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cmhargrove
01-13-2009, 11:11 AM
First, sign two free agents. Win the bidding war for Suggs, then get go after Atogwe for FS.

I understand that the combine could greatly change a few of these picks.


First round - trade back a few spots and pick up an extra third. So, this scenario shows the first four picks (trade back in fist, pick up an extra third)

This draft is based on my opinion of the most important player in a dominant 3-4 system - the OLB. This guys really needs to be an athletically gifted D-end. He needs to be a terror on pass rush, but be able to drop in coverage with a TE. These guys are the freaks worth paying for.

#1 - Michael Johnson DE, Georgia Tech. I think this guy could be the next Merriman type at OLB. He is tremendously gifted in space and has the power to dominate at the line.
#2 - Tyson Jackson DE, LSU. We need some badasses on the d-line. Jackson is that. He would be great as a 3-4 DE.
#3a - Dannell Ellerbe ILB, Alabama. A good thumper for one of our inside spots.
#3b - Terrance Taylor DT, Michigan. Here's our new NT. Already 320lbs, a powerlifting champ, wrestling star, and big bad mofo.

So, my starting lineup on defense in 2009 would be:

DE - Tyson Jackson
NT - Terrance Taylor
DE - Kenny Peterson

OLB - Michael Johnson
ILB - Dannell Ellerbe
ILB - DJ or Larsen (let them compete)
OLB - Suggs

FS - Atogwe
SS - Barrett

CB - Bailey
CB - Bly


Everyone else can compete, or goes in the trading block. Elvis and Jarvis can try to make the switch to OLB. Woodyard competes for ILB.

Marcus Thomas and Robertson can try out NT or DE and see how they fit. They would definitely create a team with a lot of size and depth on the D-line.

Br0nc0Buster
01-13-2009, 11:19 AM
I like it.
We definitely need to beef up our lines.
The only difference is I dont think we will get Suggs.
And I would hope Thomas could beat out Peterson for that DE spot.

I think we should give Moss/Crowder/Doom a chance to start at OLB before we toss them aside.

Dukes
01-13-2009, 12:07 PM
This would make me very happy. Is Robertson capable of playing DE in a 3-4? I bet he's pissed that we're switching after what happend in NY.

no-pseudo-fan
01-13-2009, 12:27 PM
I am not so sure that our 1st 3 picks w/o trades will be on the defensive side of the ball. I can see at least one being on the offense.

2nd, I don't know if I would want to go with 4 rookies in my front 7. I would be happy with 2 Defensive studs drafted 1 and 2, and then a hodgepodge of offense, defense and ST guys to fill it out.

oubronco
01-13-2009, 12:41 PM
I'm on board

bryantkev
01-13-2009, 12:53 PM
Good choices. I hope the draft goes this well.

cmhargrove
01-13-2009, 12:59 PM
I agree that I look at this grouping with some hesitation because of the youth involved. But, all of our vets will be learning a new system also, so it's not that huge.

There are obviously several guys that would compete at the DE / OLB / ILB slots. Crowder, Ekuban , and Clemons could take a shot at DE. Elvis and Jarvis would try out OLB. Woodyard and Winborn compete for backup ILB / special teamer. No Webster, no way, no how.

But, OLB is such a key position in a 3-4. It's what separates a great 3-4 (Steelers, Ravens), from a crappy 3-4 (Cleveland).

Just ask yourself what happened to San Diego once Merriman dropped out. It was a huge blow and it took them about 13 games to recover. OLB needs a freakish talent to create a freakish defense.

elsid13
01-13-2009, 01:43 PM
I hate the Michael Johnson pick. I have watched him all season and he not good enough in space, has crappy pass rush moves, isn't strong enough at the point of attack and struggle getting past so-so blockers. He more of the Larson (SF 49ers out NCST) then Merriman. And Terrance Taylor has shown nothing this season to be worth a 3rd rounder. In fact I expect him to be sitting there late in 4th or early fifth.

PRBronco
01-13-2009, 02:20 PM
I hate the Michael Johnson pick. I have watched him all season and he not good enough in space, has crappy pass rush moves, isn't strong enough at the point of attack and struggle getting past so-so blockers. He more of the Larson (SF 49ers out NCST) then Merriman. And Terrance Taylor has shown nothing this season to be worth a 3rd rounder. In fact I expect him to be sitting there late in 4th or early fifth.

I'm not real big on Johnson either, I get a Quentin Moses vibe from him.

azbroncfan
01-20-2009, 10:20 PM
This would make me very happy. Is Robertson capable of playing DE in a 3-4? I bet he's pissed that we're switching after what happend in NY.

He is gone either way since his price tag is sky high.

BroncoBuff
01-20-2009, 10:27 PM
That is a SERIOUS gap in Michael Johnson evaluations ... is he Shawn Merriman or Quentin Moses? hmmm...

bpc
01-20-2009, 11:18 PM
I'm in the minority. I don't like it. Johnson to me is a good potential pick in a 4-3. His length just doesn't translate on the edge in the 3-4 IMO. Does the kid love the game? He's often been a guy highly regarded because of his tools but he's never dominated his competition.

I do like Tyson Jackson.

Taylor is a 4th rounder and slipping. He may be a 5th/6th rounder after the combine if he participates. I'm not a huge Ellerbe fan either.

BroncoMan4ever
01-21-2009, 12:31 AM
First, sign two free agents. Win the bidding war for Suggs, then get go after Atogwe for FS.

I understand that the combine could greatly change a few of these picks.


First round - trade back a few spots and pick up an extra third. So, this scenario shows the first four picks (trade back in fist, pick up an extra third)

This draft is based on my opinion of the most important player in a dominant 3-4 system - the OLB. This guys really needs to be an athletically gifted D-end. He needs to be a terror on pass rush, but be able to drop in coverage with a TE. These guys are the freaks worth paying for.

#1 - Michael Johnson DE, Georgia Tech. I think this guy could be the next Merriman type at OLB. He is tremendously gifted in space and has the power to dominate at the line.
#2 - Tyson Jackson DE, LSU. We need some badasses on the d-line. Jackson is that. He would be great as a 3-4 DE.
#3a - Dannell Ellerbe ILB, Alabama. A good thumper for one of our inside spots.
#3b - Terrance Taylor DT, Michigan. Here's our new NT. Already 320lbs, a powerlifting champ, wrestling star, and big bad mofo.

So, my starting lineup on defense in 2009 would be:

DE - Tyson Jackson
NT - Terrance Taylor
DE - Kenny Peterson

OLB - Michael Johnson
ILB - Dannell Ellerbe
ILB - DJ or Larsen (let them compete)
OLB - Suggs

FS - Atogwe
SS - Barrett

CB - Bailey
CB - Bly


Everyone else can compete, or goes in the trading block. Elvis and Jarvis can try to make the switch to OLB. Woodyard competes for ILB.

Marcus Thomas and Robertson can try out NT or DE and see how they fit. They would definitely create a team with a lot of size and depth on the D-line.

i like it, but i tend to think there will be an offensive player drafted by the 2nd round. i am assuming FA will be all about the defense, maybe some offensive depth pickups, but mainly defense, which will in turn free us up to go after an offensive player(RB) by the 2nd round.

gyldenlove
01-21-2009, 08:03 AM
I am not a big fan.

I hate Michigan defensive linemen more than I hate genital warts and I am not a fan of Michael Johnson, he looks too much like a perpetual underachiever to me. Motor runs cold too often, I don't think he is particularly coachable and he is more a physical specimen than a football player. To me he has all the hallmarks of a Jarvis Moss or Jamaal Anderson.