Originally Posted by Deep_Freeze
Well I guess you missed what was said about moving Free inside. Noone has proposed or even mentioned moving Free to the bench as a 3rd stringer at OT.
At #14, a difference maker is needed, and although DeCastro is a good prospect, he doesn't play a premium position. Had to hear the noise about taking a RT at 9 last year, and point was he will be a LT which was a good plan. Now at 14, Jerry is going to take a guard with all of our other needs for our horrible D??
Guess we will have to wait and see on that one.
Free is too long to be a good player at OG. He has very good feet, good mobility and long arms - he is a prototypical Tackle. He did have some rough moments this year but was also left on an island against many of the best pass rushers in the league and did a pretty good job. I really think some of his sacks were due to not getting the help he expected occasionally from Holland.
I know CS has said that much of Free's problems were from losing hand battles. Perhaps all that has to be done is an offseason focusing on developing more grip strength.
The issue about premiums also applies to moving Free inside. You are now paying a guy who has never played Guard a premium salary to play a position he may not be very good at.
If the situation arises that DeCastro is gone we probably should either move the pick if there is a good Tackle as BPA or alternatively take BPA at another position - hopefully CB, OLB or DE.