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hey guys, over on IrishIllustrated it has something about Emeka changing positions yet again. He was an OG and then moved to DT but apparently he's changed again.

 

Anyone have any idea what position he'll be focusing on in the fall? Thanks.

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In my view the DE in a 3-4 performs a similiar role as a 4-3 DT...I really don't see it as a big change in position. Just as I don't really view Trevor Laws as changing positions, I just think that he is playing in a new scheme.

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After following the draft this weekend (though not as much as I would have liked), this would be a great move for Emeka, as it is for Laws. Everything I've read recently is NFL teams are placing a premium on the edge rusher who has size (270, 280+), ala the Abiamiri surprise going in the second round.

 

If these guys show decent footwork and can get a decent amount of sacks, they will be very coveted in the upcoming drafts too.

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no way he plays end in a 34. he runs a 5.2 40. if the move is made, it will be back to OL because of the reason mentioned earlier in this thread. an edge rusher that runs a 5.2 couldn't get by me right now... :)

 

i think the lack of OL in the coming years will move him there, where he belongs.

 

he needs 20 pounds and will make a very good NT or OT.

 

Just my humble opinion

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My humble opinion is, I wish he'd be at OL, 'cause I'm paranoid when I only see Dever and Romine there from the last class, but that is just that: wishful thinking.

 

I agree with Nick and crew, he looks like a 3-4 end. It looks very similar to the Hafis Williams recruitment debate. "He's not particularly fast, but he's 6'3"-6'4" close to 285 pounds right now..." I think Emeka lines up as a tackle if they go to 4-3 situations, with one of the OLB playing with their hand on the ground, but he's a 3-4 end, one that Weis's staff technically labels the "defensive tackle".

 

I'm wondering if we should start to be more careful with terminology. We're so used to "DT" and "DE" from our experiences with the 4-3 that we're getting confused. From what I've heard, there's the NT spot, the DT spot, and the DE spot. NT lines up over the center, DT is one of the ends, but would be the guy kicked inside should we go with a 4-3 look, and the DE being the other 3-4 end, but the one that always stays on the outside. Thats just how the staff is calling each position, from what I've heard.

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no way he plays end in a 34. he runs a 5.2 40. if the move is made, it will be back to OL because of the reason mentioned earlier in this thread. an edge rusher that runs a 5.2 couldn't get by me right now... :)

 

i think the lack of OL in the coming years will move him there, where he belongs.

 

he needs 20 pounds and will make a very good NT or OT.

 

Just my humble opinion

 

3-4 DE's are NOT edge rushers. OLB's are.

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I'm wondering if we should start to be more careful with terminology. We're so used to "DT" and "DE" from our experiences with the 4-3 that we're getting confused. From what I've heard, there's the NT spot, the DT spot, and the DE spot. NT lines up over the center, DT is one of the ends, but would be the guy kicked inside should we go with a 4-3 look, and the DE being the other 3-4 end, but the one that always stays on the outside. Thats just how the staff is calling each position, from what I've heard.

 

I made this point on another thread IC. This was a very nice clarification of the three down linemen positions in the 3-4. I think many of us have gotten the terminology confused and assumed DT=NT in a 3-4 when in fact its not quite that simple.

 

Thanks for the post.

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i agree chiro but i think they wanted him as an OG....whatever though, we'll see. apparently he's putting in the work to change his body for the DE spot. He'll get an honest shot there and if it doesn't work out he'll definatley be a solid OG....I'm definately glad we have him regardless.

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Nwankwo's situation is more comforting than Chris Stewart's, FWIW. Not that both of them aren't good, or can't handle the switch from O to D, but Stewart was pretty much a HS O-lineman, and focused on it exclusively after his sophomore year I believe. Nwankwo, in the meantime, has expressed a preference to play DL, but you're right, we'll see how both line's depth charts shake out.

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