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Best Pass Rushers in the 2012 Draft

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by wittenacious, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. wittenacious

    wittenacious Active Member

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    Quinton Coples: Looks tired, or maybe high, or too cool for school ... something's off ... not a fan of the guy, myself ... don't trust that he'll be all-in, especially after getting paid.

    Nick Perry: "... he shows you a lot of things that LaMarr Woodley ... he has those characteristics." ... "He can tackle the quarterback ..." Eh, sounds like he's got some unevenness to his game.

    Melvin Ingram: "It seems like Melvin Ingram has been just descending the entire time" ... "really short arms" ... "but he's so athletic" ... is he worth our 1st Round pick? Not sure. ??? Seems there are better choices to me.

    Whitney Mercilus: Intriguing player to me ... I like the "look" of the guy's game, but need him to be a 3-down player, not just a 3rd down pass rusher, to get my total confidence ... is he just a "one year wonder?" Can't help but think he's more than that.

    Vinny Curry: Not a 1st Rounder, but an interesting prospect ... "quick off the ball" ... "explosive off the ball" ... "natural feel for rushing the quarterback" ... top of the 2nd Round, maybe? ... is he worth a Cowboys pick in the 2nd?

    Mike Martin: Per Mayock: "... a guy a little bit down the line" ... "... he's put together like you can't believe, this is not a sloppy 300 pounds."


    More food for thought. Should we have any particular interest in any of these discussed pass rushers? I like Whitney Mercilus. What do you guys say?
  2. johnnyd

    johnnyd Active Member

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    Quinton Coples: Looks tired, or maybe high, or too cool for school ... something's off ... not a fan of the guy, myself ... don't trust that he'll be all-in, especially after getting paid.



    Agreed , plus those 2 arm brand things gross me out. :p:
  3. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    I don't think this is a great pass rush draft and who ends up being the best player is far from certain. I do think that those who are counting Coples out are being too quick to rush to judgment on a kid who probably had a messed up mind this year and possesses incredible upside. This is that rare guy who has the frame and strength to play 3-4 DE but also the explosivness and finesse to rush the passer. Guys like this don't come around too often and I really think he is hard to pass up. I remember people had very similar conversations about Calais Campbell after his Senior year with motor concerns and what would happen to him in the pros.

    The other two guys that I like in this draft are Bruce Irvin and Mercilus Whitney. Both of these guys have great motors and great stories. I think they have a lot of hunger and will excel in the pros with all the adversity they have overcome in their lives. The light has really come on for both of them and both are great athletes with natural passrush instincts.

    I still think this is a weak draft in impact players but has enormous depth and we need to trade down to spread out our options so we hit on more picks in the end. This draft is deep well into the 4th round.
  4. Cowboy Junkie

    Cowboy Junkie leonargized

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    Bruce Irvin
    Mercilus Whitney
  5. TheDallasDon

    TheDallasDon AegonTheConqueror-Now bend the knee

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  6. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    It's heavy the in first round, but very light in later rounds for sure.
  7. cowboy_ron

    cowboy_ron You Can't Fix Stupid

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    I would love Curry in the 2nd
  8. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Seems like a pure 4-3 DE to me. Not sure I want him roaming around too much. Put his hand in the dirt and let him push people around.
  9. TheDallasDon

    TheDallasDon AegonTheConqueror-Now bend the knee

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    I like Curry as OLB but would rather grab B.Irvin.......who is my favorite LB prospect this year.
  10. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    A lot of the picks are thought to be late first rounders to early second rounders amongst the pass rushers. You have to remember that most people aren't expecting Cox, Brockers or Melvin Ingram to be very good pass rushers, just good all-around players. Those guys are all solidly first rounders.

    In the second third of the first round you have Coples and Upshaw. Coples can be big-time but Upshaw has a low ceiling as a pass rusher, IMO.

    In the latter thrid of the first round to the mid second round there are lots of guys like McLellin, Branch, Hightower, Curry and Whitney.

    After that there is Bruce Irvin and a couple of others like Jake Bequette and then there isn't much after that.

    As usual, if you want to get your pass rusher you have to take a shot in the first two rounds unless you get lucky and Irvin drops into the 3rd.

    It just irks me so much that we can't hit on a great pass rusher later in the draft for so many years now. We have drafted one guy in 30 years with more than one double digit sack year. Only one guy and that is despite 3-4 vs. 4-3 and several different defensive and head coaches. Of course there were only 2 GMs thoughout - Schramm and Jerry Jones.
  11. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Irvin is really only a nickel DE pass rusher who we hope to convert into an OLB at this point.

    He is definitely a project who won't play OLB much his first year.

    Despite that he is worth the pick if we think he can put up double digit sacks because those kinds of guys are so hard to find in the draft and then don't hit FA often and then cost a boatload of cash to acquire.
  12. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    You just named 10 pass rushers that could go in the first round and even forgot Nick Perry who may end up being the best of the group. That was my point.

