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  • 3-4 ILB's

    The Bills need help at LB desperately, and I was wondering who the best 3-4 inside linebackers would be in the draft and what round they are likely to go in. I really like Greg Jones, but reading the thread on him, he doesn't seem to be a good fit in the 3-4. Other guys I'm particularly interested in are Mason Foster and Casey Matthews, and Nate Irving (although I'd imagine he would be too small).

  • #2
    It's a really difficult position to project. So many different types of players fitting so many different types of schemes. Plus, you have traditional 3-4 Mike's and Ted's as well as hybrids utilized in pass rush.

    2 of my favorites are vastly different players...

    Martez Wilson - Illinois
    Mario Harvey - Marshall

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    • #3
      If Martez Wilson, Courtney Upshaw, or Don'ta Hightower come out, all would be great 3-4 fits that should be available in the 2nd-3rd. Chris White and Mike Mohamed are good fits middle round guys and Mario Harvey is a guy I like in the late rounds. I think there is a good number of other guys that could play it as well but I'm not sure if its their best fit (Herzlich, Foster, Wright, Sheppard, McCarthy, and Matthews would be early-to-mid round guys that fit that description).

      I also still think Akeem Ayers' best fit in a 3-4 would be inside and not out but that he should actually go to a 4-3 team and play on the strongside as a blitzbacker a la LaVar Arrington/Clint Sintim

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      • #4
        I actually think Hightower would make a better OLB then ILB, but he's capable of playing all 4 positions in a 3-4 scheme. I agree about Ayers, he's definitely a better fit inside but he isn't really a volatile or collision athlete like alot of 3-4 ILB's. I like him better in a 4-3 as well. Martez Wilson is a guy who could be a really nice find outside the first round, he's strong at the POA and a solid tackler. Another guy to keep an eye on is Alex Wujciak from Maryland. Not the most athletic guy around, but a tough, hard nosed football player who is scheme diverse and could find his way onto a 3-4 club.
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        • #5
          I'm a big Josh Bynes fan. He has been slowed because of a knee injury and is currently wearing a bulky knee brace. But at 100% he's a tackle machine.

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          • #6
            Wilson and Hightower are definitely two of the top guys. Mark Herzlich would be a good pick too pending medical.

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            • #7
              Ayers and Hightower then everyone else, though the gap between a really good ILB and a good ILB is not large. I'd like Ayers to replace David Harris who we might/could/probably should lose in FA.

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              • #8
                Scott Lutrus-UConn. A tough, lunchpail guy that could have a bright future.

                Or fantacize about drafting Luke Keuchly. Purrrrr....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 6270410908 View Post
                  Scott Lutrus-UConn. A tough, lunchpail guy that could have a bright future.

                  Or fantacize about drafting Luke Keuchly. Purrrrr....
                  If i was gonna fantacize about a guy, his name would be Vontaze. Keuchly doesn't fit in a 3-4 at all.

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                  • #10
                    Hightower would be a good fit for the Ted spot for the 9ers, Size/Speed wise. I don't know how he is at taking on blocks because seems like whenever I seen him playing at Bama he had his hand in the dirt rushing off the edge.


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                    • #11


                      Should transition nicely to 3-4 Mike

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                      • #12
                        Mario Harvey is a major sleeper.

                        I can see him develop in to a star eventually.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by phlysac View Post


                          Should transition nicely to 3-4 Mike
                          Mase and Mark Herzlich would be my steals in the second round at ILB.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thegreatone View Post
                            Mario Harvey is a major sleeper.

                            I can see him develop in to a star eventually.
                            Agreed.

                            I'm curious, it would be interesting if Chargers got Butler and Foster in consecutive years. haha

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