Okay, for the last two weeks I've been reading everything I can find and watching every bit of footage of some of the top players we might be looking at for the #3 pick. If you've read many of my posts over that time you know I'm all about trading down. I really like Stafford, Smith, Monroe, and Curry. I'm not big on Orakpo and am luke warm on Raji. The problem I have is that the four elite talents that would be worthy of the #3 don't seem to upgrade us enough over current players on our roster while there are still huge holes elsewhere (the biggest being a pass rusher). I'm from the camp that thinks we have a pro bowl caliber LT already and that Curry is the same type of LB as DJ (just with a little more upside).
So next I set out to find the pass rusher that I think is the #1 need on our team, hands down. I looked long and hard at Orakpo and am now convinced that he is a physical "freak" and very fast but that he will not be the "monster" that his fans think. Here are two links to youtube clips on Orakpo. The first one is an ESPN story that to me is the perfect example of the "hype" that has him being drafted so high but doesn't really translate to the field. The second is a "highlight" package from some of Texas's big games. He does get a great burst, but notice how he just goes off his speed and doesn't really have any pass rush moves. This is why some tackles have taken him out of games, because if he can't run past them he's basically done.
Now we get to the guy I'm going to try and sell you on, Everette Brown. When you start going to the different "draft" sites and read about Brown a few things are repeated at almost all of them. First, he is taylor made for the 3-4 "rush" OLB position. He doesn't have the size to play as a typical 4-3 DE. Second, that his only real downside (other then not fitting as a typical DE) is that he isn't a major force against the run. Third (and the one that peaked my interest) was that he had a "varied repertoire of pass rush moves". I'll get back to this in a second. Finally, I also read things like "great first step", "great motor", "great work ethic", and "natural leader" numerous times. So here's one last youtube clip for you of Brown's "highlights". The number one thing that jumps out at me is that he makes the same speed rush plays as Orakpo, but has a SICK spin move that he uses if pure speed isn't going to cut it. If you don't want to watch the entire 9 minute video jump to 6:18 and watch the spin move he does on the inside.
I'm convinced that Brown will be the top pass rusher out of this draft class. (I also looked at Maybin, but he looked like Orakpo Light to me) If Brwon plays at OLB in the 3-4 his only downside is that he isn't a big run stuffer. However, if we use the hybrid system that has been discussed around here and he plays the "predator" position he would have limited run stopping responsibilities. So here's my dilema. I have a feeling Brown won't make it past Green Bay (who are also going to a 3-4) at #9. That would mean that we would have to trade down only a few spots to get him. That means Seattle, Cleveland, Cincinatti, Oakland, or Jacksonville would have to want somebody bad enough to move up. That would be my dream scenario, but I realize that even for Pioli that will be difficult. So here's where I'll lose all credibility with some of you. I would be okay with the Chiefs reaching for Brown at #3 if they can't trade down a few spots, but want to get the best player on the board in the area of greatest need. I also don't think Pioli will risk this unless he feels as strongly about Brown as I do. So there you go AP, rip me to shreds if you like, but at least take time to consider it. That way if they do take him at #3 maybe you won't break your flat screen by chucking your remote at it in disbelief.