1-Bernardrick McKinney MLB Mississippi State 6 ft 5 250 4.5 40 yard dash
Uhh No, I am saying you don't need to draft ILB in round one to get pro bowl players. ILB has become a 2nd round position.
Why draft a player that high who is going to be standing on the sidelines?
Much rather have LT,CB,S, or a Pass Rusher in the first round.
When you go to dime, you'd have a 4 man DL and 1 ILB (you could use Te'o inside, and have Timmons put his hand in the dirt as a DE...granted, he wasn't a great replacement as a 3-4 OLB, but maybe he's better as a rush end in a 4 man line instead). We could also go with a 3 man DL in dime with 2 ILB, rushing either Timmons or Te'o from the inside (the offense wouldn't know which one).
No need to waste a pick on a devalued position when you already have one stud ILB. Te'o and Timmons strength is coverage. We don't need another Timmons clone.
We can pick up an ILB in the 2nd or 3rd and be just fine. Use your first pick on a value position LT,CB, or a Pass Rusher.
There are stars at every position in every round. BPA.
I'm a big fan of Manti Te'o but I don't think he is the best LB in this draft.
I think that honor would go to Jarvis Jones (Georgia).
He's a OLB. What is your definition of "true" LB?
EDIT: I didn't see the 'I' in 'ILB' in this thread title