It’s always fun to listen to different people’s ideas.
The reality is this team has A TON of holes to fill. It can be argued they need a new safety (replace Roman), a corner (to take old ass Walt Harris spot), an OLB that can bring some heat, and more help on the DL -that’s the defense. Throw in a QB, WR, OL/OT and back up RB help.
This team is a work in progress and I think will be lucky to go 8-8.
If I was playing GM, I would build from the inside out-as bad as this team is-it will be a 2 or 3 year turn around process as is and your fooling yourself if you think otherwise.
I would take an OT and DE/OLB in the 1st two rounds and get the best player on the board at each spot.
I would the address other issues like FS, CB, WR (mgmt has shown they have a good eye to find talented receivers late in the draft). It would be nice if Balmer, Reggie Smith and Goldson come around.
Until the QB and RB get a solid O line it doesn’t matter who is the QB or WR. The defense will improve a lot when the opposing qb doesn’t have 5 seconds to throw the ball anymore because we get an OLB to bring the heat.
If you can grab a Cutler great-if not get Jeff Garcia-he might be old, but he has passion, is a great leader, and can scramble which is needed with the current state of the Oline. Sign him to a 2-year deal, giving Alex Smith 2 years to learn the system. Alex Smith has been a victim of circumstance and nobody will know his true value until he is in the same offense for a few years-just like Aaron Rodgers.
This will be a nice continuation of getting this team turned around. Continue to build a solid defense and oline 1st and then worry about the “skilled positions.” Will these mean more losses in the short term? Yes. However, in the long run it will pay big dividends.