In a 3-4, I can see it, easily. Plus, gives them FA options and draft options. This time of year though alot of bluffing can be going on with the draft upcoming.
I think he could. I have ALWAYS said Upshaw is a beast. If I am the FO, I 'd already be thinking about locking him up in a few years, he may turn out to be a pro-bowl player.
I think Upshaw would excel at ILB. He is over 270 lbs. and is good against the run. Also, he doesn't have the speed to excel as an edge pass rusher, but could be more effective as a bull rusher inside. that could set the Ravens up to draft a player like Arthur Brown early or Kevin Reddick in the 3rd-4th round, as both players could play ILB or OLB.
Paul Kruger took 3 years to find his niche because we tried to do different things with him. I think that should be a cautionary tale (as well as Michael Oher) whenever they are considering taking a promising young player and moving him to a different position. I understand the thought process behind it (having your best players out there at all times) but some players may not have the aptitude to transition to a new position.
Makes sense to develop him inside and out as the article says, so you have the best players on the field...but I also had a thought that it could be a bit of a smokescreen Pre draft.
Pees said all his players can play different positions so they can slide them in when needed. They might play Up at ILB some but it doesn't mean he will move him there permamently. Radio just said they will draft someone for that spot.
In certain packages, I could see it. However, I hope they get him to shed some weight this off-season. 270+lbs is too big for an ILB. There's no way he'll be able to cover anyone and even if he is a two-down ILB, he's going to have to be able to drop into zones and cover someone.
So hes not good enough to drop into coverage on the outside, but he is on the inside? Obvious running downs or as a passrusher only sure, but theyd probably audible out and take advantage (not unlike they did with ray, who was a helluva lot better at it than upshaw ever will be). Id prefer a better option.
Until they get everyone on the field together they are just talkin'.......btw the more I see of Doom the more I like.
At the combine last year Upshaw was 6-2 272 and ran a 4.74 40.If they can get his weight down into the 260 area I see no reason why that wouldn't improve his speed which should translate into his ability to cover.When you consider the ILB's that they are looking in round one are mostly running their 40's in the 4.65 range there really isn't all that much difference.
He isn't even 270 + anymore, he was playng at around 265 this year. If he drops another 10 lbs this offseason, I could see it happening. He is obviously really good against the run, would be a good interior blitzer, and could possibly improve his coverage skills.
I think Pees is just thinking about all of his potential options right now. Upshaw is a good player and he needs to find a way to get him on the field. Given the void at ILB that might be a good option.
People, straight line speed isnt the key to covering. Hip flexibility, quick reactions, and burst are. All things that upshawhasnt shown ability to be physically capable of. He loses weight he may gain a little, but not nearly the amount he would need. hes a mauler and bull rusher that can set the edge. No need to put a square peg in a round hole. Let ozzie find a guy thats far better suited.