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.
You are going to have to link where Phillips has said he preferred smaller NTs. There are posts with link in this forum where Wade has pointed to previous NTs of different sizes that he played. He stated he takes what he has and tries to make them better. You can also say for every "lighter" Nose there are dozens who do not perform well. I think it depends on the fight in the dog rather than dog in fight. We have seen how Nose players have performed for Texans like Cody and Mitchell and I am ready to try a different approach. We get impact on the QB from Ninja, Watt and occasionally someone else but we need a way to shut down running game before the back gets past the LOS. Our Dline and LBs are not getting it done & why I am focusing on that in my mock.