Was reading a post about possible LB moves and why the Eagles may be interested in Landry and it got me thinking. The post was by Tommy Lawlor on his site Iggles Blitz, back on march 12th. He was saying that Juan Castillo said last year he envisioned a starting SAM in this league as a hybrid S/LB position. I'm not sold either way on this possibility so don't go bashing me here saying it's a dumb move, but I am VERY intrigued by it as an idea.
With the way the NFL is changing in the sense of what a TE is capable of doing to a team on a regular basis, we need to move towards the SAM lb being more of a hybrid like Juan says. No longer is it just one or two TE's out there who can scorch a team, it seems half the league has one now. Hell, the Patriots have 2. This concept may finally stop the Achilles heel of the Eagles defense the past years of TE wrecking them.
Physical comparison to OLB in the NFL - Looking at the last few years height and weights from the combines the average OLB in the NFL is somewhere between 5'11-6'2 and weighs between 230-245. Right now Landry after bulking up so much, if you haven't seen the crazy photos yet (Landry Hulk). I'd say he put on about 15 lbs, to be cautious to not give him to much weight, from his 213lbs at the combine back in 07', so he'd be just a bit under the average weight, but he is in the height, at 6'0 flat. I won't even go into the speed factor, he is deff much faster than the above average OLB, but this is why we WANT the hybrid S/LB. We all know he can hit for his size regardless.
So whats all your take?