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View Poll Results: diehardskin2982 presents: Of these 5 players who would you take and why?
Alan Branch 25 54.35%
Jamaal Anderson 5 10.87%
Gaines Adams 8 17.39%
Amobi Okoye 6 13.04%
Paul Posluszny 2 4.35%
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:33 PM   #16
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Re: Your Pick

I went with Okoye (hopefully after falling back to the 11th or 12th pick). He's 19 freaking years old, and is already a monster. I see him growing into the league.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:13 PM   #17
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Gotta' be Branch. How sweet would it be to rush only the down lineman, and still pressure the QB? That leaves lots of other guys for GW's mischief!
This is a great suggestion/point. I think its reasonable to assume that this season Gregg Williams was trying to become far less blitz dependant this season with the signing of Carter. I think he realizes that statistically, the blitz is a play on which you are going to give up more yards per play than a play where a team rushes four. A play where a team blitzes isn't more likely to produce an interception. Quite simply, the blitz is a play that teams use to get some pressure on the QB when the front four aren't getting it done.

I suspect GW figured that the combination of Saleve'a, Griffin, Daniels and Carter could get to the QB consistently without a blitz. It worked...to an extent. Carter commanded double teams when we four man rushed. In my estimation, last season our blitzes were pretty effective because of the presences on the defensive line. Players like Wynn or Daniels could get to the QB or at least draw double teams. It just seems like anytime GW dialed up a blitz this season, Carter became a non factor. Instead of using the speed rush, he was relagated to rush an interior gap, and simply didn't have the skills to make an impact. Thus this season, we'd blitz and get beat in the secondary because the pressure would never get there.

Carter wasn't the only factor, but if we are going to play with him at end, we have to start moving away from the blitz and rely on his pass rushing skills.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:21 PM   #18
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i voted for brach but the only thing i have againt that is maybe we should see what we have in montgomery/golston. its very possible that one could emerge as a playmaker. odds are they wont but its still very possible
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:24 PM   #19
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i voted for brach but the only thing i have againt that is maybe we should see what we have in montgomery/golston. its very possible that one could emerge as a playmaker. odds are they wont but its still very possible
They should still get their chance. I mean, we are going to need to replace Griffin in one, maybe two years tops. Maybe by that point, one is a player. If not, we could always hit up free agency.
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:48 PM   #20
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In my mind, Branch would have the biggest impact on our defense of any of the draft prospects. However, I am not totally convinced that drafting Branch would be the best use of the 6th overall pick.

As has been said repeatedly by many, we might best be served if we can find a way to trade down and nab two defenders (e.g., Patrick Willis and a DB or DT). We simply have an abundance of holes in our defense at every level. We need not only quality starters, but quality depth that can step in when (not if) starters start to get bitten by the injury bug.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:05 AM   #21
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As has been said repeatedly by many, we might best be served if we can find a way to trade down and nab two defenders (e.g., Patrick Willis and a DB or DT). We simply have an abundance of holes in our defense at every level. We need not only quality starters, but quality depth that can step in when (not if) starters start to get bitten by the injury bug.

Trading down would be the ideal thing. the problem it is very hard to do.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:39 AM   #22
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I went with Okoye (hopefully after falling back to the 11th or 12th pick). He's 19 freaking years old, and is already a monster. I see him growing into the league.
I kind of agree with you. He looks like he has the most potential. However he might not really be able to help us intil 2-3 years.
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:47 AM   #23
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A lot of people here are high on Branch and I'd also love to see him in Burgandy and Gold...but I saw Posluszny play this year and he's amazing. He's all over the field and always seems to be in the right place to make a play. He reminds me a lot of Urlacher. I'd like to see him on our team as well. We can't get both though. Tough decision for me.

Posluszny is faster than Branch (although smaller) and he's a harder worker and gives it his all on EVERY play. Branch makes a lot of big plays but doesn't try on every down. Also, I don't know much about Branch personally, but Paul P. is a humble guy and a team player...just what Coach Gibbs looks for in players.

I'll be in the minority and pick Posluszny.

I can't stand Penn State either, but this guy is for real.



In reality, we'll pick Branch most likely and it will be a smart pick.
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Old 02-02-2007, 10:23 PM   #24
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I say Adams. If you want pressure from the front four you get it from the Ends. We've seen in the past that chasing two marquis tackles (Wilkinson, Stubblefield) is not a magic bullet. Tackles can occupy blockers and force things outside, but they do not put up big sack numbers and they will not be able to help when the opposing team goes after Carter and Holdman in the running game which even the slowest of offensive coordinators will see and be looking to exploit.

We need to spread the talent out a little bit rather than wasting it all in one part of the field. Its a question of spacing.
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Old 02-06-2007, 04:41 PM   #25
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I say Adams. If you want pressure from the front four you get it from the Ends. We've seen in the past that chasing two marquis tackles (Wilkinson, Stubblefield) is not a magic bullet. Tackles can occupy blockers and force things outside, but they do not put up big sack numbers and they will not be able to help when the opposing team goes after Carter and Holdman in the running game which even the slowest of offensive coordinators will see and be looking to exploit.

We need to spread the talent out a little bit rather than wasting it all in one part of the field. Its a question of spacing.
The DTs coming out of college today are way more athletic than they were 10 years ago. The high picks not only have adequate bulk to clog the middle in the same manner that other guys at their position did awhile back, but also have great athleticism to beat blocks and pressure the QB.
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Old 02-08-2007, 07:33 PM   #26
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Branch is a slam dunk at this point if the skins stay at #6.

He'd solidify the middle of the defense, help to free-up the LB's more, and give Andre Carter more opportunities.

I'm surprised more people haven't picked Adams, he's a potential sack monster and most fans tend to salivate over that.

I suppose I have to give credit to my fellow fans of the son's of DC.
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Re: Your Pick

I still like trade down, but out of this I voted for Gaines Adams, but would like Jammal Andersen just as so.

I know Alan Branch would prob be the best player to fall to us, and I wouldnt be upset if we drafted him. However, I still like the defensive tackles that we drafted next year, and I think if we do that thing we all wish we would do and "develop", I think Golston for sure and maybe Montgomery could pan out and become good DT's for us, with Griffin there, I think we could be set at that postion.

At DE however, after Carter, I really dont see much to work with there after another year or so. I mean I like Daniels, I love Wynn as the leader and person, but as a player, lets call a spade a spade he's average at best. I still really like Evans, but I dont know if I ever see him being anymore than a good pass rusher for us. So I think Carter is really the only guy we can count on there, so I think adding a defensive end is our best bet. Just my opinion though.
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