Oct 4, 2013; Logan, UT, USA; Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Kyle Van Noy (3) watches Utah State Aggies quarterback Craig Harrison (12) during the second half at Romney Stadium. BYU won 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

What if Chargers Selected Kyle Van Noy in First Round? Would You Be Mad?


What if the San Diego Chargers threw a wrench in the plans and drafted Kyle Van Noy in the first round? What if they decided to select a linebacker in the first round and then fill the other pieces of the roster in the coming rounds? Would it be that bad to go in that direction?

Kyle Van Noy is a solid player and could get plenty of reps at the linebacker spot opposite of Melvin Ingram. The team could have a solid group of young linebackers that could be making plays for the team for years to come. Kyle Van Noy, Melvin Ingram, Donald Butler and Manti Te’o all could be making big time plays for the Chargers for years and years.

Van Noy MIGHT be available when the Chargers select in the 2nd round, but that is a long time to wait for his talent. There are a number of teams that would want to bring his talents onto their roster, so it could be risky to hope he makes it through to the 2nd round.

If the Chargers are considering Dee Ford with the first  round selection, then Van Noy has to be in the conversation. Van Noy would not be as good getting after the quarterback, but he is much more well-rounded and he has produced a ton in college.

With the draft deep with receivers and corners, the Chargers could select another position and fill the holes at receiver and corner in the later rounds. Kyle Van Noy could be the first selection and the Chargers could get the corner in the 2nd and a wide receiver in the 3rd.

So what if the Chargers selected Van Noy in the first round?

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • boltage89

    If Dee, Nix, Gilbert/Fuller not there, then I would not mind. Guy’s a beast!

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Gilbert who? Justin Gilbert?

  • rickochey

    I believe that since the draft is deep in WR and CB we should target the players that we need first such as a NT/S before WR. It sure is going to be a fun draft weekend.

    • Daniel Sutter

      bet we dont draft either NT or safety early in this draft. wouldnt be shocked if we didnt take either of these positions anywhere in this draft…

      • afroamongfew

        I agree with you. The earliest NT I see worth taking is projected to go in the third (Ryan Carrethers) and there’s a prospect that ought to be available in the 5th (Zack Kerr). As for safety, it’s a pretty deep secondary class. Sean Parker, Nat Berhe, Marqueston Huff, Craig Loston are all names to look for after the fourth round.

  • powderBLUE801

    If we go that route then we need to trade down and pick up van noy with our first pick which will be early 2nd and go CB with our other 2nd and WR with our next pick.

    • jcrisp

      Trading down is the best option definitely would rather have two second rounders than one 1st rounder in this draft. Really like this deep draft.

      • BlueBoltFan

        And most likely two 2nd round picks plus two 3rd round picks in this deep draft!

    • Scott Lee Miller

      With the draft being a deep as it is for talent. The perfect way to stockpile picks is to trade the 25th pick. I believe if we did this we could net 4 starters from this draft.

      • powderBLUE801

        Yes I agree.

    • esco charger

      Ok and when do we fix our D line because WR and OLB is a bigger need then D line correct

      • powderBLUE801

        But CB and WR are deep enough to do this pattern if we need too. I’m just answering the question of the article bro. Not saying we should trade down but if we did this is what would make sense. And for NT or D line I think TT has trust in lissemore. We traded a 7th round pick for the guy and we still need to give him a shot. Sure we can pick up a NT in the draft but I don’t think NIX is the answer.

  • 619chargers4life

    Would I be upset ? I sure wouldn’t . If Van Noy wasnt asked to drop back in coverage as often as he did last season, I’m sure he would have been a easy first round pick. You can’t deny his quickness off the line or his athleticism to stick with whoever he asked to in coverage . But with all that said . If we could trade back and still get him that would be more awesome .

  • Doofy

    I want him in the first!!!!!!

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    NO! Van Noy is a second round talent plain and simple.
    Some even have him going into the 3rd round.
    The Chargers are in perfect position to get him late in the 2nd round.

    They wouldn’t pass on Louis Nix for Van Noy.

    • powderBLUE801

      I guarentee he will be gone around pick 37 or 38 he will not last until we pick again in the late 2nd. Van Noy will be all pro OLB.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Most mock drafts I’ve seen have him going late in the 2nd round or early 3rd.

