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Old 01-13-2005   #1
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Default biggest draft need is obvious now

with seth payne going down with another leg injury that is going to require surgery again...NT is our biggest need...whether the answer is drafting a guy like spears or shaun cody and putting them at DE and moving Smith to NT or drafting a NT we gotta get a bigger, stronger, faster NT in order for us to progress as a defense
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NT is a need on draft day, but not the biggest need. What we need the most is a player who can get to the QB. Have this player be an end who plays like Aaron Smith of the Steelers or a Terrell Suggs at OLB. Good NTs can be found in the 3rd to 5th round and good pass rushers are hard to find.
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Yeah, I would to stick Gilbert Brown's fat ***** at NT and let him sit there and take up blockers! You don't need to draft a quality NT these days. But when a good one comes a round in the draft you should jump on the chance!
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You say good nose tackles can be found late rounds? Any position can be found late rounds, it's just the luck of the draw. Luck of the find. I would of loved to have Wilfork, but we got just as good or better corner in Robinson. I think Smith could handle the NT position and we just draft a DE that can really put some pass rush on the QB. Marcus Spears would fit perfect, or Cody.
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if you look around the league at 3-4 DTs.. the starters arent exactly all late round picks. There are as many first rounders as third and 4th rounders it seems. And my all time favorite 3-4 DT.. Casey Hampton of the steelers.. was a first round pick.

yah its possible to get a good DT in the later rounds.. but that doesnt mean that you should pass up a good one in the 1st or 2nd round.

As for our pass rush.. one of the biggest problems with our pass rush is not a lack of talent at OLB.. its our Dline. Our dline is not just there to stop the run, they have to tie up blockers and free up the OLBs.. and they have to provide a bit of pressure up the middle themselves, to flush the QB out of the pocket whenever possible. So, improving our Dline will improve our pass rush.
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the pass rush problem is made of a few things, the LB corps has Wong in the wrong position, Wong should be a MLB. He is better in coverage and run stopping than rushing the passer. The other teams who run the 3-4 sucessfully, have good NT. But honestly are there any players in this draft this year that are in the same league as Hampton, Wilfork or Washington? And teams like the Pats and Steelers also have good to great DEs to help the NT.
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