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Daseal 03-29-2005 02:18 PM

I see a lot of people are interested in bolstering our defensive line. Going into the season we have Wynn - Griffen - (noble/salava'e rotation) - Daniels. This line isn't star-studded by any means. Griffen played amazing ball last year, I doubt he can keep that up but I hope so. Wynn is constantly solid. Noble/Salavae'a did a great job in my opinion. Always a fresh person in there and played hard. Daniels we haven't seen, but I think he could be good.

We don't have any top tier pass rushers there, but I'm willing to say we don't need any. Not only are great DEs some of the most expensive players to pay, they are some of the hardest to find consistantly in the draft. Williams brings pressure from everywhere and anywhere. With the blitzers we have in Springs, Arringon, Taylor, Bowen, and Washington is it really necessary to be able to creat havoc with our front four? Not only that, do you want to see us rushing only four and dropping back into coverage?

Personally, I love the jaillbreak blitzes Williams runs. They're exciting, they're fun to watch, and they can force other teams into mistakes. While I wouldn't mind having a stud on the defensive line, I don't feel it's worth the high draft pick and/or the salary one would command. We have a great blitzing team as is now. The line in it's current form seems to do their job of occupying blockers and playing pretty damn solid against the run. I think we have much bigger needs to spend our cash on!

TheMalcolmConnection 03-29-2005 02:23 PM

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I completely agree with that. I loved the way our D-Line played last year.

offiss 03-29-2005 02:30 PM

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I have been saying that since day 1, we pressured the QB pretty good last season we should be even better this year if Lavar is everything a lot of people say he is. No need for a D-end not in the first rd any way, I am always for upgrading but our needs early in the draft lie else where.

SmootSmack 03-29-2005 02:36 PM

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well the thing is if you have Harris then you'd need a pass-rushing DE right? Because man to man coverage is not his strength so you'd probably need the safety helping him out. Whereas last year Smoot could man cover and Bowen, Lott, whoever could come on the safety blitz...but then someone like Rolle or PacMan probably eliminates or lessens the need for a pass-rushing DE

I don't know, ask Ramseyfan. He articulates this better than I do

diehardskin2982 03-29-2005 02:39 PM

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I loved how the line played last season, but I am afriad of injuries and I want some quality depth to go along with the others on that line. A player Like hovan, who has been passed over by many teams may be a cheap awesome pick up in our system, if he could be motivated to greatness but I don't want us to overpay for anyone.

Daseal 03-29-2005 02:40 PM

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Well - with a blitzing scheme there's often a lot less time that a CB has to cover, but Harris is a huge downgrade from Smoot, no matter what anyone says! That's why I feel our defense could drop out of the top 10 this year.

TheMalcolmConnection 03-29-2005 02:48 PM

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You're SO NOT a fan Daseal. :)

offiss 03-29-2005 02:54 PM

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[QUOTE=Daseal]Well - with a blitzing scheme there's often a lot less time that a CB has to cover, but Harris is a huge downgrade from Smoot, no matter what anyone says! That's why I feel our defense could drop out of the top 10 this year.[/QUOTE]

I disagree, Harris when given the opportunity last year was almost alway's all over his man, now I understand he was drawing the 3rd reciever but I have a lot of confidence in his ability to cover 1 on 1, and remember we have Wilds as a backup plan if he does fail, didn't Wilds do a fantastic job on arguably the best reciever in the game 1 on 1, Moss? Not to mention help may be on the way in this years draft. Harris is a playmaker he did it on special teams as well, he has as much physical ability as Smoot if not more, and from an interview I saw with him he stated that he wasen't a 100% last year because of his knee surgery but he is now, I think he will make everyone forget about Smoot in a hurry.

TheMalcolmConnection 03-29-2005 02:55 PM

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I'm down for drafting a CB at #1, even though I'd prefer Williams.

diehardskin2982 03-29-2005 02:58 PM

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everyone prefers williams but he won't be avialable by our pick and thats a fact

TheMalcolmConnection 03-29-2005 03:02 PM

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We might get surprised. It could be the normal rhetoric that teams spew when they are trying to trick other teams into trading their picks away.

offiss 03-29-2005 03:04 PM

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[QUOTE=diehardskin2982]everyone prefers williams but he won't be avialable by our pick and thats a fact[/QUOTE]

Fact? I don't know about that, you may be right DHS but I wouldn't say it's a lock by no means, personally I think V. Jackson will be better over all, but I can't deny that I feel Williams will be a tremendous asset in the red zone, he has the best hands in college, and maybe in the NFL once he arrives.

diehardskin2982 03-29-2005 03:08 PM

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we will see my friends

Drift Reality 03-29-2005 03:31 PM

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Don't forget that in nickel situations we can always bring in Clemons and Warner - two guys who have some pass rush ability.

dirtbag2112 03-29-2005 03:33 PM

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I love our front four on D, but I still think we need a pure pass rushing end. This could only help our D and allow for more disguised coverages and we wouldn't have to blitz DB's all the time. Cornelius can bring pressure from the middle, but we need a DE with some ability to get to the QB. Wynn is getting old and there is a big ? with Daniels. IMO we should take an end in the 3rd...just my thoughts. Look what Kearse did with the eagles...the guys that really disrupted our offense were Kearse, Brown (Alex), Smith and so on. A pass rushing DE can make a HUGE difference.

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