        The Chargers have interviewed Jeremiah Attaochu, John Pagano was at Demarcus Lawerance Pro Day. Van Noy is not the only pass rusher they have eyes on.

        • powderBLUE801

          Of course we should look at all the talent we can.

  • Sergio Quintero

    I like him a lot, but he isn’t value at 25, if they trade down to 40-45 range I would be perfectly okay with it, you don’t build your roster right by taking players ahead of their assigned value. The Raiders for years drafted players because they liked them and not according to value, and its a road to having an undertalented roster like say the Jaguars.

    The Jaguars under Gene Smith drafted players from small schools and ahead of their rating (Tyson Alualu as a top 10 pick), and it slowly resulted in the worst talent roster in the league.

    Take the best player at a position of need in every round, and you’ll come out with a rock solid draft.

    • afroamongfew

      We’ve had bad luck (Larry English) and good luck (Eric Weddle) taking players early in the draft from small schools, so I wouldn’t want us to, say, narrow our focus to SEC schools or whatever (it’s a hyperbole-filled example) just because of Gene Smith. And I say that as someone who doesn’t want us to take Van Noy.

      • powderBLUE801

        I wouldn’t say UTAH is a small school. Utah has produced great talent in football.
        #weddle
        #kruger
        #alex smith
        #steve smith
        Just to name a few.

        • afroamongfew

          Well, BYU and Utah are pretty similar and that’s where Van Noy is from.

          • powderBLUE801

            Yes they are similar but they both have produced solid NFL players.
            #byu
            #brett keisel
            #dennis pitta
            #ziggy ansah
            And of course the great steve young.

      • Sergio Quintero

        My comment is more directed on taking the player in the round that his value dictates, Gene Smith took Derek Cox who was rated somewhere between late 4-6 round, took him in the 3rd round, he took Terrence Knighton valued at around 5-7 round, took him in the 2rd.

        Good players are everywhere, but don’t start drafting like you’re 10 times smarter than everyone, because you get stuck with a bad roster. Lets remember what Bobby Beatherd did, he thought he was smarter than everyone, overdrafted a boatload of small school guys like Ray Etheridge, Mikael Ricks, Rogers Beckett just to name a few.

        • afroamongfew

          Right. I just felt like I needed to make that comment because there are a number of guys from smaller schools this year that I am fond of: Dakota Dozier out of Furman, Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise, Nevin Lawson out of Utah St., Pierre Desir out of Lindenwood, Zack Kerr out of Delaware. I agree with your opinion about the philosophy of trying to “out smart” others by over-valuing, I just don’t think that’s the case with folks looking at Van Noy.

          I see his stock rising in a “rising tide lifts all boats” sort of way when it comes to how Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr and Dee Ford and other DE pass rushing threats like Kony Ealy have moved up the draft board since december.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Speaking of small schools, if the chargers were to trade up for a player I would love to get Khalil Mack, dude was man among boys against Ohio State.

            Trading up is against my policy, but if that guy were available after pick 10, I would justify making the phone call.

          • afroamongfew

            Oh dude, I wish. It would probably take mortgaging the draft to trade up to take him.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Sergio….don’t tease me

          • Sergio Quintero

            Getting Mack will cost at least 1+2 that is tough pill to swallow. But if Telesco has conviction that he’s an elite player, in the level that Freeney was, I can justify it.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            “Experts” say he is. Some have called him the next LT. And that’s the original LT for those of you don’t know what I’m talking about. I saw one game he played in, the Ohio St. game and I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. All around I kinda like him more than Clowney.

          • Sergio Quintero

            I have him ahead of Clowney, I don’t have any doubts in terms of instincts and effort with Mack, the fact I have to ask the question will he have his head in the game, and play hard every play moves him below Mack for me.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            What would lead you to believe otherwise?

        • Daniel Sutter

          Sometimes being ‘smarter’ than everyone else pays off. See KA13 on this …
          Sometimes where ‘experts’ project a player is dead wrong. See Ryan Leaf on this…
          Just have to evaluate the tallent level, level of potential, dedication to the game and learning, and where said player fits into your system. Cant draft a player cuz the experts say they are the best, otherwise why are these experts not GMs themselves?

