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    • I hope you are right about Huff.  I am not certain he has what it takes to hold up at the point of attack at defensive end.  I completely agree about Zuniga.  He is a classic 4-3 inside out pass rushing lineman.  Many here are down on him but his high ankle sprain robbed him of his explosiveness.  He did not get healthy until late in the year.   He may just explode.  In college he was frequently banged up but when he was healthy, he showed quality penetrating skills in a one gap scheme both inside and out. I also think many have forgotten about Kyle Phillips.  His rookie year was astonishing to me since he was asked to play 3-4 five technique and two gap is just not his skill set.  He is a perfect fit as a one gap penetrating inside out lineman just like Zuniga.    The only reason I think that the Jets might take a defensive lineman early is the more I look at the draft, the more it appears that one of the fine edge prospects will be the BAP when the #23 pick comes up on the board.   
    • Yo what up guys (and gals).  Long time lurker, first time poster here. Just published my first ever fanpost on SBNation: https://www.ganggreennation.com/2021/4/13/22378730/hype-and-slander-narratives-and-labels-the-media-driven-in-anity-of I wasn't sure where to put this and didn't want to be presumptuous by starting a new thread. Please take a look if you're interested.  If not, no sweat.  I know from reading this site off and on over the years that this can be a tough crowd.  But feel free to leave comments.  It's all good. Take it easy and try to enjoy this "Draft Season" as much as possible.  
    • Sorry for the delay, I had intended to respond to this post.  The Will is by far the most visible player.  They are the player that makes a name for themselves.  He will be expected to lead the team in tackles.  But he does not need size, he needs speed and tackling skills.  225 is big enough.  The player does need wheels and must be a wrap up tackler.  The lineman and the Mike have the dirty job of keeping his jersey clean.  The 4-3 Will does not need to take on the guard.  That is the responsibility of the lineman and the Mike. The Mike does not need to worry about plays that go wide.  He must have gap discipline within the scheme that the defensive line is running in a particular formation.  He HAS to take on the guard on a regular basis.  But he does not have to chase like the Will.  So range is less important.  Further, the Mike comes off the field on passing downs and is replaced by a defensive back or safety.  So versatility is not as big an issue. The strong side linebacker does need speed since they have to turn the play inside to the Mike.  They also have to take on the guard AND the tight end.  They have to shut down their side of the field and have enough cover skills to watch the tight end.  So unlike the Will and Mike, the strong side linebacker must be able to shed blocks AND turn plays inside AND tackle AND cover.  Unlike the Mike, they are also a three down player.  This requires a harder to find set of NFL traits.  And that requires a higher draft pick.   The NFL is all about finding players who have right combination of traits to fit the prototype of a given scheme.  Yes, great players are great players.  But when a more limited player fits a scheme designed for that skill set, they can do just fine.  We only have so many early picks.  Swift experienced Wills and rugged smart Mikes are not hard to find in later rounds.  Linebackers with the size of a Mike and the speed of a Will are hard to find.  You have to have one to run the 4-3 scheme effectively.  Such players come out every year but are gone by the second round.  I would alter your statement to say that the Sam is the expensive linebacker so far as draft capitol is concerned.
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