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    • I think Mathis has been Turay's main mentor.  I'm sure Houston helps him some, too.  Regardless, we knew he was a project pick with raw talent that needed to develop.  He certainly seemed to develop a lot between year 1 and 2.  Unfortunately, he got that injury, but it looks like he's ahead of schedule recovering.  If he's back and healthy, I expect continued improvement (I also think Banogu is going to make a similar leap as Turay seemed to between year 1 and 2).     What we really need is a stud in the interior DL, IMO.  That should just make the edge guys' life much easier.     Freeney was awful against the run, pretty much his whole career.  Lucky, for him, we had one of, if not the most explosive offenses in football for most of his time here.  I think he'll wind up in the HOF, but doubt as a first ballot guy.  He's 18th in all-time sacks (1 spot ahead of Mathis and 2 spots above Simeon Rice, who has been eligible for 8 years and still isn't in).  IMO, the big difference is that our O was so explosive that opposing teams were very often forced to pass against us and abandon their run game early with Peyton and Co. putting up so many points.  I think that really masked a lot of deficiencies in the games of Mathis and Freeney who both were vulnerable against the run, but were enabled to be 1-dimensional pass rush specialists due to Peyton's offense being so potent.  I could be wrong, but I highly doubt Freeney would have been as successful on a worse team (e.g., if he played on the Browns or a team w/ a bad offense, I think his run defense would have been exposed way worse than it was).
    • Several said he was a R1 or 2 pick without the flags. One even said something like "first round arm, undrafted head"
    • I think they would pair Love with a FA like Rivers for a year or two, not keep JB.    IMO, if they draft a QB in the first, there's too many issues keeping JB around. First, JB is not a mentor ("leadership" only goes so far) IMO. Second, JB probably wouldn't want to stay if we are drafting a QB in the 1st. Third, and probably the biggest, having both JB and a rook might cause bad fan behavior, and perhaps division in the locker room.
    • I don't really disagree with you there.  I don't have a lot of faith that Chad Kelly's the answer.  However, in the post I quoted you made it a point to highlight that Chad Kelly was the last pick in the draft.  He wasn't the last pick in the draft due to his talent, he was the last pick in the draft due to the fact he made some immature decisions when he was in college and teams had a red flag on him for that.  Not saying he'd have been a top 10 pick if he didn't make a few bone-headed decisions... but, he probably would have been drafted much, much higher.
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