Leonard was a stat monster, 1st team all conf multiple years, conference D MVP multiple years. Banogu was 1st team all conf mult years and great stats. Okereke at best was honorary mention.
Leonard was a small school question mark. Banogu comes from a team that's known for scheme and lack of technique/position coaching. But both were tops in their conference. Okereke was much less of a standout at a school known to have great S&C and defensive coaching.
Not saying Okereke won't be good, or even great. What I am saying, is, Okereke had much better S&C, much better coaching, etc. (than the other two), but never achieved the recognition or performance level of the other two. I simply think his ceiling is lower. I definitely think Banogu has the most potential to translate over the next couple years.
Look at your line I put into bold... "there's no reason to think he doesn't have 5 years of elite production left."
Holy Cow. No reason? How about because very few linebackers, especially middle linebackers with all the pounding they take, last to age 33-34 playing elite football. It just rarely happens.
There may be an exception to the rule. But that's it. Most times, the level of play falls off pretty dramatically.
Do you see Chris Ballard giving up a 2nd round pick or more to get Wagner? I don't. After what you've seen from Chris Ballard for two and a half years, I'm not sure why you'd think that?
Things did not go our way tonight but I will take how the standings are for now being that July is half over. We have been fortunate that the Cards and Brewers have struggled more than we have. At this point in the season we just have to play well enough to get into the playoffs at 50-44, then anything can happen. I am hoping Hamels is back by mid August.