Originally Posted by Maury77
To DV and Bit, Wilson certainly looks very athletic, but why didn't they play him on the edge at Illinois? He had the skillset for it. Arguably we would have provided a bigger impact. What gives?
Also, can you remember another ILB who converted to 3-4 OLB in the pros?
It's not common and you can never bank on it...
Wilson shows a bit of that skillset, but it can't be assumed.
And Hobson was a huge failure. Just as just about any player not in the league in their 20s.
Rushing the edge is a special ability. It's not something that can be learned. The whole concept of leverage and being able to coordinate your muscles in a way to make yourself strong on the move is a special trait. A lot of guys can get to the edge but are just pushed off the train tracks as I like to consider it. Basically a guy gets out there, but the O-lineman just runs him right out of the play. It's because the player doesn't have that lateral strength around the edge. Woodley and harrison are excellent in that regard.