Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com takes a closer look at the diversity of edge rushers in this year’s draft.
With players like North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram and Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, teams will have to figure out what type of player in terms of size, athleticism and speed best fits their needs defensively.
Rang: It’s not always physical dimensions teams are worried about when scouring for the NFL’s next great pass rusher, but whether a prospect measures up when it comes to production.
“I think everybody has the same characteristics for pass rushers,” said Giants GM Jerry Reese. “You want guys who are big and long and fast and powerful. You want everything as a personnel guy but if a guy is big and has got long arms, that helps. If he has speed off the end, that helps. Power to rush up the middle. Your pass rushers are different breeds. Good athletes. We like pass rushers and we look for them.”
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has a report that the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch are not close to striking a deal, as has been previously reported. No surprise here. The two sides are still taking with the hopes of getting something done in the next week. And if not, Lynch will be franchised.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes about Boise State’s Kellen Moore, who’s trying to prove that he can be successful in the NFL.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com wonders if Seattle will select Alabama running back Trent Richardson if he’s available when the team selects at No. 12, even though Marshawn Lynch likely will be back.
ESPN’s Mike Sando considers how Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still would fit in with Seattle, providing some versatility.
By the way, RG3 is fast. He ran an unofficial time of 4.38 in the 40-yard dash this morning. Check out the video link here. Andrew Luck can move too. He ran a 4.59 in the 40.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus has drawn comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports says Michael Brockers of LSU has a similar skill set to Jason Pierre-Paul.