We're going to learn so much about what the plan is for this team by what the 2nd and 3rd round picks are. IMO if you have a good/great/excellent quarterback the first and most important priority is keeping him upright aka "Don't Carr me bro!". With the free agent signings from the off-season and our draft picks from last year it's clear to me we will be able to do so. The next question is what we're all stuck on... do you give said QB weapons or do you improve the defense and/or run game. Firmly I believe this question is answered by thinking of your QB. Is he going to have more trouble managing the game and the situations he finds himself in or is he going to have trouble scoring. If you think the former, then you draft to build the defense and the running game and if you think the later you draft WRs and TEs. We have SOOO many holes I think either is totally valid. However, I think Luck has a skill set that will allow him to quickly learn the game management skills he'll need at this level and as a matter of fact excel at them much in the way Peyton did. With only Wayne as a reliable receiving target (Collie - head, Avery - knee), I think we simply MUST draft him someone to throw to. Unlike most, I do think Fleener will be ther at 34. There will be a huge run on defensive players in the second half of the first round and I think that will force teams like the 49ers and the Giants who would be interested in Fleener to either get in or the run or have access to some of the deep WR talent that's available (Hill, Randle, Jefferies). As I'm watching some of Luck's games from 2010 and 2011..this kid LOVES and I mean LOVES throwing to TE's. Granted that's because Stanford only had one WR worth a lick and he almost got decapitated in 2011. I think you have to give him Fleener and let him have at least one thing he'll instantly feel comfortable with. I do also think Fleener will struggle a little in the NFL because he routes, hits and blocking he'll have to do will be much harder. Given that, if Sanu is available at 34 I'd consider him over Fleener. Sanu is a big boy with great hands and great route running skills who will functionally become another security blanket. He'd also be poised to take over for Reggie in two years and could become a servicable WR 2 if/when Collie goes down again. Of note, Sanu ran the ball in college from the wildcat to the tune to 700 yards so he could add a wrinkle for us on offense and potentially give us a return game to speak of. I love the the idea of trading back the 34th pick, still picking up Sanu a few spots down and getting another 3rd round pick.
If we decided to not go receiver, then I think the crazy ideas I've seen of taking Janoris Jenkins, Martin or even Konz at 34 make sense.
3rd round I think Ta'amu is a no brainer. Our two NT's are totally unproven as starters and if nothing else he gives us an option and frankly could turn into a nightmare. As an aside, I think our defense next year has the potential to be deadly especially in the pass rush. If Freeney and Mathis can learn to convert to OLB, then we'd have Redding, NT TBD and Nevis with those two on passing downs. Potentially a horrifying group of 5 guys with great motors going for blood. Our secondary will be very suspect but I think nothing makes your DB's look good like great QB pressure. We'll make average to good QBs look like Painter but very good or excllent QB's will likely torch us for big plays like we never used to give up regularly in the old Cover 2 scheme.
Either way, this is the most excited I've ever been for any draft and there's nothing about what the new management has done that should indicate anything but success.