          • afroamongfew

            I think Sergio was making the argument that reaching for a pick, particularly from small schools, can be a bad maneuver because you wind up acquiring talent that never pans out to equal the value of when they were taken (case in point: Larry English). Keenan Allen, on the other hand, was definitely NOT that kind of move. He was originally projected to go in the 1st two rounds until his injury and basically fell to us. Taking Allen wasn’t a “prove the critics wrong” move. You could use someone like Bruce Irvin or Geno Atkins to make that point, but not KA13.

          • Sergio Quintero

            You are not understanding, go check everybody and their brother thought Allen was great pick in the 3rd round. What I’m talking about are picks that everybody goes WTF are they doing, so examples:

            Mike Mitchell 2nd Raiders
            Tyson Alualu 1st round Jaguars
            Fabian Washington 1st round Raiders
            Bruce Irvin 1st round Seahawks
            Tim Tebow 1st round Broncos

            These are picks where the people thought they were smarter than everyone else, and were almost universally panned by every expert and their brother. There were articles from here to every webpage talking about how great the Allen pick was, but these picks are the kind that get the “legendary” millen score on walterfootball, and F’s from most experts.

      • Daniel Sutter

        some players are only playing for small schools for reasons other than talent. Such as Desir projected to go in the second. I think the dude has good talent and is projected to the 2nd mainly due to playing for a small school. Gotta love the heart and desire (punn intended) for putting himself through college while raising his family.

        • afroamongfew

          Absolutely. If you look down, I mentioned Desir among the other small school prospects I’m interested in. He really won me over with his play in the Senior Bowl.

  • MachoMenos

    I know there are guys who are always saying NO, YOU CAN’T DRAFT HIM IN THIS ROUND!!! IT’S NOT A GOOD VALUE!!! But so what? Can he play, does he fit our system and can he make us better? Those are much more important factors for me. The bigger question here is, would Van Noy make that much of a difference for us? I love how this guy seems always to be around the ball. Has great football instincts from what I can ascertain from my limited football knowledge. Although there are several players that I would love for us to pick in the draft I’m basically in the IN TELESCO WE TRUST mode since his rookie draft last year. I hated our first 2 picks and, although I liked Keenan Allen, I wasn’t that happy that we were getting another injured receiver. Now I love Keenan Allen, attitude and all, Mant’s great year, considering his broken foot and our beast, DJ Flucker who gives us a whole new attitude on our O-line.

    So what I’m saying is, if he’s good enough for Telesco, he’s good enough for me.

    • Daniel Sutter

      like ur style…

  • Daryl Peek

    Now I’m no expert but I’ve been looking at highlights on Stephon Tuitt, and the kid is a beast. In watching him and the Notre Dame defense I took note of Nix. I must say I’m underwhelmed at his showings. Nix gets blown off the line of scrimmage or does not get penetration fairly often. I even noticed that in watching some of his highlights. I’m not feeling him at 25.

    That said, I wouldn’t be mad if we took Van Noy.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    He’s first round talent but not in this draft. The thing is, if we draft someone else in the first he won’t be there to be drafted in the second. You can bet that. However if Telesco trades down to get more 2nd round picks, which I’m starting to like the idea of, that round is full of first round talent in many other drafts and Van Noy could be taken there.

    • Sergio Quintero

      They have to find someone who wants to trade up, with so such a strong depth draft its going to be really hard to get full value on the trade chart on a trade down, everybody will want to move down, very few will want to go up.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Exactly. And that’s why I think this draft is so beautifully terrible.

      • Gunnar Martin

        San Francisco might be a possibility. They like Brandin Cooks a lot, and may need to trade up to get him. If he’s still there at 25, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a them pull the trigger. Same goes for Carolina.

  • Nick Mansoor

    If EVERYONE we are targeting in the first is gone. Then yes. If not, then it would be way to early for the 1st roundround. But I wouldn’t be mad, just surprised they drafted him that early

  • afroamongfew

    If the team is planning on not really having much of a pass-rush next season, sure. I like Van Noy a lot, he reminds me of Ingram and I think there lies the problem. Next season we have, in our OLB corps worth mentioning, Ingram (who is far more than a pure-pass rusher), Jarrett Johnson (a run-stuffer) and Dwight Freeney (a prototypical LEO/Elephant 3-4 OLB pass rusher). I think that given Ingram’s skillset, taking Van Noy would be really redundant, at least in the short term.

