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Old 04-11-2014, 11:54 PM   #1401
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Jones, Telvin Smith, Tripp, Pierre-Louis
The only one out of that 4 that has any shot at a MLB gig in a base 4-3 is Tripp. Jones is more SLB or a 3-4 inside backer, Smith is going to find it difficult to find a LB job in the NFL let alone MLB and Pierre-Louis is a WLB only IMHO. None of them bar Tripp has the size and athleticism never mind the signal calling intelligence to play the position.

You're basically looking at the crop of Mosley, Shazier (at a stretch), Borland, Smallwood, Tripp, Bullough, then a few late guys. One to keep an eye on that is climbing boards is Brock Coyle (Montana).
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Pierre-Louis - 6th rounder, not enough college production to step in and start from day 1. Not an impact player. Would you trust him on a Superbowl run? I wouldn't. Trevathan was a MUCH better player coming into the NFL, and only had 33 tackles as a rookie.

Telvin Smith - 6'3 and 218, built like a WR. Could develop in a couple years. We don't have that long.

Jordan Tripp - Who the heck knows? From his 5 minutes of game video I've managed to find, he doesn't appear to take angles very well. That's all I got.

Howard Jones - Played DE for Div. II Shepherd. I don't think I need to go any further.
Think he meant Christian Jones.
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The only one out of that 4 that has any shot at a MLB gig in a base 4-3 is Tripp. Jones is more SLB or a 3-4 inside backer, Smith is going to find it difficult to find a LB job in the NFL let alone MLB and Pierre-Louis is a WLB only IMHO. None of them bar Tripp has the size and athleticism never mind the signal calling intelligence to play the position.

You're basically looking at the crop of Mosley, Shazier (at a stretch), Borland, Smallwood, Tripp, Bullough, then a few late guys. One to keep an eye on that is climbing boards is Brock Coyle (Montana).
Subpackage coverage LBs in Nickel that we can draft not MLBs.
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Pierre-Louis - 6th rounder, not enough college production to step in and start from day 1. Not an impact player. Would you trust him on a Superbowl run? I wouldn't. Trevathan was a MUCH better player coming into the NFL, and only had 33 tackles as a rookie.

Telvin Smith - 6'3 and 218, built like a WR. Could develop in a couple years. We don't have that long.

Jordan Tripp - Who the heck knows? From his 5 minutes of game video I've managed to find, he doesn't appear to take angles very well. That's all I got.

Howard Jones - Played DE for Div. II Shepherd. I don't think I need to go any further.
Subpackage LBs need to do what they do best, cover. There's no reason to suggest that Tripp, Pierre-Louis, or Telvin Smith couldn't do so. Especially not from their projected round, or light in the pants size. And I was talking about Christian Jones of FSU. He has fluid footwork and is solid in coverage.
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Subpackage LBs need to do what they do best, cover. There's no reason to suggest that Tripp, Pierre-Louis, or Telvin Smith couldn't do so. Especially not from their projected round, or light in the pants size. And I was talking about Christian Jones of FSU. He has fluid footwork and is solid in coverage.
Got it. So far I have:

1. Ryan Shazier/CJ Mosley - Instant impact half-field LB's.
2. Jordan Tripp - Decent production and athleticism, not enough video to properly evaluate.
3. Avery Williamson - Not as good as Wood or Trev in college, could become adequate starter. Probably not an impact player.
4. Kevin Pierre-Louis - Would consider as a last-resort consolation prize.
5. Max Bullough/Christian Jones - Not sure they are any better than Nate Irving in Nickel.

Would be highly excited about the first two, and have massive question marks about the rest. Why not go get an impact guy, since there are no obvious other holes to fill?
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This is good football talk, more importantly it's about potential Broncos.

I don't want to see a wasted draft pick on a two down thumper. I truly think Irving or a free agent (Pat Angerer) could handle that. We need either a three down MLB which is rare, otherwise we need another coverage LB for nickel.

Now, if that coverage player can handle being a three down Mike, that's great, or if he can grow into that role over time, perfect! But as I see it, we need a coverage LB no matter what.

Now let's identify the different types of LBs, and project their round.

Three Down MLB:
Mosley Round 1
*And he's the only one I see as a true 3 down MLB right away.

Potential Three Down MLB:

Shazier Round 1
*We know he'd be dynamite in subpackages, could he hold up at MLB?

Van Noy Round 1-2
*His football instincts are incredible, always flashing and making plays. Because he can pass rush, his coverage ability is over looked, it's a strength, but could he play MLB?

Christian Jones Round 3
*Much like Van Noy he showed ability to pass rush, but he's a fluid athlete, solid in coverage, but could he play MLB?

