Originally Posted by teegre
I hear you... but, some counter points:
1. Casey started as a rookie.
2. In today's NFL, passing is indeed more of a factor. But, you have to get teams in third-&-long. Nix ensures that teams can not run on first & second downs (giving themselves third-&-short).
3. Irish Chocolate!!!
(Check out Gilbert's burn-rate. He scares me.)
Casey may have, but so did Jarvis. Nix still has that knee and fluctuating weight issue to tackle.
If we need a space eating Tackle, those guys are easy to find in the later rounds. Getting a blue chip Linebacker or CB prospect isn't easy to find past the first round. Hell, they're hard to find period.
Gilbert does have a bad burn rate, but that's because he gambles. He creates interceptions and he generates turnovers. He also played with some questionable Safeties as well. If we were to pair him up with an Ed Reynolds or Deonne Bucannon, I don't think he gets burned quite as often. It's a pro/con thing - he may indeed get burned, but he'll getcha interceptions as well.
If you wanted the safer route, Dennard doesn't get burned. He doesn't even really get beat.