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Old 07-23-2013   #182
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Default Re: Brooks to move to ILB

But who do we have at ILB? Cushing, Dobbins & Sharpton.

This maybe should be another thread, but given that Sharpton stays healthy, are you comfortable with him playing the strongside ILB? Can he do the job?

He's undersized - and he's incredibly slow. 300 pound Earl Mitchell is as fast straight-away as Sharpton ( 4.81 40; 2.74 20 & 1.58 10 ) and his shuttle and 3-cone are not much better than 287 pound Jarid Crick.

I think he's serviceable as a back-up, but IMO he's a liability as a starter. The one thing he has going for himself is that he's been in the system for 3 years.

And this leads into the alternative. Can you imagine a strong side of Branan, Watt and Reed. Despite some inevitable rough edges, with his 4.6 speed, all Branan would need to excel at is protecting the outside and to turn the runner back into Watt and Reed, who also has 4.6 speed. With Watt demanding double team's, our OLB is going to be one-on-one with either the TE or the FB. If our OLB is double teamed, this means Reed would go unblocked.

Watt, Reed & Branan would be outstanding. I'm not so certain it would be as good with Sharpton in at ILB.

Last edited by Number19; 07-23-2013 at 06:47 PM. Reason: oops, brain fart fixed
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