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GM Tom Heckert considers the linebacker position a low
While he will use a high pick
for either the D line or D backfield, picks for the linebacker position will be in the middle and lower rounds.
That will prevent getting a great prospect and will stunt the growth of this unit.
In my opinion it was the lack of a pass rush outside LB that prevented the three-four from being successful.
While Jauron does not blitz often, when he calls one it seldom gets to the QB.
Again the lack of fast backers with pass rush ability hurts the defense and
reduces the options for the DC.
MLB D'Qwell Jackson
is a UFA. The team must resign him. He was a major concern for me going into the
season because of his history of injury and his propensity to make most of his tackles five yards down field. He played better than I expected. He did attack the run but still does not have the speed to cover the seam in the two deep zone.
He also survived the entire season for the first time in three years. He is a good tackler who does not read the play quite as fast as you want.
He is a PQP only if he can stay healthy. Given his history, that is a question.
None of the other backers are starting quality let alone PQP level.
Chris Gocong, one of the used Eagles, was obtained in a trade but is barely starting quality. The team resigned him to a multi-year deal over which I am still scratching my head.
He is slow and struggles with runs right at him.
Scott Fujita is super slow and fragile as well. I still have nightmares of him
running like he was wearing cement insoles lumbering after tight ends on their
way to touchdowns. Both of the outside LBs are inside guys trying to play outside.
The backups are not even backup quality.
The only guys that might work into backup quality are MLB Titus Brown and WLB Kaluka Maiava.
Brown is green but has some speed. He needs to read plays better.
Maiava is slow and lacks play recognition ability. But he is a high motor guy that tries.
Total one injury prone PQP, and one marginal starting quality player