Originally Posted by Texian
Pardon me if I go Wade's knowledge and expertise here with NTs over your summation and expectations. What I have found in my 20+ years of research is very few 320lb + NT can play well in the NFL and most who get drafted maybe only play 300-400 snaps of a 1000 snap season. For every Wilfork or Ngata there are dozens and dozens of 320 + lb NT drafted who end up being much less effective than 1 gap penetrating DT.
Very good points. I've never subscribed to the "get a fat guy in there" mantra either. Plugging a 340+ guy in there just because he's 340 isn't going to do jack.
However, I think Nix is in that line of Ngata-like players. Maybe not that
talented, but I think he could thrive in a one-gap system like ours.