Originally Posted by TheFinisher
It really depends on what kind of 4-3 we'd be running.
Lee and Carter can play whatever scheme you want them to.
Outside of that we'd have a ton of work to do in the front 7. Hatcher/Spencer would be out of place, and Spears/Coleman are aging vets who are past their prime. Same could be said for Ratliff, but he might have something left as a rotational 3Tech.
Crawford could be a decent strong side end and Wilber is a more natural fit in space as a Sam than he was as a stand up guy in the 3-4' so those would be positives.
I'm sure Ware would still be effective as a rush end, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to start stockpiling some young prototypical guys through the draft.
I would say we'd definitely need at least 1 true DE and UT to get this kick started , as those are the toughest positions and most important ones to fill for a successful 4-3 front.
[View Full Quote]Then there's the issue of the secondary, are we looking more at a Tampa 2 or a press man scheme? If its Lovie Smith and the Tampa 2 then we better get some new safeties, because the range we have currently back there will not cut it.
Just too many questions right now, we'll have to wait and see who they bring in as DC.
Interesting take on Wilber. I haven't really looked at any of the few plays he was in, but he ran a 4.86 at the combine. Don't know if covering a tight end which he'd have to do as a Sam, fairly often, would be his best position. He'd need to add some bulk to play DE but he's a young guy so it's possible, we'll see what they do with him.
You're right about Crawford. I think he could turn out to be an above average strongside DE. That'd allow you to take a Hankins in the first. Sheldon Richardson is an interesting prospect who could play the 3 technique in case, for some reason, Ratliff walks. I think you could also slide him out to strongside DE.
We invested quite a bit in press man corners so I don't think we'd be going to a Tampa 2 scheme. Plus our safeties are terrible, although we do have Sean Lee at mike where he'd excel.
Going to be an interesting offseason, that's for sure.