Last year demonstrated what happens without a dline. Assuming we don't take dline 2nd overall, whatever will we look like?
Assuming we go after Miller/Peterson for whatever reason, how are we going to cope? Even assuming that the next 2 picks are dline. (Austin/Paea or whomever), I see the line as grim. That gives us (in a 'reality-based, pessimistic' approach):
1) Elvis: Great but injured and not amazing against the run. Improves pass rush, doesn't really improve run D
2) Ayers: Playing a 'new' position, has been injured, has yet to prove anything
3) rookie DT that's 5-10th best at his position in this years draft
4) rookie DT that's 6-10th best, this one will 'bust or develop' as per many dline, rookies, etc. (I'm basically stating that you cannot rely on 2 unproven rookies to make life better; at least one will have problems)
5) IF we resign, one of Bannan, Vickerson, Thomas as a #1 starter in a 4-3 to cover for our rookie having standard rookie problems even if both work out.
Granted Miller might help some in the front 7, but he's a pass rusher, not a run stuffer, or so the scouts tell me. Peterson doesn't help run D at all, and at best he pushes Goodman to nickle and starts. This has shades of last year (and the last 5 years) written all over it. IE: no run D, no Dline.
Someone please spin this to show me how dline will be perfectly fine next year and I don't have to worry. Otherwise, save our dline and thus our defense, please. (Yes, plan for the future, bpa, etc, etc, but we're not a playoff team. We're a team that has no dline at all. At some point, bpa falls apart over 'fielding a team that is at least NFL caliber")