Originally Posted by mrcoops
I wasn't sold on him originally but, having watched all of these guys on tape, Ayers is head and shoulders above the rest.
Houston? Great take off speed, but very variable effort and often looks clueless when not just rushing from the outside. Looks pretty terrible playing in reverse and reading run keys.
Reed? Great effort and hustle, but looks very stiff and not great sack numbers for a guy who did little but rush the passer in college. His "less talented" team-mate Ricky Elmore actually produced more than Reed, without the benefit of Reed's speed and Clay Matthew's style hair.
Ayers? Not as stout as I would like at times at the POA, but has great speed and quickness, can cover, rush and has a great ability to sort through trash, avoid blocks and make the tackle. Clearly the best all-round OLB of the bunch, with unpolished upside as a pass-rusher with his speed and athletic ability.
Completely agreed with this.. Ayers has the most potential too.. I feel that if he was asked to rush the passer more at UCLA he would be a much higher pick. Of course, he's not completely polished as he tends to miss some tackles, but you're not going to get a perfect player at pick 30.. His upside is enormous and I think he'd flourish in Rex's system. I think he's really going to be a steal if we can get him at 30. I'd even look to trade up to 25 to get him ahead of Baltimore and New England. I'd also do that for Heyward. If we can come away with either of them, I'd be psyched. But as of right now, Ayers is the guy that I want.