Originally Posted by eaglenj
I just dont see thomas as a good enough starter given our overall defense and the fact that he saves us $3.6 million with no cap hit.
Is he a dependable, veteran player...sure, but he is very slow, and doesnt do any one particular thing exceptionally. If we had some young, fast players that needed a veteran presence I could see it. But we have all slower-veteran LBs and need to inject some speed and youth into the position.
Pace took a lot of heat this year, and I think that was overdone. He is a very good player....he is just not a star. If the Dline in general is getting pressure, and Pace can be isolated, he is very good (see his sack/forced fumble on brady). But if he is facing an OT who has help, hes not a guy who is gonna split a double team.
I think we can live with either a DE or OLB out of this draft and then work westerman into the mix for thomas. Ideally we can trade down into the second round and wind up with a Taylor in the 2nd, beal with one 3rd and BPA with the other 3rd.
guys like pace, thomas, scott and ellis are all fine, but not together. you need to mix in younger guys with more speed/explosiveness so that you have a blend of savvy veterans and young energy. the jets front 7 lacks the pure young energy/speed right now, and that's why they can't get off the field on 3rd downs enough.