The Eagles were part of a 3-way trade that brought WLB Ernie Sims to us. I'd heard that the Eagles were talking to some teams about linebackers, but never got any specifics. We all tended to focus on Derrick Johnson and more recently Rocky McIntosh. Sims was overlooked because of the fact he plays for a minor league team, the Detroit Lions. I kid, of course. The Lions have been awful for a while, but I do think they are starting to get things right. Sims was not an ideal fit in Jim Schwartz's defense and that made him expendable (right Rambo?). The Lions got TE Tony Scheffler and a 7th from the Broncos. We sent our 5th round pick to Denver. Good deal for us and Detroit. I'm not so sure about the Broncos.
Here is the PE.com article.
Here is his Lions bio.
Sims is 6'0, 230. He's only 25 years old, but has been in the league for 4 years. He has over 50 career starts. He has played WLB for them and will do the same for us. Ernie was a Captain in 2007 and '08. He hasn't made a ton of plays. He has 1 career INT and 4 FFs. He does have 2.5 sacks. Ernie has yet to play on a good defense. That will change when he gets here. I know our D was off last year, but still finished 12th in yards allowed. To Ernie that will be like playing on the '85 Bears. The Lions best finish in his career was 28th in yards allowed back in 2006. They've been dead last in points and yards the last 3 years.
I'll watch tape of Ernie and write up a scouting report. I know he runs really well. Ernie is a good tackler and big hitter. Physical player. My question is how he deals with NFL blockers (FBs, TEs, and OL). I'll let you know what I see. For now we'll have to stick with basic facts and info.
I do like the deal. I wasn't enamored with the LB class in the draft. There were a couple of targets I liked, but not many. Having Ernie in place allows us to concentrate on CB, FS, DE, DT, etc. This gives us some freedom. We can trade up and losing the picks won't kill us. We can sit tight and add a lot of good players. I really like our options.
Ernie will compete with Akeem Jordan for the WLB job. Good. We need competition there. Sims has excellent potential. Jordan has started for us and played well at times. We got a good player at a very good price. He's still young and could be a long term solution if things work well.
RE: Reshad Jones
I just happened to see his COD drill info this weekend myself. Those are bad times. That will hurt him and it may limit him to SS.
RE: QB targets
We brought Zac Robinson to Philly for a visit. That shows serious interest. I'd like him on the team. I think a handful of guys will be drafted earlier than they should (Kafka for instance). I don't love any of the QB prospects. Take one late and see what you can do. Armanti Edwards remains a guy that fascinates the heck out of me.