November 20, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (39) is tackled by Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) in the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Seattle defeated St. Louis 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Kam Chancellor to LB? Don’t Believe It


It would seem that the NFL Draft rumor mill was having a serious down period, so it started picking up the dumbest and craziest ideas last night. I try not to give the really “out there” rumors any space on this site, since they just don’t deserve the time I’d spend writing on the subject, but this one actually made me laugh so I figured I’d pass it along strictly for the entertainment value.

The rumor has the Seahawks interested in Alabama SS Mark Barron with the 12th pick in the draft. The Seahawks would then move Kam Chancellor to OLB. Um… ya… whatever…

There is just so much wrong with this idea. First, Barron would be horrible value with the 12th pick in the draft. He’s the best safety in the class, but he’s not Earl Thomas. He doesn’t belong anywhere near the top 20. If the Seahawks were picking at 25, then maybe they’d consider him, but not at 12.

And besides, why would anyone consider moving a pro-bowl safety to a new position, just to draft an unknown. Chancellor is the real deal. Barron might be, or he might not be. How would Chancellor do at LB? probably pretty well, but it would be a new position and one that he hasn’t played. He be stuck learning it from scratch. There’s no telling how quickly he could adapt. The 2 position require very different instincts.

And really, how does this make the defense better? You’ve broken up the best young secondary in the league, done so to waste a high pick on a low value position, and you haven’t addressed the pass rush or, really, the mediocre LB play problems.

Seriously, there is absolutely nothing about this that makes any sense.

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