So everyone that watched the Super Bowl just witnessed one of the best 3-4 Defenses. We are all hoping we can get to that stature but can we? I think there are some guys on the team that will perform better but then we still have a lot more holes then we did in the 4-3. So comparing our lineup against the Steelers and the 3-4.....
Bigby.. a FA so this could be important or not depending on the signings. But I think he can perform a lot better in the 3-4 as the physical SS he is he will be able to play the run more and become a part of the blitz packages. His weakness is covering but you can then just have him roam on pass plays.. Look at Troy Polamalu a very physical guy plays up on the line a lot and makes a ton of plays! So this can help Bigby.
Kampman... After watching the Steelers LBs I really don't think Kamp can play OLB anymore. He is quick for a DE but not a OLB. He can be very comparable to Aaron Smith but Kamp had just a little better numbers (62 tackles 9.5 sacks Smith 60 Ts 5.5 sacks) So to say a DE in 3-4 is just a line filler may not be right. I just cant see Kampman being James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley (they are the same size but not the same attributes)
NT... I think we have a number of guys that could play this sucessfully. Harrell has the size and even better speed then most NT but can he stay healthy? Pickett has the size and had actually a better year then Steeler NT Casey Hampton. Pickett 48T 1.5S Hampton 22T and 1S. And Even Jolly or Cole both are big even to play that NT pos.
Jenkins... a step above Brett Keisel for the other DE...
LBS... To say Hawk is undersized to play inside would be FALSE!!! Look at Foote 239 lbs and Farrior 243lbs and Hawk is 248lbs so undersize is not the problem but he just needs to have better awareness as i think he lacked that playing MLB this year... Barnett the other inside backer.. The outside I Chillar might be just cause we have no one else.. the other I think we need help in the draft. Witjh the switch to the 3-4 I think we can cross out the DLine help that we needed this past year. We are going to need quick and big LBs
With that said I would like TT and MM to look at Orakpo DE/OLB from TX Aaron Maybin DE/OLB Penn ST or Rey Maualuga from USC. All have good size can play the run and pass rush. And could all fit at the inside backer or outside