Re: Patriots LBs, assessment of who we have now and who is probably gone
posted at 4/6/2010 8:26 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots LBs, assessment of who we have now and who is probably gone
I have no clue who the Patriots will end up with at the other OLB spot opposite TBC but whoever that high draft pick is they better be ready to start. I suspect this is how it breaks down: Patriots OLB starters: Tully Banta Cain, Whoever is drafted (Kindle, Hughes, Graham, Pierre-Paul, Dunlap for example) Patriots ILB starters: Mayo, McKenzie (expect big things from him this year) Backups and 4-3 flex starters and Speciual Teams: Guyton, Crable, Ninkovich, Alexander, maybe Woods. I am not worried about the OLB or ILB spots (one caveat is we need to take a OLB with one of those first 4 picks) what I am concerned with is finding the right pieces at DE to start opposite Warren and DT/DE backups... I think Pryor is at least part of that puzzle but beyond that I am unsure at this point.
Posted by DaBlade
I think we need to look at both as same urgent need, you can have a great DE but if there's not LB coming off the edge in consistent basis they will double and triple team that dominant OLB.
I saw your caveat which is a good one, I'll like to see 1 of the 4 De and 1 of the first 4 OLB and then one of each in later rounds. I really like A.J. Edds in the 4th. He is a guy you can play on special teams and also you nickel LB next to mayo. He's good against the run but is better in coverage. I think with a rushing OLB and Edds this LB group gets a lot better and more versatile.
At DE three guys I would watch in the 2nd if Odrick is not taken inthe 1st
Tyson Alualu, played in a 34 in college so might be ahead of the others as a starter
Lamarr Houston, great motor can create, as alualu, a pass rush from the DE spot.
Alex Carrington, would need to add some weight he's 285 but is also 6'5" compared to the other 2 at 6'3". carrington doesn't give you the pass rush alualu or houston can give you but has the height BB looks for in a DE.