Originally Posted by thunderkyss
TEs are going to be covered by a safety or a LB most of the time.
Sometimes, you get a LB like Anthony Gonzales, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski. They're too fast & athletic to be defended by a LB. Too big to be defended by a safety.
I believe we are going to see more of these guys in the future. There are probably a half dozen of them already that I didn't list. Defenses are going to have to change to address these hybrid TEs.
Quin was our guy. In some nickel situations, & in every dime package, he played as our MO, the ILB position next to the MIKE. I think Danieal Manning can play this position in lieu of Quin, however that would leave Keo playing deep safety with Reed. Not a very good option in my mind. Especially considering I don't feel Manning can play the position as well as Quin.
A better option would be to allow Manning & Reed as deep safeties then get a LB who can keep up with these faster/athletic TEs. However, this guy is pretty light against the run. Maybe he can play bigger, because that's what we will need.
Manning at SS will be a severe mismatch against the receivers being discussed and will be one of the weak spots in our defense.
Cooper Taylor may or may not be the right guy, I like him in the third round, but this is the new proto-typical SS that we need to draft ( 6'-4"; 225 lbs; 4.47 forty; 23 reps ).