In the midst of draft season and an inevitable Revis trade looming, I'm going to give my ideas of what I would do if I were running the show.
Darius Heywerd Bey: 1 year deal, worth $1.5M
Victor Butler: 2yrs, $6M
Finally cut Tim Tebow
Find a new FB because Hilliard is simply awful
Sign Austin Howard to offer sheet
Sign Mike Patterson, DLine depth
The Revis trade: I really like what Idzik is doing so far on this front. Not rushing into a potential trade that doesn't give us fair compensation for the Hall of Fame talent that is Darrelle Revis. Personally, I'd bring him back healthy and hope to resign him long term after this season and see him go into the HoF as a Jet. However, it seems as if Woody Johnson is fed up with his constant contract talk and is pushing for a trade. Assuming we trade him to Tampa Bay, the compensation I think would be fair is:
2013: 2nd and 3rd round picks
2014: 1st and 2nd round picks
You may say this won't happen, that could be the case. However, the Redskins traded away 3 first rounders and a 2nd rounder to DRAFT a hopeful franchise QB (who tore an ACL while in college). Revis is a proven stud. Case closed. I really hope we are able to get fair compensation and our scouting department comes through with solid picks.
Draft (All selections assume the board falls relatively normally, I'm not assuming we get 1st round talent in the 5th round, I tried to be as realistic as possible)
1st round: 9th overall (own selection): OG Chance Warmack Alabama 6'2" 315lbs: Warmack is a little bit shorter than Carl Nicks, be he'll be as good, for a long time. He mauls in the run game and can hold his own against the best of them is pass protection. An immediate starter from day 1, and probably a pro bowler for the next decade.
2nd round: 39th overall (own selection): SS Johnathan Cyprien Florida International 6' 217lbs: Some think he may go higher, but weird things can happen on draft day. I have my fingers crossed he will last this long. He has the potential to be an enforcing SS on the line stopping the run and covering backs and TEs. Immediate starter and replacement for Landry who left via FA.
43rd overall: (from TB): TE Zach Ertz Stanford 6'5" 250lbs: Tyler Eifert will probably be the first TE off the board, but I don't think Ertz is too far behind. He is an adequate blocker in the run game and a fantastic target in the open field. I was really upset to see Dustin Keller walk, but hopefully Ertz will make us quick to forget at him
3rd round: 72nd overall (own selection): WR Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech 6'2" 200lbs: Will hopefully become a starter when Holmes (cap casualty) is cut next offseason. He can go across the middle and hopefully develop into a #2 eventually.
73rd overall: (from TB): ROLB Brandon Jenkins Florida State 6'3" 252lbs: Before Brandon got hurt last season, many expected him to go in the first round. However, an injury later, he finds himself falling on draft day. Brandon will be used as a situational pass rusher from day 1 and should be able to bulk up another 10lbs and eventually develop into a starter. He can play OLB in a 3 man front, and put his hand in the dirt in nickel and dime packages. He is not too far removed from 13 sacks as a sophomore, and could turn into a 10+ sack a year guy
4th round: 106th overall (own selection): RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina 5'11" 215lbs: Lattimore was often compared to Adrian Peterson before he completely blew out his knee. Apparently his recovery is coming along, and could ready for opening day. I would not mind using a 4th round pick or later to take a gamble on him. If he comes back healthy, he could become a stud 3 down back that could run in and outside the tackles. (Healthy) He is the back we haven't had since Curtis Martin
5th round: 141st overall (own selection): DT Kwame Geathers Georgia 6'6" 350lbs: He is a man child who provides depth and beef up front. He would probably only see the field on 2nd or 3rd and short. But with Karl Dunbar coaching him, I'm confident he can turn into an impact player
6th round: 173rd overall (own selection): TE Mychal Rivera Tennessee 6'3" 245lbs: Can be used as an H-Back or extra tight end that was an excellent security blanket for Tyler Bray. He reminds me a lot of a less bulky Dallas Clark or Michael Kendricks.
7th round: 205th overall (own selection): OG Chris McDonald Michigan State 6'5" 300lbs: Simply OLine depth and BPA
TE: Zach Ertz, Jeff Cumberland, Mychal Rivera
YWR: Darius Heywerd Bey, Stephen Hill, Clyde Gates
LG: Chance Warmack, Vladimir Ducasse
RG: Willie Colon, Chris McDonald
RT: Austin Howard
LDE: Muhammed WIlkerson, Mike Patterson
LOLB: Victor Butler, Brandon Jenkins
WILB: DeMario Davis, Josh Mauga
LCB: Kyle Wilson, Isiah Trufant
Nickel CB: Ellis Lankster
SS: Johnathan Cyprien, Antonio Allen
K: Nick Folk
LS: Tanner Purdum
Remember, for the 2014 NFL Draft, we will have our own 1st and 2nd round picks as well as TBs 1st and 2nd round picks. I think with this team on the field, I can see us going 4-12 and getting a top 5 pick. I also think TB will go 9-7 and will give us their 17th or 18th pick overall. I'd love to take Teddy Bridgewater if we'd be able to trade up. But that's an argument for a different day. All the signings and trades I tried to make as realistic as possible given our cap room, team needs, and hopefully set us up to take a franchise QB in 2014 and become a contender once again. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed