Three Pass Rushers Flying Under the Radar

March 28th, 2013
Trevardo Williams

Uconn’s Trevardo Williams had a superb season. (Photo: US Presswire)

By Connor Rogers, Staff Writer

It’s clear the Jets will be taking at least one outside linebacker in the 2013 draft, it’s just not clear when. Majority of the mock drafts have LSU’s Barkevious Mingo coming off the board at number nine to the Jets, but there are no guarantees.

Let’s take a look at three pass rushers (3-4 outside linebackers, primarily) who have the potential to be stars, but most likely won’t come off the board until day two or three of the draft.

1) Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Greene is a phenomenal playmaker, converting from safety to outside linebacker his junior season. After an underwhelming combine, he’ll most likely come off the board in round two. Although he’ll have to add a few pounds to be a three down linebacker, he possesses a skill set to never come off the field. He has good hands, can rush the passer, and also displays solid coverage ability (as previously mentioned, he’s a former defensive back).
2) Trevardo Williams, UCONN
Williams is coming into the draft off a two straight double digit sack seasons, which alone bumps him into a day two projected pick. Much like Greene, he’s undersized to stay on the field in the NFL at 3-4 outside linebacker. Unlike Greene, his combine was stellar. Not only is Williams fast (4.57 40), but his 30 bench reps say a lot about his work ethic and potential to add weight.
3) Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
Collins is much bigger than Greene and Williams, making it even more impressive how fluid he moves. His 4.64 40 yard dash displays his straight line speed, but his agility played a large role in his ten sack season. I’m more intrigued by Collins on day two then Greene and Williams as he’s already ten pounds heavier, has longer arms, stands at 6-3, and his numbers are just as impressive.

4 Responses to “Three Pass Rushers Flying Under the Radar”

  1. These guys all seem like pretty good options in round 2. The more and more I read, I’d like Dion Jordan in round 1. If that is not possible, I’d be interested in drafting Warmack and getting a pass rusher in rd 2.

    Everywhere I read it says that Warmack will be a great guard in the NFL for years to come, and taking him at #9 is risk-free and it will improve our line TREMENDOUSLY. Sanchez has shown he needs time and we need athletic blockers to run our new offense.

    I’d be much happier being safe with Warmack then taking a chance on Mingo – someone who has mixed reviews with scouts. I like the idea of Khaseem Greene because he can cover and rush the passer.

    • ConnorR says:

      The chance of Jordan making it out of the top five is extremely slim, which is why I really like the thought of taking Warmack, a safe pick with elite talent. I would be happy with any of these three guys, but if you want Greene he’s definitely got to be taken in round 2. Collins and Williams should hang around for rounds 3 or 4. We’ll see how it plays out.

  2. johnny a says:

