Originally Posted by b0ng
Somebody like Whitney Mercilus?
The Hopkins draft pick was a perfectly reasonable draft pick and is working out nicely so far.
EDIT: There's not one single pass rusher in the next 13 picks until you get to Tank Carradine for the 9'ers and he has been injured and has yet to play in 2013 so he wouldn't have been playing for us right now anyway. There are some LB's that have been playing really well (Kiko Alonso) but even then that doesn't really help answer the pass rush question we've had for the past couple of years.
My whole premis is that we need to beef up the middle of our defense. More specifically the NT or DT position. Whichever you choose to call it. You fix the middle and everyone else starts looking better. Seth Pain is the last good (not great) NT we had. This defense will not reach its potential as long as it's a weakling in the middle. You put a really good player there and it changes so much. It helps cover up the ILBs so they aren't always taking in guards. When you get a push up the middle it forces the pocket to collapse which makes you OLBs more effective. When that happens the secondary can get more aggressive and make plays.
Being weak in the middle is why we don't create turnovers and don't have a pass rush other than Watt.