Originally Posted by ellsy82
Is this the year we draft a replacement for Farrior, or do you think Sylvester is the next mack linebacker?
I think we've already got our replacement for Farrior in either Foote or Fox, maybe Sylvester. Sylvester is the only candidate to be long term though.
Te'o or Burfict would be my choices, those guys would be flat out unbelievable beside Timmons. I still want to have Timmons switch over to Mack, as Timmons as a buck is IMO a waste of his talents. He excelled there this past year, but I want him at mack where he can make plays, instead of having to take on blockers a lot of the time.
That's where either Burfict or Te'o would be great for us. Those are two big, physical guys who can take on blockers. Brandon Spikes would have been perfect in this role, but he's a Patriot, unfortunately, so we've got to look elsewhere.
If Sylvester is the future, then there is no way Timmons can slide over to buck, as Sylvester just doesn't have the physicality to take on blockers, IMO. It's one thing to lay out a RB or a receiver, but to take on an offensive lineman is a whole other issue. I remember reading somewhere he had long legs and played high, which is a pretty bad combination. That alone should rule out him playing buck. Mack, on the other hand, wouldn't be as problematic with these issues, but again, Sylvester as a mack wouldn't even come close to what Timmons could do at mack, IMO.
Hightower is overrated right now. If he shows he can return to form, then I'd like him on the team, but right now he's probably a second or third rounder. Kuechler and Carder are much better suited for a 4-3 IMO.