- Luke Keuchly will probably not be available by #15. In any case while Keuchly's "lack of athleticism/size" has been way overhyped I agree with Trotter's assessment that he doesn't have a natural "pop" to get off interior lineman, which is what a wide nine (or even a non-wide 9) MLB needs in the NFL.
- Burfict is a psycho and a moron. He's not smart enough to run an NFL defense. If they drafted him he'd wind up in the news the first offseason for getting arrested at a Camden Motel 6, in a soiled diaper smoking crack and drinking syzzurp.
But I've just been watching some YOUTUBE GAMETAPE of this Hightower nigga, he is easily the most physical linebacker in this draft at the point of attack. More physical even than Burfict, who likes to knock out ballcarriers but doesn't seem to want to dirty his hands in the trenches. Hightower regularly takes on interior lineman, presses them away, and chases down ballcarriers. He is an excellent blitzer. He is well-spoken, and a veteran leader of what was one of the more complex defenses in college football.
He has supposedly ran a 4.67 40, which is respectable for a MLB. But I don't care about 40 times so much as the fact that he looks very explosive in small spaces, it doesn't look like a man his size should be moving that fast.
His largest liability may perhaps be pass coverage but I think he could better at it than people think; he's a 'natural' big boy (about 6'4 260lbs) and seems to have excellent body control for his size; being 6'4 also doesn't hurt in TE coverage. But coverage shouldn't be the main concern when we're looking at MLBs to draft... honestly our nickel defense might work better with a Rolle/Clayton duo at LB than any of this draft class' middle linebackers. We just need an enforcer and physical leader for first and second down.
I think this pick should be used on Hightower, and I think Hightower has the potential to be an as good/better pro player than Keuchly and easily better than Burfict.
Also if they're using this first pick on Hightower what does everyone think of filling their need for a SAM linebacker with KEENAN ROBINSON from Texas in the 3rd round or so. That nigga fierce too.