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17.

49.

Chargers

Kendall Reyes-

DT/DE Connecticut

6-4, 299, 33.25”, 35 Reps, (4.79-4.88), 

 

Melvin Ingram-

OLB/ILB 

OLT, DE, WR, NT, DB, DE, OLB, DB, RB,  LB, WR, DE, RB, 

Key FA Signed:

Nick Hardwick OC

Robert Meachem WR

Eddie Royal WR

Charlie Whitehurst QB

Atari Bigby S

Key F.A.:

Jared Gaither OLT

Brandyn Dombrowski (R)

Patrick Clayton WR

Antonio Garay NT

Scott Mruczkowski OC

Tony Moll OG

Bob Sanders S

Paul Oliver S

Steve Gregory S

Stephen Cooper ILB

Na'il Diggs ILB

Key F.A. Lost:

Vincent Jackson WR

Kris Dielman OG

Marcus McNeil OLT

Mike Tolbert RB

Luis Castillo DE

Dnate Hughes CB

The Team: They had to address the D-End position. “Kendall Reyes, 2nd Round pick. Seventeenth in this Round for us. Defensive End form UConn,” the Chargers Director of Player Personnel Jimmy Raye said. “We feel good about it. Athletic guy: speed, burst, athleticism. I think it all stands out for us. A guy 299-300 pounds, who ran a 4.82. I mean, the quickness the energy he plays with is something that is appealing to us.” I really like this pick. Now, I'm not saying he is a Nose Tackle, but I see the Chargers lining him inside on the Nose on passing downs. NFL defense are becoming more and more sub-package defenses. He lined up a lot at the 0, 1, and 3, techniques at UConn, and did a lot of damage. “To address where we’ll see Kendall playing” The HC of the SDC Norv Turner said, “we obviously see him as a man playing in the 34. Kicking down and playing over the offensive guard. Playing what we call the 3-Technique. But, where he can have an impact early, I personally believe and I think our coaches believe, In our sub-packages as an interior rusher. As an inside rusher he showed outstanding passrush ability, in the Senior Bowl, but [also] through out his Tape. He’s a very athletic guy. So we’ve added two guys [Perry and Reyes] who when their on the field  who do a great job chasing down the quarterback When we’re able to get pressure on him. Making plays sideline to sideline type guys.” Reyes was elected Team Captain last season at UConn. He has exception athletic ability which should allow him to step outside and really develop into a great 3-4 D-End, and help this team win. “They want to get better, they want to win (the AFC West) and they want to go far in the playoffs," Kendall Reyes said. "And they know they have to strengthen up the defense to get that done." He had 40 starts in the Big East, and garnered 11.5 Sacks, 32.5 TFL, 2 INTs, 12 PBD, and 142 Tackles. He will move in and out of the lineup, and all around in Sub-Packages were his experience rushing the QB from between the OGs is going to be very valuable. “The more a guy plays the more comfortable he is playing, the better he reacts to different things,” Turner said about Reyes’ transition to he NFL. “Obviously he’s seen a lot of different things in his career with 40 starts. I think it does prepare him.”

The Player: 4/9   Reyes- Not Your Normal Athlete.

With Antonio Garay still in the wind. They may need to move him inside more than they like. He will develop into a terrific D-End for them, but I see him playing on the Nose in passing situations, maybe more than they want him to next season. “Kendall will be a complete player,” Turner said. “But again as a young player you look at his guy and say how is he going to have an impact on your team? And we certainly believe that in the sub-packages, multiple guys who can rush the passer, he should be able to be productive for us there.” Eventually, when they get their Nose Tackle situation straighten out, and he will be their starting D-End opposite Liuget. “His skill set fits as an End,” Raye said. “He’s tall angular guy. He’s six-foot four. He’s got length. His athleticism is better suited to play End than it would be to pay Nose Tackle.” He just has to keep working hard, harder than he did in college, and he will make this team better. "You work hard every day and try to do the best you can in college," Reyes Said ."Obviously, the dream is to make it to the pros. It's something I've trained for and it's something I've aspired to make it to." So he's happy. The Chargers are happy. Now we'll see how it works.  “Just a great kid,” Raye Said. “Don Johnson our defensive line coach had a great visit with him when he was here. They hit is off pretty well. Kendall is a real personable guy, as you will see when he comes into town. I think he has a magnetic personality and people just kind f gravitate to him, but I think that is what stood out the most.”

The Reason: The Chargers set out to improve their D-Line. This was again a needs pick being characterized as a BAA, because of the silly belief that if you take the Best Athlete Available it is somehow magically a better pick. The Charger even admitted it. “Yeah, we were looking to improve the front,” Raye said when asked about targeting the front seven. “We wanted to improve the Front Seven. He was a guy as a defensive lineman that we had highly rated, and we thought he fit with what we like to do.” Taking Perry in the 1st Round, and targeting Reyes in the 2nd, allowed to really upgrade the athleticism in their Front Seven, which was their plan. Raye is most likely the best athlete on their D-Line right now. “If we lineup today, we’re lining up like we did at the end of last season,” Norv Turner said. “Vaughn and Corey were the starters. So I mean, it’s going to be great competition along our defensive front, all the way across. Obviously we’ve become a lot more athletic.” So they accomplished what they set out to accomplish on the first two days of the Draft. They got some good players for their Front Seven, and now they can continue to improve in other areas. “We’re just trying to add good players,” Raye clichéd. “I mean, if they happen to be rookies and younger guys, than that’s just a bonus. We like the player that we have in our mix already. But we just want to keep adding to the Front [Seven], and get better.”

18.

50.

Rams

Isaiah Pead-

RB Cincinnati

5-10, 197, (4.41.), 4.47 (O)

6.87 3-C, 4.28 SS,

33" Vert, 9" Broad, 

 

*Michael Brockers-

DT/DE/NT LSU 

 

Brain Quick-

WR Appalachian ST

 

Janoris Jenkins

CB N. Alabama/ Florida

WR, DT, WR, DT, OT, RB, OL, OL, LB, DT, DB, CB, OG, DT, LB, CB, DE, 

Key F.A. Signed:

Scott Wells OC

Cortland Finnegan CB

Key F.A. Lost:

Brandon Lloyd WR

Fred Robbins DT

Justin Bannan DT

Jason Brown OC

Ron Bartell CB

The Team:  I had Janorus Jenkins as my Second Choice here. 

This is clearly a futures pick. first off the more he plays, the more Fisher can rest Stephen Jackson's tired old legs. He has been one of the best players in the NFL for a while now, and we all know the beating he takes on a weekly basis. The more Pead can play, the longer Jackson can stay in St. Louis and still be effective. Plus, Pead will learn from Jackson about being an NFL RB, and get bigger, fitter, and stronger in the process. “I think he’s got potential to do that, yes," Fisher said when asked if he sees Pead as an every down back in the future. "He was an every down back for them. He does have the potential, but what we were looking at right now is a guy just to change the pace, a guy that can give Steven a blow.” Pead can be a flash in the pan on the field, and is a threat to go all the way whenever he touches the ball. He has the great feet, speed, and vision to do incredible things on the field. He just needs to get a little stronger, so he can take the beating. “Biggest strength? I would probably say is my speed and vision, and the type of mentality all in one," Pead said. "I couldn’t really choose either one, but one that makes me under-estimated is maybe my strength. I’m a small guy, but I have good strength in me. In the weight room, I’m always one of the top guys of the program with the most weight, so I’d say that’s my strength.” He already is an excellent 3rd Down back, which helps to get Jackson off the field on passing downs at least. He is small, but he showed on film that he is a good blocker picking up blitzers at Cincinnati. Plus, he showed at the Senior Bowl he can be dynamic on Special Teams. “Yes," Fisher said about Pead playing on Special Teams. "He does have return value, as does Janoris.”

The Player:  Pead- Too Much Flash and Dash.

One thing about Pead he was truly great at Cincinnati. I did a silly highlight reel of him, which I hate to do (because it makes him look like he averaged 50-yards and a TD per carry;-). However, it really showed his waterbug skills that allowed him to dominate the Big East. “I really don’t know what it meant to the draft stock," Pead said about being the Big East offensive player of the year. "But we went out as a senior class. Our class coming in as freshmen and sophomores, we won the Big East Championship and then kind of slipped up our junior season. So as soon as the season ended, the senior class, we just wanted to play the best football we could and get back on track of winning championships. Coach put a lot on my shoulders, and I did what I could and it turned out to be an award, as far as the Big East offensive player. But you have to win football games and I like to be a part of teams that do.” Pead can do a lot of interesting things on the field. You can see it on film. Now he just hast to get a little stronger and bigger, like Marshall Faulk had to do to turned himself into a long time starter. But he showed he has Faulk's flash and dash on the field. “Isaiah had a great senior year, and obviously was the MVP of the Senior Bowl," Fisher said. "Isaiah has got great change of direction quickness, vision, a jump-cut runner. He’s got acceleration, he’s got hands out of the backfield. He’s just a great change of pace runner that we need here right now for Steven. He’s a smart young man. We had him in for the [Top] 30 visit. No problems whatsoever grasping concepts of offense, so he’ll be able to help us.”  So he will be playing an learning behind a great one. If he can humble himself and learn form Jackson, he has those sweet feet to be a great one himself. He certainly has the vision to see who has been great on the football field. “I would say," Pead said about the guys he patterns his game, "I like Darren Sproles, I like Jamaal Charles. Old school guys, of course, I kind of like [ex-Rams] Marshall Faulk and [ex-Pats] Curtis Martin. I like [ex- Broncos] Terrell Davis, and you can never count out Barry Sanders. Those are kind of my guys.” Well that is pretty high bar to set. 

