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Think the 4 best LBs on the roster next year will be Barrow, Tahj Jones, Kwon Alexander and Debo Jones (not necessarily in that order). Of those 4 Barrow has the best size and experience to be the signal caller of the group.
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I truly hope Melvin Jones comes in in top shape and conditioning, and can show the instincts and tackling ability that Chavis looks for in his MLB. Feist is a thought. I sort of like Barrow where he is and I felt he had a pretty strong year this yeat at OLB. I don't know if Granier is the guy but I'll bet all of them get a look with Welter in the spring and fall.
Chavis wants a guy in the middle that understands what he is reading and has the strength and enough quicks to get to the spot. Once there he must demonstrate the ability to tackle and make the stop. Don't know if Welter or Feist is that guy without giving them the shot to play under the heat of SEC competition.
I appreciate coach's (StLCajuns) input because he nailed what the man has to do in the middle. I think we have seen a pattern of players with the mental capability to place themselves in positions to make a lot of plays over the Chavis time here (Sheppard, Minter). The more experience they got the better they played by year and almost game by game for both those guys.
You can bet Chavis is going to put a guy that can mentally accumulate the knowledge and recognition needed and also have the physical build to hold up to some very blockers and very good backs behind those blockers in the SEC.
Melvin Jones, if he can keep his weight and his quicks would be a massive and active MLB. It remains to be seen if he can show Chavis he can read a defense and lead a defense like the last two fine MLB's have done here. Jones is even bigger than LSU's fine MLB from the 2003 Championship team, Lionel Turner, and if he can keep the weight off, is probably faster. MJ's major liability is that Chavis hasn't started any MLB freshmen yet while here. Even Sheppard and Minter had to earn the spot after a year or two.
Regardless, I'll wager that Chavis will have it figured out by the TCU game next year.
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