Yesterday, I took a look into the Wide Receiver position, and how to fix it this offseason. Today, I'm diving into the Cornerback position. The way I look at it is, we have at worst 0 starting caliber Corners on our roster right now (not counting smith, as it is very unlikely he gets resigned) and at best we have 1. Nolan Carroll has proven he shouldn't be put in a starting role, and there is a reason Dimitri Patterson was released in a position to be claimed off waivers. Now, I really like Richard Marshall, but he has too many questions surrounding him to count him as a reliable starting Corner. So, we need 3 CB's this offseason. After the wideout position was addressed (Wallace, Hartline, and Hopkins) we have 30 million in cap space left, and 4 picks in the first 3 rounds.
Houston is a top Corner that has the ability to go up and compete for the ball. He is also relatively high character and will be relatively cheap. The reason I don't have us signing DRC is his questionable character, and the reason I don't have us signing Brent Grimes or Derek Cox is their questionable health/durability. Houston will be a nice edition to our secondary.
Marcus Trufant: 2nd round pick (trade up?)
Trufant had a fantastic Senior Bowl week. He proved he con win one-on-ones and go up and compete for the ball. He has the size and length that our own Sean Smith has with better speed that Smith has. He also has better ball skills than Smith. At this point our secondary looks like: Houston, Trufant, and Marshall. Marshall has injury Concerns so we need one more.
David Amerson: 3rd round pick
Amerson's stock has really fallen this year, he showed alot of inconsistencies. But he has an extremely high ceiling and I think is worth a shot in the 3rd round. Especially when he is an interception machine, and probably won't even need to play alot at all. Hopefully Marshall can stay healthy. Plus Amerson could possibly mover to safety.
Our starting corners are: Chris Houston, Marcus Trufant, Richard Marshall, David Amerson, and Nolan Carroll. We have our Wide Receiver and Cornerback positions filled with 24 million cap space and a 1st and 3rd round pick left. Our biggest holes have been filled, now we have a couple positions that can be improved but don't necessarily need to be. Free Safety could be improved although I like Chris Clemons for the time being, he was solid and I would like to see what he does with another year of starting experience. DE opposite of Wake could be improved, but I think that our staff really likes the Olivier Vernon/ Jared Odrick combo. RB depth could be improved but I don't think we use our 1st, 3rd, or a FA to improve it. TE could be improved, maybe this is the year we use our 1st on a standout TE? With a trade down of course. LB depth is a must, 3rd round pick? Sounds like a good fit. I'll take a look into the rest of our Cap space and draft picks another day. Let me know what you think.