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Mailbag: Slotting This WR Prospect? LB Depth?


With the possibility that Damien Wilson might not be back next year, and Sean Lee playing in a lesser role, are there any other linebackers who were on the team that might be talented enough and step up to become a starter? I'm not against drafting one or two for depth, but would you be comfortable with a Joe Thomas or Chris Covington starting alongside Jaylon Smith and LVE? - FRED ROBERTS / SALEM, OR

Bryan: Keep an eye on this Kyle Queiro who was on the practice squad all season. He was a safety at Northwestern but has the body type of a linebacker. He got a ton of work on the scout team each week and was told he flashed some interesting traits. 

Rob: Covington is built more like Wilson for that SAM linebacker spot. He only got one defensive snap last year in seven appearances, helping mostly on special teams, but he would be a candidate if Wilson isn't re-signed. Just remember the SAM usually doesn't get 'starter' playing time – Wilson played less than 30 percent of the defensive snaps last year – but he has to be strong enough to set the edge in the run game.

With the uncertainty surrounding Cole Beasley, would Andy Isabella be a good replacement for him and what round grade would you figure he would have? - NICK MOHR / CHICKASHA, OK

Bryan: Andy Isabella is a good player and have in third round but I wouldn't just focus on him. I've seen several prospects that could fill that Beasley role if they do move on. Please watch The Draft Show each week at 11 a.m. CT to learn more about the names.

Rob: With Isabella you do see Beasley-like traits in terms of frame, quickness off the line and ability to find space underneath. He also returned punts in at UMass, and that role has to be filled if Beasley and Tavon Austin go elsewhere in free agency. Even with height limitations, I'm guessing a team drafts Isabella by the early middle rounds.

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