Originally posted by Travisty13:
Im not one of the jump on any big guy bandwagon guys (Hunt is overrated imo). I've read quite a lot of people saying he could easily play End in a 3-4. To stop him you have to double him, just like Justin, which leaves Aldon to do his thing. I've watched probably 85% of Kawann's games and I'm telling you, he can easily play End. In another thread I mentioned, I stated he was very similar in play to Corey Liuget of the Chargers, and it's worked out great for them. My question was, are you just reading he wouldn't be a good End or have you seen him play?
So let me get this straight, you're denying a guy that virtually everyone has slated to play inside as a 4-3 DT, to not be best suited to playing inside as a 4-3 DT? So you're basically advocating the drafting of a player to NOT play him at his best and most natural position?
And yes, I have seen him play, and no I don't think he can get it done on the outside, he lacks the motor and tenacity, I doubt he'll be able to reliably get around the corner against pro level tackles, I think he is significantly more effective playing on the inside and could be a damn good defensive tackle but a mediocre defensive end.
I think Datone Jones is more appropriate as pick in every way, perhaps lacking the tremendous strength of Short but with a more consistent motor, plays relentlessly, continues to attack, has both speed and quickness and is the closest thing to a "Justin Smith" type DE that the 49ers will find late in the 1st round. He's got all the tools to be a dominant player and is a natural fit at the 3-4 DE spot.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 27, 2013 at 20:12:47 ]