autigerfan Posted January 31 Share Posted January 31 There seems to be a lot of disappointment as Nielson is not the name some wanted (Flores, Fangio in particular) but I think this could be a very solid hire as Nielson's position groups have performed well and players have developed for the most part. Given that Nielson's background with Allen and in New Orleans was with the 4-3, I am making the assumption that he will carry this front over with him to ATL. This may rejuvenate the career of Grady while also stalling the growth of some players particularly if they were drafted to fit the Pees scheme. Below are my initial thoughts on how we could line up. E - (maybe sign a FA that won't break the bank like Clowney) Ade Ogundeji DT - Grady Jarrett, TaQuon Graham (could also slide over to the nose if we are more of a one gap penetrating unit as we did early in Grady's career when we still had Babs.) NT - This obviously becomes a major need depending on what you think of Timmy Horne and how he would fit in 4-3. I don't see the Redskins allowing Payne out of the building. Even A. Anderson has most of his experience coming from teams that deployed the 3-4. We should also be aiming higher than Jaleel Johnson. E - Arnold Ebikete (I hope AK 47 doesn't become a casualty of our scheme change because I had very high hopes for him, but his skills don't seem to translate well to the 4-3 particularly given the profile of Saints DE's in recent years.) Could also be addressed with a high pick or FA such as Yannick Ngakoue. WLB - Mykal Walker/Troy Anderson. The Will and Mike seem somewhat interchangeable in how 4-3 teams deploy their linebackers nowadays. This could also save the Walker pick as he was bypassed in the 34. MLB - Mykal Walker/Troy Anderson. I would think their preference would be for Troy to emerge at Mike as he is tied to the team for the long-term and probably possesses a higher upside than Walker. This also probably reduces the likelihood that Evans is brought back. SLB - DeAngelo Malone (I've always felt Malone's best bet would be as an off-ball linebacker in the mold of DeVondre Campbell or Michael Boley.) I think he could shine in this spot. Arnold Ebikete might be asked to compete for a spot here but he has always seemed better moving towards the QB than dropping into coverage. Freddies 3rd Cuz, Herr Doktor, PokerSteve and 1 other 3 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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