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Mailbag: Draft Priorities; Next Step For Woods

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What do you think Xavier Woods needs to improve on the most for him to take the next step? I think the big one is interceptions, but outside of that he played well for a first-year starter. - TYLER BAEM / SAN ANTONIO, TX

Bryan: You’d love for him to get more interceptions, but how many chances did he really have? Where I want to see Woods improve is with his anticipation. I’d like for him to see the field a little better too. Try and put himself in better positions to make plays. He does that, and those interceptions will come.

Rob: To me, it’s simply building on all the improvements he made last season. He took a step toward becoming a well-rounded safety. He was a different player in 2018, clearly more adjusted. Besides the two interceptions, he did a better job of diagnosing things in coverage and his tackling was really good. They’ve got high hopes for him.

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So what are your draft priorities after the recent signings? My rankings are: Defensive end (it depends on what happens with DeMarcus Lawrence), running back, defensive tackle, strong safety. - RANDY SEEDLE / WAKE VILLAGE, TN

Bryan: I am going to give you theirs, not mine: defensive tackle, safety and running back. I’d keep an eye on corner too. 

Rob: I’d put defensive tackle first. Christian Covington and Kerry Hyder add depth, but if there’s a disruptive guy with some position flex on Day 2, draft him. They also still need a backup for Zeke on Day 2 or 3. Other than that, just find good players: safeties, pass rushers, receivers, corners, wherever.

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