Originally posted by TTown9ers:
This. Teams like the Steelers and Giants are constantly drafting pass rushers. It's why they've been able to maintain solid defenses over long periods of time. They don't then immediately trade one because they've drafted another good one. Sometimes you lose a good one in FA, but those are the breaks. You must have multiple sold pass rushers to be successful. Hell, it's one of the reasons our D faltered at the end of last season. Now we're going to trade one of our better players at the first sign of having better depth.
Couldn't agree more that you can't have too many pass rushers. However, Ahmad Brooks is not a "pass rusher" per se. He's a great all-around LB against the run & in coverage, diagnosing plays quickly, etc. But Brooks is not a pass rusher like Osi Unemnyura or JPP or one of the myriad of pass rushers who have come through the NYG. If Lemonier can develop those other skills in a year or so and still rush the passer better than Brooks, there's no advantage to keeping an 7 million dollar backup OLB if he's not a terror in passing situations. You draft a guy for that or let Haralson play that role. I'd much rather trade him for a DB if / when Lemonier shows how good he is.
This just shows how much faith I have in Lemonier. I've thought he was a future 10+ sack caliber guy since he was at Auburn, and I was ecstatic the Niners drafted him. Rarely have I seen a guy explode off the snap like he does. I don't think he's just a pass-rusher either; the guy's gonna be a pain in the ass for offenses (run or pass) because of how quick he is.
[ Edited by VPofCarnage on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:02 PM ]