Couldn't agree more Crash.
I have always contended that the skill set required for DE in our D does not require a 1st round pick period. Two is just ridiculous.
While your comment is sarcastic you do know that JPN does in fact "blame Arians" when we drafted Hood over an olineman?
You need to lay some knowledge on him,
I like Tomlin and think Colbert has no peer, but this one is most certainly on them. Hood especially, should have been a second rounder on a 4-3 team
Despite the very uncharacteristic FIRST LINE of that post yes I said that.
If Smith were in the draft TODAY with his tiny school and measurable, he would NOT BE a first round pick.
Prediction: When all is said and done (4th round pick) Al Woods WILL wind up to be the best 3/4 defensive end on this roster.
Smith was powerful, able to dominate and control a lineman, but not as clock fast as Hood or Heyward.
The same can be said of Al Wood who ALSO was a 4th round pick.
The difference between first round picks tends to be speed.
You can often get EXTREMELY powerful linemen outside the first. They just dont time well.