The Reason: They had Pead pegged for their third 2nd Round pick, and they knew it was a little early to take him. So they did what any intelligent GM would do, they traded down, picked up extra picks, and still got their guy. “It came up," Snead said about the trade down. "We had those first two players that we really targeted, and they fell to us. At that point, we didn’t have a fifth so it was a chance [to fill the hole]. They called and offered us a fifth, and it was a chance to pick up a fifth so we now have a pick or multiple picks in every round.” The Rams meet with him, and they both just hit it off. Sometimes it's just as simple as they. They liked the film, and when they meet him, they him as well. “Oh yeah," Pead said. "I liked the Rams. I took a visit there. I visited with coaches and whatnot. Throughout the whole process: Senior Bowl and then Combine. It was love. Coach Fisher is a great guy, and everybody else in that building, and I was all for it. I was anticipating this call.” It's love man, it's love. Plus, he went to St Louis, and just fell in love with St. Louis as well. “Yes, I was in town to visit and the impression was a program that is very about their business," Pead on his impressions on the town when he came for a visit. "Of course, the NFL is a business, but certain programs you get certain different vibes. The vibe there was, ‘We’re coming in to win football games, and if we draft you we need you to come in and contribute right away.’ Like I said, I’m all for it. I’m a competitor. At the same time, I want to learn and be a pro and I’m willing to do that, but also get on the field and contribute to winning games.” If he can sit a little, learn, and grow, this is the best thing that could have happened to him.

Second Choice: Janorus Jenkins CB

19.

51.

Packers

*Jerel Worthy

DT Michigan ST

6-2 3/8, 308, 33” Arms, 

4.56 SS, 7.6 3-C,

 S-1.64-1.72, (5.04-4.97),

28.5" Vert, 8'11" Broad  

 

*Nick Perry

DE/OLB USC

OLB/PR, DB, RB, TE, DL, QB, DB, LB, CB, NT, 

Key F.A. Semi-Signed:

JerMichael Finley TE

Key F.A. Signed:

Jeff Saturday OC

Jarrett Bush CB

Key F.A.:

Erik Walden OLB

Matt Flynn QB

Ryan Grant RB

Howard Green NT

Key F.A. Lost:

Scott Wells OC

Matt Flynn QB

The Team: This is a great pick. Worthy had a great senior season, and has the size power and passion to be a great one. If he can play with the passion he showed against Georgia, game in and game out, he will be a great one. With his blast off the snap he is just a nightmare to block inside. “He can jump the count and get into the gap before an offensive guy can react or move,” the assistant director of college scouting Shaun Herock said. “As soon as you get in the gap, you’ve got a two-way go and you’re clogging up the holes, getting penetration and causing chaos in the backfield." The Packer defense never really recovered from losing Cullen Jenkins and having to eliminate Johnny Jolly from the team, not because of his play but because of his character. So to me this wasn't a "depth pick", this was a clear needs pick. This obsession with reporters trying to paint every single pick as a Best Athlete Available pick is getting tiresome ("oh they don't; really need the guy, so naturally it is a better pick?"). Like the Giants taking David in the 1st Round. If that wasn't a clear cut needs pick than no pick ever was. That goes the same for this pick. To get the OLB/Passrusher to help take some heat off of Mathews, and then get a guy who is a similar size as Jolly, and is just what D-Line Coach Mike Trgovac looks for in a player, is not a BAA scenario. That is attacking pass defense needs with a vengeances. When you are the worst pass defense in the history of the NFL; When you Draft an OLB/Passrusher and then a DE/DT/Interior-Passrusher; Who can push the pocket and hit the QB; To say that is anything other than a straight up needs pick is just stupid (Okay, I'm arguing with some nameless reporter who nobody knows what article I'm talking about, again;-). “He’s got some quickness to him for a big guy,” Trgovac said. “He anticipates the snap count very well. Sometimes he gets offsides, I realize that and we’ll work on that, but some coaches say if you’re not offsides a couple times, you’re not getting off the ball quick enough.” He started 38 games in the Big Ten. In his three years at Michigan State he garnered 12 sacks, 27.5 TFL, and 107 Tackles. Plus, he was consistently double team and freed up teammates to move to the ball. “The film speaks for itself," Jerel Worthy said about why sometimes when he gets to high he looks bad and gets criticized for not trying. "If people say I take a play off here or there, there’s no player in the NFL down to peewee without being tired. I’m going to come in and try to be more consistent.” Despite not trying hard all the time, he still was a first-team All-America. He also squats over 600 pounds, which has always been one of my secret indicators that a player is going to succeed in the NFL (Sshh don't tell anyone;-). The amount of power and the work ethic it takes to squat that much weight is such a great combination for playing sports, especially football. 

The Player:  Worthy- I Think He's Worthy.

"I'm high on him," Bill Polian said (and yes, I can like Po-Lyin' now that he is not the GM of the Colts;-). "He's got incredible power. As evidenced by the statistics on the weights [600 pound squat, 415 Bench, according to Mel]. But more importantly, he turns that power into speed and explosion. This guy is a force. He's not consistent yet, and he's not mature yet. Probably should have stayed in school, but the bottom line is that this guy is a force. And, he did it against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game against some people who are going to get drafted." Well that gets me excited. Worthy is definitely excited about going to Green Bay and competing for a starting job and a championship. “Definitely,” Worthy said. “It just shows they have faith in my potential and they have faith in the skills that I possess. They have faith in me progressing as a great football player. I want to come in and have an impact right away. I want to leave my mark and let them know they have no regrets about picking me.” And when you play D-Line on a team that was the worst Passing defense in the history of the NFL, your spot is open for grabs, and Worthy is just the guy to come in a grab it. 

The Reason: Here we go again. “If people criticize that I take a play off here and there," Worthy said, "There’s nobody in the NFL game today or in college or all the way down to pee wee who plays every play full speed, full-go without getting tired. It’s impossible. I’m going to continue to work to be a lot more consistent. That’s my goal. The plays that showed up on the highlight tape in the draft are the same plays I want to make in the NFL.” I keep going back to that Georgia game. When a coach like Trgovac watches Tape of that game, how can he be anything but giddy over drafting that guy. Although, in another Draft oddity, Devon Still and still on the Board. So it was close between the two. “It was very close between those two,” Trgovac said of Worthy and Still. “We just thought at the end that Jerel had a little bit more wiggle and get-off than Still. That one was debated very long and hard. That wasn’t a slam dunk. We liked both of those kids.” Not that any more proof is needed, but when they talk about a race between two players that play the same position, then they are saying we targeted D-Ends in the 2nd Round. I think they chose the right one. "What I have to do is see what the Packers want to do," Worthy said about playing outside at the 5-Technique. "I’m going to continuously work to perfect my techniques as a player. I want to develop into the person that Dom Capers saw."

 20.

52.

Titans

*Zach Brown-

LB N. Carolina

6-1.25, 244, 33.25” Arms, S-1.52, (4.45-4.44),

 

Kendall Wright

WR Baylor

CB, OC, OG, DE, S, OLB, S,  OL, DT, 

Key F.A. Semi-Signed:

Michael Griffin S

Jason Babineaux S

Key F.A. Signed:

Steve Hutchinson OG

Lavelle Hawkins WR

Mike Otto OT

Craig Stevens TE

Kamerion Wimbley DE

Key F.A.:

Chris Hope S

Anthony Smith S

Jake Scott OG

Dave Ball LB

Barrett Ruud LB

Patrick Bailey LB

Tim Shaw LB

Ahmad Hall FB

Key F.A. Lost:

Scott Wells OC

Chris Meyers OC

Jason Jones DE

The Team: Speed-speed-Speed. "He will definitely bring that," Mike Munchak said about competition at the linebacker position. "We thought we needed someone a little different like we said. We thought that was kind of a need of ours going into the draft. A lot of our linebackers are more special-team oriented. A lot of the guys we have: Tim Shaw, Patrick Bailey, Kevin Malast. They’re really special teams guy, not necessarily linebackers that can get us out of a game. I think like Jerry [Gray the Titan's D-Coordinator] was saying we got a guy who we think is versatile who can play the weakside backer. We like to bring that linebacker, he has good rush skills, he had five sacks this year as an outside linebacker and that’s something that we really haven’t had from that position.  The fact that he can cover and run the way he has with the people we have to cover in our division, with these tight ends these days. There are a lot of things he offers. Playing the sub package is another thing that allows us to move Akeem (Ayers) to do something else on third down that we think he could be better at, so it gives us a lot of options.  We were looking for someone like him in the draft, we went into the draft thinking we’d like to fill this need and we were able to do it with our second round pick." The Titans certainly need some linebackers, and one thing defense have to have are LBs who can cover. You have to have guys who can rush and cover at every position. He has to learn to take on blockers. It can be terrifying watching him play at the point of attack. 

