Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Not entirely sure I see the fit in giving up that much for a pure OLB.
I don't expect it to happen, but I'd be fine with it if it did. I think pass rusher is as much of a need as any other position on our team. We saw last year that Aldon Smith alone is not enough to generate a consistent pass rush. The conventional wisdom seems to be that if we add to the Dline it will help the pass rush through depth and not relying solely on the pressure Justin Smith creates, but regardless of if it was because J. Smith was out, because A. Smith was banged up and/or worn out after his first season as a full time player, or just because he isn't the all-world pass rusher some have come to believe. A. Smith alone didn't generate much pass rush at the end of the season when teams could focus on him.
Having another legit threat at OLB to allow us to rotate our pass rushers more and to have more skill at that position could be a huge upgrade for our D.