Screw you guys, I'm going home.
In all seriousness, though, Ohio State has produced some pretty good 4-3 linebackers recently (Hawk before the switch in Green Bay, James Laurinaitis got off to a pretty good start in St. Louis), but they've struggled more in the 3-4 system (Carpenter in Dallas, Hawk later). All the same, Hawk was a captain in the playoffs and started most of last season because of injury, yeah? I think it's a little hasty write off the Ohio State linebacker as an underperformer in general, especially since (long term) you're looking at a guy like Spielman, Mike Vrabel, or even Katzenmoyer (who looked to be developing nicely before a neck injury ended his career). All things considered, I think you have to conclude that the Ohio State linebacker has been pretty good.
Last edited by mkocs6; 03-03-2011 at 07:34 PM. Reason: comma
Hawk signed a 5 year extension today, so y'all can get off my kool-aid!
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I think underperformed is relative. If Hawk was taken at pick 38 instead of 5, he'd be a great pick. Because he's a top 5 pick, people are quick to assume he's a bust or he's underperforming. Let's not forget, he was the "safest" pick in the draft. That doesn't mean he's a Clay Matthews, that means he's a solid 100+ tackler. He's averaging 102 tackles a year, and almost 2 sacks and 2 picks a year all while being only a situational player last year and not playing in 1 game this year. For a guy who was considered a liability as a pass coverage LB, he scored career highs in INTs and passes defended this season as well, and his tackle total was the 2nd highest of his career.
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