Originally Posted by villagewarrior
There's no linemen in that group. Teams built on the so-called skill positions won't and don't work at any level of football.
The linemen are still kind of up in the air. I only named the guys that are definitely awesome or on their way to being awesome.
Dorsey looked amazing in 2010, Jackson has had a really nice run recently, and Powe has looked good in preseason and in the few snaps he's gotten in the regular season. Gregg has been a force, but I'm not sure how long he'll continue to play. Behind them, Gilberry needs to cut back down to his pass rusher weight because he's not going to be an everydown guy and Bailey has been really nice on passing downs.
There really just aren't amazing 3-4 linemen pouring out of the draft/FA anymore. On top of a ton of 3-4 teams springing up, those 4-3 teams still desire players that would be amazing 3-4 DEs because those are the guys who can penetrate when needed, stop the run, occupy blockers, and have gas tanks to play just about every snap.
The 3-4 was a great way to go because you only had to pay 3 very good linemen and could find undersized DEs to play OLB anywhere you wanted for your price because no one else wanted them. It's still an attractive front because of its versatility and how you can disguise coverages and do a lot of things you can't do with a 4-man front while still being able to do everything you can do in a 4-man front.