I wanted them to draft a backup to EJ before he went down the first time. Glad the FO pukes finally listened to me and got Jasper last year. I believe he is EJ's eventual replacement.
Chad is fine. He seems to fit our scheme pretty well now that he is almost a full up round NFL player. Kindof funny when I think about a select few on here who hated his ass and wanted him gone from the get go. They are strangley quiet after this year.
Leber. I like what he brings to the table as well although he does have some liabilities in this scheme with respect to covering TE's/RB's. I think he is better suited for a 3-4 defense were he would have the luxury of staying inside and playing the run/rushing the QB.
I think the Vikes will look to add a cat behind Ben this year, if for no other reason than to add some depth because none of the other youngsters (Erin/Farwell/Leman/Onatou) appear to be anything but ST's role players.
The good thing for us is this draft is deep with OLB'rs. In my current Mock, I only have Spoon, Kindle and Graham coming off the board and then I have 5 coming off in the second.
For me, that means if we don't look for a cat in the first or second, most teams that needed one should have filled thier need leaving some nice cats for us to pick from in the 3rd round or beyond.
One of the cats I like that should be available late 3rd is a cat named A.J. Edds. Kindof ironic when you look at who he is compared to in some of the value boards......
CBS Sports Player Profile - AJ Edds
Read & React: Recognizes play-action and misdirection and gets to the flat in a hurry to cover screens. Seems to run routes for tight ends and running backs. Very good reacting to the ball whether lined up at the nine-technique or in the stack.
Run defense: Gives little ground against linemen and tight end blocks on the edge. Keeps containment on his side of the field to make a tackle or funnel plays inside. Can punch and rip off consistently to make plays. Throws his shoulder into fullback in the hole but doesn't always anchor well. Chases plays across the field, taking good angles to the ball. Must use his hands consistently to protect his legs from cut blocks. Does not always break down in space and lacks the change-of-direction skills to compensate against elusive backs.
Pass defense: The former tight end is agile in coverage, and covers receivers and tight ends the flat very well. Can get deep or attack to the sideline. Runs with most tight ends down the seam and reads their eyes to turn and look for the ball. Reacts quickly to throws in his area. Able to knock passes away before or after the receiver gets his hands on the ball. Very good hands for the interception.
Tackling: Strong wrap-up tackler in the open field and around the line of scrimmage. His size and length means few missed tackles, as well as having the ability to chase down backs from behind. Brings hips to stop ballcarriers in a hurry when heads-up.
Pass Rush/Blitz: Stacks up tackles and tight ends on the edge, and will still come after the quarterback if sent or the signal caller is looking deep downfield. Will defeat running back blocks with his hands and strength. Won't miss the sack or quarterback hit once in position. Lacks great pass-rush moves or the speed to turn the corner against better tackles.
Intangibles: Major contributor since his redshirt freshman season and a leader on the defense the past two years -- by actions more than words. Solid character and weight-room work ethic.
NFL Comparison: Ben Leber, Chargers