This draft lacked elite talent anyways, so regardless of who or where we picked; there would be no guarantees.
The NFL is changing. This guy is going to be a new breed that can cover TEs and rush the passer. Our own coaching staff are still not sure exactly how he is going to be used, but he is an elite talent if used the proper way. We have to be careful not to ask too much too quick, but for the NE scout to act like we are playing him as a 3 down DE is absurd. Of course that isn't what we are going to do.
I really really doubt he will be in the running for defensive rookie of the year, but in 3 years I can see him being in the running for defensive PLAYER of the year. I think you will see a huge jump in Vernon this year, and we will have our bookend pass rushers for years to come.
on Gruden I will say this. I completely agree with their assessment that they dont understand how he fits in our D and the need for a LT. That was my complete approach to Dion Jordan. I wrote him off as simply a tweener and didnt look back.
I was wrong! I was so frigging wrong!!!! How do I know I am wrong? Because this guy is already doing what JT took 2 years to do and is doing what JT was asked to do when he came back to Miami in a 3-4 defense as a LB. They knew they could fit JT into the scheme and a guy like that is too valuable to use in multiple facets of the D. He played against much bigger programs. The kid is dynamic and is a great guy/character also.
I hope to god JT gets together with him and shows him some things to expect at this level.
Vernon is good, he's a playmaker and I am not saying that becuase I am a canes fan. He has a knack for making the big play and most times he was in he made an impact.
He also hit that Oakland guy into the next hemisphere on the play that got called back on penalty....but that dude did not return!
If scout does not like him at De; maybe he would like him at OLB ala Taylor could play LB or DE.
Jordan will be moved around DE, OLB, ILB...any where along the line of scrimmage. Defenses will need to account for where he is at all times. Taylor had his best years when Saban moved him around. Go back to that scheme and put in Jordan.
Vernon if improved may start at DE or still come in on 3rd downs.
That interview with Marino saying he needed to work on his tan surfaced very late in the day. It applied a new variable to the equation because Marino seemed a bit aloof, which fed into the skepticism about him. That night on Miami sports talk radio there was a blend of enthusiasm about the pick, and worries that Marino was not serious enough, that we drafted an immature kid. The drug reports weren't in the media but the whispers were well known.
Overall it was positive but not until Marino wowed everyone with his arm and release in training camp did everyone sense it might be a mega steal. It was never true that everyone hated the pick. Even the ESPN guys liked it, other than Dr. Z and perhaps one or two others. I wish I saved those tapes.
Anyway, I'm always dubious of reports like this, vaguely attributed opinions. It seems like a Patriots scout would have other responsibilities and concerns, with the draft still underway. The Patriots, of all teams, are secretive and almost paranoid about it.
Regardless, I do agree that Jordan plays like a basketball player, more than anyone I've seen on a football field. He looks like a sophomore Big East wingman out there.
So Eric Fisher, and Luke Joeckel are better prospects than DION JORDAN???? LMAO. **** I should be a scout..
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