Re: Pats will trade up in this years draft
posted at 3/11/2011 10:50 AM EST
In Response to Re: Pats will trade up in this years draft
[QUOTE]What is it about Watt the excites you so much? I think I would rather have Kerrigan or Jordan before id want Watt. Id even say reach for another position like Julio Jones at Wr before pursuing Watt. Watt doesn't address pass rush. Hes a Mike Wright type player.
Posted by prob2236[/QUOTE]
This is Mike Wright level?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QT2-mRCgX0
Watt is bigger, rangier and more athletic than Wright, not to mention more productive in college, in arguably the best conference in the NCAA.
Keep in mind, he's not done completely growing/filling out yet.
I also like his character. He took the Rose Bowl loss like it was a funeral.
Pass rush is a team effort up front in this 3-4, it's not just off the edge. NE had one when they had a complete set across the front with Seymour, Wilfork and Warren.
Maybe Warren can return, maybe Stroud steps up, but maybe Watt is the guy that completes the front 3.
Finally, I think you take more of a risk in Round 1, thinking you can get a 4-3 DE to start and convert to a 3 down OLB at the NFL level.
Kerrigan looks like the real deal, but can he be a 3-4 OLB right away? Cunningham was a 2nd rd pick who played pretty good learning the position, but don't expect Clay Matthews. That's an aberration.
NE needs impact there pretty quick and maybe Kerrigan can do it. I don't see Von Miller surviving whatsoever at a 3-4 OLB in the NFL. He's not even a DE in a 4-3.
He's a true 4-3 OLB in my opinion. Ayers is 4-3 OLB, more so than 3-4 OLB. Maybe he can gain some weight and improve in the run stopping category, but I still see risks with these guys.
Very tough to do. Clay Matthews pulled it off because he isn't asked to be as responsible against the run, as he would here in this 3-4. So, he's allowed to basically play like a 4-3 DE like a Freeney or Mathis. "Just go get the passer and worry about the run if you can make a play".
It's just not that easy to get a 3 down OLB out of college.
Watt is a run stopper, athletic and can get a push.