Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:What prevents an NT from moving to 3-4 DE? Baltimore does that with Ngata all the time because he has the size and athletic ability to do both. A guy like Jesse Williams could play both roles for example.
Ultimately, the reality of the situation is that a 3-4 defense needs a good NT, there's no getting round it. If you're lacking in that aspect, teams will run it up the gut on you all day long. You can get used to Seattle slamming the ball down this team's throats without one, having the threat of Lynch running up the middle determining what the defense will do and as a result giving Wilson plenty of time to pick the secondary apart in the pocket.
Yes, Ngata is ideal. But he was a top 10 pick