Originally posted by GoFD74:
Not that we shouldn't take an OLB at all in this draft (I definitely think we should, though I'd prefer to wait until the 2nd/3rd round), but I wouldn't automatically discount Dyral Briggs as a legit backup next year.
If they didn't believe in this kid's talent, there's no way they use a roster spot on him this year...they'd continue to develop him on the practice squad and take their chances that someone might grab him.
If he spends the off-season bulking up, improving his pass rush technique with Al Harris and gets his head around the playbook, we could have ourselves a steal.
After, what Brooks, Alex Smith, Vernon, Manny, Goldson, and Franklin have done on the field this year, I have renewed faith in our coaching staff to develop players with potential, and Briggs certainly have that. I like the depth at DL also (Balmer, McDonald) and at ILB.
We have had a consistent front 7 for last year and a half, and now they are all playin' well. Shocking to see how continuity brings the best out of the individuals and the team...