OK, based on the guys we drafted and who we have on this team, what does our D-Line look like for now and in the future?
From what I understand about Jordan Hill, he eats blocks and can get some penetration. That would make him a future Mebane replacement at the 1-tech, correct? So, in his rookie year, he should optimally get snaps spelling Mebane and eventually take over for him in another couple of years.
From what I understand about Jesse Williams, he is a run-stuffer with lateral speed. I see people talking about him starting in Alan Branch's position, and that makes total sense, but wouldn't Williams be more like a Red Bryant clone? Is he more of a replacement for Branch or a replacement for Bryant at run-stuffing DE?
Then we have Ty Powell, who replaces Dexter Davis essentially and hopefully can replace Clemons/Avril down the road. My question about LEO/9-tech is how hard it is to find prospects for that position. Is it as simple as finding undersized DEs or even 3-4 OLBs and seeing who sticks at that position, or should we be looking for more specific attributes?
The DL competition in camp should be great for the next two or three years. Some good players are going to get pushed out. I wonder if people have more (probably better) insights into this topic.
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