Originally Posted by pec0sb0b
Apple and oranges. Smith and Dumervil don't play the same position and are not interchangeable.
Our current base front: Mercilus - Smith - Mitchell - Watt - Reed.
Our current nickel and dime front: Mercilus - Smith - Watt - Reed.
Dumervil can only play spots filled by Mercilus or Reed, not Smith. A 5-technique actually has to shed blockers and can't rely upon speed moves.
If they cut Smith they'd have to find another 5-technique as Crick's not ready to start.
Yep, but if they signed Dumervil they could cut A.Smith, play Crick and draft Datone Jones to play the 5 tech. Or move Mitchell to DE and draft Brandon Williams in the 2nd rd.
A front 7 that looked like this would be awsome, Think pressure defense, it would take alot of responsibilty off the backend of the defense.
Watt/Williams/Mitchell or Crick. If they didn't use a 1st rd pick on Jones.