Originally Posted by mussop
This draft is loaded with LB's. Rolondo has been at the top of my list all year. I watch him every chance I get. It has been said he is good enough to play OLB but I dont think that he could in the pros. If you watch the Auburn game they kept him out of the game by going to the outside alot. Hes not the same player when chasing down plays. He is as pure an ILB as you will ever see.
At ILB there is also Brandon Spikes ILB 6'3 252 Florida, despite the eye gouging incident he is an absolute stud that will be an instant starter in the pros and Micah Johnson ILB 6'2 256 Kentucky who is a thumper type who excels at plugging the lanes and shutting down the run.
At OLB there are some really nice prospects. If we stay with Kubiak and the 4/3 Sean Weatherspoon OLB 6'1 245 Missouri would give us the best LB crew in the NFL IMO. He's not a monster hitter but he flies around and makes plays all over the feild and most importantly, he is great in pass coverage. In the last 3 years he has had 375 tackles 40 TFL 11 1/2 SK 17 PBU and still has a game to play.
There are a couple of other notworthy's as well in Sean Lee ILB 6'2 235 Penn State who is an ILB but IMO will be a good OLB in the pro's and Eric Norwood OLB 6'0 257 South Carolina.
The ones that really excite me though are the 3/4 OLB's. If we do change coaches and switch to a 3/4 there are many options available that would make the transition a smooth one. Derrick Morgan will be a great one, Sergio Kindle, Greg Hardy, Corey Wootton, Jerry Hughes, Brandon Graham, Antonio Coleman, Ricky Sapp all look like they can play.
A lot of good options there, but I do not like Brandon Spikes. He's a thug plain and simple IMO. And I'm not just talking about the "eye gouging" incident. He's been like that his whole career.
If we went LB I think McClain is the best LB in the draft. He's an absolute stud. Other than that I wouldn't mind grabbing Witherspoon, who is built to play weakside LB.
Pretty much my top 3, other than Berry because we won't be able to get him, would be . .
1. Joe Haden, CB, Florida
2. Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
3. Shawn Witherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Grabbing either Haden or McClain in the 14-19 range (where we will probably finish) would be a steal IMO. It's a little early for Witherspoon, but if he can play up to his potential it would be a steal too. The only thing is that we are loaded at LB right now despite our need for a top flight WILL LB.