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Kyle Love isn't anywhere on the same planet as Wilfork. Could you imagine the Ravens game in the AFCC without Wilfork? He's a good DT, but Love would be a miserable replacement as an anchoring NT.
The successful scheme we have been running in recent weeks absolutely depends on a dominating NT like Wilfork. Someone posted stats with Wilfork on the field and without, and it was damn clear that Wilfork is the linchpin to this front.
Nobody else on this team can get double teamed and still frequently get push up the middle.
The easy way to put this - this D cannot afford an adequate replacement. It needs a dominant player at that position.
Color me crazy. But, I think mediocre defenses should try to fix their problems before they worry about backups whom might start in 4-5 years. We need to improve our interior pass rush. Can probably use a LDE to get after the qb. Though, I'd like to see Hightower play that spot in our current defense. We can also use an olb who can play in space.
I want to see how the season plays out before determining the secondary needs. But, we could have a hole at LCB if Talib leaves or doesn't work out.
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If so, and IF we had taken Cunningham at 90 instead of Price, there are a ton of players I would have taken at 53 over Tate, both at the time of the draft and in retrospect:
- Carlos Dunlap (54). One of my favorites. Imagine if we had him at LDE opposite Chandler Jones. BB reportedly took Cunningham over Dunlap in part because he felt Dunlap was more of a pure DE - but given what we are playing now, Dunlap is a better schematic fit.
- Sean Lee (55). Incredibly instinctive LB with amazing coverage skills.
- Jared Veldheer (69). I wanted to get Veldheer and pair him with Vollmer. As good as Nate Solder will be, if we had Veldheer and Vollmer we might have been able to package 17+33 and trade up for JJ Watt.
I was never a fan of Golden Tate in 2010. I was praying the Pats wouldn't take him. JMHO.
I was all over Veldheer, I'd be in Hog Heaven if we had him and Watt instead of Solder and Glass-I.
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