Originally Posted by Paradis
I have a problem with this "blinders on" mentality.
It's been the year to draft an edge rusher for what, 3 or 4 years now? Yet we haven't. In fact, I'd say that it's a fairly common occurrence that these tweaner OLB types slip further in the draft that we often mock, and rarely develop into the disruptive phenom we expect. And almost always, it's the dline who stay and stand the test of time, while the OLB drift into their 2nd and 3rd teams in search of contracts.
There's so many variables and dimensions to success at that position. You almost have to farm them, rather than draft them in rnd 1.
Here's what i know. Great OLBs rarely make a crudy dline look good. Great dline can allow crudy OLBs to put up numbers.
Well a GREAT OLB could make their dline look better by commanding a lot of attention, thus freeing them up a little. But, I tend to agree you more in that very good 3-4 DEs can disprupt a game a lot more and can make your OLBs look better much easier.
The trend now seems to be to match up good pass rushers against guards and try to get that pressure up the middle. It prevents the QB from having a clean pocket to step up into, and can also force them to keep a RB in protection.