Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 May 2014

Mandatory Monday: Team Non-Needs

Seeing the glass half-full is a great way to understand what teams are truly hoping to accomplish this weekend. This weekend! The draft is just a few days away! Finally!

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 05 May 2014

5 comments, Last at 05 May 2014, 5:49pm by Parmenides

Comments

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by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:35am

I'm not an expert on the Panthers but didn't half their offensive line retire?

And there could be an ex-FO wrote argument between Mike and Doug over Mitchell Schwartz. Mike sees a bookend where Doug looked to the stats and saw more than ten sacks given up. An argument might be pushing it though, this is the Browns' right tackle.

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by Parmenides :: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 5:49pm

You can think of it that way, but if you squint you can see a possible good offensive line. If all the players hurt last year come back and play well then the only thing that the panthers need is a left tackle. The Panthers line has seemed to be a dumpster fire for a couple of years but they've had successes offensively so its either masked well or its not as bad as it looks.

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by Theo :: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 1:48pm

Troy Polamalu is not a primary asset anymore; he wasn't last year. Maybe you mean Lawrence Timmons? He's the best player on the defense and it's not even close.
Polamalu has become a liability in man-to-man matchups, he's not a deep safety anymore, he's still good close to the LOS in a short zone or in run support.
Case in point is the fact that he played linebacker for half a year last year.

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by Sixknots :: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 4:00pm

Tanier is the first source I have read that predicts that the Falcons will trade DOWN for more picks instead of up to get Clowney or Mack. I would agree.

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by Led :: Mon, 05/05/2014 - 5:34pm

I appreciate Tanier's creativity in coming up with new angles on draft speculation. The extra two weeks have made the annual exercise in dead horse beating even more uncomfortable to observe. It's an interesting problem for writers to have -- the audience has an almost an insatiable desire to read about a subject about which there is almost nothing interesting left to say.