Originally Posted by SpringStein
Here's my philosophy - and I'm sure you can tear it apart!
The 4 highest paid positions in the NFL are QB, CB, DE and LT. When you draft a player in the first round, you get a longer term contract and that player will be guaranteed to be on your team for a longer period of time.
So if you have a need at one of these 4 positions, I think it is best to grab them then than at any other time. And I would contend that we have needs at all of those positions other than CB.
Would I thow a fit if we drafted a DT? Nah. But I'd be more excited if it was a top notch DE than a DT. JMO.
DE's are fine but if you can get a rare pass rush from the inside then thats the way I would go. Not many DT's in this league rack up double digit sacks year to year. In my opinion the inside rush would be the best way to control the pass happy teams. Outside rush pushes the QB up into the pocket but if the QB can step up and still have time to throw the ball the play doesn't break down as much, but if you force a guy like Green or Manning to move from the pocket via a inside rush the play will break down and they will either have to check down or throw it away.