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D-Unit
02-21-2012, 03:01 PM
Which players can play multiple positions on defense and excel at them?

CashmoneyDrew
02-21-2012, 03:03 PM
Malik Jackson from Tennessee could play both end spots in a 4-3 and even slide inside and be a force there on passing downs. Could also play end in a 30 front.

jsagan77
02-21-2012, 03:37 PM
Brandon Boykin for me, PR, KR, CB, FS, WR...

Master Exploder
02-21-2012, 03:48 PM
Quinton Coples.

keylime_5
02-21-2012, 03:58 PM
Courtney Upshaw. Very versatile front seven defender - especially in a odd front.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 04:01 PM
Quinton Coples.
I like this mention. Please expand.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 04:01 PM
Courtney Upshaw. Very versatile front seven defender - especially in a odd front.
Go on... Why? :)

Dan_Steele
02-21-2012, 04:06 PM
Derek Wolfe. Can play in any defensive scheme and possibly any position in said scheme, excluding a 9-tech DE.

Docta
02-21-2012, 04:10 PM
Definitely Melvin Ingram. I'd say he could play about 4 different positions.

Prowler
02-21-2012, 04:12 PM
*what docta said^^^^

Should probably add Melvin Ingram to the list. Can get looks in multiple spots on the dline, rush in a 34, and starred in HS as a linebacker.

SuperPacker
02-21-2012, 04:15 PM
Quinton Coples because he has the speed and athletic ability to play 4-3 defensive end, the power and strength to play DT and the agility to play OLB in a 3-4. Hes probably best suited for a 4-3 defensive end but he could definitely lose some weight and play outside linebacker or put on some weight and play DT in a 3-4 or 4-3.

Master Exploder
02-21-2012, 04:29 PM
I like this mention. Please expand.

He can play every position on the line for both 4-3 or 3-4 defenses, except for NT. He's also athletic enough to play OLB in a 3-4.

keylime_5
02-21-2012, 04:35 PM
Go on... Why? :)

he can play DE in a 4 man front, OLB in a 3-4, ILB in some 2 gap systems, and even LB in some 4-3 systems. One of those guys you can move all over the field to get a great matchup kinda like Adalius Thomas.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 05:17 PM
he can play DE in a 4 man front, OLB in a 3-4, ILB in some 2 gap systems, and even LB in some 4-3 systems. One of those guys you can move all over the field to get a great matchup kinda like Adalius Thomas.
Never heard that player comparison before. Adalius Thomas eh? Cool.

keylime_5
02-21-2012, 05:30 PM
d-unit is ********.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 05:34 PM
d-unit is ********.
huh ?

niel89
02-21-2012, 05:35 PM
Adalius Thomas is probably the most versatile player I've seen at the NFL level. He could play DE, all the LB spots, some DT in passing situations, and has been know to do a little S work on a couple plays. He was just all over the place with the Ravens when Rex was DC.

Matthew Jones
02-21-2012, 05:39 PM
Upshaw is nothing like Adalius Thomas, who was a ridiculously athletic freak rumored to run in the 4.4s and capable of chasing receivers downfield stride for stride; I wouldn't even trust Upshaw in coverage on moderately athletic tight ends. Courtney can set the edge and rush the passer well, but he'd get eaten alive by any tight end worth his salt. Melvin Ingram is more similar to Thomas but still probably not someone you want in coverage on a regular basis. Ingram is versatile but nowhere near as athletic as Thomas and lacks the awareness, instincts, and consistency of Adalius.

rawdawg
02-21-2012, 05:42 PM
Shea McClellin from Boise St looks like he could play pretty much anything he wants. I believe he got looks at all 7 LB spots (3-4, 4-3 defenses) at the Senior bowl. He could also play DE in the 4-3 on passing downs. May need about 10lbs, but looks like he could be a poor man's Mike Vrabel for a 3-4 team that likes to throw in some 40 fronts.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 05:42 PM
Upshaw is nothing like Adalius Thomas, who was a ridiculously athletic freak rumored to run in the 4.4s and capable of chasing receivers downfield stride for stride; I wouldn't even trust Upshaw in coverage on moderately athletic tight ends. Courtney can set the edge and rush the passer, but he'd get eaten alive by any tight end worth his salt.
I wanna know what you think about this topic. Players who could play DL or LB. CB or S. Or all of the above. lol.

rawdawg
02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Janzen Jackson is also interestingly versatile. If he stays clean, he's a guy that can play a little bit in the box or deep half as a safety. He also has some solid coverage skills and can cover the slot in the nickel. Also should be able to play some special teams on coverage and maybe even as a returner.

TACKLE
02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Shea McClellin from Boise St looks like he could play pretty much anything he wants. I believe he got looks at all 7 LB spots (3-4, 4-3 defenses) at the Senior bowl. He could also play DE in the 4-3 on passing downs. May need about 10lbs, but looks like he could be a poor man's Mike Vrabel for a 3-4 team that likes to throw in some 40 fronts.

Listen to this man.

DeepThreat
02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
Easily Melvin Ingram. He can play defensive tackle, defensive end or linebacker.

D-Unit
02-21-2012, 05:53 PM
Easily Melvin Ingram. He can play defensive tackle, defensive end or linebacker.
Do you think he'll be a good pass rusher?

DeepThreat
02-21-2012, 06:08 PM
Do you think he'll be a good pass rusher?

Good, yes. Great, no.

The simple fact that Ingram is versatile doesn't imply that he will excel in any one of those roles.

Matthew Jones
02-21-2012, 06:17 PM
I agree with DeepThreat in that Ingram is more of a chess piece than an elite rusher.

Matthew Jones
02-21-2012, 06:18 PM
By the way, since we're discussing him a lot in here, does anyone else see a little bit of Adrian Clayborn or Jabaal Sheard in Courtney Upshaw?

Ghost of Juice
02-21-2012, 06:53 PM
Don't forget what else Ingram can do.

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Master Exploder
02-21-2012, 08:23 PM
By the way, since we're discussing him a lot in here, does anyone else see a little bit of Adrian Clayborn or Jabaal Sheard in Courtney Upshaw?

I don't really see the Jabaal Sheard comparison. I've seen certain things similar to Adrian Clayborn, but nothing has ever made me draw a comparison to the two besides maybe their lack of ideal height.

Care to elaborate?

descendency
02-21-2012, 08:35 PM
Dontari Poe will be able to play on any DL. Size to play NT. Length to play 34 DE. Could play 43 NT. I'd even venture a guess that he might be able to play 43 LDE.

SenorGato
02-22-2012, 03:17 AM
By the way, since we're discussing him a lot in here, does anyone else see a little bit of Adrian Clayborn or Jabaal Sheard in Courtney Upshaw?

I see a comparison that they're not physically ideal players but they are talented, experienced, and well coached players who know how to get everything out of their talent.

I also see it in that all three are 4-3 DEs as pros.

Sloopy
02-22-2012, 05:15 AM
I'll throw Hightower in here. The guy is limited in coverage skills and certainly isn't the MOST versatile guy, but most 3-4 teams would love to have him.

Can play inside in a 3-4 and in some schemes even 3-4 SLB as well as DE in nickel packages.