Jordan Tripp Round ?
*Theres so little to go off of, we know like Shazier he can cover, could he hold up at MLB?

After that your looking at two categories.
Coverage LBs:

Telvin Smith and Pierre Louis
*These guys would be platoon players, who's job is to play Nickel D.

Maybe Three Down LBs:

Borland, Smallwood, Barrow, Zumwalt, Williams, and Divitto
*Guys who have played inside and outside, aren't exceptional coverage players, but are competent there. May or may not be long term three down MLBs?
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Curious what anyone's take on Smallwood?
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Christian Jones - Not sure they are any better than Nate Irving in Nickel.
I think Jones is much better in coverage
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I think he falls into that category of played MLB, but leaves some to be desired in his game. I think his stats are misleading and I think he's a drag tackler.
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I think Jones is much better in coverage
Agreed. Because he played some DE/OLB he'd labeled a SOLB. I think he's intriguing.
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This is good football talk, more importantly it's about potential Broncos.

I don't want to see a wasted draft pick on a two down thumper. I truly think Irving or a free agent (Pat Angerer) could handle that.
Yup
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With Clady, Vazques, ManRam, Franklin, Clark, and Montgomery a rookie isn't going to start unless we get some injuries. With those 6 guys we are basically two deep at every position.

Positions that I see having potential impact from a rookie this year are: CB, FS, MLB, and maybe DE or RB.
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The fact that we have heard nothing from pat angerer indicates to me he may have nothing left.
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The fact that we have heard nothing from pat angerer indicates to me he may have nothing left.
Well he had several teams interested from a report on rotoworld. He's not fully healthy yet.
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With Clady, Vazques, ManRam, Franklin, Clark, and Montgomery a rookie isn't going to start unless we get some injuries. With those 6 guys we are basically two deep at every position.

Positions that I see having potential impact from a rookie this year are: CB, FS, MLB, and maybe DE or RB.
You agree with me on the offensive line, but some of the other positions, by impact you mean from being role players right?

I don't see a DE starting over Ware on the weak side or Wolfe/Malik on the strong side.

A Rookie RB is not starting in a PFM offense.

A Rookie CB is not beating out Talib/Harris.

Agree with FS and MLB. But a rookie could be impactful in a back-up or situational type role.
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You agree with me on the offensive line, but some of the other positions, by impact you mean from being role players right?

I don't see a DE starting over Ware on the weak side or Wolfe/Malik on the strong side.

A Rookie RB is not starting in a PFM offense.

A Rookie CB is not beating out Talib/Harris.

Agree with FS and MLB. But a rookie could be impactful in a back-up or situational type role.
Yes, role players. Elway has done a masterful job to ensure that there are no holes on the team prior to draft.
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Put me in the camp that would like Van Noy to be a bronco.
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Yes, role players. Elway has done a masterful job to ensure that there are no holes on the team prior to draft.
And that's the best part, a deep draft, and no glaring holes!
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Put me in the camp that would like Van Noy to be a bronco.
I really really like his game. And MUG mentioned him as potentially sliding inside. To have a player like that on the roster, I would be comfortable with him playing MLB. He has great instincts, can cover, can blitz, can play the run.
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I really really like his game. And MUG mentioned him as potentially sliding inside. To have a player like that on the roster, I would be comfortable with him playing MLB. He has great instincts, can cover, can blitz, can play the run.
I agree with him capable of playing MLB in the NFL. His selection also adds insurance for Von (both ACL recovery and stupidity).
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I agree with him capable of playing MLB in the NFL. His selection also adds insurance for Von (both ACL recovery and stupidity).
I want him on the team and mentioned sliding Von to DE just so he could play SOLB. But I think Van Noy could play MLB, and him blitzing the A Gap would be scary.
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I don't see how Van Noy would be able to play MLB in a 4-3. ILB in a true 3-4 I could maybe see. But Van Noy is similar to Shazier in that he is best when running around and wreaking havoc. I could buy Shazier as a MLB far better than I could buy Van Noy who is to me a SLB/DE.

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Neither of those guys offer anything that Nate Irving doesn't already have.
Irving isn't exactly capable of full on running the defense. Zumwalt and Bullough are really good at running a D and making adjustments.
Irving has not displayed the instincts of a MLB in the pros.
We need a true MLB, not a guy that is just there for 2 downs and then the coverage guys come in. Zumwalt or Bullough could remain on the field.
Just because Irving is here does not mean we shouldn't address the position and attempt to upgrade it. So far he has proven to be good depth but not a true starting MLB.
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I ... mentioned sliding Von to DE just so he could play SOLB.
Get over this ridiculous notion.
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