Jolly Good Fellow
And the pass defense improved after the change. We can argue all day about the why, but it's not worth anything since we both think he's a good player. I should've prefaced the whole discussion with 'If he was at safety this year he's top 2 easily'. Let's revisit this after this season, but I see Lou having about 50 tackles, 2 ints, and 8 pass breakups. Jemea with about 40/4/4 but allowing more big plays in his direction. Both will get drafted in the later rounds, but I see Lou going higher.
Jemea ALLOWING more big plays in his direction? I don't think so. Jemea is by and far better than than Lou. Both are very close when it comes to play recognition (I would give the go ahead to Jemea in this). Though play recognition is key, what is more important is making plays. Lou is very hit-and-miss in making plays, whether it is being beaten by a more agile guy b/c of his stiff hips or just fails to exert full effort on a play. With Jemea, you can have very high confidence that he will finish a play that is run on his side of the field. Jemea also plays bigger than he is listed, which is a plus.
1. Jemea Thomas
3t. Shaq Mason