If Kinlaw and/or Brown are available at No.13 and are close to BPA for your team, you take them, a bird in hand is worth more than two in the bush, period. You don't overthink it. But if both are gone, Blacklock, Gallimore are all good candidates, if available at pick 34.
Most everyone on this Forum can agree that one of the teams biggest needs is finding a disruptive 3-Tech DT. A lot of the talk has been surrounding Derrick Brown and Javon Kinlaw. However, I believe that there is a third DT prospect in that tier, and that he can be had in the second round.
Ross Blacklock is an extremely powerful interior defender with a good repertoire of pass rush moves. He has a very strong punch at the point of attack, and has some great hands and leverage techniques. The only thing holding him back is his lack of top-end athleticism, which is shown through his slowness when chasing down QBs outside of the pocket. However, his overall strength and technique is reminiscent somewhat of Gerald McCoy.
He did miss one season (2018) with an Achilles injury, but other than that he has looked dominant. He has a good motor and knows the game like the back of his hand.
What does everyone think of skipping Kinlaw and Brown in the first to grab help elsewhere and taking Blacklock at pick 34???
I’m a big fan of Ballard, but I don’t think it’s fair or accurate to make a comparison of a guy 3 years in, with 2 of 3 years forced to play a backup QB, vs a guy that has a HOF resume.
Because it’s more recent, it’s easy to focus more on Polian’s later years and all the misses, but his first 20 years were historic. Built an awful Bills team into Super Bowl team 4 straight years (he was fired before the 4th trip). Took expansion Panthers to Super Bowl in just 3 years. We know his Colts history.
Hopefully, we can compare them 5 years from now. That would be 8 years of Ballard, which will mean he’s had success here.