The Player: He's still a track guy playing football, but pound for pound he might be the best pure athlete in this Draft. "Zach Brown, North Carolina, linebacker," Titan Scout Cole Proctor Said. "He has been there four years, a great athlete, undefeated heavyweight wrestler, 27-0, with 17 pins coming out of high school. He won the 100-meter, 200-meter champion and he was also on the 4x100 state championship team.  He is just a great athlete that is very versatile and covers the field, sideline-to-sideline.  He had five sacks this year and seven career interceptions  He is just a fine athlete. I think he is going to do a great job for us. He is a willing special teams player and I think the coaches will be looking forward to having him here and training him." My problem with him is that he doesn't always look like he knows what he is doing on the field. He shows flashes where he makes plays, but he to often shies away from contact. Then he flies around the field with speed no Linebacker should have. "No, I think young guys generally make a lot of plays. They’ve got a lot more athletic ability, can run a little bit longer. "Hopefully, if he does do that then that will be a plus for us because he has to beat out some experienced guys in ‘Spoon [Will Witherspoon] and [Gerald] McRath and guys like that.  He’s going to have to work in order to get up there with those cats and really do what he’s supposed to do. If he comes out of camp as our starter that means he really, really worked his tail off to play." Brown is an amazing athlete who sometimes looks like he can anything on the field he likes. But he will often look like he does see it, which brings up his instincts. He has the speed to be great, but so far hasn't shown the instincts to best take advantage of that great speed. "The obvious thing is the speed," LB Coach Frank Bush said. "He’s a big, fast athlete. We like a lot of things that way. Spending time with the kid, we found a kid who was passionate about the game. He had been there for four years, he had played in a lot of different positions and quite frankly he wants to get honed in and learn one particular thing to do so he can do it even better. One thing I can’t coach is speed, and he’s got it." Which is also his biggest problem, because he doesn't like to get physical. However, in the new pass first ask questions later NFL you have to be able to cover if you want to play defense. Brown is easily the best Linebacker in coverage in this Draft. Which makes him a safe pick, because minimally he is Cover LB, and special teams maven. Made a lot of money at the Senior Bowl. At his best when he can just run to the ball. Not good at the physical stuff. Not scheme diverse. He has to be a WLB in a run and chase defense. "To me, that is the package that they are using him in," Jerry Gray Said. "A lot of times you can be put in a position where they let you go run and chase, and that becomes who you are, so they kind of put that tag on you.  I think if they were running lead downhill and told him to go take on the fullback; I bet he would have done that—if that was his role.  I think his role at North Carolina was to go run and chase.  All their guys are really fast; they’re strong and athletic so he fit right along with what the guys at North Carolina were doing." Blockers kill him. He needs to go untouched to the ball. Excellent in coverage when he can just turn and run. No trouble covering TE when the run down the Seam. No trouble covering RB when they run a Wheel out of the backfield. The less physical it is the better he looks. "He will come in and get a chance to play Will linebacker and get a chance to play in space," Jerry Gray said. "He has athletic ability. He can make plays in space and get a chance to blitz off the open side, which will be good for us. We know he can run, so he will be able to get into the nickel package, which is our sub package. Again he can play in space, cover guys. He has all athletic ability and the speed we are looking for." Set indoor 60-meter track record. Looks like a Safety. When he plays with his hands up he is much more effective, but he still wants to just run to the ball. Speed linebacker who will be most effective in space. Lacks power and strength. Once blockers get their hands on him he is done.   

The Reason: They had to get a guy who could cover right in the middle of the field. They will put him in spots where he can run and not have to think. When he can run to the ball, and not think, he looks pretty good on Tape. That is why they look him "When you look at him on tape," Jerry Gray said. "He is at a lot of places and what we will get a chance to do with Frank [Bush]’s assistance, is to put him in a situation where he is comfortable. Now you are comfortable at will, learn what you are supposed to do. He has experience because he has been there four years, this will just be that much better for him because he doesn’t have to line up in five or six different places. Here is where I am supposed to line up and I can go from there." Well, beside speed-speed-speed!

21.

53.

Bengals

Devon Still-

DT/DE Penn ST

6-4 7/8, 303, 

33.25” Arms, 26 Reps, S-1.77-1.80, 29.5" Vert,

(5.03-5.0),

 

*David DeCastro

OG Stanford

 

Kevin Zeitler-

OG Wisconsin

 

Dre Kirkpatrick-

CB Alabama

OG, DE, DL, WR, DB, DT, OT, DB, RB, CB, FS, OG, WR, WR, DE, DB, 

Key F.A. Signed:

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB

Anthony Collins OT

Derrick Harvey DE

Pacman Jones CB

Key F.A.:

Cedric Benson RB

Bobbie Williams OG

Mike McGlynn OG

Dennis Roland OT

Manny Lawson DE/OLB

Pat Sims DT

Reggie Nelson FS

Chris Crocker SS

Jerome Simpson WR

Andre Caldwell WR

Bo Scaife TE

Chris Pressley FB (R)

Key F.A. Lost:

Frostee Rucker DE

Jonathon Fanene DE/DT

The Team: Bengals fans have to be ecstatic over this guy! when he can just line up and shot the gap, and not have to think, he is a beast. That is what they like to do in Cincinnati. "Devon Still really fits for us right now," Marvin Lewis said. "He’s another young guy with an opportunity to come in here and solidify our front. He’s played and been very productive throughout his career. He’s had games where he’s basically just taken over the football game. Now the challenge is, obviously, to do it at this level. He’s got the speed and the athleticism to do that, and the size and the strength to be able to do it. We’ve just got to keep going with him. He’s a big man, and he’ll continue to grow and get bigger and stronger. He’s been a good worker there [at Penn State]. So we’re really pleased to add another guy to add some inside depth. One of the areas we felt like we really wanted to continue to shore up was to make sure we fit well with our tackle rotation. Last year, when Pat [Sims] got touched up a little bit, we felt like we took a little step back in that way. Devon will help us with that.” He has some nice bloodlines. He became the clear cut leader at Penn ST, after the world collapsed around the team in what can only be called the ugliest incident in football history. He was the guy who stood up and led the players, who were the victims off the horror as well. And, he raised his game up to star level, and flashed the talent that he hadn't used while at Penn ST. “He’s shown flashes, to be honest with you," Hayes said. "He’s shown flashes of being a big-time player. Some people had this guy in the first round. Some people say, ‘Hey, if he’s done it once, he can do it a bunch of times.’ So we’re fixing to find out. I’m sure he will. As you get older, we all know you get bills and babies and start getting responsibilities, and things happen.” He sometimes he got high, and got knocked back more times than makes you truly comfortable. But he can be a force against the run, and when he can just blast off and shoot a gap he can look unstoppable. He was one of my favorite player to watch last year. 

