Understood but if that is the case, we should be looking more for a pass rusher that is better suited to play RDE in the 4-3 instead since the Giants just mentioned how they want to move JPP to LDE. I'm not a fan of that move at all personally and would rather look for a more natural LDE like Jones and Okafor but neither of the three guys we are talking about really project well as 4-3 RDEs imo. Moore MAYBE can project to the RDE spot but I feel his athleticism in space is too good to not use him at 3-4 OLB.
Originally Posted by Kruunch
I know you're just using hyperbole with the 260lb comments (the juniors and seniors aren't THAT small) but he usually wins his matches on the interior with an array of moves and penetration instead of flat out bullrushing. I'd say he actually projects well on the inside because he can take advantage of slower linemen and he has a good blend of strength and speed so he won't be outright owned in the event the OL gets their arms and hands on him. I never said Jones was better suited to the 3-4 but that he can do it as well. It's just the safest place to throw him for now since that's what he did last season. He definitely has the body right now to play 4-3 end at LDE and set the edge against the run. Like we both agree, he isn't the best pass rusher off an edge but all we need is someone to win 1-on-1 match ups and take advantage of the attention JPP is getting. Jones can do that for sure.
Depends who's doing the talking ... those pimping him or those not. It's not just what he's done in college but how it projects at the next level. At the next level, I don't see him being nearly as effective in the interior (where he won't be facing 260 lb. accounting majors). And on the outside, we've covered his flaws which are not likely to get better at the next level. We both agree we think he's more suited to a 3-4 DE sooooo ..... (and I think he's a long way from being Geno Atkins personally).
I'm just saying that since he is a pretty young prospect coming out of college, he can continue to get more conditioning and add strength to his lanky frame. I wouldn't pass over him so fast because he still finds a way to produce NOW (and more consistently than Okafor) and he does look better in space than Okafor too. He's a risky prospect but I'd say he has a really good ceiling.
Inconsistent speed or slow motor ... call it what you like. The fact is that on some plays he looks like he's going half speed. We already have a LDE that does that
Being "hard on the kid" is irrelevant. I'm sure he's a great guy and at the level we're talking about, they're all amazing athletes. But again, you agree with me that he's more suited to a different defensive scheme (in this case as a 3-4 OLB). So my comments aren't off base (I'm just using adjectives you don't like (but agree with in essence hehe)).
Well, you did say Jones doesn't excel at either and that Okafor did so that's why I was confused in regards to the analysis of the interior pass rush. You are right that he is a well-rounded player and projects as a safe 4-3 DE to take in the draft but there is legit concern when it comes to his projection in playing the run and setting the edge against better OTs in the NFL, especially if he is going to play the LDE position. Now that we are playing in a division with the likes of the Redskins and Eagles, we're going to need someone who has a better shot at run stopping in the NFL and that would be Jones who has a better chance to not be moved around on the edge than Okafor.
No, Okafor doesn't have a better interior pass rush as Datone Jones. However he has a good interior pass rush ... has a good edge rush ... is good against the run ... and is good at setting the edge (and yes I have the same concerns there against NFL tackles). He's more natural to the LDE of any of the guys we've mentioned (which is where we really need him) and he has experience at all points on the line.
The one major issue I do have with Okafor is what do you do with him if he is a lost cause at 4-3 LDE? Can we salvage the player and stick him somewhere else if he has problems playing against bigger and more athletic OTs? I suppose he could be a situational pass rusher but that would suck as a 1st rounder if he can't play too many snaps. Worst case with Jones on the Giants is that he just have him gain more weight for the next season and have him compete for the 3 tech spot. Jenkins is here now but he isn't a long term answer and Austin is well...Austin :). The fact his only issue on the inside is pad level is good to me because it's coachable.
So to sum up why I like Okafor better than Jones or Moore ... he does more things better. While each of the latter two have one facet of their game where they might excel at, Okafor seems to stand out overall much more. He doesn't really have a weak point to his game (the major concerns being with projection).
Well, I like Okafor's motor as well but you have to realize that edge players usually look better than interior players in terms of motors (hence the reason you see so many DTs get tagged with motor concerns) and that Okafor has generally been put in better positions to make plays versus Jones. The reason I was against your "non-stop motor" comment is because that is a very high praise to give to a player and usually guys like J.J. Watt or even the real LT stand out in that regard. Okafor is not a monster to that degree when it comes to trying to establish his dominance on the field.
And comparing game tape on all three, there is absolutely no question (at least in my mind) who has the higher motor (Okafor ... by a mile). Part of the reason I'm so high on him (even over Ansah) is his conditioning.
Anyway, I think we both established that we're really high on our favorite DE and there is a bit of bias to our statements. I'd honestly be happy with any three of players because if there is one thing this coaching staff knows how to do, it's develop DL Always great to debate with you Kruunch.