    I just don’t buy Van Noy as a pass-rushing threat as I would, say, Dee Ford, Demarcus Lawrence (who I want us to take in the 2nd) or Jeremiah Attaochu. If we didn’t have Melvin, I would support taking Van Noy in the first. He has risen his stock to be considered a fringe first-round talent, I just think that taking him would be kind of unnecessary in the short term.

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree dee ford and attaochu is better for us because we have ingram on the other side…van noy is Ingram 2.0

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      I agree.

      I want Jeremiah Attaochu…bring him in on 3rd downs and let him free.
      He brings serious pressure off the the edge.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Lawrence could make it 3rd round, he would be an excellent pick there, maybe a little early in the 2nd. My value on him late 2nd, early to mid 3rd round, small school and 4.8 speed probably push in to 3rd round.

      Another off the radar but really productive guy at a 3-5 round value is Shaqil Barrett from Colorado State.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        He ran a 4.5 at his pro day.
        Late second for me.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Early 3rd for sure, if he ran 4.5 he made himself quite a bit money.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            4.69 actually but scouts told him they clocked him at 4.5…Why would they lie? lol

        • zeus619

          Crazy thing he may get drafted in 4 round. He has a lot of potential but with deep draft and a lack of spotlight he could be a diamond in the rough. We should definetly consider drafting him.

      • afroamongfew

        Is Barrett another LEO/Elephant-style 3-4 OLB?

    • zeus619

      I’ll put my money on J.Attaochu. He’s fast. We need more pass rush and think this guy could be a difference maker on defense. Paring him with Ingram would be an excellent pass rush attack. He can be had of a late 2 or mid 3 round pick. I would also consider D.Lawrence in 3 round.

  • serg21

    Not at all the guy is a line backer version of the honey badger this guy can play

  • Julien Bélair

    I saw an ”expert” saying that he is a top 15-25 talent and he dosen’t understand why people are getting off the van noy bangwagon.

    I would not be mad but he is not my first choice at all but if we do not select him I doubt he falls in the second round.

  • navw21

    There is no way we should take him in the first round. There are just so many better players available at 25. I feel he will be available when we select in the second round, but if we need to trade up a couple spots to assure it. Im okay with that.

  • tbell11

    It depends if any of the other players were targeting are gone or not. If Nix or Fuller are still available then yes i’ll be mad.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Would I be mad? Heck to the no! Honestly, it shocks me that he isn’t already projected inside the top 25. Believe what you want, but he’s a much better player than most of the guys analysts have projected to us right now.

    • Julien Bélair

      He is better than Barr

  • Derek

    I’d be pissed because he is a high floor guy and without a nt will look just like walker I don’t think nix is worth 25 but we need him or hageman. Lissemore looked good but also didn’t last. And the fact that geathers or jerideau got no play time says we didnt think they were ready last yr. they prob won’t be this yr either so we need nt depth who could start if needed. Also another pos more important than olb right now is cb. Based on the way Tt signed he looks like he will evaluate who is available at 25 of both positions and pick the best athlete

    • Gunnar Martin

      I see your point, but you can’t really judge Jerideau yet. He was on IR the whole season last year.

      • Daniel Sutter

        Jerideau was also ahead of Geathers on the depth chart before getting injured. Went to several days of training camp last year and he stood out as the best NT on the practice field. I noticed this because i never thought Cam was the right player to start and payed close attention to that specific position.

        • Daniel Sutter

          I also think Nix is gonna be a bust.Maybe not for the right team but idk about SD. Think TT is gonna look for that diamond in the rough at NT…

      • Derek

        He went undrafted. Considering it takes a drafted d lineman a yr to have an effect esp in 3-4 at this time he projects as a back up at best. Our d line coach isn’t one that brings out the best in our ppl like cowboys or jets or ravens or bengals. Which is another subject in itself. Our d line coach hasn’t made anyone better. Luiget performs like a 1st rd pick, Reyes like a 2nd rder he has many mediocre few great games. Bottom line I think he needs to be replaced

        • Gunnar Martin

          I agree. I expect Lissemore to start at nose at first. Hopefully Jerideau can surprise us sometime down the road once we get a D-line coach that can actually develop player well.

