Originally Posted by gyldenlove
It is difficult to evaluate really, the presence of a few very good players can cover up a lot of deficiencies on the field and off.
Depth pretty much across the board is definitely an issue, offensive line, tight end, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and possibly DT is questionable. This could be due to below average scouting (pro and college) or positional coaching and evaluation.
Other than Miller who is obviously a huge boss and an utterly dominant player, our drafts the last 2 years are still difficult to really gauge. Franklin looks like a stud and Moore has been showing improvements this season. Carter can't be evaluated due to his injury and Virgil Green is still a situational player. Mohammed, Beal and Julius Thomas are all looking like they will wash out if they haven't already. Trevathan is the only rookie other than Wolfe who has seen the field pretty consistently and neither can be said to be wildly exceeding expectations. Osweiler won't see the field for some years hopefully and we won't really know if he is a stud or a dud until then, Hillman is showing some glimpses at best, Malik Jackson is far down the chart, Bolden is a good gunner but hasn't shown anything else. Blake has been inactive for pretty much every game.
Scouting could be an issue, but only time can really tell.
I agree with your first point but when rebuilding a team as far down as we were depth is going to be the last thing we address. Interesting how many of our contributors are coming from the ranks of what was our depth.
As for the draft evaluations you are correct again, to early to tell on much of them. Getting a starting DT is a good start on this years and a 5th rd LB playing at all is Big deal too.
Look at our IR list, I see 5 starters and a good RB on IR so a lot of depth is now playing;
93 Beal, Jeremy DE 6-3 276 24 1 Oklahoma
64 Blake, Philip G/C 6-3 320 26 R Baylor
28 Carter, Quinton S 6-1 200 24 2 Oklahoma
42 Fannin, Mario RB 5-11 224 24 2 Auburn
90 Hunter, Jason DE 6-4 271 29 7 Appalachian State
51 Mays, Joe MLB 5-11 250 27 5 North Dakota State
50 Walton, J.D. C 6-3 305 25 3 Baylor
94 Warren, Ty DT 6-5 300 31 10 Texas A&M