Ranking the nation's top 20 defensive ends

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    1. Sam Montgomery, LSU
    Particulars: 6-4/245, Jr.; Greenwood (S.C.) High
    Buzz: Montgomery is another freakish athlete who is one of the best pass rushers in the nation. He had nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss last season; two of his sacks came in LSU's regular-season win over Alabama. Montgomery is fast and shifty off the edge, and while his work against the run isn't necessarily stellar, he holds his own in that facet of the game.

    2. William Gholston, Michigan State
    Particulars: 6-7/278, Jr.; Detroit Southeastern
    Buzz: Gholston had 70 tackles, five sacks, 16 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery last season. But conventional wisdom seems to be that he just started to scratch the surface of his potential. He has unreal athleticism for his size and can wreak havoc off the edge. He had 27 sacks as a high school senior.

    3. Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
    Particulars: 6-5/245, Jr.; Plano (Texas) Plano West
    Buzz: Jeffcoat is a former five-star recruit who began living up to his hype last season. He has excellent speed off the edge and has gotten better against the run. Jeffcoat led Texas with 7.5 sacks last season and added 54 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and three pass breakups. He played especially well in the second half of the season, with all of his sacks coming in the final seven games.

  2. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    I want Jackson Jeffcoat.....

    3 reasons

    1. son of Jim Jeffcoat, so he would be a legacy
    2. he is a Longhorn
    3. the kid can flat out play
  3. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    The Cowboys need a prototype Strong-Side OLB, IMO.

    Butler, Wilber and Hamilton all appear to be better fits on the Weak-Side; although, Wilber could get bigger.

    Gholston's size is more 4-3 DE or 3-4 DE. I wonder if a 6-7 super-athlete could play 3-4 OLB?
  4. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    I would be looking for a guy who can play OLB but can also be a great pass rusher. There is no need to get a guy high who doesn't have that ability at OLB.

    We do need to start preparing for the day when Ware is no longer a dominant pass rusher. If Ware becomes just a good pass rusher as he ages we are going to be toast. His game has always been based off of speed so the loss of a step will make a huge difference. The thing about speed is that it tends to go before strength and power so he probably isn't going to have the same kind of longevity as guys like Reggie White and Bruce Smith.

    We can easily get by with someone who is only adequate dropping back into coverage. Spencer is only adequate right now. We can also deal with a guy who is only adequate against the run. But we need a guy who can be a good pass rusher. That is the way the game is moving and we only have one guy right now who can get the job done off of the edge. The Giants have four (JPP, Osi, Tuck and Kiwi).
  5. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Cowboys need to draft at least TWO of these guys. With both Spencer and Butler not sure things next season/Ware a year older - pass rushing OLBs is an absolute necessity for a 3-4 scheme.
  6. jcollins28

    jcollins28 Well-Known Member

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    Datone Jones will be in this discussion by the end of this season.
  7. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    Your listing college 4-3 DE that would have to transition to OLB. You need to add Jarvis Jones to the top of that list. Plays 3-4 OLB now and Is a beast. The Mingo should be #2.
  8. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    Gholston reminds me of a young Julius Peppers.
  9. Sarge

    Sarge Red, White and brew... Staff Member

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    Can they both play OL too?

  10. jobberone

    jobberone Kane Ala Staff Member

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    I'd look at Devin Taylor out of South Carolina but I don't follow the college kids like some of you do. Clemson has a monster but he won't be eligible until year after next.
  11. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Sign quality proven OL in FA. Tony Romo does not have a lot time to break in new blockers. And Romo has shown that he does not need blue chip OL to create his magic.

    When opposing teams nullify Ware, Cowboys have ZERO pass rush.

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