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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenfleece View Post
    1. Chris Long is a rare kind of defensive lineman who wears the offensive lineman down over the course of the game rather than vice versa and therefore is more likely to make plays late in the game when they matter most.

    2. The draft is notoriously difficult to predict, and the defensive tackle position has an unusually high percentage of busts in the first round (it seems like I saw somewhere that only first round receivers have a higher bust percentage).

    3. If one player already consistently draws double teams, another player is not going to draw them "better"; either the other team double teams you or they don't (and last year they did because our interior linemen were getting more pressure on the quarterback than the defensive ends were).

    4. Both Dorsey and Long faced constant double teams throughout their entire college careers, but compare their stats:

    Dorsey (entire 4-year career): 13 sacks, 27 TFL, 7 QB pressures, 4 passes deflected, 1 FF
    Long (senior year only): 14 sacks, 19 TFL, 23 QB pressures, 9 passes deflected, 2 FF, 1 interception, 1 blocked kick

    5. Long was among the top defensive linemen in most of the Combine drills, whereas none of Dorsey's numbers particularly stand out.

    You can't possibly compare DE and DT stats like they're equal. There is much more to the DT position than what the stats show.


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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Charile Casserly makes the most valid argument I've seen advocating Chris Long on the NFL Network. To paraphrase, he said that end is more valuable than tackle. He said that Carriker can be an effective 4-3 DE in 1st and 2nd down, but is not an elite pass rusher. He posed this question: Is Carriker a number 2 overall DE? If he's not then by logic, DE is the choice. He said you can win with an interior combination of Clifton Ryan and AC.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Bar-bq View Post
    Charile Casserly makes the most valid argument I've seen advocating Chris Long on the NFL Network. To paraphrase, he said that end is more valuable than tackle. He said that Carriker can be an effective 4-3 DE in 1st and 2nd down, but is not an elite pass rusher. He posed this question: Is Carriker a number 2 overall DE? If he's not then by logic, DE is the choice. He said you can win with an interior combination of Clifton Ryan and AC.

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    That poses an excellent question. Would Carriker be an overall no. 2 DE this year or last year? But, that's avoiding one of the crucial points of drafting, in that we should pick a player that will help our team the most, and to help our team be the most successful it can.

    Regardless, we WERE NOT winning with a combination of Ryan and AC last year. I know, there's a lot more to the equation than that simple statement, but...

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post

    that's avoiding one of the crucial points of drafting, in that we should pick a player that will help our team the most, and to help our team be the most successful it can.


    But is that player Dorsey? Do you really believe that displacing Carriker and limiting the play of Ryan, Glover and Wroten is going to be THAT beneficial? Wouldn't it be to our benefit to actually address our key area of concern, rather than attempt a band-aid solution, praying that the adhesive is strong enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers

    Regardless, we WERE NOT winning with a combination of Ryan and AC last year. I know, there's a lot more to the equation than that simple statement, but...

    You bet there is more to it. The interior combination of Carriker and Ryan was far from the problem, and I'd bet dollars to donuts it can't even be cited legitimately as a top 5 concern last season.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

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    1.) Needs are subject to change at a moments notice. Did you read Jim Thomas' article yesterday? He did a wonderful analysis about the allegedly "deep" Rams DT position. An injury or a suspension can change things muy pronto in the NFL.

    Compare the depth at DT to the depth at DE and suddenly the tackle postion looks very deep. Carricker, Glover, Ryan at DT and Little, Hall, Victor at DE and tell me which set looks like it needs more improvement.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by barbq
    If Sapp really was the highest rated player in the draft that year, why in the world would he have been taken Twelfth? It seems to me like a projected #1 prospect would sit somewhere in the vicinity of that pick, if he was passed for Numero Uno.
    bar, to answer your question, Sapp dropped because he tested positive for drugs two days before the draft. The "character issue" flag got raised and he slid to Rich McKay and Sam Wyche at #12.
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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Am I the only Gholston fan?
    We need a pass rusher, The best pass rusher in the draft is Gholston, The mans a beast.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    You can't possibly compare DE and DT stats like they're equal. There is much more to the DT position than what the stats show.
    Well, we're talking about a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 "under" tackle. So they are a bit different but still somewhat similar; it's like comparing a 4-3 defensive end with a 3-4 outside linebacker. A 3-technique defensive tackle would line up slightly further inward than a 3-4 end and would occupy one gap whereas the 3-4 end would be a 2 gap position. However, if you compare NFL 4-3 UTs and 3-4 DEs, I'd bet you'd find the numbers to be quite similar.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Does size matter? Just watching the predraft coverage in NY. C Long next to J long looks like his little brother. If CL is not a speed guy then he is going to get eatin up by the big tackles at this level. On the other hand Dorsey is a big man. So based on this scientific study, Dorsey.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by smitheRAM View Post
    Does size matter? Just watching the predraft coverage in NY. C Long next to J long looks like his little brother. If CL is not a speed guy then he is going to get eatin up by the big tackles at this level. On the other hand Dorsey is a big man. So based on this scientific study, Dorsey.
    Jeff Otah, the mammoth OT from Pitt, did just that when Long faced him this year. So I can definitely see where you are coming from.

