ENEMY LINES: AN OPPOSING SCOUT'S VIEW
Byron Leftwich isn't ready to be a consistent NFL quarterback. He's a big, strong kid with a rocket arm, but he needs a healthy Fred Taylor. If they can run the football, Leftwich can be effective.... When Taylor's at his best, he's one of the top five backs in the league. But he exposes his body to a lot of contact, leaving himself vulnerable to injuries.... Offensive line should be the strength of this unit. Brad Meester and Chris Naeole are tenacious run blockers, and Maurice Williams is the best athlete in the bunch.... John Henderson and Marcus Stroud are monsters. They are strong at the point of attack and very good pass rushers for being so big.... The team hopes Reggie Hayward can be a double-digit sack guy like he was in Denver. He'll certainly see enough single blocking, because teams have to double those tackles.... Donovin Darius is as good a safety as you'll find. He's always been a vicious hitter, but last season he really improved as a playmaker, with a career high in interceptions.... The major issue is at cornerback. Rashean Mathis has a ton of ability but is inconsistent, and they don't have anybody of note after him.
" Marcus Stroud is a monster--strong at the point of attack and a very good pass rusher."
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics