Originally Posted by Eskimo
Lemon is more like a 4.9 to 5.0 40 guy. I don't think he has the necessary speed to play Sam in this system. If you look at the numbers, Albright is probably the quickest and most agile LB on the roster after Lee and Carter so he would be the ideal choice. If he lost 10 pounds he may also be able to take a tick off his 40 and run in the 4.7 range which wouldn't be too bad for the spot. His main competition right now would be Kyle Wilber.
I think Lemon's best shot is to be Sean Lee's backup at MLB and take the spot away from Dan Connor.
I think Ernie Sims is probably best suited for a backup role at WLB and SLB due to his issues with concussions. He'll probably have to compete with some UDFAs or a late round vet for this spot.
I think Lemon has faster football speed than that but I agree his coverage ability is a question mark. I also think he may be a better Mike than Sam. I'm interested to see how he competes.
I think Sims will compete at Sam and could backup all three positions. I'm also interested to see if they could use him as a DB in special packages.
Originally Posted by xwalker
Chicago 2012 SLB: Nick Roach 6'1 234
Tampa 2008 (Kiffin's final year) SLB: Cato June 6-'0 227
Ernie Sims: 5-11, 236
I agree. You can't dismiss his speed and coverage ability. I wonder how well he could blitz from the Sam.
Originally Posted by superpunk
It might be Anthony Spencer, especially if "Watch Seattles D" was any indication from Kiffin, he's looking for a pass rusher at sam.
I don't completely discount Spencer as the Sam but I think he'd be a better DE. That doesn't rule out the possibility of putting Ware and Crawford at DE and putting Spencer beside one as the Sam and rushing them all either. I'm more interested in seeing another player at the Sam though.
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