After going to the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers blogs I still have a lot of concern about the Rams OLB position. Both Diles and Poppinga were looked down upon in their former organizations and seem to have similar ability to Vobora and Chamberlain.
I was originally very excited about the Diles acquisition until I did this research and now I am very concerned. I was never all that excited about Poppinga but now I'm more high on him than Diles. Diles is said to be incapable of pass defense and is best served as a back up. Popppinga was a mid round pick by the Packers some time ago and the coaches love his work ethic but he was either injured or just unproductive in games.
I think Poppinga has more upside, even though his upside is still somewhat limited in my opinion. I don't blame the FO for not pursuing better linebackers this year because they did make many solid acquisitions, but I am still very uncomfortable with the situation we are in.
Hopefully someone will put it together in the preseason and have a breakout year, and if any of our linebackers could put together a solid season our defense would be at worst solid but if they don't I fear that we will be run all over. I know Spags has confidence that he can make solid players out of previously underrated players but I still have my doubts. If anyone has any input or knows something that I don't regarding our OLBs, I would be very interested to hear it.
Which OLB do you see as the most likely to "break out" this year?
Vobora (26 votes)
Chamberlain (1 vote)
Diles (63 votes)
Kehl (4 votes)
Poppinga (13 votes)
Diggs (4 votes)
Williams (10 votes)
121 total votes