The Player: Stills is one of the best I’ve seen this year at D-Tackle. “He’s a tackle," Lewis said. "He’s an inside guy who has been a good rusher. He’s played vertically a lot. He gets off the ball well. He uses his hands. He’s a big, long guy, with a good athletic stance, and he’s a good knee-bender.” Last season he had more production than over the past two seasons he garnered 8.5 Sacks, 17 TFL, 94 Tackles, 2 FF 1 FR, and 2 PBU. He can combo moves together. He will Swim and then push-pull if he gets stuck. “I would say he’s a good pass rusher for a defensive tackle," Jay Hayes said about what he like the most  about Still. "He has athletic ability, quickness and can slip blocks. Those types of things. He has a lot of upside to him. That’s what you’re betting on with him.” When he stays and plays low he is a beast. He sometimes gets little high at 6-5, and OGs can dig under his pads, but even when they get under his pads he is still hard to move backwards. But sometimes he does get blown off the Line. “Being consistent, making the switch from the college game to the NFL," Hayes said about Still adjusting to NFL "Learning how to be a pro and do this day in and day out for hopefully 20-plus weeks. The things that you have to do to be a productive guy. And, to be able to accept his role, whatever that may be, whether it’s coming in and playing 15 or 20 plays, or coming in and playing 40. Where we’ve had success most recently is where we’re rolling guys through and having everyone giving maximum effort. At Penn State, they did not do a lot of rolling, so he played all the time. Hopefully, with the strong group we have, it will help his play and understanding of what a defensive line, what a group, can do to people. We have a good understanding of that right now. We have strong, strong leadership in our room, and they don’t like when people don’t do things the right way. They’ll take young guys under their wing and show them the right way to do things. Guys like [Robert Geathers], who is going into his ninth year with me, and he’s still 29 years old. He is one of the best professional football players I’ve ever been around when it comes to understanding what it’s like and what you have to do to be a counted-on guy. Domata Peko is the same way. They will drag guys kicking and screaming to where they need to be. Eventually, they’ll get it.” Relies a little too much on the Swim. He likes to get his hands up and use his long arms to keep blockers off his body, read run, and Swim over OG. He can be stalemated for a while then he always suddenly burst up the middle and destroys the play. He has the power to bull the OG smack into the QB like he did against Illinois. He got his hands under the OG's pads, and threw him up and backwards like a a kid on a seesaw. He has great hands. His Chop is as good as I’ve seen. He can be a monster passrusher right inside. When he reads pass he is very hard to stop. He is so explosive off the snap.

Still is a big strong guy with a great burst and great quickness inside. “Living in the backfield," Still said about his strengths. "I try to do as much as I can to make it hard on the opposite team’s offensive coordinator. I’ll take that attitude into the NFL and hopefully flourish as one of the best defensive tackles in the league.”  He does get pushed around at the point sometimes, and that inconsistency worries a lot of people. However, it did not happen very often this past season. He stayed and played much lower consistently. He also has the size, long arms, and quickness to reach the QB from the 5-Technique. He might be the best player in this Draft for a team that likes to switch back and forth between a 4-3 and a 3-4. 

The Reason: They play in maybe the toughest toughest division in football right now. “In our division, if you don’t, they’re going to take their man-card from you if you don’t man up," Hayes said. "So if you don’t want to get embarrassed, you better start playing, because these guys are serious. Like coach (Marvin) Lewis likes to say, ‘They’re playing mean.’” They have had success taking a lot of guys in different places, and developing them into very good players. If Still can learn to stay and play low and be allowed to just attack a one gap, he will be a force in the NFL. It looks to me like the coaches here can teach him to do just that. “We’ve had success taking guys in the second round, in the third round, in the fourth round, and we’ve had success with guys in the seventh," Defensive line coach Jay Hayes said. "Domata [Peko] was a fourth-rounder, Junior [Robert Geathers] was a fourth-rounder, Geno [Atkins] was a fourth rounder. The second-round guy that we’ve had has been Carlos Dunlap, and he’s done well for us. The third-round guys, Frostee and Pat. It just depends on how the days go during the draft. Some days you end up getting guys at this juncture of the draft. They just have to go out there and put their best foot forward as they get here.”

22.

54.

Lions

Ryan Broyles

WR Oklahoma

5-10, 192, 4.56, 

32.5" Vert, 24-years old,

 

Dre Kirkpatrick-

CB Alabama

CB, OLT, DE, LB, S, RB, LB, OL, WR, OL, WR, DL,

F.A. Semi-Signed:

Cliff Avril DE/PR

Calvin Johnson WR

Stephen Tulloch LB

Key F.A. Released:

Jeff Backus OLT

Sammie Lee Hill DE

DeAndre Levy LB

Bobby Carpenter LB

Kevin Smith RB

Maurice Morris RB

Eric Wright CB

Erik Coleman S

Chris Harris S

Maurice Stovall WR

Rashad Davis WR

The Team: First off he is a terrific hands catcher. Broyles has such great natural hands. He was a great WR at Oklahoma, and I thought he and Sanu would be the two WR that fit the Pats system the best. He is a great slot receiver. They only thing that held him back was his injury this past season. "Yeah, I wouldn't expect it to be a Redshirt," Schwartz said. "We've had other players, like [Brandon] Pettigrew got hurt on Thanksgiving, came back and I think started 16 [games] for us. Every knee injury is a little bit different but the predictability of ACLs has become a little bit better. He worked out. He didn't work out at the combine, he worked at his pro day; he wasn't 100-percent, but he was five months off his ACL and he seems to be ahead of schedule. The good thing about it like Martin was talking about is: we're not in a situation where we'll be forced to rush him on the field. Again, you see teams that have a lot of different weapons, we've seen teams in our division that have found use for guys like that and they've affected games. He was the best player on our board and there's a discipline that goes along with that thought process." They will stick him in the Slot, between to two big guys and dare Slot Corners to cover him. I will gar-run-tee that if he can somehow stay healthy they won't be able to cover him. His feet and hips are amazing when running multiple patterns. He has to get stronger. He has to find a way to stay on the field. I just keep picturing him in the Slot, next to Calvin Johnson, and wondering who the heck is going to cover him? He should be open all day and night in the SLot, whenever he lines up inside of Megatron.  

The Player: You can't talk about Broyles without taking about his exceptional production. "Ryan Broyles [was the] best player on our board," Martin Mayhew said. "Very productive guy, 48 career touchdowns. Just tremendous production of a four-year career. Fits our offense, will be a great fit for us and really helps our offensive skill. [He's] another receiving weapon for our quarterback and we feel great about the pick." His two best assets are his amazing quickness in breaks, and his hands. He such great hips and feet. He can devastate Corners with inside cuts. Plus, he has that knack for getting open deep that belies his speed. He is also very smart, and you can see he knows what he is doing on the field. His production is not an accident. Plus, he has that knack for getting to the Endzone. "Just to start off where Martin left off: he can play slot, he can play outside, he can return punts, he's done all of those in his college career and he's done them in an unprecedented level in college football," Schwartz said. "We're talking about a guy that scored almost 50 touchdowns in his career and would have had over 50 if he hadn't gotten hurt late in the season. He's the NCAA leading receiver in the history of college football, second all-time in yards. He's a playmaker, he scores touchdowns and we're really excited to be able to have him. We have a good plan for him and I'm very excited to be able to get him." He is probably the only WR who can match Blackmon in creating separation in his breaks and cuts. He has played special teams and has experience returning punts. "That stuff will come from training camp and from OTAs and preseason games and things like that, but he'll certainly be in the mix. He's done it in college and he's done it at a high level. He's had over 100 punt returns in his college career, averaged over 11-yards/punt return and has a couple touchdowns. He's certainly done it and it's in his skill set." He has been a good team guy for the past few years, but he did have some character concerns early on at Oklahoma. "He had something when he was a freshman and we're counting on him having matured since then," Schwartz said. "We thought it was an isolated thing and he was very candid about it at the combine. We've done a lot of research with him; he's got great personality, he's a hard worker, he's a good football character guy. Like I said, we've all had something in our past somewhere along the line that we weren't the proudest of. The key is how we reacted to it and whether we put it in our past or not. We feel confident that he has." He is a very unique player. He doesn't look like he will be a dominate receiver, but he consistently dominated at Oklahoma. "There's a factor of playing particularly inside," Schwartz said. "But just outside [as well], [and] everything else. He just has a knack for the game. He's very, very strong; he's not the biggest guy in the world - a little bit like some of the other receivers, there's a guy yesterday that went off the board that was similar size - I think Ryan benched like 23 times which is extremely rare for a wide receiver to get into the 20s. That's the kind of skill set that helps him. He's very, very quick; he just has great instincts like a lot of good punt returners, and a lot of good run-after-the-catch guys have had."

The Reason: One of things that I think is funny, is when a reporter likes, the pick it is a Best Athlete Available Pick, but when they don't like the pick, it is a reach to fill a need. Well, this pick is clearly a reach pick for need, as all teams do. But some reporter in Detroit liked it. "Good players play," Schwartz said about his perceived BAA philosophy, which doesn't apply to this pick. "You don't solve needs by drafting poor players. We said that last year when we were picking guys and we'll keep on saying it. There's discipline that goes in to it and you have to be able to stick with that philosophy. The philosophy is: talent rules the board. He's a talented receiver that we have a good plan for that fits our offense and can do a lot of things for us. We'll see. I think if you chase need you're chasing a moving target. What looks like a need one day might not be a need another day. If you have the discipline to say, ‘Hey look, let's get good football players that fit a philosophy that we have a plan for, that continue to be the highest rated guys on your board, then you're going to be successful over the long run.' Even in this organization in the past, I think everybody knows some examples where this organization reached for certain players because of needs. I don't know that you're ever really happy; I don't see how that solves your need. Even when it's all said and done, that need is still there." Sometimes when you reach for needs, the player still turns out to be an excellent player, but then nobody calls it a reach for need. Reporters only call it a reach when need when the player fails. Then three years later, it wasn't a reach, and the other clichés come out. "When you score a touchdown, you get six points," Schwartz said. "It doesn't matter if you ran 4.53 or if you ran 4.31. It's how you fit in the offense, the plan they have for you and your ability to produce. The NFL is filled with players that maybe haven't measured up the way that people would have liked them to on a stopwatch or on a height-chart or whatever it is. You can start with maybe the greatest receiver in the history of the National Football League: Jerry Rice."

