Re: Jerod Mayo
posted at 4/9/2014 10:14 AM EDT
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
In response to PatsEng's comment:
I like our front 3 LB's. I liked Collins coming out of the draft but they still need a 4th LB to rotate in. Collins could hit that 2nd year slump and as of right now I'm not seeing anyone behind any of them that I would trust. Even if they sign Smith would still like to spend a pick on a LB for insurance and rotational duty.
Spot on. It's why I wouldn't be totally surprised if BB trades up in the first round for a LB if a quality one is available. I'm not saying he will do that or should do that--but it wouldn't surprise me if he did.
I wouldn't use a 1st on a LB. To big of a need on the DL and TE first. But some mid round guys I'd take a heavy look at as 4th LB types:
Jackson Jeffcoat Texas - had a great year getting into the backfield with some coverage ability. He was an undersized DE at Texas but has a 6'3" 250 frame with 4.6 speed. Has some issues going sideline to side line but if you are looking for a rush LB who has ability to put his hand down in the dirt Jeffcoat is worth a look early day 3.
Michael Sam Missouri - Has the size BB likes in his LB's with big games against Ark, Fl, and Van. Is a bit rough around the edges against the run but very talented rushing ability. Should be a mid day 3 pick
Aaron Lynch S. Fl - Lynch was a beast at ND before getting home sick and needing to go back home. Has some off-field concerns that will drop him but nothing that sends up don't touch me flags. If he repeated what he did at ND the kid would be an instant 1st round pick. Has Jones athletic ability and could play as an elephant. Found in the late rounds to UDFA
James Morris Iowa - Solid overall LB, much like Fletcher was, nothing spectacular but can play every LB position and give spot starting reps without a massive drop off. He's just a solid all around LB who won't blow you away. Found in mid day 3
Caleb Lavey Ok St - Good coverage LB with great instincts. Won't impress you with athletic ability but always seems to be around the plays and has a good head on his shoulders. When he's on the field is seems always natural movements to get into position. Found day 3
Max Bullough Mich St - In the box LB who's a down hill thumper much like Spikes was. One of the better run stuffing LB's in the draft but coverage is his weakness. Has some concerns over being suspended for the Rose Bowl but was selected firt team All-Big Ten LB but the other coaches. Early day 3 pick
Yawin Smallwood UConn - The most consistant LB in the draft. This kid is a tackling machine and just does his job. He's a slightly above average LB in all catagories but doesn't excel in any really. The thing about him is he knows how to tackle and rarely misses one. Late day 2 early day 3 kid
Telvin Smith Fl St - MB would kill me if I didn't mention this kid, LB/S tweener who excels in coverage. Not much of a pass rush he doesn't shy away from being in the box as a run defender but can get over powered at times. Mainly a passing down LB to drop back into coverage. 3rd-4th round kid
Lamin Barrow LSU - Quitely he had a great season at LSU and was very impressive at senior bowl practice. He's an above run and pass defender but doesn't excel in either. Can play both inside and out comfortably but won't put his hand down. All in all a good overall LB. Early day 3
Kevin Pierre-Louis BC - Had a impressive combine and is just a solid overall LB with some great speed for a LB to add to his coverage ability. The Pats have already checked him out. Mid day 3 pick
Steele Divitto BC - Besides having a great name this kid has some of the best instincts for LB's in the draft. His athletism is below average, he isn't overly strong or fast yet he just seems to make plays. He reminds me a lot of Bruschi. Late day 3 - UDFA
Any of these guys could be good 4th LB options and most have some flexibility to cover multiple LB positions. This is more what I'm looking for in the draft towards LB's not so much a 1st or 2nd round LB.