Originally Posted by Kemp17
We could, but there is a way better (and bigger) FA class of corners than of pass rushers. Avril is going to cost a lot more than a comparable veteran cornerback. And I don't think he's all that effective. He's played the left side his entire career and has only been truly good in spurts. I don't think he's the ROLB this defense needs. Plus he's kind of a knucklehead.
Also, a rookie pass rusher stands a better chance of helping than a rookie CB IMO. Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson, Morris Caliborne. All of those guys struggled, mightily at times, as rookies. It's a very hard position to play right away.
Avril has also played DE both in college, and in Detroit, not OLB, which is where many projected him in his draft year so it would be a totally new position for him to learn now at a more advanced age. At best, he'd be basically playing as a stand up DE for us the first year or two as he learns the LB position, and by then time would start to catch up to him. I too liked his talent coming out of school, but he's a real long shot to make any difference as a 3-4 OLB at this point in his career, IMO.