Originally Posted by bucky
And I'm not sure why you'd double up on ILB considering you just spent 2 1st round picks on that position and you have another one who might be a keeper in Guyton.
Depth, man, depth. We haven't had a thumper inside since TJ's prime years.
ILB is the pivot in this defense, and Bruschi has been invisible the last two years. I may be the only guy on the board who thinks Guyton is "fine" but nothing special.
Taking Brinkley in the third round is a high reward gamble. 262# and 4.65 speed?!? That's as fast as Barwin and 10# stronger. His only knock is his injuries. You know who he sounds like to me? Adalius Thomas.
I drafted three LBs intentionally. This is the year when need and supply converge:
1) We've lost Vrabel and Izzo.
2) We're trying to do without Colvin and Seau, but cant seem to do it because our depth is so thin.
3) We've never adequately replaced Ted Johnson inside and this has GOT to be Bruschi's last season or I'll start thinking less of him.
4) I don't think Guyton and Alexander are real starting prospects for us-- good role players, perhaps. But in more of a Don Davis role than a Mike Vrabel role.
5) The last time we won a SB we had McGinest, Colvin, Vrabel, Phifer, Bruschi, TJ headlining the linebackers. Six solid starters rotating into for 4 positions. Plus Izzo. Of the equivalent ability, we currently have Thomas and Mayo... plus a handful of second tier players and projects (Woods, Guyton, Alexander, Banta-Cain) and Bruschi, a shadow of his former self. Pop some film in of the defense from 2003. They were swarming to the QB, forcing passes up early, knocking balls loose. Those days are long gone.
6) Finally, and importantly, this is an outstanding year for LB talent coming out of college. I don't remember seeing this many Day One 240-250# LBs in a draft class in... well... certainly not the last five years. Last few years, the LBs have been more in the Lofa Tutupu mode, which is not a fit for our scheme. BB is nothing, if not patient. But now that he has the opportunity to re-establish a dominant defense, with the picks and the rookies that fit his profile, I think he's going to go all-in.