Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Quite possibly the worst 1st round pick I've seen in any mock. If Wagner was a pass rusher, I would at least understand it...but he's at best a very nice 4-3 weakside LB (which is not our scheme) or a potential 3-4 ILB, in which case using a 1st rounder would be silly (especially since we have a couple of guys named Bowman and Willis as starters, and just re-signed Grant and Gooden as depth).
So you're using a 1st round pick on a position that is completely stacked (ILB) or on a position that he has neither the size or the ability for (3-4 rush linebacker).
What would be more realistic if you wanted a LB here is someone like Andre Branch, Chandler Jones, Shea McClellin, etc., or if they were to fall, guys like Nick Perry and Whitney Mercilus. I could see that as a nice fit as a backup/successor to Brooks, though it might be wiser to address this with a lower pick and go with a development guy.
You're completely off on Wagner, go watch his game tapes. He does everything very well, and excelled in every area. McClellan is a big riser and may or may not be there, I don't think he will. Put on Wagners game against Auburn and isolate the plays where he is rushing the passer, cause there is plenty since he didnt have a solidified position on the defense, he roams. He tosses around sec lineman with ease and disrupts the backfield just about every time. This is NOT an Aldon Smith pick, it's a player for the other side who can do everything well and compliment Smith so he can focus on rushing the passer, then on 3rd and long he has great hand use and long arms along with 4.4 speed to get after the qb. Do thorough research before you 'come at me bro' with the worst first pick lol. Fleener will be gone and zeitler isn't necessary in the 1st. One Aldon smith injury an this defense back to above average but not great, we need another stud on the other side who can get after the passer consistently but also turn and run with the RB.
I didn't want Fleener/Zeitler/Hill in my mock because everyone does, and if hes there the pick is Fleener without a doubt. So I was looking for a player who would add another dimension to this defense.
[ Edited by 5280High on Apr 20, 2012 at 17:55:51 ]