" In Colbert's Shoes "
Let's do this.........hoping the Pats sign Sanders to an offer sheet. That will free up 1.3 mill in cap space do to the amount of his tender, and it will land a 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft. Sign Victor Butler ( LB Dallas ) to compete with Worilds, sign Larod Steven Howlings ( Ariz ) to compete for 3rd down back / special team return resposibilities. Neither will require much of a contract obligation, and fills 3 needs. Rely on the draft to fill other needs. Trade down a few ( 5 or 6 ) spots in the first round, and gain another 3rd round pick. If Jarvis Jones ( LB - Georgia) is NOT available. With this in mind.......here is "this GM's" mock draft for 2013
1. T.Austin - WR - West Virginia ( Sanders replacement in the slot, return man, and playmaker )
2.P.Thomas - S - Fresno State ( Troy's understudy - Clark's eventual replacement )
3. L.Bell - RB - Mich State ( feature back in our new zone blocking scheme )
3T = the pic aquired with trading down in 1st - D.Rodgers -WR - Tenn Tech ( 6'3' 217lb M.Wallace replacement )
3C = compensation for losing Sanders - A. Bailey - OG - Arkansas ( Plug and play OG, allows a very sound , aggressive, athletic OLine)
4. T.Simon - CB - LSU
5. M. Lattimore - RB- S. Carolina ( Beast of a RB, steal of the draft...............allow a year to learn and get healthy )
6.M.Muati - LB - Penn State ( LB depth, and eventual Foote replacement )
7. D. Robinson - WR/RB/QB - Michigan ( Newest "Slash", elevates 3 or maybe even 4 positions )
7b. D. Sims - TE - Michigan State ( H.Miller insurance, and eventual starter in 2 TE sets )
Steeler problems solved !!