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Building for the future is the right thing to do! Especially if you have Dwight Freeney, Larry English and Thomas Keiser. Their contracts are up at the end of the 2014 season. Here are my scouting results for the 2014 pass rushing class.
Dee Ford out of Auburn has great movement and a good burst out of his stance. He knows how to get skinny, plays with a high motor, but needs improvement with his hands technique. Also, gets lost when the run play is coming his way. Unfortunately hes was always banged up and did not have a full season in college.
3 Stars 1st round projection
Scott Crichton out of Oregon State; more of a 4-3 rusher and plays with aggression, he does not posses much speed or burst for a 3-4 linebacker.
1 1/2 Stars 2nd round projection
Trent Murphy from Stanford would be coming in as a run stuffing linebacker. He is stronger than his combine numbers indicate. He’s not very fluid but knows how to use his hands well.
2 Stars 2nd round projection
Marcus Smith played at Louisville looking as a hybrid defender. He played all over the line, has good awareness, even blows plays up before it gets started. He is great against the run, but little athletic ability and gets diverted pass the quarterback with little effort.
4 stars 2-3 round projection
Jeremiah Attaochu out of Georgia Tech has a good burst around the corner with great footwork. Does not posses much of a bull rush but has decent straight line speed. He seems to wear down as the game goes on.
2 1/2 Stars 2-3 round projection
Trevor Reilly coming out of Utah has good athleticism. He was asked to play in coverage, more of one denominational player (speed rusher) but not much of a bull rusher. This 26 years old rookie might be drafted later on in the rounds cause of his age.
2 Stars 2-3 round projection