Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Originally posted by GoFD74:
Originally posted by genus49:
Anyone who doesn't think we need a pass rusher is crazy.
Just because we have sacks on this team doesn't mean we have a pass rush.
We have to manufacture our pass rush by blitzing and scheming - which means if someone schemes better than us we get nothing except our secondary picked apart.
We desperately need that guy who has to be accounted for on every passing down. Someone who can just beat the other team's OT to get us a consistent pass rush. When you get one dominant guy like that it allows the other guys to do much better and allows you more room for different playcalls where you can still get pass rush.
Hell we need a good offensive line coach more than we need a RT. As one guy said "You can coach offense but you need talent on defense"
We definitely need a marquee pass rusher, but do you really see one in this draft? I don't. I see some nice pass rush talent, but nobody who could come in and take Haralson or Lawson's job away anytime soon. That doesn't mean we shouldn't take a pass rusher, just saying nobody jumps out at me as being a real difference-maker.
The only guys I see that could step in right away are Graham and maybe on the fringe, Von Miller. UT's Adam Ulatoski couldn't seem to handle Miller all that well, who sacked McCoy 1.5 times, and had 2.5 TFL in the game.
If Miller returns to school. He could be that marquee guy next year.
Not sure Graham has the quickness at his current weight to step in and play the 3-4 OLB position...I know people want to compare him to Woodley, but LM trimmed down his senior season which helped him gain the quickness/agility needed to show well at the combine. Graham will have to do the same thing if he's going to make the transition, but there's definitely a lot of upside to his game.
Btw, I know Sergio Kindle's numbers are way down this year, but I believe he has the ability to be the top 3-4 OLB in this draft class. He's an amazing athlete that's still learning how to rush the passer...once he figures it out, he's going to be a force.
[ Edited by GoFD74 on Nov 30, 2009 at 23:49:18 ]