    I have been playing a scenario out in my head and I can see this happening somewhat tomorrow. If the Rams can't muster a trade out of Atlanta, they will stay put and select Dorsey. Once they do, they will call the Falcons and say if they want their man, they have to select Chris Long and relinquish a pick later in the draft in order to complete the deal. If the Falcons don't comply and take the player they want, the Rams would be content with Dorsey since he was #1 on their board and Haslett would be able to do wonders with him. That is a scenario I have played out and I think we could see happen tomorrow. That, or I am just completely wrong.

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    Lightbulb Pick your DE; Long or Gholston?

    Quote Originally Posted by lostsoul View Post
    Am I the only Gholston fan?
    We need a pass rusher, The best pass rusher in the draft is Gholston, The mans a beast.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bar-bq View Post
    But is that player Dorsey? Do you really believe that displacing Carriker and limiting the play of Ryan, Glover and Wroten is going to be THAT beneficial? Wouldn't it be to our benefit to actually address our key area of concern, rather than attempt a band-aid solution, praying that the adhesive is strong enough?
    Quote Originally Posted by smitheRAM View Post
    Does size matter? Just watching the predraft coverage in NY. C Long next to J long looks like his little brother. If CL is not a speed guy then he is going to get eatin up by the big tackles at this level. On the other hand Dorsey is a big man. So based on this scientific study, Dorsey.
    I think the real debate is Long or Gholston. Bar-bq makes a good point, and also when he cited the NFL video (which I also watched beforehand). We NEED a pass rusher, and I think Carriker/Ryan is a great combo. If we have Carriker jump ship to DE, our DT quality goes down and we are taking a chance with Carriker, who is not a speed-rushing guy. This is why I think Gholston would be great, as pointed out by lostsoul. SmitheRam made a great point with the size issue as Bald_81 also expanded on for Long. Though Long may not have the speed, he may be a great disruptor. Chris Long appears better against the run and may be able to break up plays in the backfield. All these users make great points; the way I see it though is that we need a DE for the various reasons stated before me by several posters. A tandem of C. Long/Gholston with Carriker and Ryan inside and Leonard Little on the other side would be GREAT. Quality DEs are hard to come by in this league and I personally think we have some great tackle prospects at the moment. DEs also are quite pricy. The drop off in DE talent in the draft may prove to be significant, and while I am content with our current DTs, we can always bolster the ranks in the late rounds. We don't want to look back years ago, overpaying for a mediocore DE, when we could have selected Chris Long or Vernon Gholston. With that in mind, I believe our main focus should be on these two players and I think the FO would be making a serious mistake by taking Gholston out of the equation, and that too much attention has been given to Dorsey. As pointed out by many of the analysts on the NFL Net, Linehan and the FO appear split over this decision as we are. We will get a great player in the end, though I won't be very happy if it is not a DE. Then again much of this may be smokescreen anyhow.
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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    DE Leonard Little
    UT Adam Carriker
    NT Clifton Ryan
    DE Chris Long

    Sounds good to me!

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    DE Leonard Little
    UT Adam Carriker
    NT Clifton Ryan
    DE Chris Long

    Sounds good to me!
    Or is it?

    DE Leonard Little
    UT Glenn Dorsey
    NT Clifton Ryan
    DE Adam Carriker

    OR

    DE Leonard Little
    UT Adam Carriker
    NT Clifton Ryan
    DE Vernon Gholston

    OR

    DE Leonard Little
    UT Glenn Dorsey
    NT Adam Carriker
    DE James Hall

    OR

    DE Leonard Little
    UT Glenn Dorsey
    NT Adam Carriker
    DE Quentin Groves

    OR

    DE Adam Carriker
    UT Adam Carriker
    NT Adam Carriker
    DE Adam Carriker

    Personally, I prefer the last option. If he's that versatile that we can compromise his playing time at his best position and still have a smooth transition, it's probably useless having him play only one position.

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    Re: The Official 48 Hour Dorsey/Long Debate Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 39thebeast View Post
    Dorsey makes everyone around him better like Michael Jordan. Yes Michael Jordan. He wasn't asked to get sacks he was asked to take up blockers and make the guys around him better and still got 7 sacks. He'll give us a dynamic duo on the inside and use Carriker's versatility to the fullest. Tyson Jackson, Kirsten Pittman, Al Woods all average guys who are taken to an above average lvl becuase of Dorsey. Jackson 295 not extremely fast and still getting sacks kinda like a guy we have.

    What was this guy thinking. Michael Jordan thats a whole other sport. Chris Long is a beast strong fast great technique, leverage, use of hands, character and leadership. If we can pick up a young DE later in the draft like Trevor Scott or Curtis Johnson and develop into a good player we can form a 2000 version of dare i say it the "fearsome foursome"

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