Re: Cameron Jordan & Justin Houston
posted at 1/31/2011 10:52 AM EST
Jordan is a little small for 3-4 DE and too big for 3-4 OLB. I don't think he fits.
Houston, on the other hand, appears to be a good option for a 3-4 OLB.
I'd rather they go Kerrigan (if at 17) or someone like a Houston at 17 if they can get a Phil Taylor type at #28.
Baylor's Phil Taylor is biggest man on campus
By Rick Maese
It shouldn't surprise anyone if the Redskins find a way to field at least two -- and maybe three -- new starting defensive linemen next season. There are plenty of prospects available in the draft and one of the more intriguing players competing here in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl is Baylor's Phil Taylor.
Following practice Tuesday, Taylor said he feels he can play as either a nose tackle or a three-technique defensive tackle, but pro scouts and coaches are definitely looking at a guy with his thick frame as a nose.
"I played both this year," said Taylor. "I played mostly the one-technique. But three or the one -- it's not a big deal for me. ...Wherever they want to put me, I'll play it."
To no one's surprise, Taylor weighed in Monday as the heaviest player for Saturday's Senior Bowl. He stands 6-foot-3 1/2 inches tall and weighs 337 pounds. He's actually lost about 30 pounds since his junior season and he's apparently not finished.
"I want to lose another five to 10 pounds," he said.
Taylor attended Gwynn Park High in Clinton, Md., and started his career at Penn State under defensive line coach Larry Johnson Sr.
He said he hopes to report to the NFL Scouting Combine next month around 330 pounds and faster than ever. To prepare, he's been working out at Velocity Sports in Naples, Fla.
Taylor is focusing mostly on draft preparation right now -- speedwork, weights, etc. -- but says when he's on the field, he feels stopping the run is one of his strengths. Playing for the South team, which is being coached by the Buffalo Bills' staff, Taylor has looked strong so far in practices, moving not just the center but the entire interior line with ease.
Maybe even Heyward at #28 if he's there.
At the end of it all, it's going to come down to which player fits the intangible list at DT/DE and OLB in the Pats mold.
Character, intelligence, coachability, etc. These need to be there for NE to select a player in Round 1.
We can speculate all day. Many OLBs are possible, some not so much and even though many say there are many 3-4 DEs in this draft, I don't necessarily see that.
Some have size and could add some bulk, but 3-4 DE and 3-4 OLB in NE's system aren't as attractive when compared to other systems.
These choices will come down to character and drive more so than college career/stats.