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Searching for a nose

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by CoronaDoug, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    Searching for a nose

    KEVIN ACEE
    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010

    This might be the year to find Jamal Williams' replacement -- even if Williams remains a Charger for 2010.

    Finding a nose tackle is never easy, but there appear to be four in April's draft that project as possible anchors in a 3-4 defense. That might not sound like a lot, but in the rarified world of quality nose tackles it is a relative windfall.

    "If you have four guys taken in the first two rounds, that's a lot," said John Spanos, the Chargers' director of college scouting.

    Tennessee's Dan Williams, Alabama's Terrence Cody, North Carolina's Cam Thomas and Central Florida's Terrell Troup could be gone midway through the draft's second day. (Remember, it's a three-day affair this year, with the first round on a Thursday night, the second and third rounds on Friday night and the final four rounds on Saturday.)

    All four have the size, strength and athleticism that make people think they could develop into the kind of road blocks necessary (and so rare) to be the cornerstone of a 3-4 defense.

    The Chargers have been pondering for a couple years what to do post-Williams. They have been unable to draft a nose tackle to groom, because they've picked so late in the first round. Top flight nose tackles, of which there generally are just a couple, are gone in the first 10 picks.

    "It's just a tough position to find a player, period," Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said Thursday at the Combine. "Not everyone wants to play that position, and it's a very, very difficult position. It takes a very different kind of person, and I mean that in a good way ... It's an incredibly valuable position."

    So valuable that the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers both made news Thursday in moves to make sure they had their nose tackles locked up.

    The 49ers put the franchise tag on Aubrayo Franklin, guaranteeing him 7.003 million and giving them time to continue negotiating on a long-term deal. The Steelers signed nose tackle Casey Hampton to a three-year, $21.2 million deal. Earlier in the week, the Patriots franchised nose tackle Vince Wilfork.

    Those teams all believe in building through the draft but know that's easier said than done at nose tackle.

    "It’s a very important position in a 3-4," San Francisco G.M. Scot McCloughlan said. "There’s not a lot of 3-4 defenses in college football. There’s a lot of good defensive tackles, but they don’t maybe fit the role as nose tackle."

    Said Steelers Director of Player Personnel Kevin Colbert: "Defensive linemen, in general, are tough to find, especially for 3-4 defenses. This draft, there are more defensive linemen than any draft I can remember in really 26 years I’ve been doing this. It's not only depth but the quality of that depth as well."

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/bolts-blog/2010/feb/26/searching-nose/

    As always DRAFT BEEF!
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    this has to be priority one for the Chargers, more so than even running back
     
  3. DenverBolt67

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    Agree. Our RB situation would be totally fine with Blount in the 3rd and if we signed Chester Taylor as a FA. Those 2, Bennett, Tolbert, and Hester could be a true platoon, and that is all that is needed in Norv's system, especially since the line doesn't open holes in the 1st place.

    By going this route at RB, we could concentrate on NT, CB, ILB, and DE in the rest of the draft without wasting a 1st or 2nd on RB that will rush for less than 4ypc anyways
     
  4. SDDon

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    I am sorry Troup is undersized for the NT in a 3-4 alignment at 310 lbs. I don't care what this kid did at Centarl Florida either, the NFL is a whole different subject. We got 3 guys on this team right now who would be better for next year to back up Jamal than this guy.
     
  5. socaldelmar

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    Disagree that he is too small, these guys are 22, they will be putting on more weight and getting stronger once at the NFL level, 310 isn't too small.
     
  6. Enormo

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    The year to find Jamal Williams' replacement was closer to 2007 than 2010.
     
  7. DenverBolt67

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    He is too small unless he has the body that can add at least 25 or more lbs onto it without getting slow and just fat. Jamal was about that size when he joined the team, but we also ran a 4-3 then, and he bulked up to about 340 once we moved to a 3-4. 310 is way to small for a starting NT
     
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  9. AnteaterCharger

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    the only problem with that is that these guys that fit the 3-4 NT role are very rare, hard to find in teh draft. I think there's only an average of 4-5 per draft. Though I agree with the incentive
     

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