- Oct 13, 2011
The fact that the vast majority of his production came from the interior, and he had very few legit rushes/pressures from the edge on a high volume of snaps.
Maybe he develops an edge rush skillset, maybe he doesn't. Either way I've lost count of the number of analysts who characterize his opt out as a mistake. He had and still has a lot to prove and he cost himself a lot of money with his decision.
He opted out because his mom was a Covid nurse. Don’t think it was a pure business decision on his part. He still should be the first edge off the board. I get the sense that the NFL types (Jeremiah, Brooks, “anonymous sources”) are higher on him than the Internet scouts. Doesn’t mean NFL is necessarily right, but it should be more predictive of draft spot.
As for his production coming on the interior, he did what he was asked to do. I don’t see anything physically that tells me he can’t get it done just as well on the edge. Michigan moved Paye around everywhere and he still couldn’t get the QB on the ground like Rousseau.