23.

55.

Falcons

*Peter Konz-  

OC Wisconsin

6-5, 314, 33" Arms, 

23 Reps, 

OG, OLT, DT, DT, DE, TE, RB, CB, WR, OL, CB, WR, RB

Key F.A. Signed:

Harry Douglas WR

Jason Snelling RB

Todd McClure OC

John Abraham PR/DE

Kroy Biermann DE

Vance WalkerVance Walker DT

Lofa Tatupu ILB

Brent Grimes CB

Thomas DeCoud S

Key F.A. Lost:

Eric Weems KR/WR

Chris Redman QB

Curtis Lofton ILB

Kelvin Hayden CB

James Sanders SS

The Team: Thomas Dimitroff has said he wants to improve both Lines. “Obviously that’s what we set out to do,” Dimitroff said. “We were thinking we would come out this Draft with one possibly two offensive linemen. We wanted to add some stoutness and some size. We feel like we’ve accomplished that two good football players. Two football players that we think not only add size but toughness, and grittiness, which is what we were looking for as well. They are both team captain types.” There was no OLT worth taking here, and they had a guy pegged for the 3rd Round, which allowed them to take the best O-line prospect on the board, period. “Peter is a tough guy,” Dimitroff said. “He’s a lunch pail guy. He’s got the versatility to play both Center and Guard. Which is important, we talk about that all the time in here, all the time, talking about offensive line acquisitions. He’s a smart football player. He’s a team captain type of guy as well. He’s one of those guy for us who has the stoutness and the size at 6-5, he’s 315 now. We believe he can be 320 as well. He’s got good anchor ability, which is important for us. Again, with the versatility to snap, shotgun snap, shift over to the Right Guard. That was something that really caught our attention.” Plus, he went to Wisconsin, which is one of those colleges that produce NFL O-Linemen every year. “There are a few team, a few college out there that do a great job producing offensive linemen," Dimitroff said. “We know that Wisconsin and Iowa are two teams that stand out in our minds. Wisconsin for us, their well trained, their very technique sound. Their very sound at all levels, as far as their understanding of the game, and they are, we’ve heard some members of the media call them, Plug n’ Play type guys (hey, that’s me;-). Their guys that are going to come in and battle. There going to be ready from a mental and physical stand point. We’re hoping that Peter can come in here and be ready to go, and compete for a starting job.”

The Player:   Konz- Plug An' Play Part I.

Konz is still a developing player, which is scary. Once he get into an NFL weigh program and gets stronger, he is going to be scary. He only was able to bench 225 pounds 19 times at the Combine. To think he played so well, without hitting the weights properly, baffles me. “Actually, I did more during my pro day," Konz said about his bench rep number. "I got 23 during my pro day. I worked hard at it. I was training with our strength coaches at Wisconsin, [Wisconsin assistant strength coach] Brian Bott. It was something that I just put my mind to and I know I can always do better. That’s why I think I’m a good pick, especially for the Falcons, because I’m just going to keep getting better. I haven’t reached my ceiling at all. I’ve got a lot more growth and I can be a lot better of a player.” I'm sorry, but that is amazing. Just the jump for 19 to 23 reps is over a 25% increase in upper body strength, which is so important for O-Linemen. No Combine stat measures what a player can do more then Benching for O-Linemen, because that is what they do. They get their hands up and shove, or should we say bench, defenders back. He was so dominate at Wisconsin, and is already working at getting stronger and better. And it's not like he was a weak player. He was a force against the run. In case you didn't know, Wisconsin had a power running game. “Wisconsin’s all about running the football," Konz said. "I was with coach Bob Bostad for four years. He’s down in Tampa Bay now, but we ran inside zone, we ran a lot of perimeter tosses and we ran a lot of gap scheme so a lot of just running up the gut and play action.” He is a nice athlete, and is super smart. He hurt his ankle real bad last season and lost time every seaosn to injury, so durability has to be a concern. But when you add that together with his weight room issues, you can see a solution. He has to get into the weight room, which as you just read he already has, and get stronger, fitter, and more durable. He is smart enough to see that, know that, and follow the examples of guy who have come before him. So much of the transition to the NFL is hard work, and knowing who to emulate. “Nick Mangold," Konz said about who he models his game after. "He went to Ohio State and now the center for the Jets. He’s a great player, real tough, physical guy and the kind of guy who always does the right things on and off the field. That’s just one of the guys who I model. Joe Thomas. Great Wisconsin O-lineman. I think all the O-linemen at Wisconsin should be like Joe in one aspect or another. But just solid people and great football players.” He is already better, and the final piece in the transition is that ability to always get better. 

The Reason: They are looking for an O-Guard who can get some movement inside, as they likely will be moving Hawley inside to OC. “He’s going to be a guy who can play both positions for us [Center and right guard],” the HC of the AF Smith said. “And as you know when you’ve got seven guys active [O-Linemen] on game day, you’ve got to have guys who can play multiple positions. You’d like to have at least three guys who can snap the football. Because you can’t run a play if you can’t snap it. In terms of Peter, he’s gonna start guard position for us, but he will get some work at Center as well. We’ll start cross training these guy from the very beginning. We’re speaking about Peter, but Lamarr as well. Lamarr has position flexibility as well. He’s a big who has played Tackle, and feel like he can play both the right and the left tackle, and possibly has some ability to move inside. And I think, that’s what you want to have. You want to have multiplicity with your offensive line where the guy can line up and play different positions.” I just don't see how this guy isn't the stalwart O-Linemen for this team for the next 12-15 years. He will start out at Guard and move over to Center soon enough. 

24.

56.

Steelers

Michael Adams

OLT Ohio ST

6-7.25, 323, 34” Arms, 5.38-5.31(U), S-1.84, 28.5” Vert, 19 Reps, 

 

*David DeCastro

OG Stanford

OG, OLT, CB, NT, CB, WR, WR, 

Key F.A.:

Max Stark OLT

Mike Wallace WR (R)

Doug Legursky OG (R)

Ramon Foster OG (R)

Trai Exxex OG

Casey Hampton NT

Key F.A. Releases:

James Farrior LB

Aaron Smith DE

Chris Hoke DL

Bryant McFadden CB

William Gay CB

Arnaz Battle WR

The Team: You could blame the collapse of the Steelers last year solely on the O-Line. The need for a Left Tackle was particularly desperate. So getting a top talent at OLT, who has some serious character concerns, was a necessity. "That was another unique one," Kevin Colbert said about Adams troubles, and how their desperate need along the O-Line overcame their fear of Adams troubles. "We have certain criteria, when that criteria isn’t met we’re going to take you off our board. Never in my 28 years have I had a player solicit a face-to-face meeting to explain the situation, and us be the only team that he did that with. We said okay come on in, we have nothing to lose. He will just be one of our visits. He explained the situation and we explained our thoughts and our feelings and laid it out for him. I told him that you are off our board, this is what you can do to help yourself around the league. Once the league gets this information everybody is going to have the same reaction that we just had. They don’t know, like I said yesterday, we don’t get that information until about a week before the draft. We were trying to help the kid be proactive and save his chance to get drafted. We said oh by the way if you do these things we’ll see where it goes. He did them and we are where we are today. We’ll see where it goes from here, we don’t know. If it doesn’t work it is on me because I endorsed it. " So they did their "research". They looked into "it". I always think that funny, that doing their "do diligence" means it is okay. I think Adams is the real deal, the kid can play. However, testing positive for weed at the Combine is just plain dumb. So he has some serious common sense issues. You can check into those issues all day and night, but it doesn't change a thing unless the dumbass grows up. "I wasn’t in here, but I think Kevin did a nice job of giving you a synopsis of our approach to the situation," Mike Tomlin said. "What he told you was very accurate. The kid wanted to meet with us, we granted him that, and he told us the situation. We told him at that point that he was off of our board because that’s how we do business. We did provide him an opportunity within some stipulations to maybe work himself back into good graces. I think the thing that got us to the level of comfort is not that meeting or the request for that meeting, but what happened after that meeting in terms of him meeting some things that we wanted him to meet. We did get to a level of comfort that was acceptable for us in order to take him. But again, what Kevin said again is very true. 'Convinced' is another word. We’ll just live day by day. Obviously he’s a very talented young man. Young people make mistakes. We’re satisfied enough that we’re able to move forward at this juncture." So they did there do diligence. They had a talk with him after he slipped out of the First Round, and is now desperate, so everything is alright. "I would imagine, yes," Colbert said about how Adams looked him in the eye and lied to him at the Combine. "I think with either one you could say those are usually offenses that we’re not going to forgive. But in this man’s case, he sought us out. He met the criteria we provided for him, and now we are comfortable with selecting him, but it’s going to be a day to day working relationship between all of us." So you can forgive him looking you in the eye as he lied, and everything is alright. But what about the dumbass failing the weed test at the Combine? "I think whenever a kid fails at the combine, we look at each individual situation and we try to figure out whether the risk is worth the reward," Colbert says. " Quite honestly, I’m not so much worried about the reward as I am about the young man getting his life in order. In this case, we felt comfortable that he is going to do that.  Whether he does or not, nobody knows, including me, him and everybody associated with this." So in the end, it is all BS. The question was can they have a lying pot-smoking dumbass on the team? "If he is talented enough we can," would be their answer. However, the real problem for the rest us is that this kid is talented enough. 

