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Where do we start to rebuild from?



In last year's draft we focused on the trenches for the first three picks.No on can claim that the additions have produced a marked improvement in either line's performance given the injuries that have been sustained on preexisting veteran staffing.

In my opinion Trey Flowers likely will be gone next season and will create yet another hole. Perhaps Julian Okwara develops as the player to fill his shoes, but then the rotation is still down a man.

On the offensive side of the ball, Decker, Jackson, Ragnow, and Sewell should be depended upon next year, but again a question remains as to whether the value and performance of Vaitai merits retention. Yet, without retaining the veteran guard, the offensive line will still need to prove its abilities to be viewed as a premier unit.

After the first three picks a variety of help was sought. Of these four picks there's simply been too little to help. It seems much more is needed.

For reference here are last year's picks:

There's perhaps hope that CB Melifonwu will heal and develop into a good player, but the real story at this position is the bigger hope for Jeff Okudah to make a full recovery and emerge as a star. In the meantime we can only hope that AJ Parker, Amani Oruwariye, and Jerry Jacobs grow and develop. In all likelihood we still are thin at this crucial position.

Amon-Ra St. Brown has shown some promise but our receivers as a group seem highly enemic. Is Josh Reynolds a solution? Does Quintez Cephus still develop into a reliable producer? In my opinion, there simply isn't a threat that other teams fear.

Derrick Barnes shows promise, but it seems that as a unit a lot more help is needed.

I liked the idea of adding strength and depth to the running back group, but that sure didn't last long. Swift hasn't proven to be a durable bell cow carrier. Williams has suffered injuries. The rookie Jefferson was hurt quickly too after being given an opportunity. All this leaves me to wonder if we really have all that's needed to build this facet of our offense.

The question as to whether Jared Goff has earned a long term commitment by the team seems mute. How can you really say he is or isn't capable without a line, runner, or receivers.

Here's my draft priorities based on all of this backdrop information:

1- DL / Edge
2- WR
3 - LB
4 - RB
5 - QB
6 - CB
7 - SS

Strong safety hasn't been discussed but it hardly seems to make headlines as a strength week after week either.

Will these additions help us win a game next year?



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