    If someone isn't expecting Cox or Ingram to be good pass rushers at the next level, I'd stop paying attention to them.
  13. Eskimo

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    I'm talking double digit sacks guys and that's the general concensus from what I've been hearing. There doesn't appear to be a true elite type pass rush talent in those whole draft according to the experts. There are some boom-bust guys with that potential like Whitney and Irvin. However, the front 7 guys expected to go in the first half of the draft - Cox, Ingram, Kuechly - none of them are thought to be consistent double digit sack guys.

    On Cox they are almost certainly right in a 3-4 scheme as it is the rare DE who gets more than 6 sacks a year in that scheme. However, I agree that Cox will be an upper echelon 3-4 DE pass rusher and probably put up 5-7 sacks per year and I would be happy with the pick at #14 but everyone seems to think he will be gone before our pick.

    As far as Ingram, I like him a lot. I'd also take him if he fell to #14. I think there is a decent chance he can be an 8-sack per year guy but I am skeptical that he ever ends up being a double digit guy due to lack of elite explosion and lack of length. I do love him as an all-around guy and for the versatility he would offer a creative DC like Ryan.

    As for Kuechly he seems like a Sean Lee clone. I'd be happy with the pick except we already have 3 young ILBs on the roster and I don't think he fits on our roster as a SOLB.

    Anyhow, there are contenders for pass rushers but they are all risky and a bunch of them are probably reasonable value at the bottom of the first to the middle of the second (yes Perry should have been included in my earlier list but I sometimes forget about him as the concensus seems to be he will be a 4-3 RDE only).
  14. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    I expect guys like Ingram, Perry and McClellin to be double digit sack guys. They may not be, but if thats the case they simply failed to meet expectations. If your point is that this class is weak because there's no DeMarcus Ware in it, I don't really think thats a fair measuring stick.
  15. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    just because 10 are drafted in the first round does not mean they deserve to be.

    THis is a very weak draft for PASS RUSHERS. And that is the point.

    Double digit pass rushers are rare and frankly I don't really see ANY in this draft.

    There are maybe a couple of people who should be drafted from the middle of the round and later. There are NONE that are top 15 picks. IF you are looking at past years.
  16. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    This would be my dream come true!
  17. Eskimo

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    Lots of draft classes have two guys who the concensus seems to be they will become double digit guys. This year no one seems to meet that threshold. Last year there was Von Miller and Aldon Smith, for example. That's the type of player that I'm talking about.

    I like Ingram and McClellin a great deal, too. I'd be happy if we could get our hands on either of those guys but neither seem to be slotted where we pick. Ingram seems to be going top 10 but may slide due to stature concerns and lots of people talk about McClellin around the tail end of the first which means we only get there with a trade down from the first or a trade up from the second.

    Perry I'm not sure about because he has explosion but not agility - he also seems to be a pure DE in a 4-3 scheme. I think he is boom or bust. I can see the potential in him but worry that he is too linear. Ingram is silky smooth and agile but lacks the top end explosion. It'll be interesting to follow their careers and see how they pan out.
  18. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Well, there's certainly no Von Miller type athlete in this draft, but that doesn't mean it's a weak pass rusher class. I disagree about Aldon Smith. I think Ingram is a better prospect. Aldon had an incredible rookie season, but I didn't expect that kind of rookie season from him as a prospect. Maybe others did, but I would not have picked him where he went. Ingram seems like a much safer (i.e., better) pick to me. Most people will pan that statement simply because of how good a season Aldon Smith had, but that's based on hindsight. I'm talking about based on the information we had on these guys before they were picked.

    If Cox and Barron aren't there at 14, and a decent trade offer is made, I'd be thrilled if we moved to the end of the 1st and picked up McClellin. I'd bundle a couple picks and get back up in the high 2nd (or maybe the first) and also get a Konz and still have at least one more pick in the 2nd/3rd rounds, and at least one more in the 4th. That'd be a helluva start to the draft. Could potentially be a McClellin/Konz/Silatolu/Broyles draft.

    I like Perry a lot as a 4-3 DE, less so as a 3-4 OLB, but I think he could do it. I wasn't talking about for us, though, just pass rushers in general.
  19. bpfred

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    I think Coples is the best pass rusher in the draft, and expect him to be a double digit sack guy--if his weight stays about where it is now, or a little lower. Watching him move, the strength and quickness, I just think he is better than these other guys. A LOT better.

    I like Branch, Perry and Mercilus, and think they have chances to be pretty good, but don't really expect any any of them to get10+ sacks.

    Ingram is the player that scares me. He has really good quickness--it's his best attribute. He's got good speed, not great speed. The 4.66 he ran at the combine came after he dropped his weight from 272 at the Senior Bowl to 264. His 10 yard split was good but not great--not as good as Coples. I view him as a 4.7 40 guy. He's short and got short arms--two strikes in my opinion. If anything happens to detrimentally affect his quickness he could be out of the league pretty quickly. On the other hand he has really good quickness, and can make plays because of it.


    I view Upshaw as a 4th rounder. I have a hard time seeing him as a star in any role. Definately not in the same class as some of the other Alabama defenders who deserve to be mentioned as 1st rounders.
  20. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    I personally have wanted Coples long before his "slide" began...those people thinking he won't play "after he gets paid" aren't thinking correctly...he will be on a rookie scale meaning he won't get "mega-bux" unless he performs at an elite level for a few years....I'll take those few years...

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