You guys don't think Balmer would be a fit as a 3-4 end? My concerns are basically that he is a one-year wonder, and that his workout numbers were just OK. But scheme-wise, no problem.
If the top OTs are off, is it smarter to get the 5th or 6th best OT, or the 3rd best DT? Balmer could learn for a year behind the current starters.
He's not my top pick, but I wouldn't shit if we took him.
Still, he wasn't a visit, and most of our DL visits are closer to R2 (Moore) and R3 (Langford, Jones, Bryant). My guess is R3 we go DL.
Yeah I don't doubt he can play 3-4 end, but I still think if Balmer was the pick, it would signify a shift to 4-3 in '09.
I know DE depth was a huge problem last year after Aaron Smith went down, but I'm just not very high on Balmer. If Albert is gone (which looks to be the case) I would rather us go Groves, Cherilus or a CB, maybe Mike Jenkins if he's still there.
Again though, if we got Balmer in Rd. 2 in a trade-down, I would feel a little better about it, but not a whole lot.
As you mention though, he didn't visit, so I'm not sure why all these mock "experts" think he would be the pick. Not that no visit means no draft, but there have to be better options for this team.