Re: OUTSIDE LINEBACKER - draft need #1 (even above O-Line and D-Line)
posted at 1/19/2011 10:08 PM EST
In Response to Re: OUTSIDE LINEBACKER - draft need #1 (even above O-Line and D-Line)
[QUOTE]DE desperate need, Dareus would be nice.
Posted by Rick8795[/QUOTE]
Correct-a-mundo... Impact (or even potentially "starting") 3-4 DEs go AMAZINGLY high come draft day, moreso now than Ever in NFL History. Players whom can project to that Weakside 3-4 OLB pass-rushing threat are usually Collegiate 4-3 DEs ('tweeners)... These guys, due to the enormous bust potential involved with the Collegiate-NFL transition of playing with their hand down to dropping back into space (pass-rush + open stance run defense + pass-coverage skills), HAVE and Continually WILL (even for the best oof them)-FALL come Draft Day due to the enormous risk involved with targeting a Collegiate 4-3 DE whom falls @ Weakside 3-4 OLB (evidenced last year itself as noone was selecting the nation's best pass-rushing collegiate OLB, Jerry Hughes, until the bottom of Rd #1-And 4-3 Defense Indy was the one nabbing Hughes, NOT a 3-4 team-TOO SCARED @ "Bust Potential").RE
: New England- Rob Ninkovich, whom I was surprised to learn is only @ 26 years old, played Strongside OLB, UNBELIEVABLY well for The Pats... His 1st season w/ NE's D, and Ninkovich was already better than Adalius Thomas EVER was for this team... THEN, ya have rookie Jermaine Cunningham who was in ONLY his first season, So noone trully knows how he'll develop in sum total... LOOK, I agree we should target at the very least, 1 decent OLB come draft OR free agency, Yet to spend the very First 1st Rd Draft Pick on OLB, is lunacy... HERE, Is Exactly how I'd play it imo
First Pick, Rd #1= No-freakin'-Brainer: 3-4 Defensive End
Second Pick, Rd #1=Book-End Offensive Tackle to compliment Sebastian Vollmer... I believe we currently have 3 OTs TOTAL on roster, and 1 of them Matt Light, svx=AND he's a free agent. By selecting an OT at the bottom of Rd #1, NE STILL should be able to get the very BEST Collegiate Offensive Tackle, whom translates well to The Pats, Pass-First, Zone-Blocking Scheme. Alas, I'd have ZERO problem with NE selecting a Guard/Center either (Wiesninski-Penn State/Pouncey-Florida)...BUT IF OT Nate Solder's there, You POUNCE 100%
Third Pick, (first selection of-)Rd #2=Personally, I'd target an OLB here (unless filled in Free Agency, then RB or WR). HERE, ya can still get an excellent OLB & one whom you can groom for a year or so... IDEAL=Mark Herzlich-6'4, 240lb, woulda been a Top 10-15 selection IF he didn't get cancer a year ago; Guy'd be a steal here b/c he can sub in @ both the weakside and the strongside OLB while he continues to improve.
Fourth Pick, (second selection of-)Rd #2=HAVE to go either RB or WR...Get another very exacting Deion Branch-esque Possession type receiver...VERY smart with perfect routes and surest of hands. People say we need a deep threat, LMAO! We NEED what Brady works ideally with=Smart, Sure-Handed WRs, who can run EXACT route trees/timing routes in a very complicated NE Offensive Scheme, and who WILL be precisely on the same page as Brady. OR get another big-bruising back (at LEAST 6'0 and 230lbs), B/C Sammy Morris and Fred Taylor are dinosaurs, and these big between-the-tackles bruisers keep spearheading oppossing DTs honest, and work ideally by having those extra size and dimensions to compensate for NE's smaller pass-first/zone-blocking Offensive Line.
BOTH 3rd Rounders- 1 is for trade bait or to move up in future years to a higher Rd...The other is to bolster the Offensive or Defensive Line (personally I'd go for an OG, b/c even the very best Offensive Guards don't start coming off until halfway through Rd #2, So you can STILL ascertain a Starting Guard (a steal), somewhere within Rd #3...