We have watched for an number of years the Packer defense letting TE’s just do to much. To go with all the Safety talk or middle of the defense problems, inside linebacker has been sorry to say this, bitched about since Hawk was drafted. I am not Hawk hater and I think Jones having been banged up most of last season has sown doubt about him after being given a nice contract. But saying that, Jones made plays in 2012 and some in 2013 when he was healthy, that Bishop and Hawk could never make. Is he the answer? I can’t say he is or isn’t, but the position can and should be upgraded.
Barrington is a possibility, but I would still like to see some competition added. If someone like Mosley happens to be there at #21 and I was turning in the card there would be smoke coming off my shoes to turn in the selection. I like Shazier also as a ILB in the 3-4. And both are worthy of the #21 pick.
There are some good linebackers in this draft. OLB’s that can play ILB and some ILB’s that can play some OLB. I like College OLB’s for the 3-4 ILB spot. They have to have range, quickness and as with the Safeties, got to be able to cover. As I mentioned about the safeties a LB being able to play both ILB and OLB in the 3-4 is big plus in the Capers defense.
So lets take a look at a few and see what you think.
Lamin Barrow 6-1 237# ILB LSU Another three down ILB. Good speed and quickness, good agility and instincts. One thing that stood out to me is his ability to shed blockers. 4th pick or later pick.
Howard Jones 6-3 235# OLB/ILB/DE Shepard. Developmental linebacker, I think he can be used as a ILB with development, but could rush the passer day one and play special teams.
Watch this one TT is mentioned. here’s his combine workout video. Another late 5th type.
Avery Williamson 6-1 246# ILB/OLB Kentucky. I like how he plays, reads quickly and moves, good quickness. Can read and move with a TE pretty well. Good player for one of the 5th round picks, But I think he will go earlier.
Steele Divitto 6-2 241# BostonCollege. Just a good football player. Might be the best name in the draft. Under rated to me, but a 6th, 7th rounder.
Honorable mention: Christian Kirksey Iowa, KevinPierre-Louis BostonCollege and Jordan Tripp Montana.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.