If we had 2 safetys that could cover like corners I could say " maybe your right". We have 1 safety that is ok in coverage and another that does not cover as well as any of our staring linebackers. If we keep our base 4-3 on the field all the time we will probably be in the bottom 5 of the NFL in pass yards given up per game.
Shaq Thomson might be as good in coverage as Landon Collins, and he might be the worst coverage safety in this draft.
the plan for 2015 is to roll with Shaq, Luke, TD backed up by 4 DBs. Like Gettleman says, Shaq can do it all, so expect to see him on the field as our "3rd LB" used as a DE/ILB/OLB/nickelback/SS/FS hybrid like Kenny Vaccaro played for the Saints as a rookie. This is how Washington used Shaq as a freshman in 2012
"He's going to allow us to put three very fast linebackers on the field. I think he's going to be a great fit with Thomas and Luke," general manager Dave Gettleman said. "He gives us matchup abilities that we don't have, and there are some different things that we can do with him. We think he's going to be a terrific fit."
Rivera said that Thompson's versatility would allow the Panthers, who often switched to a nickel package on defense last season, to more often feature three linebackers and better match up against offenses featuring "Jimmy Graham style of football players" at tight end.
"He's really a complete package. There isn't anything he isn't capable of doing on the field that fits us," Gettleman said. "And he's a heck of a fit for us. There's nothing he can't do, and he showed that he's a tough kid. He will tag your fanny.
"He's like any young kid. He's got to learn to play the pro game, but he's capable of doing it all."
If we are going to use him against 11 personal on opposing offenses, expect our pass defense to be much worse. He is not as good in coverage as Colin Jones. But if you leave him at one position and let him learn he could be as good as Thomas Davis. Washington never did that and that kind of slowed his development. If we do the same, I don't think that is the best idea.
But I am not a coach or GM so I don't know. I hope for the best but I just don't know.
I think Shaq Thompson is a good player, but where does he play. If he is a weakside linebacker, then TD is an undersides strongside linebacker. If he is a safety then he might not play for at least half of the first year(probably the whole year) because he has not consistenly played there before and does not know the position. If he is a nickel linebacker, then what happens to TD, our best coverage linebacker, when we go to nickel? And finally, does this mean Thomas Davis, as the coaching staff has called him the leader of the defense, comes off the field for most or at least a some of the passing downs and you lose some of his leadership on the field.
I think Shaq Thompson is a good player and will turn out to be a good pro player. But we have created a logjam at a position were 2 guys do the same thing very well but, on over half the downs only 1 can be on the field. I think he will be a good pick but for the next 2 maybe 3 years I don't think he will be on the field enough to justify the pick and everyone on this board will bash Gettleman and Ron for picking him. In 5 years he maybe the best weakside linebacker in football but do people have the patience for that.