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I agree with "what you see is what you get". I think Sintim is a solid player but a bit stiff and athletically limited. He'd probably be a solid 2nd round pick (though I much prefer Barwin with his athleticism and upside; I probably also prefer Clay Matthews) but I certainly don't see him being value at #23.
Binky? Not yet, he is my #1 choice for SILB in this draft. The remarks about him being athletically limited and a bit stiff are fine, I'm not looking at him as a DB. He has enough athletic talent to drop into zone coverage, but I'm looking at him for his strength at the point of attack and his flexibility to play OLB while he develops inside.
I like Barwin a great deal more than Sintim, but I can't project him inside as you have. I value him more highly than some of the other stud OLB candidates because he does have added value on Special Teams and at TE, and I've seen him play in space. That said I'm weighing the value of Sintim ahead of Barwin due to my thinking he would be effective where the SILB "need" exists.
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Here is something to think about. This past year, Mayo and Guyton were 2 of the 3 LBs on the field in the Pats Nickle formation. Both were at ILB. And both played reasonably well. With that being said, do the Pats really NEED a ILB that is a 3 down LB since he's most likely to come off in obvious passing situations? Unless, of course, the Pats move Guyton to one of the OLB positions, but I think doing that weakens the team.
While it would be NICE to have another young LB who can Pass Rush, stop the run and drop back into coverage at the ILB position, therefore allowing him to be on the field for the 1st 3 downs, is it really a NEED? Or would it be a luxury?
I hear the term "2-down linebacker" all the time and was interested in your take on the subject. Traditionally that meant a linebacker that was strong against the run since teams ran the ball frequently on 1st and 2nd down. Seems to me that thinking is a thing of the past. Lots of teams try safe passes on early downs to stay in managable 3rd down yardage. Lots of safe passes go to RBs, TEs and WR slant routes...right in the area of your "2-down" linebacker.
I understand having nickel/dime and short yardage specialists, but having a LB who is a liability in coverage creates a giant bullseye in the middle of your defense. You can scheme around linebackers that are weak against the run (Colts) but not sure you can keep a "coverage challenged" ILB from constantly being picked on.
The story of the week of practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile was how the dominance of the defensive line. And while the defensive fronts weren't quite as imposing in the actual game there were still a number of noteworthy performances. Boston College DT B.J. Raji, who was arguably the best player on the field over the course of the week of practice, had another strong outing in the game. Raji didn't get into the backfield as much as in practice as he was double-teamed on just about every play, but still continued to shine top ten potential as he exploded off the snap, was effective spinning out of double teams and showed good vision and lateral range to stay with the play even when facing multiple-team blocks. Ole Miss DT Peria Jerry was also very quick off the snap and was consistently able to get into the gaps; Jerry also showed excellent lateral range and closing speed coming off an effective swim move. And for a 290-pounder, Jerry did a nice job anchoring at the point of attack when double-teamed. The other DT that really stood during the Senior Bowl was undersized Mitch King of Iowa, who was generally too quick for the opposing offensive linemen to handle. Indeed, King showed more like ILB athleticism getting through the traffic and exploding into tackles. However, at just 275 pounds and probably lacking the pure speed to move outside to DE, just where King would fit on a pro roster remains something of a poser.
Right now I have McKenzie with out Comp pick in the third round.
I love McKillop, he was one of the very best players I saw all year. If he were an inch taller and 15 pounds heavier, he'd likely be a top 20 pick, instead of day two. That being said, he seems to be superfluous with Mayo. THAT being said, if he's still hanging around in the sixth, I'd take him anyway.
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