Over the past few weeks, I've read a lot about the Niners going after a 4-3 DE in the 1st round and converting him to a pass rushing OLB. Everette Brown is a recent favorite, but people have gone through the whole list. Brian Orakpo, Michael Johnson, Aaron Maybin and Larry English have all popped up, amongst others. Maybe I just haven't paid to much attention in the past, but is this a proven way of getting good OLBs? I know Dallas's Ware was a DE in college, but is it really that common that people want to use a #10 pick on a guy who might not adjust to a new position well.
I guess I'm just not completely sold on the fact that A) we need to upgrade at OLB and B) that the OLB position is the problem with the pass rush, and not the DLine. So I'm just wondering why people feel some of these guys will actually do better than who is already on the roster or can be drafted later.
And for the DE to OLB type of player, I got a guy in mind. 6-5, 240. His senior year he had 58 tackles, 21 QB pressures, 4 deflections, 10.5 sacks, 19.5 tfl and 14 hurries. And he wouldn't cost a #10. Sound good? (Anyone know who I'm talkin about?)