    1) Green is a 43 wk side backer. 2) He showed up at combine about 10lbs heavier than playing wieght and his shuttle time was off the hook. 3) he did not have a bad combine 4) Trevardo Williams is also a 43 lb, who like bruce Irvin, wld have to be a pass rush specialist if he is not going to blitz off the edge like denver does with miller, who stays in all 3 downs 3) Collins??? 1 of my FAVORITE PLAYERS IN THIS DRAFT! PLAYED ON EVERY LEVEL OF DEFENSE IN HIS 4 YRS AT COLLEGE. SAFETY, DE IN 4-2-5 ALLIGNMENT, AND OLB STRONG SIDE. HES AMASSED 300 TACKLES OVER 40+ TFL AND OVER 20 SACKS. EXCELLENT 2ND ROUND PICK FOR A 34 TEAM LIKE JETS OR SAINTS LOOKING FOR A PASSRUSHING OLB. IN FACT, WATCH RAVENS AT 32. WOULD NOT BE SHOCKED IF HE SNUCK INTO END RD 1. LOOK AT LEAN 43 END IN COLLEGE WHO HAD GOOD 40′S AND EXCELLENT SHORT SHUTTLE TIMES. THATS WHO YOU PREVIEW FOR JETS FOR EXAMPLE;BUCHANON ILLINI, C.WASHINGTON UGA, BRANDON JENKINS, TANK CARRADINE, WERNER ALL FSU! MIKE OKAFOR TEXAS(JUST AS GOOD A PROSPECT AS ORAKPO AND ONLY REASON HES NOT TOP 15 IS BECAUSE THIS DRAFT IS LOADED WITH PASSRUSHERS AT TOP. ALSO, LOOK INTOSAM MONTGOMERY LSU. ***HERES AN ABSOLUTELY POSSIBLE SCENARIO, SO I WILL THROW IT OUT THERE, JETS FANS; WE ALL KNOW REVIS IS GOING(UNFORTUNATELY) AND THE HOLD UP IS TB WANTS JETS TO GET NXT YRS 1. IDZICKS 1,000% RIGHT IN WANTING THIS YRS 1 (#13) BECAUSE IT COST JETS A 2ND THEYB GAVE CAROLINA TO MOVE UP TO MIDDLE (14?) TO GET REVIS. THUS, IDZICK WANTS THE RETURN INVESTMENT. A #2, WHICH HE WLD TAKE NXT YR AND A HIGH 1. BUCS COULD BE A REAL GOOD TEAM W 10 WINS OR MORE, ESPECIALLY W A 5TH PLACE SCHED, SO IDZICK WANTS NO PART OF A MID 20S 1ST RD PICK. NOW IM BANKING( WE WILL SEE WHO IS RIGHT COME DRAFT DAY) JETS GET THE 1 THIS YR. SO HOWS THIS SOUND/ AT 9(JUST BECAUSE HE MIGHT NOT BE THERE AT 13 AND HE WOULD BE LOOKED AT AS NOT ONLY THE REPLACEMENT FOR REVIS, BUT TAKEN WITH THE REVIS PICK) JETS TAKE FSUs X MAN, X. RHODES, WHO IS LONG, LANKEY AND A CROMARTIE TYPE, WHO OPENLY ADMITS HE PATTERNS HIS GAME AFTER CRO. THOSE 2 OPPOSITE 1 ANOTHER WOULD BE MORE THAN FINE AND HE CAN PRESS AND PLAY MAN BETTER THAN HE CAN PLAY ZONE. PERFECT RYAN QB. ALSO A BANGER N LIKES TO SUPPORT VS THE RUN. STAR LOTULELIE AT 13 AND IN ROUND # 2 SAM MONTGOMERY, WHO PLAYS OPPOSITE THE DUO OF BARNES AND SAPP(SAPP IS A GUY WHO CAN, IF HEALTHY, BE A 3 DOWN BACKER IN REX’S DEF AND IS CAPABLE OF BEING A 10 SACK GUY, ESPECIALLY W/A PASS RUSHER ON OPPOSITE SIDE AND THE LIKES OF COPLES N WILKERSON UP FRONT. NOW..ADD STAR TO THAT MIX/ THE JETS ARE NO LONGER A 3-13 TEAM, BUT RATHER A 6-8 WI TEAM, WHICH IS FINE BECAUSE THE DEFENSE WILL BE ONE OF THE YOUNGEST IN THE NFL AND THAT FRONT 7, WITH AN UP AND COMING DEMARIO DAVIS, BACKED UP BY THOSE CORNERS WILL BE A PERENNIAL TOP 5 DEFEVEERY YR AND CONSISTANTLY PRESSURE THE QB AND RECORD NORTH OF 40 SACKS-EVERY YEAR!! IF THE DRAFT BRAKES LIKE THAT, THE JETS WILL HAVE RDS 3,4,5,6,7 TO FIND 1 MORE STARTING OG( THEY CAN EASILY DO THAT-EVEN