Originally Posted by Macnalty
I do agree with this point Church was on the edge of too slow last year and with the achilles injury I think he hits the tipping point for speed considering most recovery scenarios. Vacarro could be the BPA is some plot where no QB are taken before us and we can accommodate no trade partners.
Agree that Church's biggest issue before was borderline speed; however, he lost weight from about 222 to about 212 last year and was noticeably faster in Training Camp.
I think the Achilles injury depends on if it was a complete tear or a partial tear. There's a good chance that he does not have any lingering issues from a partial tear; however, recovery from a complete tear is really unpredictable.
Worst case, they just move him to OLB. He wouldn't have to get that much bigger than his original 6-2, 222 to be the size of a LB in a Kiffin defense. The SLB for Tampa in 2008 (Kiffin's final year) was Cato June who was only 6-0, 227.