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    The levon kirkland days are over

    NFL LB'ers are getting smaller and faster. The college game is dictating to the NFL for the first time EVER. The spread offenses are coming to the NFL. The college recruiting game is combatting them with hybrid LB/Safety players. Guys who can run, hit and cover ground and space. The days of the #255 linebacker are disappearing. Yes the pass rushing #260 OLB will always have a spot in the NFL. But the surrounding complimentary LB'ers will continue to evolve into the Hybrid type players. Ryan Shazier is a perfect example. How many of us wanted Lavonte David 2 years ago. Shazier is the same type player
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    2) Baker Mayfield-QB-Oklahoma
    3) Kyzir White-SS-WVU
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    The days of Levon Kirkland LBs will never be over. That dude was close to 300lbs and could run down field and cover TEs. He was an athletic freak.

    But to your point, sure the thumpers aren't going to be the norm in a passing league. But you still have to be able to stop the run. That was a huge problem for us last year.

    And if all teams go this route, it's really gonna help our O with our big thumpers at RB.

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    Makes me sad. I wanted to see Shayne Skov in the Black and Gold
    1. CB Marcus Peters Washington 6/190
    2. OG Josue Matias Florida State 6-6/320
    3. OLB Geneo Grissom Oklahoma 6-4/250
    4. DL Ellis McCarthy UCLA 6-5/330
    5. TE Jeff Heurman Ohio State 6-5/255
    6. FS Adrian Amos Penn State 6/200
    7. DT Terry Williams East Carolina 6-1/340

    UDFA
    DB Justin Cox Mississippi St. 6-2/190
    OLB Davis Tull Chattanooga 6-2/242

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    The days of Levon Kirkland LBs will never be over. That dude was close to 300lbs and could run down field and cover TEs. He was an athletic freak.

    But to your point, sure the thumpers aren't going to be the norm in a passing league. But you still have to be able to stop the run. That was a huge problem for us last year.

    And if all teams go this route, it's really gonna help our O with our big thumpers at RB.
    The Levon Kirkland freakish size-athleticism combo platter will be playing DT in St. Louis, though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by focosteeler View Post
    Makes me sad. I wanted to see Shayne Skov in the Black and Gold
    Foco I am a big fan of Skov's, But it wouldn't shock me to see him go undrafted.
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    2) Baker Mayfield-QB-Oklahoma
    3) Kyzir White-SS-WVU
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    The Levon Kirkland freakish size-athleticism combo platter will be playing DT in St. Louis, though.
    ...on a four man defensive line may I add!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    ...on a four man defensive line may I add!
    Wherever you put them, there will always be a market for big and fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    ...on a four man defensive line may I add!
    Imagine if they drafted Khalil Mack at #2 instead of Greg Robinson.

    Their front 7 would be:

    Chris Long-Aaron Donald-Michael Brockers-Robert Quinn

    Khalil Mack-James Laurinaitis-Alec Ogletree

    Dayum...that NFC West division would have been home to numerous epic defenses.


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    Presidential locker room talk: Discussing involuntary gynecological exams.

    According to the highest office in the country, some "very fine people" marched with torches in a violent protest in Charlottesville, but participating in a non-violent protest on a football field means you are an S.O.B. who should be fired.

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