The Player:  3/27 Adams- I'm Ba-ak.

The Reason: "Every pick is a risk, no question about it," Colbert says. "With this being public information, and him making it that type of situation, there is probably more of a risk than we are usually comfortable taking. Because he was forthcoming and took matters, met our criteria, we are comfortable with taking the risk." How come every time I hear Colbert talk I feel less assured. So the problem isn't that he is a lyin pot-smoking dumbass. The problem is that that information became public (so this is a kill the messenger scenario;-). "It was," Colbert said. "These are young people. Young people make mistakes. If they are proactive in trying to correct those mistakes, I think you have to give that consideration. Especially the way he personally sought us out. We didn’t call him. He called us. Had he not called us. This may not have occurred. But because he did. We were point blank. We told him he was off our board. " But he was so cute and fuzzy when we talked to him like he was high or something.... I mean, he was honest.... I mean, he was desperate.... I mean, he can block the blindside like nobody in this Draft not named Kalil. Well, at least Colbert is convinced his shenanigans are over (even if I am a little leery;-). So the risk is not as bad as it seems. "I am not convinced," Colbert said, now completely confusing me (as though I were high;-). "I won’t be convinced. I am comfortable because of his actions. I won’t be convinced that he made it as a player until the day he retires." Could someone please pass me the joint he is smoking? So a I can understand what the piss-test he is talking about?

25.

57.

Broncos

*Brock Osweiler-

QB Arizona ST 

6-6 7/8, 242, 9 7/8" Hands,

4.57 (O), 

 

*Jerel Worthy

DT Michigan ST

DT, OL, RB, CB, SS, WR, LB, OL,  DB, CB, OG, 

Key F.A. in Signed:

Jason Hill WR

Payton Manning QB

Jacob Tamme TE

Joel Dreessen TE

Key F.A.:

Ryan McBean DT (R)

Joe Mays ILB

Wesley Woodyard OLB

Dante Rasario TE

Eddie Royal WR/PR

Brain Dawkins SS

Russ Hochstein OL

Jonathon Whilhite CB

The Team: I maybe nuts, but I don't trust this kid. He has a lot of growing up to do. "Excited that Brock Osweiler is going to be a Bronco," Elway tweeted. "Very talented and will have a great opportunity to learn from one of the best." Okay, he might know more about playing QB in the NFL than me. This is the most important thing this kid can do, because he has a LOT of learning to do. "I hope that Peyton and myself can spark a great relationship," Osweiler said. "I hope he doesn't mind me looking over his shoulder and trying to take as many notes as I possibly can because that's what I'm here to do. I think I have a tremendous work ethic as well. I'm going to ask him, 'Hey, what time are we getting into the building? What are we doing today? What drills do you have?' I'm just going to try to match everything he does so I can continue to grow as a quarterback." Manning was a nice signing. However, he is reaching the end of the long and winding road, and may have gotten too much whiplash along the way with all the car crashes he has been involved in. He is not known as a particularly good teammate to his backup QBs. So Osweiler will have to cling to Payton like a little brother trying to emulate his older brother. That is about the only way he is gong to learn from him. However, Elway has just staked his career as a GM on this kid. So being his mentor as well, wouldn't hurt. "For Mr. Elway to take me in the second round and show that trust that he has in me and the upside he thinks I have, I want to go out and there and prove him right," Osweiler said. "I want to be able to have him look back 10-years from now, 15-years from now and have him be very proud about that selection and let him know that he did make the right selection in picking me and bringing me into Denver.” Osweiler has a lot to like physically, but wildly erratic mentally. 

The Player: He's Big. He's tall. He's got a strong arm. “I could not be any more excited to be going to Denver to learn from Peyton Manning,” Osweiler said. “A lot of quarterbacks might be upset about having to sit behind somebody, whereas I look at it as a tremendous opportunity to learn from one of the best, if not the best, quarterback to ever play the game.” However, he was 7 and 8 as a starter, in not nearly the toughest division in football. He is wildly unprepared for the NFL game. He only started 15 of the 25 games he suited up for. When he is on, he throws it on a rope. He can hit a WR when he has NFL coverage. He made two throws on one drive against Cal in the first quarter where he barely had a window. It looked like he had no room to put the ball in, and he snuck both throws in on a rope. Sometimes catches the ball in shotgun, and hops backwards, then three-steps and throws. However, when he is on his footwork doesn’t matter. When he can 1-2-and 3 step drop in the shotgun, plant, and throw in rhythm he looks like a First Round Pick. He just can’t do it consistently yet. Maddening prospect who has all the tools, but doesn’t quite get it yet. If he gets it, he will be a good one, but if the light never goes on he will break your heart. The longer he has to hold onto the ball the less accurate he throws. When he hops before he throws he seems to do better. It’s like patting the ball, it seems to make him comfortable throwing. However, it is odd, and adds, not a step but a hop, to his three step Drop. However, when he hops, three steps, and steps into the throw is when he is the most accurate. When he just three steps, it’s not as smooth. When he has to shuffle his feet at all, it can get real wild real fast. It seems anytime he has to move in the pocket he looses his feet. When he has his feet free and clear, he can put it on a WR’s hands 50-yards down field like it is nothing. When his feet are clear he can throw it 20-yards down field over the middle like Bledsoe on a rope. He really has a great natural arm.

He is wildly inconsistent. He can make throws that look like nobody else in this Draft can make, and then throw six straight incompletions. "I feel like I’m my own style of a quarterback," Osweiler said. "I don’t feel like there has ever been a quarterback who is 6-7, 240 pounds and has the athleticism I do and can make every throw on the football field." Well that sure as hell is true, and his biggest problem. He doesn't make good decisions on the field. Then makes the worst decision of all by leaving college was he was so wildly unready. Okay, be he does have flashes of greatness. You can see he has all the physical tools. “I think in basketball to be a successful player you have to have great footwork," he said. "And obviously as a quarterback in the pocket, to evade rushers and blitzers and make moves and get the ball off, you have to have great feet. So basketball, as far as the footwork, has definitely transitioned over to my football game. As well as my vision. On the basketball court, you can be pushing the ball up the court, maybe bringing it up on the side and you’ve got to see somebody off in the corner, make a throw down the lane. Same thing as a quarterback. You’re sliding in the pocket, trying to find alleys to get the ball down field.” He’s tall. He can throw. He actually looks pretty good running with the ball as well. Thinks he is better than he is. I just remember at the end of his Bowl game. Late in the 4th Quarter, they were behind. On 4th Down, on the key play in the game, he motioned the Punt Team off the field, against the wishes of the HC. The announcers praised him for his daring and leadership. Then he threw an incompletion. That was unacceptable. If you refuse to leave the field on 4th Down despite what the coach wants, you damn well better complete the pass. I never forget that play and wrote him off afterwards. QB’s have to come through in the clutch. He created the most clutch situation in his college career with a terrible decision, and then couldn’t come through in that self made situation. It may be unfair, but QBs have to consistently make great decisions without enough time to think. He doesn’t do that. He is as inconsistent as a crab eating caviar with a fork (or should I say a pitch fork;-). He can look like Drew Bledsoe throwing those wonderful intermediate throws on a rope for half a game, and then look like me the other half (okay, that's little too insulting to compare him to me;-). That is not acceptable. He was not ready to come out, and made another bad decision coming out, when nobody, and I mean nobody even considered scouting him for this years Draft, because you could watch him for a Half and see he was so obviously unprepared for the NFL. He is an amazing athlete with some nice speed. You can see the basketball player in him when he scrambles to the open field. He has everything you want in a QB, physically. I just don’t see it mentally. He completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 5,082 yards, 33 TDs, and 15 INTs.