  • Daniel Sutter

    Thanks for the weekend material Ernie! Been sayin for awhile now that we should take Fuller, Ford, or Van Noy, in that order, in the first round if available. IMHO if these three are gone then trade the 25 pick for more later picks unless someother player takes a huge tumble down the boards due to a run on QBs (like gilbert or lee for example.) One take away SD fans should have from TTs draft last year is to trust the front office to find the right tallent for our team. He has done wonders for this roster thus far.

  • BlueBoltFan

    For the value, I’d prefer Jeremiah Attaochu (or Trent Murphy) in the 2nd, but there’s no guarantee that either would be there. So I’d feel about the same with Van Noy in the 1st as I felt when we drafted Fluker in the 1st round last year. That’s worked out so far.

  • veazy

    I’d rather see the Chargers get Manziel if he fell all the way down to 25.

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      For what reason?

      • veazy

        To step in for Rivers after he retires.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          I think it’s pretty safe to say we have MUCH bigger issues than drafting another QB in the first round to replace Rivers.

          • veazy

            True, but the article is asking if people would be mad at his idea, and I’m sure drafting Manziel would actually piss some people off.

          • Gunnar Martin

            It would definitely piss me off. Then again, I trust so much in Telesco that I wouldn’t be able to stay mad for long.

          • Stefanie Smith

            The Spanos family and McCoy would not like the riff raff that Manziel would encourage and bring. He likes the camera and likes standing in front of it. He’s not like Manti who wants to blend in. That would be insane for the Chargers to go for Manziel.

            Just a feeling, but I doubt that Manziel would be as cooperative as Sorenson or this other backup QB we have We sure don’t need four QBs.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Exactly. Picking a QB in the first round of this draft would be the last thing in the world I expect.

          • FitzWilly

            Stan Jr for Mayor

            Am I Right Ladies :)

          • Daniel Sutter

            i would be beyond pissed

        • Stefanie Smith

          Then why did they draft Sorenson? Thought he was supposed to be their project and QB of the future.

          • veazy

            I wasn’t serious about it. It would definitely throw me off guard if this were to happen because it would not make sense as you and Gunnar pointed out. I just said it to keep with the spirit of “would you be mad if [hypothetical player] were drafted?” I honestly also expected you wouldn’t like it.

        • gpack17

          haha rivers is barely 30…is manziel going to wait an extra 8 years before rivers retires…

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    The Chargers interviewed Jeremiah Attaochu at the senior bowl, combine, and are scheduled for a private workout this coming week. HE’S BETTER THAN VAN NOY

    • Gunnar Martin

      I wouldn’t say he’s better by ANY means, but there’s no doubt that he’s a very exciting prospect. I love that they’re showing lots of interest in both of them.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Van Noy is better in coverage.
        But he’ll never be the pass rusher Attaochu is.

        With Manning in our Division I say go with the guy who can get after the QB.

        • Gunnar Martin

          I’d go after the guy that can do both, but to each his own. Regardless, I’ll be happy if we land either.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            I think I might be the only one who realizes that Peyton Manning plays in our Division.

          • Gunnar Martin

            Well that’s an extremely mindless thing to say. What’s the issue with having a playmaker that can both sack Manning and intercept his passes? Nobody even knows yet if Attaochu will even end up to be the better pass rusher out of the two. Anybody can speculate, but if it were that easy, then there wouldn’t ever be any busts in the NFL.

            IMO, Van Noy gives us a better shot at winning, including when we play Peyton and the Donkeys.

    • afroamongfew

      Yeah, I’m going to agree with Gunnar that Attaochu isn’t necessarily a better pick than Van Noy. If I was building a team from the ground up to succeed, I would take Van Noy because he’s more versatile in terms of what he can do. Attaochu doesn’t really have the horozontal speed to excel when it comes to dropping into coverage, but he has the kind of straight-line speed to be an effective pass rusher.

  • julian vesga is chargerfan#21

    What round pick would we get for trading Clary and English?????
    At the same time and the same team????

