Originally Posted by mcbee
4.7 is pretty fast. What do you think Bruschi runs? 4.9?
I don't know what his weight is but if he has experience and instincts playing ILB and taking on guards...well that's as good a place as any to start.
I seen him in a couple of games, he is not afraid to mix in up and appears to be tall enough to put on additional weight. As Ochmed said his coverage is suspect (as it is for most college LBs), I rate him as a nice 5th or 6th round pick but not starting caliber.
The way the draft is shaping up, the top ILBs are staying in school or injured, 2009 looks to be a very strong year for ILBs. Also Channing Crowder from Miami becomes a free agent.
2008 looks like a down year for ILBs both in the draft and in free agency. I don't see any college player who can even come close to starting so it looks like we will go the veteran route and hope we get a little Seau and no Beisel.
Laurinaitis (Jr. staying in school), Maualuga (Jr. staying in school) & Casper Brinkley (injury)
OLBs - A lot of promising players Harvey, Gholston, Ellis, Blake, etc. Rivers. maybe a developmental player is taken for Rosie's spot in 2009. Also Erin Henderson, OLB, Maryland is the brother or EJ Henderson, EJ has turned into a pretty good MLB. If his brother declares maybe he can become a good pro.
Back to the question at hand, Dallas's two picks... On paper I like the idea of trading a high price top 5 pick for 2 first rounders plus an additional pick (likely a 2009 second rounder). That gives the Pats 3 chances to find players at CB, LB. Names like Gholston in the mid first round ot Jenkins (Ohio State) and then Jenkins(South Florida) or Erza Butler, Beau Bell, Chris Ellis at the bottom of round 1.
My early, early early picks if the Pats pick was traded for the #15 and #30 overall.
#15 - Malcom Jenkins CB (Ohio State)
#30 - Beau Bell ILB (UNLV)
#63 - Tommy Blake OLB (TCU)
#70 - from Oakland - Williams CB (South Florida)
#95 - Greco OT/OG (Toledo)
There you go, scratch these guys off your list and replace them with the punter, QB, DT or your choice and you will be closer than I ever get....