Seems to be the trend lately so might as well start mine Starting Estimated Cap Room 63.5 mil Cuts for cap room (6.8) GVR (3.5) Ryan Griffin (3.3) Total Cap room after cuts 70.3 Mil rookie pool needed (estimated 15 mil Due to 2 high 1sts) total spending power 55. mil (rounded) Resigns (14 mil avg) feeny 1 year 2 mil kroft 2 years 4 mil (2 per year) foley 3 years 12 mil (4 per year) berrios 3 years 18 mil (6 per year) cap left 41 mil RFA/ERFAs/Minimums (total about 4 mil for all below) ward guidry jeff smith white phillips walters Cap left 37 mil players that can walk (bigger names) Maye - wants too much coming off an Achilles injury, may not be ready for 2022 crowder - gonna be 29 and command more then we should pay him as a WR3 cole - made some nice catches but really a WR4 at best and i'd rather have young people there jarad davis - waste of money moses - just been ok. rather start building youth. he'll want to start somewhere and we don't have room for that LDT - he may retire or want to play for a contender, I don't want to pay a lot for an older player who was solid but not great. Free Agency (34 mil total) TE schultz 4 years 48 mil (12 mil avg) RB Connor 2 years 12 mil (6mil avg) K younghoe Koo 3 years 6 mil (2 mil avg) RG Laken Tomlinson 3 years 27 mil (9 mil avg) S Quandre Diggs 2 years 10 mil (5 mil avg) That leaves us with about 3 mil which we'll want to keep for in season stuff. Of course the number can be a little higher based on structure Draft Round 1 (4) - Kyle Hamilton (S) This obviously depends on what happens before us. Det, Hou, and Jax all pick before us. Det will likely take KT or hutchinson. Jax will take neal. So it depends on houston who will take either haimlton or whatever edge rusher is there. Honestly I think They take the edge leaving us with hamilton and i'm not mad about it at all Round 1 (10) (from seattle) - Trade down The way I see it, 10 is a good trade down spot.we seen it last year when the giants did it with the bears so the bears could grab fields. was picks 11 and likely takes a QB if one is there they like. I'm thinking at this point only 1 is off the board with den, of course if den gets watson or rodgers that changes this but as it stands now I think with was at 11 and likely only 1 QB before this taken we can find a trade partner. pitt at 20 is possible, so is Phi since they have 3 1st rounders and hurts isn't good. I'm willing to think philly wants to jump division rival wash so they offer 15 and 19 for 10 overall. it's a small overpay but with possibly 3 times bidding (wash would likely bid to move up 1 spot and prevent the block) seems like a deal can get done. Round 1 (15) (from philly) - Nakobe Dean (LB) At this point i'm pretty sure either dean or lloyd will be available. and honestly at this point not sure which one I prefer. I'd be happy with either one. I think dean fits the fred werner type a little more but both seem to be every down LBers who can QB the defense and do it all. We need mosley's replacement for 2023 and dean is a guy who likely surplants mosley as a rookie. we start 2 anyway so it'll be him and mosley starting Round 1 (19) (from philly) - Drake London (WR) A big bodied WR who could play outside for us and allow moore to slide inside. Originally I wasn't content with a WR early but in this case it makes sense based on the rest of the draft. mims didn't work out and we need a guy who can catch the balls deep in coverage downfield. he's great at contested catch and gets separation good enough. reminds me playstyle wise of a low budget mike evans Round 2 (35) - Cameron Thomas (DE) So I need to spend more time looking at edge's overall but so far to me thomas fits the bill best for us. and in the 2nd offers better value then taking karlaftis early. matter of fact i'll make a bold prediction I think he'll be as good if not better of a pro then karlaftis. He's a local boy to my area. went to carlsbad high school and college at SDSU. he's built very similar to karlaftis and he's versatile on the line and is day 1 ready as an edge rusher with plenty of moves and he's more athletic then you'd think. I think this is a steal here and negates the need for a 1st round DE Round 2 (38) (from carolina) - trade down We don't have a lot of late picks so trading down at some point is very likely and fits the JD MO. trade up early for blue chippers and trade down later for extra picks. I think someone is here for value for somebody and we can probably move down about 4-6 spots for an extra 4th and still get a player we want. Round 2 (42-46 range) - Jalen Wydermeyer (TE) It's obvious 1 TE isn't enough for us. we need 2. a FA and a draft. I'm not 100% on which one I want there are a few I like