Now that we are officially in a lockout, who do we select in the draft if there is no agreement by then? A lot of us have debated on who to select with our picks, but one thing many of us are forgetting are the risks we are also taking by not selecting certain positions. OT is one of those positions that could be a major problem if we do not select one. We all saw the inconsistent line play last year with the absence of Gaither and believe that could all be fixed by either re-signing Gaither or finding an adequate replacement. We have no idea what the Gaither contract situation was looking like and they cannot begin talking until a deal is in place. If the lockout carries on past the draft, not selecting a OT would be a huge risk if we are unable to re-sign Gaither. We could end up running into similar problems as last year and that would leave us very thin at OT.
We also have some free agents at CB and WR. If we were to not select any of those positions and lost some of those players, that could also create some holes for our team. I know a lot of us are on the fence about wanting to bring Mason back and most would agree to let Housh and Stallworth go, but it may not be that easy. I feel WR is up there as a major draft need, but that WR may not even be able to contribute very much this season. If this lockout cuts into training camp then this rookie class will be way behind on learning playbooks,schemes and what it's like to go against NFL talent. WR is a tough position to transition from college and if we select a WR, I'm not sure how much contribution he really will give us. Whether we like it or not we may be forced to bring back Mason and Housh or Stallworth because they are familiar with the offense.
We really may not be able to expect much from this rookie class depending on how long this lasts, we may have to try and keep as many vets as we can if this does last long. I am wondering how everyone thinks we should approach this draft? This off-season needs to be handled very delicately because we have a team that is not far away from making the Superbowl and one move we make or don't make could get us there or keep us right where we have been the last few years. Do we play it conservative or do we not let this bad situation dictate how we approach our off-season?