ORIGINAL: The Happy Norseman
My current thinking is to acquire two starters at OG or C (Elf plays both) in FA or via trade and draft modified (by need) BPA. We can't count on any rookie to step in at starter level, and we are short two interior OL starters assuming Elf regains form. Everyone else (including Elf) fights it out for the third interior slot.
I debated with Phil numerous times last offseason because I was Chicken Little re: the OL and he stated definitively that the OL was actually better than the shitshow of 2017----we know how that turned out, and he wasn't alone. Any offseason plan that doesn't start with two surefire starters added to the interior OL is delusional, and I wouldn't count on getting a starter at 18, much less pick 50. If there is a clear starter, he may well go before 18, so we need to secure two starters before the draft via trade or FA.
My current hope for the first round is Fant, TE from Iowa: 6'5", 240, quick and fast with good hands. Probably won't last until our pick and issues may come up, but he's my current choice.
Agree 1000% percent!
I agree 1000% with fixing the line.
I think the key to this is the right OL coach. Someone who can evaluate AND develop talent.
Get the right guy in here and the plan might change, imo. Someone who can evaluate Elf and Easton. 1 or both starting material (also considering injury history)? Are they depth? What about Izzy, Collins, Jones? I'm not even listing Compton or Remmers - get them off the team. Wasted cap and roster spots.
If they don't have value, MOVE ON.
Evaluate draft, FA, trade options.
Have a GD plan then execute it. And have contingency plans for injuries.
Left picking up the pieces.