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Old 11-12-2012   #26
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Default Re: Pleased with our Inside Linebacker play

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Originally Posted by Porky View Post
Dobbins isn't going to be confused with Cushing, but I'll tell you what the guy can thump. He is by no means embarrassing himself out there. Kind of reminds me of a VERY poor mans Ray Lewis in terms of size, body type, and style of play. Not comparing talent, but body type and the style of player. I like what he has done. Really stepped up to the challenge of replacing Cush.

In related news, although James is serviceable...as is a healthy Sharpton, the Texans need to strongly consider spending one of their first 3 picks next year on an inside 3/4 backer that they can pair with Cushing in the longer term.
I still think WR and NT are the biggest needs for this team. Cody was out last night, and the D-line parted like Moses at the Red Sea many times. We need a better anchor in the middle, and that needs to be addressed before worrying about a backup or borderline starting ILB. If Cushing wasn't hurt, people wouldn't care nearly as much about the position. I think spending a 3rd or 4th on a LB makes sense, but not a 1st or 2nd. We need a successor to AJ in the 1st and a solid NT in the 2nd. I'm projecting 4 compensatory picks for the Texans next year, giving us 11 total, which is way too many for this team. I think we could package some late picks with our 4th to move up a round to grab an ILB that drops out of the 2nd. There are some good prospects out there in this area of the draft, so we may not have to trade up at all for an ILB. I would also like to see Cushing and Dobbins play together next year, I think they could be our starters and then all we would need is some more depth behind them.
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