year, he's on a one year contract as far as the draft is concerned. I don't think trading the 13 had anything to do with them liking or not liking a QB at 13. I think it was simply a no brainer move given the opportunity to get Buckner. I don't see them trading up, and if they do, it won't be much. If Love or Herbert for instance dropped to 34, I'd bet a good money they'd grab them. Perhaps they make that move if they drop into mid/late 20s. I certainly wouldn't be surprised.
We need Buckner inside. We've needed improvement at 3T for too long. If he plays a lot outside, it'll be a big disappointment IMO. I don't mind him playing outside on a goal line or short yardage situation (where they might line both Stewart and Day up inside), but other than that, he needs to be a 3T.
Lewis hasn't shown anything, and while I haven't totally given up on him, he'd have played more if he was trending well. He's likely only still in the discussion simply because he's cheap. He played more late in the year, and was pretty bad when he was in. Sub 50 PFF IIRC.
On Sheard.... While I'd love to have him back for depth at a bargain price, he wan't good vs the run at all. Here's a nugget from PFF ranking the top FAs available (there are several DEs available that are arguably better).
I'm with you here. We've been in need of a legit X for a while, and that's by far our biggest need. Funch was an attempt, but "we hardly new yee..." lol...
I'm not ready to totally give up on TY yet. Based on what Reich and Ballard said about gradually moving Campbell outside, it's pretty obvious they see him as the potential heir to Z. I think guys like Fountain and Dulin are also great developmental prospects for the Z and slot bucket.
I think it's more they view 2019 as simply bad luck (health wise). TY's health is a huge concern, but Campbells was a bunch of weird unrelated stuff and not indicative of his college years. Pascal is a very solid 4th through 6th option. Fountain and Dulin have nice ceilings. I think we'll keep 6 this year, but I think we have 4 quality options and just need the health gods to smile on us a bit. They owe us.
As noted above, QB only if the right guy drops to late first or early second. TE, I think you might see they have more confidence in MAC than some think. I agree on secondary, but I'm still a little concerned with CB. I'm really hoping Rhodes returns to form though. OL depth is a little hard given we really don't know how they view some of the guys that got zero PT last year. One thing is obvious though, either this year or next, we'll need a legit OT.
Good post CBE