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#13 JawnyBlaze

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 12:09 AM

Zach Brown isn't top 14 material, in my opinion. Very few 4-3 OLBs are, they'd have to be amazingly talented prospects to be a top 14 value 4-3 OLB.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 01:05 AM

I've watched some highlights/lowlights of both Zach Brown and Vontaze Burfict and, TBH, I'm not impressed. They look solid, but nothing worth spending a top-15 pick on, IMO. If we trade down, sure, but not in the top 10-15.

CB is the wild card here; how does Butler continue to play? What does Hogan look like? Do we plan on re-signing Captain Munnerlyn when his deal is up? In any event, I wouldn't be opposed to taking Claiborn, but he strikes me as more of a big-play DeAngelo Hall type corner and I'd much rather have a true cover corner. On top of that, I'm just not convinced CB is a big enough need in the 1st.

Our best bet would be if Riley Reiff somehow slips to our pick. He'd be a great pick in the 9-15 range, but there's no guarantee he'll be available. The good news is he's the 3rd rated OT right now behind Matt Kalil & Jonathan Martin, so unless 3 OT's go before we pick we could have a legit shot at him.

Of course, the wild card there is Jeff Otah - and Byron Bell. They could be reluctant to take a RT in the top-15 with a former 1st rounder still on the roster in Otah and a guy the coaching staff is clearly very high on in Bell.

Ugh. Why can't there be a can't-miss LB/DT projected to go 10-15?

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:34 AM

I'm basically of the same mind as you. I think of CB as a similar situation as WR. Sure, it's not as pressing of a need right now but if the talent and value is there, it's best to plan for the near future. Would be nice to get a replacement for Smitty or Gamble while they still have a few years left in the tank than try to patch it last minute the draft after they retire.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:46 AM

I suppose nailing down the defensive scheme for our future would be good to know. If a 3-4 is coming, then ILB is important along with someone like Poe at DT.

Until we know that, it is hard to say. Also, Beason could kick out to OLB if the best value is a stud ILB

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 06:03 AM

I'm just not a fan of moving Beason to the outside. I'd much rather see what Burfict can do on the outside if we take him, TBH.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 10:27 AM

If there were defensive playmakers at the level that Blackmon & Floyd are on the offensive side of things, I wouldn't be so undecided on where to go.

One guy I do like on defense is Luke Kuechly (LB). He's not a highlight reel type hitter but his positioning and awareness to misdirection plays is very legit

and for CBs: I would consider trading down in the first to get a Hosley (VT) if all the top receivers are gone by our pick. That kid is unreal

Edited by Beach, 27 October 2011 - 10:30 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:29 AM

I'm beginning to like the idea of taking Claiborne in the 1st if he's there. Even if CB isn't looking like a need this season, it could turn out to be. Both Butler & Munnerlyn are FA's after next year, IIRC, based on their rookie deals, and I don't know that either one is as good as Claiborne has the potential to be.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 01:53 PM

I'm hoping we trade down and get two elite players--see Beason, Jon

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:54 AM

I am too, though we'd need someone to trade down with. It's impossible to say. Perhaps if a team wants one of the OT's and we're in position to draft one.