so it's another position i'm going to dive deeper in before the draft. But the guy i've liked for a while is wydermeyer. He's the most athletic of the bunch this year and overall probably the best receiver. we already added schultz so with wydermeyer gives us a TE who can go up the seam and allow more 2 TE packages. Round 3 (68) - Kylar Gordon (CB) again were going heavy on defense. We do need some CB help as well. hall is great, echols has been a pleasent suprise. Carter is a nice nickel and guidry a good dime. after those 4 though we are not looking good. Gordon has all the traits to be a CB1 for us allowing more depth and an upgrade at CB1/2 with hall and echols can move into a reserve role. With that said he's likely to fly up draft boards after the combine and wind up in the 2nd round but for now early 3rd is pretty realistic. Round 4 (107) Ed Ingram (RG) Not really a JD guy and likely not gonna happen because that. was arrested in 2019 for aggravated sexual assault but charges were dismissed and he was reinstaed. no issues with him since. He's a stout blocker with good enough athletiscm and we can give him time to learn since we'll have tomlinson for at least the next 2 years so he can be a backup for a few seasons but he has starter 2nd round talent that would be value here because off the field issues Round 4 (113) - Obinna Eze (OT) Massive 6-8 330lb OT with athleticism. a project player who needs to work on technique but it's the 5th round and he has potential to be our starting RT in a couple of years when we move on from fant. Combined with becton thats 700lbs protecting the edges. originally I had him in the 5th but he's been moving up boards lately and it's a weak o-line draft as well so many are likely to go earlier then expected Round 4 (110-120) Calvin Austin III (WR) A small speedy WR who can play slot or outside. he's basically low budget elijah moore or a jameson crowder type. based on the rest of my offseason he projects to start as the WR5 which is fine as he can refine his game as a rookie. Round 5 (144)Trade down (this is another prime place to trade down IMO. we can get a 6th and 7th which I have my reasons for) Round 5 (161) (From Pitt) - Isiah Pola-Mao S A big long safety at 6-4 200lbs who's not quite the athlete that hamilton is but he's smart, can cover deep zones, play the run, and grew up in a football family since his uncle is troy palamalu. I think we can try and develop him but at worst he adds depth to a safety group that was just awful and at this point you take flyers Round 6 (from earlier trade down) - CJ Verdall - RB Rb is a need for us but not by much. We have carter, connor, and walters so far. adding verdall though to me make sense. he reminds me of a low budget MJD style of runner Round 7 (from earlier trade down) - Zander Horvath FB I know I know,who drafts a FB? it's an extra pick in the 7th from a trade down and he's the bets one in the draft and MLFs system does like to have a FB who can catch and run and block and horvath is it. he could be our kyle juszczyk. could also be the short yardage up back at 6-3 230lbs. Roster (R) = Rookie, (FA) = Free agent Defense EDGE Lawson, JFM, Thomas(R), Huff, philips, Blair DT Q, Foley, Rankins, Marshall (no change here, none needed) LBer Dean(R), Mosley, Sherwood, Quincy, Nasirildeen CB Hall, Gordon(R), Carter II, Echols, Guidry S Hamilton (R), Diggs (FA), Davis, Palo-mao (R) (24) Offense Offense doesn't get as much love in this draft as it's been the focus for the past 2 offseasons but We do get some instant help. Mostly in 2nd round TE wydermeyer. He's an instant upgrade at TE for us and should be better then any TE we've had in the past decade. OG Smith is the perfect RG for us and our scheme and should be an upgrade over LDT who can stay as depth. Cade Otten in the 4th provides depth and an overhaul at TE where 3 of our current 5 TEs should be gone (keep kroft and yeboah). FInally with 2 5th rounders We get a future RT in eze to take over when fant walks in a year or 2 as well as austin III who is the perfect WR3 for our system to take crowders place if he walks. Probably in 2023 though QB Wilson, White RB Carter, connor (FA), walters, Verdall (R) WR Davis, London (R), Moore, Berrios, Austin III (R), Mims, smith TE Wydermeyer(R), Schultz (FA), Kroft, Yeboah OT Becton, Fant, Edoga, Eze(R) OG AVT, Tomlinson (FA), Ingram (R), C Mcgovern, Feeny FB Horvath (R) (25) K Koo (R) LS Hennesey P Mann PR/KR Berrios SP/T Hardee (4) Notable PS players OG Clark DE Ward CB Pinnock DE Zuniga Thats a 53 man roster and most of our cap room spent with just enough to work with during the season. We still have another year before we can compete but I feel it's a good improvement.