MARCELL DAREUS POWER, on 03 July 2012 - 10:22 AM, said:
i know its minicamp but this is the guy im most excited about. sometimes it takes small school dlineman a few years to adjust.
i think carrington and heard are locks at dt, they are both young, massive and have shown big time flashes...
i think troup wont make it because of his back.
i think spencer makes it as a 5th de/dt main swing backup...
if gilbert can beat out edwards or be just as good in camp as a pass rusher, i think they go with him because hes younger.
the kid has loads of talent...
Heard is a prototype 3-4 NT - "blocks lots of daylight". Whether he can adjust to playing a more agile, active 4-3 interior line position, remains to be seen when the pads go on.
He's not shown himself to be outstandingly fast and agile in the past, which is (to be fair) not the point of a prototype 3-4 NT. He has a spotty history - why did he leave Texas A&M with 1 season of eligibility left, to play OT in Memphis? He went undrafted in part because of this question. IMO he fits the Bills profile as a "sleeper" they want to develop - an unpolished physical freak with high potential IF he works hard and maintains a learning curve. Heard saw service as a DT backup when injuries decimated us, and while he didn't embarrass himself, neither did he make people go "wow". In case we've forgotten, our 2nd half D was most sincerely sucky, with a complete absence of QB pressure and a bottom-dwelling ability against the run.
Carrington was drafted as a 3-4 DE. He looks to be one of the best players of the 2010 Bills draft, but that's not saying too much when your competition is Kyle Calloway, Ed Wang and the oft-injured Mr Troup, Again, it remains to be seen if he'll adjust to playing DT on a 4-3, or if he's a good young player acquired to fit a scheme we're no longer playing thus "odd man out".
I'm not sure at all Carrington and Heard are locks as the 2nd string.
Gilbert will not beat out Edwards on the basis of camp. Edwards has shown himself to be a quality vet when it's Sunday and it counts. If Gilbert is kept, it will be if he shows something on ST. If Edwards is cut, it will be because he's not seen as adjusting his proven NFL-level skills to the 4-3 and probably cut early, as a courtesy, to allow a guy who was a "good soldier" to catch on with a 3-4 team.
Edited by Hopeful, 04 July 2012 - 10:49 AM.