Ruthless 2017 Mock Draft:
1.30 ILB Zach Cunningham 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
2.62 OLB Jordan Willis 6'4" 255 Kansas State
3.94 CB Sidney Jones 6'0" 186 Washington
3.105c DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 289 Villanova
4.135 CB Rasul Douglas 6'2" 209 West Virginia
5.173 RB James Conner 6'1" 233 Pittsburgh
6.213 SS Lorenzo Jerome 5'10" 204 St. Francis
7.248 TE Michael Roberts 6'4" 270 Toledo
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I don't think you realize how often we do this stuff. Mainly because it hasn't worked all that often this year. We can blitz all we want but if the opponent calls the right protection scheme and none of our guys are beating the one on one we are going to get burned in the secondary. That's what I think is happening this year.
When opponents have figured you out and have compensated you don't just tell players win your one on one match ups and it will be OK. The opponents are making sure you can't win those by adjusting. But we don't adjust, just more of the same.
- Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
- Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
- Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
- John Johnson-S, Boston College
- James Conner-RB, Pitt
- Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
- Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State
I honestly don't care if they don't get another sack this year if they keep points off the board for our opponents and get off the field after third down.
I think the defense has played pretty well recently and doesn't at all seem vanilla to me. They are mixing things up well enough to keep the opposition off-balanced. I'll ride with LeBeau personally. I don't think age has much to do with being open to change or not. They are doing it without Polamalu and a less than 100% Harrison. Like less year, when the defense ranked No. 1 but was still roundly attacked, this No. 2 ranked defense is not getting enough credit. They may not be loaded with playmakers or getting a ton of sacks, but they have played good team defense for the most part. As usual, whomever they defeat, there are a lot of whines about the opposition stinking. NY Giants should be a good test, though.
will somebody please change the record?
this one is broken.
I've also seen more of looping the OLBs/DEs behind the crossing ILBs.