I know many of you have seen too much of this stuff, but I wanted some honest feedback on my first attempt at this type of thing. I have no problem with being crucified for my choices, just let me know why.
First, salary cap things.
- Resign Boldin to a 3 year 18 million contract. Four million was a signing bonus. Cap hit for 2014: $5,333,333
- Sign Osgood to a 1 year 1.2 million contract. $250k was a signing bonus.
- Sign Wilhoite to an ERFA tender. Cost: $495k.
- Cut Carlos Rogers.
- Here is the one that will create the most controversy: sign Kaepernick to a contract almost identical to Flacco's overpriced monstrosity. The advantage to this contract is that the cap hit won't be horrendous this year; $7,456,691.
Using the calculator provided by overthecap.com, this left $6.49 million in cap room for assorted things like rookie contracts, potential FA signings, and whatever other whacky stuff it's needed for. I thought about restructuring Willis' contract and cutting Snyder, but held off on that since there was no need as of yet.. Also, I was iffy on resigning Dixon so I held off.
This left me with a huge need at CB and SS, and some minor needs elsewhere. I used the draft to try to plug in holes as best as I could with potential starters and backups. I used the fanspeak website to do my draft, so naturally I don't have any trades going on. Here is my full draft; I'll try to analyze why I picked what I did below.
Pick 30: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
I actually had the option of picking up Clinton-Dix in this draft, but I felt Gilbert was too good to pass up. Plus, the guy I wanted to pick up for SS had a good chance of being there with my next pick. Our CB need is great, and Gilbert has the potential to start right away.
Pick 56: SS Deone Bucannon, Washington State
The current flavor of the week here at NN, I also am impressed by him.
Pick 61: DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
Anyone else think this guy can replace Dobbs? I thought so, and he was still available. Slightly risky, but potential huge talent.
Pick 77: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
Bigger sized guy, can jam the receiver or play off-man as needed. Needs work on his tackling, but that can be fixed. Great find here if he can get his tacking up to NFL standards.
Pick 94: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
Even though we have Crabtree, Boldin and Patton, it's always good to keep someone in reserve. Runs a 4.4 40 (I guess that's fast). Able to block (though still needs some work on that), which is a must. His only major weakness is potential durability issues. Since he won't play too many snaps, shouldn't be a problem with our offense, and just may give us that downfield threat.
Pick 125: QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama
Comes from a winning tradition. Different style than Kap being a pocket passer. Has shown some good skills in big games.
Pick 158: C Russell Bodine, North Carolina
Looked like a good guy overall, and always great to have competition. Has good athleticism, great ability to snap and get into his block quickly. Needs some work on his technique. May not have long enough arms for Baalke though.
Pick 189: CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
Considered one of the better cover corners in the SEC. Played against "lower" competition though, so that data could be suspect. Worth a shot.
Pick 219: TE Jordan Najvar, Baylor
Bruising blocker with soft hands. Could use competition in the TE spot, maybe sub in as a FB if needed.
Pick 220: WR Shaq Evans, UCLA
With a name like Shaq, he has to be good! Not afraid to block, has great hands and runs good routes. However, has average body control and will sometimes fight the ball. Needs refining on his technique.
Pick 222: K Cairo Santos, Tulane
44 touchbacks out of 58 kickoffs (64.4 yard average). Connected 16 of 22 FG's and made all XP's. I think it is time to get some new young K talent even with as awesome as Dawson is.
Please let me know how this looks. As I said before, feel free to crucify me on some of the picks; just give me the why's.
Thanks to overthecap.com, fanspeak.com and all of your comments for helping me organize the salary cap and draft pick info. Thanks to cbssports.com for information on potential draftees.