The Reason: Life after Manning. They are betting that Manning plays for three seasons, and then is gone. This could actually be the best thing that ever happened to this kid, because after three years of watching Manning work, and filling in for him when he is hurt, and being mentored by Elway, this kid should be ready to play in the NFL in three years. tom me, he is as ready to play in the NFL as Tebow was when he came out. I said I thought both players need three years of mental and technique work before they can be NFL QBs. This kid needs a ton of technique work on his feet if he wants to be a consistent passer. It sure look to me like most of his inaccuracy issues come from losing control of his feet in the pocket.  

26.

58.

Buccaneers

Lavonte David-

LB Nebraska

6' 5/8, 233, 4.65, 19 Reps

7.28 3-C, 36.5" Vert, 

 

Mark Barron-

S Alabama

 

Doug Martin

RB Boise

CB,  OLB, FB, RB, WR, SS,  LB, S, CB, OT, QB, RB,

Key F.A. Signed:

Vincent Jackson WR

Jeremy Zutah OG

Carl Nicks OG

Dan Orlovsky QB

Kendall Langford DE

Eric Wright CB

Ronde Barber CB

Key F.A.:

Sean Jones SS

Earnest Graham FB

Josh Johnson QB

Geno Hayes OLB

The Team: Tampa used the ammo from their trade down in the First round, to package a 3rd and 4th to move up and get the LB of their dreams. Lavonte David is the perfect fit for Schiano's roaming Linebacker role. “We’re very excited about him," Dominik said.. "You see the tape and the production speaks volumes. He had 285 tackles at Nebraska. He was a captain and here was a guy that I think was one of the best coverage linebackers in this entire draft. I think that’s important, too. He has great movement skills, athletic ability, speed and he can run and is a good tackler. We’re really excited to bring him here.” Tampa had to get an OLB who could play in space and stop the run. Plus, David is excellent in coverage and has been successful blitzing. The loss of Geno Hayes in Free Agency made this pick a necessity. "I think we can keep moving forward all the way through our veteran mini-camp in June and then we have to lock in and get to at least where we think it’s going to be as we enter training camp," Schiano Said. "We’ll see, again you never know what’s going to happen. There are a lot of variables but I know this, when you have good football players who really love the game and are leaders, they’re going to play somewhere. We’re going to figure it out.” This is another pure needs pick that should work out well, especially for David who now has an open spot as the starting Weakside Linebacker wide open for him to take. Another reason he dropped is because he only did 19 Reps. Small Linebackers who don't show strength as well, will struggle with the transition to the NFL. However, he played the Mike at Nebraska and made tackles all over the field. Whether moving forward, sideward, and or backwards, it didn't matter. He is such a smooth athlete on the field. 

The Player: I like David from day one and had him rated as a 2nd Round pick, because every time I watch him play he just kept making tackles. “[David is] a player that was ultra-productive at Nebraska,” GM Mark Dominik said. “A guy that had hundreds of tackles, was able to create turnovers, interceptions, fumbles, sacks and a guy that we really felt confident in, another of the type of men that we want to have here and the type of players that we want to bring here. Another thing that’s important for us as an organization is, from the time we made that first trade and picked up that fourth-round pick, we were able to use that pick last night to move down to the bottom of the (first round) and get Doug Martin and we used that same fourth round pick now to get Lavonte David, so we’ve been moving the board and moving around a lot in this draft to be able to maximize what we feel is a good draft, and so far we have three men and four more picks remaining.” He field fast. He has that competitive speed that you want. He ran a disappoint time at the Combine, but he plays a lot faster than that time. When I watched him play I thought he was a 4.5 guy. He is 6-foot and 233 pound, and flies all around the field making tackles from sideline to sideline. He looks like a Tampa Two Middle Linebacker, but that's mostly not the defense Schiano is going to install. He is terrific in coverage, and really player well at the Senior Bowl. He takes such great angles on the ball. In the end, he has 133 Tackles, 13 TFL, 5.5 Sacks, 2 INTS, 3 FF, and 2 FR. “Guys that love the game, and everybody says they love it, but guys that live it. This guy lives it," Schiano said. "You have to kick him out of the facility. He trains. He’s all about football. Those guys are generally... I’ve never had one that wasn’t tough. That’s so important to them so they’re going to do whatever it takes to win that football game. That’s what I mean when you talk about these three guys. They’re clutch players and coach Paterno taught me that a long time ago. You watch tape and you watch plays in the first and second quarter and guys make plays, but when the game’s on the line, who makes those plays? I think there’s a lot to that when you’re evaluating, and all three guys we have on this football team that we’ve added in the last 24 hours, they make plays.” He is so quick and fast on the field that blockers can't touch him never mind block him. He sometimes seems to make every tackle for Nebraska. “He’s a linebacker for us," Dominik said. "He’ll come in here and compete at the linebacker spot.” He should step in and be a starter from Day One for this team, just like he was at Nebraska. He's a little undersized, but he more than makes up for it with plays. You want a guy who can make plays, and make plays when the game is on the line. He did that at Nebraska. “Sometimes you can get hung up a little on the weights," Dominik said. "It depends on how he plays with the weight. Whether you’re 250 or 230, I just like to watch the tape and decide how he carries the weight and at 233, he’s physical on tape. You can watch him wrap up and make a lot of plays.” Schiano had a little LB, who looked like a Safety at Rutgers. His name was Khaseem Green. He was a real small guy, and Schiano moved him all over the defense, and he made plays everywhere. That is what Schiano is going to do with this kid, put him in the Green role. You want to see Schiano's vision of David, find some film of Green. “I think he can play all three linebacker positions," Schiano said. "I think we’ll put him at one of the outside linebackers, Sam or Will. I think the way he runs and hits, we’ll utilize his speed. As Mark mentioned, he’s a really good cover linebacker and can do some things out in space as well. He’s that athletic.”

The Reason: His only real issue is size. He has everything else. And size isn't everything. Now, I'm not opposed to trading up. I think teams should target guys and go get them. If they fell they have to trade than they should tradeup. But trading up doesn't make him a better player. It just means you had to sacrifice a 4th Round pick get him. “No," Dominik said when ask if was nervous that David wouldn't make it to them in the 3rd, and that why he traded up. "Sometimes you can look at it as three or four teams didn’t have him as high on the board. For us he was a really good fit for what we want to do here. He’s a great kid, he loves and breathes football. This is a guy that you’re going to have to kick out of the building to keep from watching football and trying to be a better football player.” Okay. You knew it was coming. They traded up to specifically get this guy, but where surprised he was still their? This is really pushing the post Draft fib. "All GMs say, ‘I can’t believe he was there,’" Dominik clichéd. "But I was excited he was there and that’s why we went and got him. And because I was really trying to hold that fourth, I didn’t want to give up a lot more because I wanted to take that fourth and maximize that fourth so we had to hold out water and wait a little longer than we wanted to, but we did that in hopes he was going to be there and it worked out for us. That’s the way you have to play it. You have to use your gut and use the resources you have around you and again, we were playing a little bit with house money today, but that allowed us to get a guy that we coveted in this draft.” Okay, I'll buy that fib for a 4th. 

27.

59.

Eagles

Vinny Curry

DE Marshall

6-3 1/8, 266, 32” 3/4 Arms, S-1.68, (4.97-4.85)

6.93 3-C,

 

*Fletcher Cox-

DT Miss ST

 

Mychal Kendricks

ILB California

OG, S, FB, RB, OT, CB, OG, RB, DL, 

Key F.A. Signed:

DeSean Jackson WR

Todd Herremans OT

Trent Cole DE

DeMarco Ryans ILB

Key F.A.:

Steve Smith WR

Evan Mathis OG

King Dunlap OT

Owen Schmitt FB

Ronnie Brown RB

Derek Landri DT

Antonio Dixon ST (R)

Travor Laws DT

Juqua Parker DE

Vince Young QB

Key Loses:

Winston Justice OT

The Team: Wow, you want to talk about improving the Front Seven. Curry is an all-out, all the time guy. He is just what coaches want on their teams. This was really a clear cut best athlete available pick. “Well listen, you’re gonna carry four or five Defensive Ends, depending on…” Reid Said about Vinny Curry creating a log jam at D-End. “That’s a good problem to have. A real good problem to have. I don’t mind that one bit. I love that competition. And, we’ll see how Vinny fits in there, and [how it] works.” They didn't really need a D-End, with all the production they had at D-End last year. Babin and Cole were outstanding rushing the QB all season long (Playing the run however, not so much;-). However, he was too good to pass up. He struck up a relationship with the D-Line coach, and that was that. “Vinny Curry is a Rush defensive end from Marshall,” Reid said. “He really just, I mentioned this last time I was up here. Really just the best player on the board at that time there's no way we could pass him up sitting there. It’s not an immediate need, or anything else that. It's not a worry with the guys that we have Brandon coming off [surgery] that's not what this is all about. [He’s] just heck of a young Football player who might be. The biggest Eagles fan ever. [laughs] He grew up in Jersey here and I think when you meet him you’ll see. He grew up an Eagles fan. He's dreamed of playing here. In [the process] Jim Washburn develop a relationship over this whole Draft process. [They] stayed in close communication with each other throughout this thing. But again he's got he's got one speed and that's a hundred miles an hour that’s how he plays. He has a strong vivacious personality. A colorful guy, and really loves to play the game.” He just kept making plays no matter who they played or where. He is strong as an ox. He's had 23 Sacks the past two seasons.

