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Why I picked the defensive playmakers I did

Posted by Chris Brown on July 1, 2009 – 4:35 pm

In my story today on ‘Who will become playmakers on defense?’, there are reasons why I chose the players I did.

I picked Byrd because I think he has a legitimate chance to start at FS and I believe even if he doesn’t start at the outset of the season, he’ll be in there eventually. It’s going to be hard to overlook Byrd if he makes even a couple of plays in the preseason. Fewell has not forgotten that he did not have a safety on his roster last year make an INT.

McKelvin was chosen for a few reasons. First, he’s going to have far more opportunities because I believe he’ll start opposite McGee and thus be on the field for more plays. Second, I think he’ll still be tested more than McGee, which means more chances to make plays on the ball. And third, I think he’s going to anticipate better in his second season.

I selected Poz because at MLB you’re often in the center of the action. But the main reason was he was as he said himself very close to making a lot of big plays last season. The reason they did not happen was purely due to inexperience. I think that changes this season after getting a full season under his belt last year.

And Maybin was picked because simply put he’s capable on any play of causing problems for a QB. He won’t be a full time player as a rookie, but he’ll be on the field in enough situations to succeed. If he succeeds 40 to 50 percent of the time he’ll be a playmaker right away.

For those that might have misunderstood the story, this was a question about who could develop into a playmaker on defense this year. Veterans like Kawika Mitchell, Aaron Schobel and Terrence McGee for example already are playmakers.


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