Originally posted by nickbradley:
If Datone Jones is as good as you guys say -- and he's Quinton Coples or better -- he's going in the top 15.
At #32, you draft guys with some limitations -- but Williams can grow into an NT down the line, which has value.
I'm kind of tired of people demanding a defensive lineman that can rush the passer in a 3-4 defense. Look, if you want a guy that can rush the passer AND hold the point of attack with a solid 5-technique, he's going in the top 10 of the draft!
And if you just want a guy that can rush the passer, might as well switch to a 4-3, or a "not really a 3-4" 3-4 defense that Wade Phillips runs.
Not true at all, there happened to be two guys like that drafted in the second round last year, Derek Wolfe and Kendall Reyes. They can be found, generally they won't be polished, very few defensive lineman are, but what you want is somehow who at least has those skills somewhat developed. People who were good pass rushers in college have an easier time becoming good passers rushers in the NFL.
Datone Jones is the best fit for a potential replacement of Justin Smith, who would be available in the late 1st round. He's got the whole package and would be a ready rotational player that could hold up against the run and get to the quarterback, and based on that threat, occupy blockers to allow others to get to the QB. If anything, he's somewhat underweight, but considering his size, he'll be able to add another 10 pounds or so and be good to go.
Jesse Williams is a space eater, he's a good fit as a DE in the Steelers system where they simply look for containment from their DE's, or a good fit at NT for the 49ers to be a potential upgrade of Soap. If the 49ers were to take him, I suspect it would be as an NT, unless Fangio has some sort of crazy meltdown after a week-long coke binge and decides to restructure his defense.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM ]