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    I see a lot of people saying we should draft a OT, and I'm just wondering what you guys expect us to do with our two tackles right now. I think it's too early to give up on Loadholt and Mckinnie is way too highly paid to be benched. So do we trade Mckinnie for a 2nd or 3rd? Or just outright cut him. Or do you think we should draft a Guard or Center. I know our O-line sucks but I'm not sure what exactly needs to be done to fix it. Aside from RG, it seems like we have our starters set.
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    I've been saying all along that McKinnie and Loadholt should drop some weight. Especially with McKinnie's foot and ankle problems that he blamed his 09 Pro Bowl fiasco on. I'd like to see those guys playing at 320-330. Loadholt a little heavier than Mac because of body type.

    I'd like to draft an interior lineman(or two) between rounds 4 and 7. If Moffitt is there in the 4th, snatch that kid up. He's nasty, big enough, and is a Wisconsin guy, so he knows the position. Ziemba started 50+ games for Auburn in his college career, but is not athletic enough to be an OT in the NFL. Draft him late, bump him inside.

    I also wouldn't be opposed to a training camp battle between Sullivan and Cook. Cook looked pretty good when he was out there last season, where Sully was injury plagued and manhandled at times.

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    I agree that Loadhold could get better. It was only his 2nd year. McKinnie is better than average and still under contract...likely, for a reasonable figure, since his signing bonus was so long ago. He made about 3 mill last year.

    To me the interior is where we need depth that can push for playing time. I know Sully is young too, but he just doesn't seem to be holding up at C. Hutch is getting up there in age and its starting to show, and Herrera blew a knee and may or may not be ready to play when the season starts. A guy who can challenge for a starting spot at C and RG would add great depth to a team that wants to be able to dominate the LOS and Run The Ball! And, most teams only dress 6 or 7 OL on gameday, so a multi backup is always nice to have.

    Really, I wouldn't mind seeing what Cook can do at C. He's definitely got size, and experience at guard and tackle, so a valuable gameday backup at least. With his history of penalties, he shouldn't be that expensive to resign.

    A late first, or early 2nd could get some real, top end talent at C/OG.
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    Depending on what the new staff is going to ask the OL to do I would be much more comfortable keeping the OT's and replacing the C while picking up a few guys to add depth to the interior part of the line. If we are sticking with the same old version of the Childress offense then I would favor a wholesale rebuild of the line to get guys who are more evenly sized and physically matched.Much of this will depend on the direction we go at QB.

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    I thought Cook played well at Center when asked last year. Moving him there is probably one of the only ways we can play him without worrying about false starts. :laugh:

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    So none of you guys are down with using our first pick on OL?
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    Quote Originally Posted by "12purplepride28" #1090989
    I see a lot of people saying we should draft a OT, and I'm just wondering what you guys expect us to do with our two tackles right now. I think it's too early to give up on Loadholt and Mckinnie is way too highly paid to be benched. So do we trade Mckinnie for a 2nd or 3rd? Or just outright cut him. Or do you think we should draft a Guard or Center. I know our O-line sucks but I'm not sure what exactly needs to be done to fix it. Aside from RG, it seems like we have our starters set.
    I like the idea of trading Mckinnie for picks in the draft but just wanted to point out that if the CBA isn't in place before the draft teams can't make trades....which is a bit of a problem for the draft this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "12purplepride28" #1091012
    So none of you guys are down with using our first pick on OL?
    I'm not against taking the best player at any position if they are going to help the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "12purplepride28" #1091012
    So none of you guys are down with using our first pick on OL?
    I'm not.

    for an interior Lineman, I think #12 is a reach for them. I'd much rather take somebody else.

    I do NOT want to go OT.

    Like it or not, McKinnie was the best OL on our team last season. I'm not sure what Load's problem was, but hopefully he picks it up again. OT is not a need. Now, as for picking the BPA, i'm all for that, but we are a rebuilding team, we need more than just a new LT. We draft a T who likely won't play as well as McK right away, then we trade? McK, likely for a second rounder? we've wasted our pick just swapping tackles. I'd much rather use that pick for ANY other position(except RB).

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    I would not hate going OL ... it never hurts to have more good tackles.

    But at 12 and interior lineman does not work. And I personally am happy enough with McKinnie and Loadholt to use that high of a pick on something else.

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