This latest mock draft positioning of A&M's Von Miller to the Texans, who are switching to a 3-4, just shows how little McShay really knows about football. Read the excerpt below to see what McShay has to say about his mock pick of Miller to the Texans at #11.
So, this McClain guy views a 3-4 OLB as the Texans biggest need in switching to a 3-4 defense. He also veiws Miller as an ideal fit for the Texans at #11. So putting 2 and 2 together, I'm assuming he believes Miller can play OLB in a 3-4 defense.
However, the Texans are going to desperate for a pass-rushing outside linebacker. While Brian Cushing will probably man one outside position, no other player on the Houston roster is a good fit for the other side. McClain says that Texas A&M's Von Miller, after an excellent week at the Senior Bowl, would be a fantastic pick for Houston with the 11th pick in the first round.
Now, the article says McShay agrees, but Keiper believes Miller will get taken by a 4-3 team(Titans).
Todd McShay agrees, slotting Miller to the Texans in his latest mock draft. Kiper, though, sees the Tennessee Titans grabbing Miller at 8, leaving the Texans to take Missouri's Aldon Smith.
Now read what McShay has to say in his prospect analysis:Todd McShay
"There is a lot of talk about the Texans becoming more versatile in their fronts, and while Miller played end in college we believe he is a good fit as a SAM linebacker in a 4-3 or an inside linebacker in a 3-4. He is a freakish athlete who plays sideline-to-sideline against the run, has upside in coverage and can get after the quarterback as a blitzing linebacker."
So here's where this gets interesting. The Texans are well stocked at LB; well let me say they are well stocked at LB's for a 4-3 defense. If they switch to a 3-4 defense, they will have Brian Cushing who will be an excellent fit at OLB. Who to play opposite him in the 3-4 is the big question. Now, they do have Connor Barwin, a DE from Cinn. who is an excellent athelete, and was seen by some scouts coming into the NFL as the kind of guy who could make the transition to 3-4 OLB. If he can't do so, he will be the odd man out, as he is was too small to play 3-4 DE. So there is a definite position of need on the Texans for a rush OLB.
Now, the middle LB's are set. They have a roster of solid MLB's led by stud DeMeco Ryans.
DeMeco Ryans - (26) 6-1 250 (was injured in 2010)
Darryl Sharpton - (23) 5-11 236
Zac Diles - (25) 6-2 245
Kevin Bentley - (31) 6-0 248
So I'm kind of lost on McShay's reasoning for mocking Miller to the Texans at #11. They obviously have a need for an pass rushing OLB to fit their new 3-4, yet in his analysis of Miller he specifically says he believes Miller is better suited as a SAM in a 4-3, or a MLB in a 3-4(a spot where the Texans do not have an immediate need).
This is the type of example as to why I have little or no respect for this guy.
Do you guys see the dichotomy here?