Originally Posted by nero THE zero
struck me as odd, maybe a misspeak, when I read it, but maybe you're onto something here.
Maybe there's intent to use him in the middle more, now or in the future. Maybe they ultimately see him playing inside.
That would really explain:
1) The Mercilus Pick
2) The Demeco trade
If they're planning for a future with Barwin and Mercilus on the outside and Cush and Reed on the inside, it makes a lot of sense. That, and picking up Bradie James as a transition player until Reed can transition to the middle. That would give us an entire starting LB corps drafted in the last few years instead of 3 OLBs and a looming hole in the middle.
Unless they saw Sharpton as the future in the middle... which I'm starting to doubt.