Kindle Aside - Who Then?

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    Kindle Aside - Who Then?

    With the news of Sergio Kindle's cartilage and surgery which is why he's falling so low, I was looking at other potential options that maybe NE is looking at (and why they felt they could get away with waiting):

    Daryl Washington:

    OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

    Production42006: (13/0) 16 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF. 2007: (12/0) 32 tackles, 3 TFL, .5 sack, 1 PBU. 2008: (13/2) 63 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 4 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF.
    Height-Weight-Speed3Good height and top-end speed. While weight is marginal at this point has room on frame to bulk up without sacrificing agility or endurance,
    Durability2Missed the 2007 Texas Bowl with an unspecified injury.
    Intangibles2Special teams' standout that has blocked four punts.
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    OUTSIDE LINEBACKER SPECIFIC TRAITS

    Instincts/Recognition2Quickly diagnoses plays and can sniff out screens. Disciplined and rarely bites on play action. However, takes too many false steps and can be a step late getting to the ball as a result.
    Strength/Toughness3Lacks strength and size to hold own in phone booth at the NFL level. However is relentless in pursuit and will lay body on the line to make tackle.
    Range vs. Run1Takes proper pursuit and can make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Fluid athlete that's smooth changing directions and flashes the ability to recover when gets caught out of position.
    Tackling3Wraps up and does a nice job of getting ball carriers to the ground once he latches on. However, explosiveness is just adequate and didn't show the ability to deliver the big hit during film evaluation. Not as consistent in the open field as is in close quarters.
    3rd Down Capabilities3Shows good awareness and does a nice job of locating crossers when asked to drop into zone coverage. Fluid enough to match up with most backs and tight ends in man coverage. Above-average closing speed and he can get to the quarterback when asked to blitz but would like to see more aggression.
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    Everson Griffen:

    OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

    Production32007: (13/2) 21 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR. 2008: (12/3) 18 tackles, 6 TFL, 4.5 sacks. 2009: (13/13) 45 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR; Second-team All-Pac-10.
    Height-Weight-Speed2Possesses adequate height and a thick frame. Top-end speed is adequate to good.
    Durability2Durability is only a minor concern as he was unable to return after suffering a first quarter ankle injury during the Emerald Bowl against Boston College.
    Intangibles3A bit of an underachiever early in his career. Improved work ethic this past year. Charged with breach of peace during this past summer but charges were later dropped.
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    DEFENSIVE END SPECIFIC TRAITS

    Pass Rush Skills2An explosive power-to-speed rusher. Anticipates snap count well and gets off the ball quickly. Stays low and flashes a violent initial punch that can rock offensive lineman on their heels. Does a good job of changing up pass rushing moves and displays an effective spin/rip move inside to keep OT's on off-balance. Runs a tight loop inside on twists and shows above-average closing burst.
    Athleticism/Versatility3Played this past season with both his hand in the dirt in a 4-3 scheme and as a stand up OLB in a 3-4 alignment. Has ample experienced dropping into coverage but appeared to lack fluidity in drops and is not something he can do on a consistent basis. Top-notch straight line speed for size but struggles with sudden change-of-direction. At this point we feel he is best suited at defensive end in a 4-3 base scheme at the next level.
    Versus the Run2Plays with good leverage and displays a violent initial punch that can jar offensive lineman. Uses hands well to disengage from offensive linemen and fights hard to gain outside leverage when holding the edge. Flashes ability to fall back into play when caught too far up field. Closing burst gives him good overall range. Strong tackler in confined areas but struggles when caught in one-on-one situations in the open field. Flashes ability to explode upon contact. Needs to do a better job of protecting feet against cut blocks.
    Instincts/Competitiveness4Slight area of concern in this department. Lacks great instincts and struggles to find the ball at times. Can be a second late recognizing draws and is caught too far up-field as a result. Shows ability to recognize and fall back into screens out of the backfield. Motor runs hot and cold. Will take plays off on occasion especially when play is away. Needs to show more consistent in pursuit from the backside.
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    Carlos Dunlap:

    OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

    Production32007: (13/0) 7 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, 1 INT. 2008: (14/2) 39 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 9.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 3 INTs; Named the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game.
    Height-Weight-Speed2Prototypical height and bulk and good top-end speed for his size.
    Durability22009: Undergoes abdominal surgery and misses spring workouts.
    Intangibles2Has blocked four kicks during his career at UF. Work ethic and effort in practice have improved over the past three years but he still needs to mature and become a more consistent player. Recent DUI arrest (12/1/09) adds to character and maturity concerns.
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    DEFENSIVE END SPECIFIC TRAITS

    Pass Rush Skills2Excellent upper-body strength and flashes the ability to toss interior offensive linemen to the side. Flashes the ability to collapse the pocket coming off the edge. Shows an effective spin move and has the potential to develop an arsenal of pass rush moves but doesn't do a good enough of job of setting tackles up to the outside before redirecting inside, and hands are more polished than footwork at this point. Has very long arms, times jumps fairly well and gets hands up when isn't going to get to the quarterback. Uses hands to fight off cut blocks. Adequate closing speed coming off the edge and above-average closing speed for an interior defensive lineman.
    Athleticism/Versatility1Moves very well for his size and even returned kicks for high school team. Can recover when caught collapsing too far inside or too far upfield. Shows good lateral mobility when scraping down the line of scrimmage. Can line up anywhere on the defensive line in a four-man front and could develop into an effective end in a base three-man front if moved there. Hips are a bit stiff but appears athletic enough to hold own in coverage on zone blitzes.
    Versus the Run2Quick enough to disrupt plays in the backfield. Lacks elite range but takes adequate pursuit angles and an effective wrap-up tackler that can make plays in space. Extends arms and sets the edge when lined up at end but doesn't always shed blocks in time to make a play and hands could be more violent at times. Plays a little too high, doesn't consistently drive offensive tackles back and unless technique improves he is going to have a difficult time anchoring against the run when he moves inside.
    Instincts/Competitiveness2Keeps head up and locates the ball quickly. Rarely gets caught watching the play but effort in pursuit is a bit inconsistent and could play with more of an edge. Can be a step late recognizing screens in third-and-long situations. Can get drawn offside at times (see: 2009 Vanderbilt game).
    1 = EXCEPTIONAL2 = ABOVE AVERAGE3 = AVERAGE4 = BELOW AVERAGE5 = MARGINAL

    Personally, I think I'd go with Dunlap, Washington, then Griffen. I think Dunlap has the raw talent, and the level of intelligence that is required to play in NE. Getting into training, and working with the team I think his "flaws" can be corrected.

    Thoughts?
     
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    Re: Kindle Aside - Who Then?

    Don't completely count out an ILB.  I could see bringing in Spikes and moving Guyton to the outside.  Also DEs like Sapp need to be considered.
     

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