I actually think this opening point by Beddingfield is a really good one and something that's so hard for fans to actually know. He said "The top front offices will gauge the differences in free agency and the strength of the draft and use this to their advantage to not overpay for high-priced free agents but acquire younger less expensive players of similar skill."
So often as fans, it seems like we think of FA and the draft as 2 completely separate pieces, but in reality, the strength of one vs the other should play a huge part in how teams actually approach each one. Of course, it requires a healthy balance.
Beddingfield believes we're set at the following positions, and simply need to fill out their depth through cheap FAs or the draft: QB, RB, OT, ILB, and CB.
He rates our top positions of need as follows:
1) Pass rush
This can be interior DL or OLB. Need both starters and depth at OLB.
We all know how he feels about Davis. He says we need an immediate starter and should sign one in FA. He says we lack playmakers here and although we can improve, he doesn't see a true gamechanger being available in FA or the draft.
It was interesting to see him rate safety so high. His reasoning is that Byard needs to be re-signed, Cyprien is making too much, and Vaccaro will likely be out of our price range as a result of Eric Reid's deal (BB believes Vaccaro is better than Reid).
Beddingfield likes Spain and admits he pushed for them to sign him as a UDFA. He doesn't expect them to re-sign him though. Sounds like he believes we should draft a G to develop, move Conklin to OG, and start Kelly at RT.
Pretty much what we all know here. Walker isn't going to last forever. Beddingfield says he would draft one that is going to be a future starter.
Would look for a mid-late pick to upgrade here. Would also look closely at the top heap of UDFAs.
More, including what Beddingfield would do with our own FAs, in the article here: https://www.paulkuharsky.com/news/scout-s-take-where-the-titans-need-to-upgrade