I am anxious to see some of our players. Jarron Gilbert, just looking at his athletic ability. Besides being able to jump out of the pool, he is able to do a lot of other things, too. Great speed. He jumped 10-7, so how many linemen do you see with those types of numbers? I am anxious to see Rod [Marinelli] work him, along with Henry Melton. Henry came up a little late on the scene, but I know a little bit about him and just him being a great running back and just seeing how he has developed the last couple years being a full-time defensive end. Anxious to see how far he can go.
Receiver-wise, of course, we knew that was a position that we needed to add some players and we did. [Juaquin] Iglesias and what he brings as a good steady receiver with good skills. Caught a lot of balls. The speed of Johnny Knox, with the combination we got with [Derek] Kinder, so I feel good about them. And picking up a player like Marcus Freeman, a linebacker that we could use some depth to get into the mix with it also. So we will put all those guys in there and let them go.
Defensive back was another position that we felt we needed to add a little bit to. D.J. Moore, great hands, great skill, quickness, all of that. [Al] Afalava also, a strong safety-type with some free-safety skills.
Overall, a good draft. We will put them all together this week along with some other free agents, and we will go from there.
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