Originally Posted by NinjaZX6R
I could see them take a ILB who can pass rush. They need to find a younger ILB for their LB's. Him and Timmons as 34 ILBS...ouch.
Plus he has the height and weight to play 34OLB too.
I love the Pittsburgh drafting philosophy when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. They take an athletic player and red shirt him for a year and then unleash him on an unsuspecting NFL.
The coaches appear to spend an entire year working the red shirts hard behind the scenes, while peer pressure in the locker room motivates the kids to compete hard.
This is exactly what BB does not do and it drives me nuts that we stopped. Pittsburgh sees a player in decline and drafts a developmental prospect to replace that player HIGH, ie: Timmons, Woodley, Hood and now Heyward. Interestingly all are front 7 guys.
The funny thing is BB used to do that as well. Seymour sat the first half of his freshman year, Warren sat his whole freshman year and Wilfork rotated his freshman year.
I think the plan was for Solder to sit his freshman year and get stronger and work on technique. Unfortunately Vollmer got injured.
So going forward I would like to see a two pronged strategy employed by the Pats for the 2012 draft.
1.) Use high draft picks on top quality front seven types and give them a year in the system to learn. BB appears to have moved a lot of slugs and bad attitude types out of the locker room; Butler, Merriweather, Burgess, Thomas, etc. Still has Haynesworth and Ocho sucko to go. Now is the time to rebuild the locker room with high character types and use peer pressure to make rookies have to work hard to earn playing time.
2.) Higher more coaches. We need a real DC. We need position coaches that can work extra with the developmental kids and coach them up; especially at DE/OLB. Put all rookies through an intense in season conditioning program,while working them hard in the class room.