I think hell might have froze over because believe it or not, I believe I have come to the conclusion that WR is not our biggest need and should not be our 1st round pick. That's right, even if Blackmon is avaliable when we pick, we should not take him. Now you might be wondering how I can go from having this Glen Close, Fatal Attraction type of obsession with Justin Blackmon to now saying I think we should avoid him or any other WR for that matter.
After our latest fiasco at Ford Field on Sunday, it hit me like a ton of bricks and reality set in. We almost need a complete overhaul of our entire defense. Aside from Chris Gamble, Hardy and Keiser, our defense is beyond bad. Infact it is so bad, I can't really think of a catchy punchline on how bad our defense is. Actually wait a minute, I just thought of one! Our defense is so bad, we could play a team that is ranked 29th in run offense, go up against their 3rd stringer RB that was almost cut from the team 3 weeks ago and make him look like Emmitt Smith. The saddest part about this is, this actually isn't a punch line. This is reality. This is what happened on Sunday. We went up against a team who has the 29th ranked run offense (might be 26th but whatever.) and let the 3rd stringer RB on that offense rush for 140 yards and 2 TDs against us.
After being a witness to that debacle, that was enough for me to completley change my stance. Infact, we have 6 picks in the draft and It would not hurt my feelings one bit if we went defense with all 6 picks.
But I will say, there was something else that happened Sunday that was positive and also made me realize we might be set at WR for atleast several years down the road. It was Brandon Lafell. I think it is an outright injustice that Brandon Lafell is not our no 2 WR. Yea i know, "but Nannee knows this offense." But honestly, who cares? I've said it a million times, when Lafell is out on the field big things happen. Against Green Bay it was that sick video game catch in the end zone for a TD on the opening drive, against the Vikings it was that clutch catch he made when it was 4 and 13 with the game on the line. Lafell has the talent, speed and is one clutch mofo. Lafell is only 25 years old with nearly a decade still left in his career, the way he steps up and makes big plays on a consistent basis is enough to convince me his our future number 1 WR after Steve Smith.
Now you might be wondering who we should draft on the defensive side of the ball come April. A lot of names have been floated around out there. Brandon Thompson, Alameda Ta'amu, Zach Brown, Courtney Upshaw, Morris Claiborne, Dre Kirkpatrick and the list goes on and on. But there isn't that standout, clear cut elite defensive prospect in this draft like a Von Miller, Suh or Dareus. Or is there? Meet Ronnell Lewis. Plays for the Sooners. He stands at 6-2, 244 lbs, 4.54 40 time. His stats for this year are as follows; 59 TOT, 33 solo, 5.5 sacks and 11 TFL.
The stats are solid, his size is solid and his speed is solid. But what really stands out about him is how fierce and hard hitting he is. He has the speed of Zach Brown despite being 20 lbs heavier, he has the hard hitting intensity of Vontaze Burfict minus the dumb penalties and minus the undiscipline play. He has the stats, size, speed and intensity of Ray Lewis. He is a OLB and fills arguably our biggest need on defense at OLB.
Bottom line is THIS is the guy we need to draft in the 1st round no questions asked. If you are still not sold on him, watch this video and see for yourself. Seriously please watch it, you will not regret it. THATS what is missing from this defense right there. Just imagining him and Beason on the field together is enough to give me chills. By the way, he is number 56. Meet the future Ray Lewis. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS5coCK-qCg