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13 minutes ago, KRL said:

Would love any of these guys, especially Mukuamu.

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Not sure if he’s been discussed. Corey Ballentine an under the radar consideration?  6th round pick of NYG. Douglas claimed him last yr. He seems to fit athletically:  

2019 Draft Profile:

Explosive, NFL-caliber athlete with outstanding speed and plus short-area quickness to match routes and drive on throws. Ballentine's long speed, play strength and twitch will be coveted by teams looking for man-cover talent. While he could find early reps as a plus special teams performer, his trip to the Senior Bowl should give teams an early indication of how quickly he can acclimate to a step up in competition in coverage.

Strengths

  • High character with same work ethic in the classroom that he has on the field
  • Arms dangle down like ivy vines from his frame
  • Uses length and play strength as disruptive tools from press
  • Successful college sprinter with short area burst and recovery speed deep
  • Able to wait as long as possible to open and run when challenged by vertical push
  • Quick-twitch in feet for sharp lateral change of direction
  • Possesses ability to comfortably mirror routes from backpedal in off-man
  • Adequate feel for route development behind him in zone coverage
  • Uses length and explosive leaping to challenge throws at the high point
  • Plays with physical demeanor in attacking perimeter blockers
  • Wrap-up striker who looks to drive deep into runner's legs rather than arm tackling
  • Special teams ace with ability to return kicks, cover kicks, and block kicks

Weaknesses 

  • Still has room for growth with awareness and instincts. Will void his area responsibility to chase a route that he shouldn't
  • Appears more comfortable from off-ball than press
  • Could struggle early on to match and stay connected to NFL press release
  • Lack of competition could require additional team patience as he acclimates
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13 hours ago, Hael said:

It’s not that much different.  They don’t need quite the same reaction speed, anticipation or short area quickness as pure man to man corners like eg Revis.  Good skills for a cover3 involve some strong pressing skills, size and speed as well as good run support tackling..

cover3 is a pretty balanced defense.  The downside is that the elite qbs tend to shred it.  Like it wouldn’t be good against a typical Tom Brady led NE team with lots of underneath stuff and smart wrs to sit in seams.   It takes away a lot of the deep stuff, and allows teams to be aggressive in the box.

Now that Brady is gone, the AFCE is more amenable to this style of D.

That downside is why you can't have enough pass rushers for this scheme. You need to disrupt the QB with just four guys regularly. If you can't, average QBs will look elite against it. Lawson-QW-Rankins looks like a good three out of four but, looking at the team's snap counts, they did a heavy rotation on the DL last season and will probably continue to look to do that to keep everyone fresh. QW led the DL with 51% of the defensive snaps (in 13 games), Harry Anderson was next with 48%. Franklin-Myers had five tackles for a loss and 13 QB hits on 44% of the defensive snaps, I'd figure he'll be the front-runner for the DE opposite Lawson this year. But that whole unit needs to be productive, at least seven or eight deep. Guys like Shepherd and Fatukasi will see the field a lot along with Curry and Huff. Zuniga? That would be nice. Need a lot of fresh legs sprinting after the QB every down or those cover 3 CBs will be in for very long afternoons. 

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5 hours ago, slats said:

That downside is why you can't have enough pass rushers for this scheme. You need to disrupt the QB with just four guys regularly. If you can't, average QBs will look elite against it. Lawson-QW-Rankins looks like a good three out of four but, looking at the team's snap counts, they did a heavy rotation on the DL last season and will probably continue to look to do that to keep everyone fresh. QW led the DL with 51% of the defensive snaps (in 13 games), Harry Anderson was next with 48%. Franklin-Myers had five tackles for a loss and 13 QB hits on 44% of the defensive snaps, I'd figure he'll be the front-runner for the DE opposite Lawson this year. But that whole unit needs to be productive, at least seven or eight deep. Guys like Shepherd and Fatukasi will see the field a lot along with Curry and Huff. Zuniga? That would be nice. Need a lot of fresh legs sprinting after the QB every down or those cover 3 CBs will be in for very long afternoons. 

No question. Given the need to support Wilson it made sense to go heavy on offense this draft but I'd be shocked if at least one of the first rounders in 2022 didn't go to DL/Edge. It's a position you need to be loaded on in this D.

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