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Tag:3-4 defense
Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:24 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:29 pm
 

The DTs...

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1.     Ndamukong Suh Neb – This is a no-brainer to me.  During 2009, he was hands down the best player in college football.  He absolutely took over the Big 12 Championship Game.  Didn’t he have 4.5 sacks in that game?  Jason Pierre-Paul had only 2 more than that in his major college career!  If St. Louis is stuck picking #1, they may want to reconsider The thought of a risky pick like Bradford, and take the safe bet.  Especially considering that the guy Suh terrorized in that Big 12 game, Colt McCoy, might be there when the Rams pick early Friday evening.

2.     Gerald McCoy Okl – 4-3 or 3-4 teams would love him (he can line up at end in a 3-4 presumably).  I’ve heard he’s a better pass rusher than Suh, but the stats certainly don’t show that.  To me, McCoy is the obvious #2 on this list.

3.     Jared Odrick PSU – A fast riser right now because he can project to a 3-4 DE.  He may go as high as #7 to the Browns if they see him as this year’s Tyson Jackson.  I see him more as a late 1st round pick.  That would mean that a better team would be taking him and he’d have an easier road to success.

4.     Dan Williams Tenn – He didn’t stand out to me but because 3-4 teams put a premium on his size as a potential run-stopping NT, he could go as high as the top ten.

5.     Lamaar Houston Tex – In the National Championship game he looked so quick.  He was perhaps the best defensive player in that game on that day.  I could see him moving between DE and DT depending on what team takes him.  He has more value to a 3-4 team in my mind.

6.     Tyson Alualu Cal – Yet another guy who could be moved to DE in a 3-4.  He seems to be gaining significant momentum as the dawn of the draft approaches

7.     Terrence Cody Ala – A mammoth on the D-line.  But he is a very fat guy.  He may only be good for 20 plays a game.  Maybe even fewer than that.  But he has made a conscious effort to lose weight this offseason, and some 3-4 team will take him in the early to mid 2nd round at the latest.

8.     Cam Thomas UNC – He’s a big dude who can play NT in the 3-4.  I feel like a broken record when talking about these DT prospects.

9.     Brian Price UCLA – His conditioning has come into question because of a poor pro day.  He was projected in the 1st round early on but he is slip-sliding on the boards.

10. Mike Neal Pur – He was stellar at the East-West Shrine game and that has improved his standing.  He could be used at DE by 3-4 teams.

Guy who would be higher if not for injuries:  Arthur Jones Syr

Guys who will be picked higher than originally thought because they are big: Linval Joseph ECU and Torell Troup UCF – I don’t know much more about either guy to make a fair assessment.

Two Georgia guys: Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens UGA – They are on the small side so it may be hard for them to find a place in today’s NFL.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:20 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:24 pm
 

The DEs...

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1.     Derrick Morgan GT – In this age of 3-4 defenses he is not valued as high as he would have been in years past.  But he can seriously get to the QB.  I think it would be a huge mistake for a 3-4 team to take him and try him at OLB, but it wouldn’t shock me if that happened.  Morgan is the perfect fit for a 4-3 team that needs a dominant pass rusher though.

2.     Brandon Graham Mich – Some have projected him at OLB in a 3-4.  I think he’s be best suited for a 4-3.  Yeah, he’s undersized for that scheme, but so was Dwight Freeney.  Graham has experience at end in the 4-3, so I say leave him there.  And if the right team takes him they won’t be sorry.

3.     Everson Griffen USC – There are questions about his dedication and he seemed to disappear when his team needed him.  But he ran in the 4.6 range and he is a big dude.  In the right 4-3 or hybrid scheme he could thrive.  He’d fit in best with a team that has a veteran locker room with guys who won’t let Griffen slack off.  New England anyone?

4.     Jason Pierre-Paul USF – He is the best D-lineman in the draft when it comes to doing back flips.  Check it out on youtube if you don’t know what I’m talking about.  But this guy scares the hell out of me.  He bounced around a couple of JuCos before landing at USF.  He started half a year.  He had 6.5 sacks, which isn’t exactly Earth-shattering.  He’s a huge risk.  I wouldn’t take him in the 1st round.  But some team will…maybe in the top half.

5.     Alex Carrington Ark St – I put him this high because 1) He’s had a great offseason and 2) He has the size to play end in either a 4-3 or a 3-4.  There is a new premium on guys like this and Carrington will likely get his named called relatively early because of that fact.

6.     Carlos Dunlap Fla – If size and 40 times were the only thing a guy was judged on, Dunlap would go in the top 5.  But teams will shy away in the Goodell age because not only did Dunlap get a DUI before the 2009 SEC Championship game, but because he also was neutralized by blockers at times.  That should not have happened to a guy that big and that fast.

7.     Corey Wootton NWU – Another guy who’d fit in as 3-4 end.  He has injury concerns but he appears to at least be recovering as the Draft looms.

Guys who might be 3-4 LBs: Jermaine Cunningham Fla and George Selvie USF – Cunningham will go way ahead of Selvie because Selvie has run some slllloooowww times in the 40.  But did anyone see Selvie in 2007.  Man, I thought he’d have been a sure-fire 1st rounder back then.  Now, I’m not positive he’ll be drafted.

Guys best suited for the 3-4 DE spot: Brandon Deaderick Ala, Clifton Geathers Scar, CJ Wilson ECU – I don’t know much about any of these guys except that they are big and some teams can use them.  Or at least, some teams will think they can use them.

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