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Based on preseason and the likely roster make up for 2017, positions if interest

OLB/Edge rusher x2

IOL

WR 

DL

CB

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Pass rusher has to be our #1 undisputed priority heading into next year's draft.  I don't see how that could possibly change. 

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EDGE, IOL, WR would be the top 3 positions of need. CB could be in that conversation but you'd hope that's not the case with the young guys they've invested into that group the past few drafts(Randall, Rollins, King). Ideally we see improvement/breakouts from Randall and Rollins and King shows flashes

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10 minutes ago, PossibleCabbage said:

Who are the EDGE guys worth watching this year?

Here is a group from a quick search on here that @CalhounLambeau has in the 2018 draft thread  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13RgfxMu4CW0NKMZebZ88cgg7b7MlszjfzXxEeId7Y34/edit#gid=739090724

Clelin Ferrell Clemson
Harold Landry Boston College
Arden Key LSU
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma
Josh Sweat Florida State
Chad Thomas Miami
Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest
Bradley Chubb  NC State
Dorance Armstrong Kansas
Da'Shawn Hand Alabama
Peter Kalambayi Stanford
Jalyn Holmes Ohio State
Lorenzo Carter Georgia
Davin Bellamy Georgia
Tyquan Lewis Ohio State

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OLB is the biggest need. Short of Fackrell/Biegel showing starting caliber performances while being a plus rusher, that's the big one.

You're going to need to go Guard shopping sooner rather than later. 

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Feels like with the number of draft picks GB will have going into the 2018 draft, a double dip at OLB is needed.  1 needs to be 1st or second round, and I would advocate for a possible move up in 1 or 2 to get 1.  Then grab another in the 3-4 range.  

Fackrell is still an unknown, and has not shown much yet

Biegel has the foot issue and is an unknown

Clay is well into the back 9 of his career

 

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I think that they need to find another center as well.  The team was golden with Linsley and Tretter.  Now we have Linsley and maybe Don Barclay or maybe Lucas Patrick.  Linsley has only completed 16 games in one of his three completed seasons.  It doesn't need to be an early investment, but why not try in say the 6th? Get a guy that we don't have to train to snap the ball.

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5 minutes ago, DavidatMIZZOU said:

I think that they need to find another center as well.  The team was golden with Linsley and Tretter.  Now we have Linsley and maybe Don Barclay or maybe Lucas Patrick.  Linsley has only completed 16 games in one of his three completed seasons.  It doesn't need to be an early investment, but why not try in say the 6th? Get a guy that we don't have to train to snap the ball.

Agree.  IOL is a position of need IMO.  find someone in that 3-5 round range that TT and the staff have done very well with through the years

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We really don't have a future at guard right now.  Barclay, Evans, and Taylor are all on the last years of their contracts.  Maybe Kyle Murphy can play some guard? The more I look at it, the more I think a higher investment on the interior line is warranted.  Probably more than one pick too.  

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Just now, DavidatMIZZOU said:

We really don't have a future at guard right now.  Barclay, Evans, and Taylor are all on the last years of their contracts.  Maybe Kyle Murphy can play some guard? The more I look at it, the more I think a higher investment on the interior line is warranted.  Probably more than one pick too.  

Not this again.  Can I just kill this talk right now before it starts?

Somebody who has let every single guard go that wanted a cent more than Thompson was willing to pay, somebody who let Rivera and Wahle go the second he got here, somebody who let Sitton and Lang go and all the other guards we've had over the years, somebody who's gotten Sitton, Lang, Taylor and all the other guards we've had in the fourth round and beyond is NOT going to be taking a guard in the first round. 

Higher investment on the interior line and you're looking at a third/fourth round pick, MAYBE second round pick, but you're probably not even looking at second round guards as long as Thompson and his pupils are running things.  It's just not a value pick when we get so much value there from later picks. 

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If we're looking for IOL though, the guys we want are probably not playing on high profile college football games that people are going to watch.  Start watching like MAC LTs for those guys who we're going to pick in the 4th or so.

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