Here at NFL Spin Zone, we like to keep the site as interactive as possible with the fans. If you have been following us on Twitter on checking out our Facebook Fan Page, you have noticed that we do not shy away from questions and try to answer them all for the readers.
To take that interaction to the next level and highlight some of the top questions we receive on Twitter, I have put together a weekly Twitter mailbag. Since this is the first edition, it will only feature four questions. However, the more you want to know and the more responses we get, the more the mailbag will expand.
So without further introduction, here is our first NFL Spin Zone Twitter Mailbag:
This is a question that has been asked a lot more often in the recent days. Who should the Colts take at number one? Well, it really is an easy selection. The Colts have a choice between Andrew Luck — the best quarterback prospect since John Elway — or Robert Griffin III, who started the year ranked by many as a wide receiver prospect.
What Griffin brings to the game is his rare athleticism. He will wow you in work outs and on the field with his speed, but the word that surrounds Griffin is “potential.”
Potential is not always a bad thing, but this isn’t the NBA. Teams don’t overdraft on potential and if you do, you could very well be fired. The smart choice for Indianapolis is to take the Stanford product who can do it all and who has no glaring weaknesses in his game. Luck is one of the safest picks in the draft and Indianapolis would be making a colossal mistake if they pass on him.
Alameda Ta’amu is your prototypical nose tackle. Many may believe that Dontari Poe of Memphis is the best pure nose tackle in the draft class, but that is a common misconception. Poe has athleticism which would better suit him as a 3-4 defensive end, while transitions into the game. After a few years, Poe would be ready to take on the nose.
Ta’amu, on the other hand, doesn’t need that grace period. He is ready to come into the NFL and be a force in the center of your 30 front from day one. He is an absolute stud and without a doubt the top pure nose tackle in this draft class.
Could Ta’amu be a possible nose tackle for Dallas? There is only one way that could happen — Dallas would need to trade down. With where Dallas currently sits, David DeCastro, Melvin Ingram, Dre Kirkpatrick and Fletcher Cox (if available) would all be better options.
Without question. There is some serious talk within the Browns organization about taking Tannehill with the number four pick, however, at this point the team still favors Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
There is another way that Tannehill could go before the Dolphins as well — a trade. Teams know that Mike Sherman and the Dolphins staff have a lot of interest in Tannehill, so a team that also wants the next best option after Luck and RG3 could be willing to trade up and leapfrog the Dolphins to get their guy.
The Rams have expressed open interest in trading down from the number six pick, so that would be a position to watch. Teams like Seattle and Kansas City could get the itch and pull the trigger on a potential deal for Tannehill.
I mentioned in my answer for the last question that the Chiefs could very well consider trading up for Tannehill, if they feel he could be their answer. If they decide to pass on that option, the team will go into next season with Cassel as their quarterback — and hey, it could be worse, it could be Brady Quinn at the helm.
Cassel really is not a terrible option. If the team can draft a left tackle like Riley Reiff, it would allow them to bump Branden Albert back inside to his natural guard position. That move alone would help sure up the offensive line and open things up for the running game more and help Cassel in the long run.
Another thing to remember: Cassel didn’t have Jamal Charles in the backfield last season. That is a big reason for the significant drop-off in his numbers and production — that, along with being injured from the pathetic offensive line play.
All Kansas City needs to do is fix that line — Cassel is not the problem here.