My faith in Ayers has grown exponentially as time has gone by. Literally the only thing he could do to make him more appealing is be more of a badass. If he was more of a badass, he probably wouldn't be there at 30 (sadly, still probably won't)...hell if he was more of a badass he might be getting Arrington comparisons minus the on field discipline problems...that's probably too far but w/e...close enough.
I really think you underrate the crap out of Ayers, though I can understand why...I did it at one point too. Amongst the guys who can athletically handle the 3-4 OLB position I think he offers the best combination of things that can actually be described as football skills. He's got the potential to be an all around playmaker, which in our search for THE pass rusher gets naturally underrated...That and on the field he just gives a damn more than most guys with his kind of talent.
Last edited by Much ado about Nothing; 04-26-2011 at 03:27 PM.
I spent my insomniac hours this morning watching Ayers and Reed. I'm more convinced than ever that Ayers is simply on a different tier than Reed. Granted, I wouldn't dislike having Reed on my team - just not at the 30th spot.
Justin Houston? I really don't know what to think about him, but he scares me.
I don't care about his pass coverage skills, or how fluid he is, or how he's better than average at 10 different things, but excellent at none of them. I just don't care. My wish list at OLB includes a quarterback killer, not another Bryan Thomas. What i see when i watch Ayers, is a guy who doesn't show great burst, doesn't have a good closing speed, and gets lost in his blocks. Those are the particulars I'm looking at.
if we're gonna spend a first rnd pick on OLB to rush the passer, then GOD DAMMIT, he better be able to. I don't see it in Ayers' game.
(thats just the way i'm looking at him, doesn't mean it's the right way)
Last edited by Paradis; 04-26-2011 at 08:41 PM.
See I don't think that's one and the same...You can not be a badass and still have a ton of fight in you. Moreso than any of the legit DE/OLB prospects in this draft, Ayers plays like he gives a damn. Even when he's not directly involved in the play he'll show up somehow, he's a player that is always moving.He's not badass. Couldn't have put it better myself. He's got no dawg in him.
I think he's the kind of guy who ends up being a pro's pro. Same thing for Cam Heyward, who I put in the same class of prospect. Neither guy is really a badass in the loud and alpha kind of way, but their play on the field play is mostly on point with tons of little things that makes it a little easier to bet money that they'll improve their games.
The rest I guess is legit...I had the same questions about his ability to pass rush but for the most part I feel like I've answered that question about him. Playing strength is a conditioning and training thing...a good organization could handle that.
You're right about the rest. He'd be dream come true for a team like CLE, or DET - a defensive "field general" of sorts, like Farrior. I want a harrison or woodley though. "I've got a fever, and the only prescription is crippling your quarterback".
That's what i want from an OLB drafted for the NY Jets in rnd 1, otherwise we got other directions we could go. Watkins. Williams. Rudolf. trade back if Heywards gone would be great of course.
I have a feen for Akeem Ayers. This kid is the real deal.