Ok. So, here's a thought I have. What does this draft say about our commitment to the Cover 2? And, to that end, our commitment to Frazier? I'm not an expert on defenses. But, here's what I think I know.
A 3-4 places a premium on three roles. First, an elite nose tackle who demands the attention of two O-lineman. Second, solid press corners. And, finally (and perhaps most importantly) an elite edge rusher at OLB.
A Cover 2 begins with two things. First, a front four that can get after the QB quickly. And an elite MLB who can quickly diagnose a play, go to where he's needed, and get deep into the backfield. Cover 2 defenses don't invest as heavily in CBs, because they primarily play zone. You put your high value into the line and the MLB position.
So, what does it mean that Spielman did *not* go after either elite MLB in this draft? But, instead, went after a press CB with both Ogletree and Te'o on the board?
Floyd was a no brainer. He's a monster and was the most solid DT in the draft. He'll kill it in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme. But, I think it says a lot that we didn't draft LB in the first round. I think Spielman didn't want to commit because Frazier's job is still on the line.
If we go with a 3-4 coach next year, we would draft VERY differently at LB (edge rusher instead of Mike). If we keep Frazier, then we certainly give him a Mike next year.
Here's my prediction. Frazier is truly in a "show me" year. We sign Urlacher to a one year deal to secure the position this year. Then next year we match our linebacker to our scheme.
One thing this draft was *not*, a vote of confidence for Frazier and the Cover 2.