letting the dust settle and looking at the draft and using the draft as a way of looking at how the FO sees the state of the team. 1) The FO thinks that the phins are a solid contender. The biggest pointer to this is the trade up to grab Dion Jordan. Whilst Dion Jordan was arguably the premier defender available in the draft the position he fills (OLB/DE) isn't one where the phins are glaringly deficient. This wasn't an attempt to desperately get the best DE/OLB because we suck at that position, but an acceptance that we could get the BPA available at a modest cost. 2) Having said that we need to improve the OL and defensive backfield. These areas of concern were addressed, but not to the point where we drafted put of desperation. 3) The new regime places an emphasis on the speed/agility/intelligence triangle. Philbin seems to be heading down the Don Shula of the 1970s path of teams that won by being smarter and more disciplined and having everyone contribute, not having a team that leans on a few stars. 4) The later rounds were used to stockpile depth that we hope to develop. Not much of the high risk/high reward players with character/injury risks, more guys that need time and training to develop their skills. This sort of thinking happens when you are confident that you can win with the team you have. When you have holes in your team is when you start drafting 4th and 5th rounders with the hope that they could be opening day starters. So overall this wasn't a draft of a team desperately trying to fill holes, but a draft based on building on solid foundations. Whether this is the true state of the team is another question, but the FO behaved in a way that suggests that it is confident that it is a team capable of making the playoffs.