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Pass-rush prospects there for picking

Discussion in 'American Football' started by wrbanwal, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    Acee has his name on the article but none of it is his.



    Teams in the market for pass rushers, which is to say almost every team, have a rich draft in which to shop for that need.

    The hybrid defensive end/linebacker is plentiful.

    “This is the best year I've seen for 3-4 defensive ends that will be asked to play outside linebacker,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.

    Of the group of six defensive ends considered the best in this year's draft, five could end up playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

    Among those, only Tyson Jackson, who might end up a Charger, is definitely destined to be a lineman in the NFL. The others, it is even considered likely they will excel more outside than at end.

    Even down in the draft – Lawrence Sidbury Jr. in the third round or Orion Martin after that – there are impact players to be had.

    “There are a ton of hybrids this year,” said ESPN draftnik Mel Kiper. “I don't remember many years (like this).”

    Kevin Acee: (619) 293-1857; kevin.acee@uniontrib.com


    Everette Brown, Florida State | 6-2, 256
    Projected: First round
    Comment: Considered the best pass rusher of the bunch, he is quick off the ball and hones in on quarterbacks.

    Brian Orakpo, Texas | 6-3, 263
    Projected: First round
    Comment: He could be the first end gone, but he also might fall because of concerns about his aggressiveness and consistency. Great talent and a smart player.

    Tyson Jackson, LSU | 6-4, 296
    Projected: First round
    Comment: Work ethic is among his greatest traits, and with size and speed he won't last long in the first round. There is thought he can play tackle as well.

    Robert Ayers, Tennessee | 6-3, 272
    Projected: First round
    Comment: Isn't particularly quick off the ball, but he is powerful.

    Aaron Maybin, Penn State | 6-4, 249
    Projected: First or second round
    Comment: A redshirt sophomore, Maybin decided to take advantage of a 12-sack season. He has rare talent but needs to develop strength and consistency.

    Larry English, Northern Illinois | 6-2, 251
    Projected: First or second round
    Comment: Good against the run, potentially great pass rusher. Never stops.


    Orion Martin, Virginia Tech | 6-2, 262
    Projected: Third to fifth round
    Comment: A project because of shoddy technique and lack of aggressiveness, but he is among the top athletes available at this position.

  2. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    It is one of the best years ever to find a good outside linebacker.

    ONly problem is the chargers already have good outside linebakers. What we need is a very good d-end and saftey. Which are very limited in this draft.

    I don't even know if there is a good starting saftey in this draft. Might be smartest to draft ohio states jenkins and make him a saftey.

    I don't know what were gonna do with this draft. But we need to get the defense better.
  3. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    I have us taking Orion Martin in the 7th. The kid is relentless. Not a big name, just a hard worker who never lets up. Admittedly I'm a VT homer but I think he could find a home here as a rotational DE/OLB.

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