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I think it's become painfully clear that we don't have a dominant prescense in the middle. Casey is stout against the run, and Marks and Martin look to provide decent/good rotation depth... a pocket collapser up the middle is desperately needed.
Morgan and Wimbley have been pretty dominant at times... but the stats don't show that. When getting pressure from our ends, all opposing QBs have to do is step up in the pocket since the interior is getting no push whatsoever. If there was that collapse or even indentation up the middle, Wimbley and Morgan's sack numbers would be higher... and turnovers could possibly be higher as well if QB's weren't able to step into their throws on every attempt.
Its clear to me now that a penetrating UT is priority #1... and its not even close.
I noticed this in the Pittsburgh game. We would have brought Roethlisberger down numerous times had the middle of our line collapsed the pocket.
Star is supposed to be this type of player, but I have yet to watch one of his games. If he isn't there are the other DTs worthy of the pick? If yes then I'm on board.
I think there are some other DTs, but they are most likely Mid/Late 1st, 2nd quality. I think Star is the only blue chipper..
Thanks. That's the impression I was getting floating around this year. Still feel we need to go defensive in the first round, but if it's nowhere near BPA I don't believe we should take them just because it's a need.
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