IN THE 6TH OR 7TH RD(ILLINI’S HUGH THORNTON, GA TECHS O. UZZU), ANOTHER WR WHO CAN STEP IN AND NOT ONLY GIVE THEM SPEED AND ATHLETICISM, BUT A GUY WHO IS MORE POLISHED AND CAN CONTRIBUTE EARLY TO PAIR W/KERLEY AND AN UP AND COMING/RAW STEPHEN HILL (Q.PATTON LA. TECH RD 3, D’ARRICK RODGERS TENN ST-WLDA BEEN A 1ST RD PICK AND POSSIBLY 1ST WR TAKEN OVER GUYS LIKE PATTERSON-A STEPHEN HILL CLONE- ALLEN AND AUSTIN) ANOTHER TE. RD4 WILL HAVE A GUY LIKE ESCOBAR OF SDSU ( 6’5′ 255 ) GOOD BLOCKER AND IS SUPREMELY UNDERVALUED AS A WR! LETHAL IN THE RED ZONE AND DOES NOT JUST RUN WELL FOR A GUY HIS SIZE, BUT HE WILL SURPRISE OPPOSING DEFENSES WITH HIS ABILITY TO STRETCH THE FIELD A LITTLE LIKE JEFF CUMBERLAND HAS. GOODSEN WAS 1 OF THE BEST UNDER THE RADAR SIGNINGS IN THE OFFSEASON BY ANY TEAM. HE WILL BE A TERRIFIC COPLIMENT WITH POWELL, HE PICKS UP BLITZES DECENTLY AND IS GREAT AT CATCHING PASSES OUT OF THE BACK FIELD. IN ADDITION, HE GIVES US SOMETHING GREEN NEVER DID(NOT JUST THE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED RECEIVING SKILLS THAT GREEN NEVER HAD) A RB CAPABLE OF BUSTING A RUN AND TAKING IT FOR 6 FROM ANYWHERE ON THE FIELD. SO THE NEED FOR A BACK, UNLESS ONE IS THERE AND IS GREAT VALUE. FOR EX; IF A GUY LIKE CHRISTINE MICHAEL, THE KID FROM OREGON (K.NERNER) OR ONE OF MY FAV BACKS IN THE DRAFT. ELLINGTON FROM CLEMSON IS AROUND IN THE 4TH OF 5TH, U GOTTA SNAG ONE) AND A SAFETY( DUKE WILLIAMS. NEVADA, DJ SWEARINGER, AND THE KID FROM SYRACUSE WHOSE NAMES ESCAPING ME(WHEN YOU WATCH HIM PLAY, HE’S AN IN THE BOX GUY BECAUSE OF HIS LACK OF HEIGHT, BUT HE CAN JUMP, IS QUICK AND HE CAN HIT W/THE BEST OF THEM. IT WON’T HAPPEN, BUT CYPRIEN RUNS THROUGH BALL CARRIERS AND IS THE HARDEST HITTING COLLEGE SAFETY TO COME OUT SINCE LANDRY. IF HE WERE THERE RD 3(NOT HAPPENING) HE WLD BE TOO VALUABLE TO PASS UP. BUT HEY, IF THEY GOBBLED UP STAR AND A GUY LIKE RHODES IN RD 1, THERES SO MANY PASS RUSHERS THAT U CAN FIND IN THE 3RD, 4TH RDS. THE JETS WILL HAVE, AFTER THEY USE 8MIL IN CP SPACE ON THIS ROOKIE POOL AND CUT STICKCHEZ, THE CANCER HOLMES, PERHAPS HARRIS(DNT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM) NEXT SEASON, ROUGHLY 25-35 MILLION IN CAP SPACE GOING INTO 2014 UFA AND THE DRAFT! THEY WILL ALSO HAVE A SLEW OF COMPENSATORY PICKS FROM THE LEAUGUE-MOST OF WHICH WILL BE THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PIC BETWEEN 3RD N 4TH RD. THEY WILL SECURE THEIR QB OF THE FUTURE NEXT APRIL WITH THE BEST QB CLASS IN YEARS 5 LEGIT 1ST RD QBS ALL WILL GO BY LATE TEENS. COME NEXT APRIL, THE JETS WILL HAVE THEIR ENTIRE ROSTER RETOOLED IN 2 DRAFTS AND THEIR DEFENSE WILL BE A TOP 5 DEFENSE W A MUCH IMPROVED “O”

    • Mike O'Connor says:

      Trevardo Williams isn’t necessarily JUST a 4-3 backer, in fact, I think he makes a better 3-4 LB. And I agree with a lot said in that mosh of ideas, but you should definitely space it out better so people read it in the future.


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