03-28-2009, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Looking Ahead: Thoughts on 2010
Originally Posted by mayoclinic
I know it's not even the 2009 draft yet, but as we are debating about which positions to prioritize, I've been thinking about 2010.
As I've mentioned before, 2010 appears to be loaded for 3-4 DE candidates. Among the possibilities:
- Ndamdukong Suh (senior), Nebraska, 6'4", 310#
- Gerald McCoy (junior), Oklahoma, 6'4", 295#
- Marvin Austin (junior), North Carolina, 6'3", 305#
- Lawerence Marsh (junior), Florida, 6'5", 305#
- Carlos Dunlap (junior), Florida, 6'6", 290#
- Arthur Jones (senior), Syracuse, 6'3", 295#
- Vince Oghobasse (senior), Duke, 6'6", 310#
Even assuming we pick at #32, it is unlikely that one or more of these guys won't fall to within reach. Some will be top 10, but some will fall a bit. There's just too many top talents.
Another area to think about is SILB. Personally, if Brandon Spikes had come out I would have strongly considered him at #23 this year. I think he's a much better complement to Mayo than Maualuga would be. He'll be out next year, and possibly also Rolando McClain. If we end up trading one of our 2nd round picks into 2010 then we may have some ammo to move up. But there are also a lot of possibilities who should be available later. I had my eye on Eric Norwood from South Carolina, a DE who also played LB, who almost came out this year. He's a 6'1" 260# fire hydrant. Obi Ezeh from Michigan may also come out. Micah Johnson from Kentucky is yet another option. They all have the size to play SILB for the Pats. So there may be more depth at this position than there is in 2009, and it may not make sense to jump to fill SILB rather than continue with Mayo/Guyton/Bruschi for another year.
I think Arthur Jones is an intriguing guy. I actually attend Syracuse University, so I've had a chance to watch him in person a bunch of times.
Reminds me a little bit of a Jarvis Green. He is willing and able to support the run, could probably play end and a little nose tackle in the 3-4, has excellent short area quickness, can operate two gaps easily, and has nice moves, can get to the quarterback (an added bonus for a 3-4 end).
Super Bowls with Antowain Smith over 3 Year Period: 2
Super Bowls in nearly 50 years without him: 1
Solution: Bring Back Antowain!
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