Vance Joseph says Nick Bosa or any top DE prospects can play OLB

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The Cardinals have the No. 1 overall pick. Kyler Murray obviously would generate the most excitement if the Cardinals don’t trade the top choice, but Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or Kentucky’s Josh Allen make more sense since Arizona used the 10th choice on Josh Rosen last year.

Bosa played defensive end in college. The Cardinals are switching back to the 3-4 scheme after one year in the 4-3.

New Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said a move to outside linebacker would be no big deal for any of top-rated defensive end prospects.

4-3 college ends, they grow to be outside backers,” Joseph said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “It’s a learned ability.”

The Broncos drafted Bradley Chubb, a defensive end at North Carolina State, with the fifth overall choice last year. He made 12 sacks as a rookie outside linebacker in Joseph’s 3-4.

“Chubb was a career 4-3 end,” Joseph said. “He never played in a two point, never dropped. He played SAM backer for us at 6-4 1/2, 270. He had 12 sacks, and he missed five. You have to figure out what guys do best.”

9 responses to “Vance Joseph says Nick Bosa or any top DE prospects can play OLB

  1. “4-3 college ends, they grow to be outside backers,” Joseph said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “It’s a learned ability.”

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    If Bosa runs a 4.8 40 he won’t make an ideal OLB no matter how much he grows. You can’t teach speed.

  2. “Kyler Murray obviously would generate the most excitement if the Cardinals don’t trade the top choice…”

    Seriously, enough with the media hype train. Why would he be the MOST exciting – because he’s 5’8″? If I recall correctly, wasn’t Tim Tebow a hugely successful college QB as well?

    Jesus, this article is about how a DE can play OLB and the first sentence mentions Murray…

  3. When PFT gets on a subject they can really hammer it. Murray isn’t going to the Cardinals and that would only generate excitement for the rest of their division as he isn’t a NFL QB. Is his agent paying you to hype him up because everyone knew before OU was bounced from the playoffs he was going to play this up to get more out of the As.

  4. New Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said a move to outside linebacker would be no big deal for any of top-rated defensive end prospects.

    “4-3 college ends, they grow to be outside backers,” Joseph said, via Kyle Odegard of the team website. “It’s a learned ability.”

    “Chubb was a career 4-3 end,” Joseph said. “He never played in a two point, never dropped. He played SAM backer for us at 6-4 1/2, 270. He had 12 sacks, and he missed five. You have to figure out what guys do best.

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    And Chubb was horrible in pass defense and just an average run defender. In college as an end Chubb graded out as the best run defender in the country according to PFF.

  5. The 3-4/4-3 thing is being way over hyped. Arizona will run a hybrid 3-4, running a nickel defense they’ll be in a 4 man fronts 75% of the time anyways. Chandler Jones made the switch to our old hybrid 3-4 scheme just fine after playing as a DE for 4yrs in NE. If anything Bosa wont play on 1st down, big deal. Arizona isnt drafting him to stop the run they’re drafting him to rush the QB.

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