    • Gunnar Martin

      If I were a team that wasn’t the Chargers, I wouldn’t be willing to give up anything for both of them combined. Not even a seventh round pick. Maybe something very small if they reduced their cap hits, but even that wouldn’t have much value.

  • Matthew Sung

    HELLLLL NOOOO! I think he is the PERFECT fit for our scheme and can line up at probably most of the LB positions.

    • jamfed

      Van Noy is a track and pursuit outside linebacker, not exactly a pass rushing specialist…
      I love is motor, but he’s not exactly a perfect if he can play MOST linebacker positions (which is really a Jack of all Trades / Master of none).

      • Gunnar Martin

        Just because pass rushing isn’t the only thing he can do doesn’t mean he isn’t good at it. Being labeled as “versatile” can be a little misleading. He is actually a great pass rusher.

        • jamfed

          “Great”?
          …I don’t see great yet… Decent, maybe…

          • Gunnar Martin

            Okay, could be great. Great… potential. Maybe you haven’t seen enough of him. He was a much better pass rusher than you seem to be giving him credit for.

  • jamfed

    The Chargers currently have SEVEN OLB’s on the team: Ingram, Freeney, Johnson, English, Williams,Law and Keiser,
    I kind of like this rotation, and I don’t think SD needs another OLB
    I’d say Sand Diego needs some interior push in nickle packages, like an Aaron Donald

    • BlueBoltFan

      The problem is Freeney is 34 and rehabbing from a season-ending injury. Johnson is 32 and better against the run than at pass rush. Neither of them, nor Larry English (who is a verified bust) will be on this team in two years.

      And we were 23rd in the league in sacks last year.

      This is the perfect time to draft a pass rushing OLB that will eventually become the bookend for Ingram and boost our pass rush in the short term. The Giants and Seahawks have both had success stockpiling pass rushers.

      • jamfed

        23rd in the league in sacks is because of the IR. Ingram, Freeney and English all were hurt a majority of the season.
        …it’s not the perfect time for SD to draft a OLB, as they would be sitting behind a already FULL position. I’d like to see SD’s 1st round pick START from day one.

        • BlueBoltFan

          “23rd in the league in sacks is because of the IR. Ingram, Freeney and English all were hurt a majority of the season. ”

          This says it all to me. So now we’re going to hope that Freeney (who hasn’t completed a full season since 2011…or had double digit sacks since 2010) and Larry English, who has spent his entire career being average when he hasn’t been injured, are going to be the answer for our below average pass rush?

          And again, these are players who probably won’t be Chargers in 2015. OLB’s tend to take a year to fully develop (as do most rookie positions except kickers, o-lineman, and RBs), but players like Dee Ford and Kyle Van Noy could contribute year 1 as pass rushers which helps our coverage. And Van Noy has cover skills. They can also help if our vets go down to injury again.

          We haven’t had an elite pass rusher since Merriman. Not saying it’s the direction we have to go, but a bunch of guys with injury histories and/or on the wrong side of 30 doesn’t make us too deep to draft the position, imo.

          • jamfed

            …well then why did Telesco invest into Freeney. And English has been injury prone, yes, but he’s cheap, has talent, and eager to proove to a new staff, as this may be his last chance in the NFL. Again, he’s under contract too.
            SD is better off getting a Hageman, Nix, Tuitt and BIG D-LIneman.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I agree with you on Nix. Hageman and Tuitt not so much. They’re 5-techniques where we’ve already invested our 2011 1st round pick in Liuget and the 2012 2nd round pick in Reyes. Obviously CB, OL, and WR are big needs too, but they’re all very deep positions this year with potential starters going into the middle rounds.

            All I’m saying is, much like with Keenan Allen at WR last year, investing an early pick at OLB could be beneficial considering we have multiple players who are getting up in age/have injury histories/are nearing the end of contracts. Improving the pass rush helps our coverage. If we draft an OLB now, we get a contributor this year, and by the time those vets are gone (most likely in 2015) we could have a starter ready to step in. It’s not a wasted pick, imo.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Would suck ass if he ends up being like Kiko Alonso and we whiffed on him too. Even so I wouldn’t draft him in the first.