Saturday, March 26, 2011
Mailbag: On QBs, RBs and Posluszny
By Paul Kuharsky
William Grooms from Hilton Head Island, S.C., writes: I am a Jaguars season ticket holder. And you’re always fair to them. My question is, and I know we need a lot of help on defense. But if one of the top three QBS are available at 16, do you think we should use the pick on him, and take or chances in the rest of the draft on our other needs?
Paul Kuharsky: Who’s the third guy? It doesn’t seem there is a consensus on that. My feeling at this time is if Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton are gone, and I expect they will be, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett or anyone else would be a force at 16.
As I’ve written, I’d be more comfortable tabbing Christian Ponder, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton or Ricky Stanzi in the second or third or positioning to get the one you like best with a move up.
Mike from Victoria, Texas, writes: Good running back list, but like all lists, there are always going to be questions. Why is it that you feel that LeSean McCoy is a top five back, but Arian Foster still needs to show more? They are both 2-year players and Arian had a far superior second year. In their rookie years, statistically speaking, Foster actually stacks up comparable to McCoy, despite playing only late in the season. McCoy only had more than 100 yards from scrimmage twice, the same as Foster. Foster has performed like a top-flight back ever since his number got called in Week 14 of 2009… Justify your pick.
Paul Kuharsky: Reasonable request, which I won’t fare well with. I saw Foster a lot and thought he was great, but when I looked at him with those other people, I felt like I wanted to see it for longer. I saw McCoy a couple times last year and was very impressed with his versatility -- he was a lot better than I was expecting.
So I probably overrated McCoy based on his newness to me and downgraded Foster based on his familiarity. Which doesn’t amount to a good answer at all, but it’s the one I’ve got.
These lists are somewhat brutal to put together, and ultimately each ballot is imperfect. Hopefully when eight are melded, we help smooth out one another’s mistakes. And the fact there is no right answer is what’s making for lively debate.
I appreciate the feedback.
Luke Hillis from Murfreesboro, Tenn., writes: Do you think the Titans are desperate enough to offer next year’s number one plus an early-round pick this year for Kevin Kolb? Do you think the Eagles are asking too much and should we be excited if we get him?
Paul Kuharsky: I don’t think they are desperate enough, no. And if the league isn’t up and running by the time the draft arrives, they cannot do a deal for a player that involves at 2011 pick. They won’t be able to deal for a veteran until there is a new CBA, and it would be with a 2012 pick or picks.
I think Kolb will be too expensive for Tennessee.
He’s a guy groomed in a good system, and his team was ready to start him until Michael Vick landed in its lap. No guarantee. But way more ready than anyone they can draft.
Dan from Raleigh, N.C., writes: I don't view it as Jack Del Rio questioning his player's intelligence and endurance so much as him questioning his coaching. He's already discussed that he has worked the team very hard, they lost what, two weeks of OTAs last year? And his defense being too complicated I'd chalk up to him wanting his players to play up to the schemes without really maximizing the talent level on the field. Does that sound reasonable?
Paul Kuharsky: It does. But I think there is an element of pass-the-buck and campaign speech to his comments here and in the stuff he said at the combine about backing off.
Carl Follmer from Iowa City, Iowa
writes: Just a quick note on the kickoff rule change as it pertains to the Colts: I imagine most people will think the new rule benefits the Colts because they may well not have to defend as many kicks (something they're notoriously shaky at). But another aspect that isn't as visible is that the rest of the pack may come back to the Colts' level as far as returns are concerned. I can count on one hand the number of times the Colts got a good kickoff return and began a possession at or past their own 40 last season. Peyton Manning is used to constructing 80-yard drives, so this won't have much impact on him, as opposed to teams like the Bears or Browns that have trouble scoring (to put it mildly) and rely on that extra yardage. The teams with effective offenses won't be impacted, and any offensive stagnation will only be magnified. In a world where most everyone begins at the same point on the field, I'll gladly take Manning.
Paul Kuharsky: A good way to look at it, thanks.
And now for what’s becoming a weekly section, our Friday speed Q&A via Twitter:
@damiansmith0812 I read a lot of message boards, I know bad idea, but would Tenn ever consider moving Finnegan to S? Played it in college.
PK: I'm anti-position change. Waste a lot of work at corner and could wind up weaker there. Maybe even at two spots.
@coltsjunkie Were the players (who voted the Top Ten passrushers) from the LFL? Where's @RobertMathis98?
PK: You might want to check my ballot -- left Julius Peppers off, had Dwight Freeney first when DeMarcus Ware got all the other firsts. Has Mathis on there.
@naturalJay is TCU's Dalton a good fit for the Jags at 16?
PK: I think it’s too high.
@chrisbrown44 what will be biggest difference for titans under munch?
PK: I hope accountability and discipline, which has slipped. No way to know at this stage, though.
@Hodari11 Gene Smith hinted that the MLB is the QB of the D. He wants a guy to step right in. Paul posluszny is a free agent. thoughts?
PK: Looks like a potentially great match.