Originally Posted by ArlingtonTexan
The exact group of people picked all the players discussed in the top 4 rounds of the draft, so wasted draft picks is not relevant at all.
while they drafted OLBs, that does not mean they are excited about starting 3rd/4th round rookies. Kubes and co are more conservative than not and I believe that would rather start "known" quantities Reed and Sharpton unless the rookie or Reed (inside) plays well beyond current expectation.
What are the "known" quantities? Sharpton has barely played and when he has it has been medicore at best. He has a whopping 340 snaps in this defense. That isn't even half a season worth. Reed gave us absolutely no pass rush from the outside so he is hardly a known quantity. We have no idea what he will show or not show outside. So I would hardly call either one of those guys a known quantity.
As for starting rookies, defensive lineups are chosen by Wade who has shown no issue with such. None of our guys have a ton of experience outside. Just don't see them choosing two OLB's and then being hesitant on starting them just because of the round they were chosen. Everything they have said thus far points to them wanting to see Williams or Montgomery step it up to take that role as well.