I think we'll find a way to lock up Joseph. Bernard wasn't even supposed to be here in 2012 and was only signed because Canty was on PUP. I do remember saying this was the 2nd biggest area of need on defense, especially if Kuhn can't recover from that ACL.Kuhn made a few plays out there but he was pushed around a lot even when he had 1-on-1 matchups and was a liability in the run game. Granted, he was a very raw rookie but don't forget that he will be 27 years old heading into next season and coming off the ACL injury. Not sure we should chalk him up to a sure thing just yet. Don't forget that Bernard is sliding off and Joseph is in his last year in 2013 too.
I think Rivers would be more dynamic on the strong side, but just like Williams it's a health issue with Rivers. Cincy was all too happy to deal him away because of this fact. However, when healthy he has a tremendous impact. Also, because of the injuries, we should be able to sign him for a lot cheaper.If Williams can stay healthy, we should be fine here at weakside and that's really the important OLB position. Strongside isn't that big of a deal but it would be a huge plus if we could get someone way more dynamic than what Kiwi offered us at the position. I don't get the Kiwi fascination with him moving to DE since it's been years that he was actually doing something good there but it's a quick patch up job in the minds of people I suppose.
As I said, I wouldn't scream if we took Ogletree or even Te'o in the 1st round. But I still believe OT is a "need now" kind of situation.It'll depend on what Reese thinks of some of the later round prospects at the same position. Ogletree offers good upside and has great athletic traits for the job so Reese picking him isn't out of the realm of possibility but if he thinks he can find a later round gem, you know he isn't taking an early round LBer.
A later round CB (just like DT, DE, MLB) would be an ideal solution. So in essence I agree with you.Not really sure what people saw in Hosley to be confident in his abilities to be a full time starter on the outside but I'll admit the fact he could cover some WRs like Steve Smith outside the numbers if needed. Even if you disagree, there isn't much promise outside of Prince and Hosley at the position and we all know you need at least 3 solid guys to play CB. Lots of solid mid round guys and why not grab a guy to groom behind Webster as he plays his last year with us?
I'm not saying he doesn't need to be replaced, but it does give us the option of, as you were saying, taking a late-round pick that has the athletic ability but less experience, and developing him instead of throwing him into the fire. I believe Blackburn would be a great mentor in this regard, as he was just about to settle down to be a teacher. It's just that Herzlich is just as non-athletic as Blackburn, which is why I say we need someone with the physical athleticism who can be developed.kUnless Osi comes back to a team-friendly contract, I doubt he returns. Blackburn gets flak because of his lack of sideline to sideline speed in the run game and the fact he is way overhyped on these boards because of a few splash plays.
I do look at both sides. I feel as though while the majority of our draft should be spend on defense, we still need to reserve either our first or second round pick on an OT. Our offense would be pretty solid if we had a better RT and C (though Baas isn't going anywhere). I also wouldn't be averse to picking up a G since Snee is bound to go the way of Diehl any day now.Fact is you look at both sides of the football and it's just too obvious which side needs more help. We already drafted 3 potential Ts the last two years and it would be a little hasty to just give up on them. Beatty didn't really flash until his 3rd year after all. OL prospects require patience.
All the OT we've drafted since Beatty have been 4th round or later. Only one I still hold out any hope for at all is that Mosley guy (and thats only if he recovers from his injury to 100%). Brewer is so bad he can't crack a starting position featuring David freaking Diehl. Mccants I never really saw anything in, as he was getting abused by 3rd and 4th string DE.