The obvious is that there are many red flags on McDaniels scouting report, stemming from drinking and driving to assault. For a complete scouting report, please check out the following article
Now there are people out there, that believe that we are giving up on Chris Clemons, a former 5th round selection, but I don’t see (based on a talent perspective) how Clemons got drafted and McDaniels did not. Since I am firm believer that numbers don’t lie, let’s review their collegiate careers:
College Stats – DeAndre McDaniel
College Stats – Chris Clemons
Difference – McDaniel compared to Clemons
Stats extracted from ESPN.COM
Difference calculated (a-b)/a
Reviewing the difference table we can easily see that, McDaniels dominated Clemons in the following categories: Solo tackles, sacks, forced fumbles, interceptions, and Interception yards.
Correct me if I am wrong, but if you are playing the Robber technique in Nolan’s 3-4 Defense, aren’t the above categories the most important ones?
You want to make sure that your Robber can make the tackle by himself, being the last line of defense…check
You want your Robber to go after the QB when the hit or spy coverage is called….check
You want your Robber to make a play in the secondary, and then also take the opportunity and turn it into points (Forced Fumbles and INT and INT Yards)….check
I don’t know how our Front Office gave Clemons a 5th round grade, but didn’t even think of drafting McDaniels. Regardless of what he did off the field; it’s what on the field that counts. I for one think we didn’t address the Robber position, and this leaves me with the feeling that we the fans once again got robbed.