Really, think that headline through again. Sure, people at least here agree we have other needs. NT, S, CB, SS, WR2, etc. But the way the national and local media talks is that OLB, in large part because of Wade's system, is the number one position we need.
I strongly disagree. I think it's in a coin flip crotch grab with all the others. It's perhaps as important but not more important than some of the others.
Mainly, because of CONNOR BARWIN. Think, if we draft no one. You could still move Cush outside and start Cush, Meco, Sharpton, Barwin. That's fairly strong, even if weak in depth. But, should we worry so much about depth, when we DON"T HAVE A STARTING CALIBER SAFETY! Or NT. Or a WR2. Or a CB who could . . . nevermind.
I still take BPA. I'm a big fan of picking Julio if Quinn's not there. See (by my want of Quinn), I would even like an OLB because I think it would make our LB corp sick. I just wouldn't by any stretch of the imagination reach for one.
Oh, unless that's over a DE who would be strictly a rotational player and not be able to start over someone (ie a LB over Darryl Sharpton)
Drunken rambling thoughts. I'm just saying OLB isn't worth reaching for. But, neither is CB, S, or NT (because of the talent in this draft). So, maybe OLB is just less of a reach than those. I guess what I'm saying is don't take a DE. Or reach for Amukamura.
More confused before I wrote this post #pray for Quinn/Jones
PS I understand the lack of depth we would have if that were the starting linebacker team. And that there would be serious injury concerns. I would still want them to add a 3/4 round backer and at least one legit (above Danny Clark level replacement) LB in free agency to try to give some options.