Posted by Big Ron on December 10, 18 at 10:26:11:
In Reply to: Hunte was always a long shot... posted by cudevil on December 10, 18 at 09:10:03:
First, NTs are not "big fat guys." Ngata runs a 5.1 sec 40 at 340 lbs. I included a link of him dunking a basketball. NTs possess size strength and quickness in a very unique package. A low center of gravity makes them almost impossible to cross block. There is no substitute. Teams that settle for 2 of the 3 NT attributes are doing just that - settling.
Next, Gonzales seemed to appreciate size more as the season progressed. The line beefed up once we got into conference play. If you notice, D-linemen like Slade, Bates and Subtyl gave way to the likes of Forman, Lole and Lea as the front line players. 258 lb Tyler Johnson became a starter at LB. It seemed as though Gonzales realized that light, quick D-linemen were at a disadvantage against P5 teams. The defense really started clicking when the line settled in with 300 lb Forman and 270 lb Lole flanking Wren with Tyler Johnson available to set the edge. ASU has offered 330 lb Siaki Ika, 330 lb Sama Paama and 312 lb Sio Nofoagatoto'a (I hope I got that right) because Gonzales intends to play them. Why? Because they fit the need of a NT. Size, Strength, Quickness.
I'm pretty sure that if ASU would have had a 340 lb Vita Vea on this year's roster, we would have seen him start with Wren at DE. At 6'5" 300 lbs, Wren would have been a classic DE and the NFL would be welcoming him with open arms - and checkbooks. I still think he will get a look, but teams know that he will need to learn new technique for his natural position.
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