Re: ***Draft Thoughts***
posted at 4/28/2012 9:26 AM EDT
In Response to ***Draft Thoughts***
[QUOTE]Chandler Jones - Certainly has the size/length/athleticism that BB covets in the mold of Big Willie and that appears to be how they intend to use him at this point. Has the ability to play 43 DE and will play 34 OLB as well. Huge upside with this kid. Dont'a Hightower - My favorite pick in this class, big, versatile, proven, smart... could start at/play any LB position in either scheme, IMO... also has the ability to put his hand in the dirt, rush off the edge when they go 43. I really like his pass rush upside. Tavon Wilson - Tough to get excited about this one, the kid was generally rated as a Rd 6-7 prospect and most would be hard pressed to view him as the best S remaining on the board, let alone the BPA. Certainly have to give BB/NC the benefit of the doubt until we can see him play, but wow did this one come out of no where... similar to when Al Davis took unknown Ohio S Mike Mitchell in Rd 2 of the2009 draft. Curious to know if he was another teams radar given that BB didn't trade back here as on the surface, one would think he would've been available later on Day 2. Pick 62 - Their compensation seemed a bit light (90 &163), especially considering the Browns traded pick 67 for 87 and 120. Jake Bequette - I like this pick too, another kid with the height/length/motor that BB covets. Kid can rush the passer, and while it appears to signal a shift to more 43, it gives them depth/size/length/pass rush ability on the edge to play 34... some solid athleticism and versatility. Fans have been clamoring for BB to draft pass rush talent for years, and that is just what he did.
Posted by mbeaulieu07[/QUOTE]
I liked the Chandler pick, but I immediately thought we are going to be seeing more 43 this year. Just from the video I saw of him it looked as if he was a 43 defensive end and quite honestly a pretty darn good one. He looks so big and long in the arms, but he didn't look like a guy that was going to be able to play in space to me. I'm sure they'll try to put him out there and coach him up, but in the end I think he'll be a defensive end. People bring up Willie McGinnest, but McGinnest ran a 4.5 out of USC.
I loved the Hightower pick, you can't have eough guys in your front seven that are that big and smart. He'll be able to play along the line of scrimmage and not kill you in coverage. He may not be fast like Mayo, but for all of Mayo's speed - he's always just enough off instinctively in coverage to be late on the play. I can't believe the size of this guys legs...he looks like he's got tree trunks. Just a very physical, big and tough player.
The Wilson pick made me want to throw up. He was their best player on the board at that point? These kind of picks absolutely kill me, they select a guy that may not be selected in this entire draft and you do it in the second round? We always talk about how we tricked the Jets into thinking we were going to select Gholston...who tricked us into thinking they were going to reach 5 rounds to select an undersized 25th ranked safety?
The trade was also a head scratcher. We talk all day about value and then we do this? I really think when Wolfe came off the board it threw a monkey wrench into their plans for the second round. I think as good as the first round went for them, the second round was a disaster - a lot of the players I think they wanted were gone.
I liked Bequette too. He looks like a nice 43 defensive end to me. A non stop hustling player, with some good athleticism and length. He looks like he's strong as well. I would hope both he and Chandler could play outside in a 34, but man that seams like a reach to me at that spot. Maybe they are going to modify the responsibilities of the position for these two? That could be the case, the Steelers do that sort of thing for there outside guys...Jason Gildon wasn't a play in space player and he was a productive 34 linebacker.