The Player: Curry is a small school passrusher who has played well when he has stepped up in level of competition. He has that blast off the line that you look for. “I’m just a natural pass rusher,” Curry said. “The first thing to my game is get-off … I really hustle to the ball. I’m just a go-getter … Jim Washburn hand-picked me. I can promise you that I won’t let him down.” Shows some suddenness. You have to throw out the Forty time at the Combine, but he plays way faster than he showed at the Combine. Hard worker, who plays hard and obviously loves football. Showed some interesting power with his bullrush at Senior Bowl, which was a little surprising because of his thin build. He is thin, but not weak. Displays freakish strength, like when he jacked Zebrie Sanders and bulled him back into the Quarterback at the Senior Bowl. Really played well outside at the Senior Bowl. He uses his arms well to keep off blocker. Nice Bullrush. Shows better burst off the line than I remember. He can get real low and TTC. Thin legs. It will be interesting to see what he looks like when he adds some size and strength to those toothpicks legs. Plays very well with his hands extended. Excellent push-pull. Plays with strong hands despite his size. Plays with excellent quickness and COD. Despite thin legs has some nice power. His best move at Senior Bowl was the Bull-rush. Jammed guys up with his arms and leverage, and drove them backwards. He does a nice job coming off low with excellent lean and extended arms. He is mot effective when he comes off the line and stays low and moves his hands up into blockers. He has some nice herky–jerky shoulders which he uses sometimes. He has some suddenness in his shoulders. He can really redirect and hit the RB when he makes a nice move on him. Excellent change of direction. He gets up field so fast. Very nice burst off the snap. He has nice fast hands, and can get them up quickly and tip the ball. Also uses those nice quick hands to slap off blockers hands. He has that suddenness in his shoulders that you look for. I am so impressed with his play at the Senior Bowl, and I haven’t even gotten to his Sacks yet (I watched it just for fun first;-). He is so good and blasting off the line low, and moving his hands up and jamming them into the O-Tackles pads and neck. He gets them off balance with his hands and burst so consistently. Cordy Glenn was having a nice Senior Bowl at OLT, until he meet Curry. Curry seemed to get him off balance on every play. He has such nice violent hands. He made a lot of coaches standing up and take notice at the Senior Bowl. Terrific COD. Smart player who reads it well. He has a great motor and really gets around the field. He has that knack for using his hands to control the OT that you just can’t teach. He can grab the arms of the OT, and use his hands to pull himself inside or outside. I was very impressed with that rush. He had two sacks and the hit on Weeden that caused the INT by Wagner in the Senior Bowl. He won’t get out of the 2nd Round.

The Reason: They wanted to improve their defense, but claim rebuilding there front Seven was not a planned event, it just kind-ah happened. “A lot of it is a player is available that’s the way it fell,” Reid on why defense-defense-defense. “It wasn't something that we came in with a plan to strictly just go defense. However, it’s welcomed. I thought we were playing pretty good defense at the end of the year. We had these fellahs into it the mix. It creates competition, and it increase the athleticism [of the defense]. All three of these guys here are good athletes.” He was genuinely excited about this kid. He grew up an Eagles fan, and really hit it off with the coaches. Curry was a small school kid, and sometimes small school kids just fall a little further than they should. But if you know him. If you trust him. If you have a good feel for who he is as a kid, than you take him. “We know a lot about him.” Reid said about Curry dropping. “He’s a local kid. Things like this happen in the Draft. You get into the 2nd and 3rd Round, and whatever flavor that teams wants then [they take]. And so, he gets passed up. It’s not that we had anything against his play ability, character, or any of that. He’s not a problem,. He’s a very productive player at Marshall against good caliber players. So, you see it happen every year.” And let me tell you one thing, when a D-Coach/GM sees a 1st Round Passrusher slide down to his slot, he takes him. “Late 1st, high 2nd” Reid said about where he had Curry rated. “I think that’s probably where most people had him. When you talk around. Most people had him in there.” I never had him rated in the 1st Round (That may be a bit of Post Draft fib;-).

28.

60.

Ravens

Kelichi Osemele-

OG Iowa ST

6-5, 320, 32 Reps, 35"Arm

26.5" V, 7.91 3-C, 4.87 SS

10' Broad, (5.28, 5.19),

 

*Courtney Upshaw

OLB Alabama

OG, WR, OL, DB, OL, ILB, S, WR, DE WR, WR, 

Key F.A Semi-Signed:

Ray Rice RB

Matt Burk OC

Key F.A:

Cory Redding DE

Ben Grubbs OG

Jameel McClain ILB

Lardarius Webb CB (R)

Jarrett Johnson OLB

Dannell Ellerbe Nickel-LB

Tom Zbikowski S

Andre Gurode OC

Key F.A Lost:

Ben Grubbs OG

Haruki Nakamura S

Corey Graham ST/CB

The Team: If the Ravens get a shot at a top O-Guard to replace Grubbs I don't think they can pass on a top O-Guard. This was clearly a pure needs pick. However, the reason Need picks are so good, is because they have a big hole in the lineup waiting for him take over. “Okay, we had the two picks in the second round, the first one being Courtney [Upshaw], and then we stayed true to the board and picked, I am not going to try to pronounce his name," Ozzie Newsome said at his Presser. "We call him ‘K.O.’ in the draft room. Coming in today, when you talk about the two guys we got, they both were seniors, so they bring a level of maturity to the locker room already. They are guys that have made their way through two pretty good programs. And when you talk about Courtney, there still is a game we call football, and Courtney is a football player. Obviously, he played at the alma mater of myself, and I had the opportunity to watch him a lot. K.O. is an offensive lineman that has the potential to play either guard or tackle for us. So, it gives us some flexibility there.” I don't think he offers a lot of value as a Tackle, but if injury strikes as they always do, he can step in and play ORT. “As you know, and we talk about this every year, in reality, every spot is up for grabs every day," Harbaugh said. "It’s always competitive. You are always one play away from being a starter anyway. All three of these guys right down the row consider themselves starters. They consider themselves football players. They all want to contribute in whatever way they can and be a part of this thing right out of the gates. They will be fighting for playing time and certainly that includes starting playing time.” To me, he didn't really play OLT at Iowa ST on passing downs. They kept having him block down on the DT and have the O-Guard pull outside to block the edge. That scared the crap out of me to think of him as an OLT. However, the Ravens love him as a Grubb's filler. “I’ve known that they were pretty interested in me," Osemele said. "I’ve heard, from my agent obviously, that they were interested, and they were looking at me. I talked to the [general manager] and all the coaches and everything like that. So, I had a pretty good idea that they were interested.”

The Player:  “Have you been practicing that pronunciation? [laughter]" Newsome said when asked if he though Osemele could start at Guard as a rookie. "Quite impressive. Yes, that would be a possibility. I think left guard or right tackle. I think that we will just let those guys compete and see also who meshes better where. Jah [Reid] being in the mix, and also Michael Oher being in the mix and Bryant McKinnie being in the mix. You know what, it gives us some competition, and we like that.” Osemele is a giant of a man who is really a finesse blocker and not a power player. Doesn’t always get great position. When he is out of position he tends to grab shirt. Needs to get meaner and more physical. At his best when he can keep defenders at arm length and keep his feet moving. Looks comfortable sliding to the outside. He is happy to just dance with the defender and stalemate him. The fact that he blocks inside on passing plays and the OG pulls to the outside worries me a lot. “Very similar," KO said. " It’s a great team, great organization, and they know how to win. It will be interesting to be alongside guys like Michael Oher and Marshal Yanda and just learn what it takes to be a great offensive lineman, to be able to contribute to a team and have that leadership, have that solid camaraderie that you need to play that position.” He will have to move inside as even his college coach doesn’t trust him to block on the edge. Patient in Kickstep when he is not facing speed. Great athlete. Real fast, quick, and balanced. He will over protect the edge, as he struggle with speed to the Corner, but he moves laterally so well that he can flash back inside when rusher tries to use his momentum against him. He looks like he will be a natural Pass Protection inside. Excellent in Pass Protection when he gets his Big Mitts on a rusher. At his best when he is blocking down on D-Tackle like an OG. “I feel like I bring a lot of competitiveness, and I feel like I bring a lot of physicality and aggression to the table," KO said. "I just want to get in there and compete from Day One and try to fit where I may. You know, let the cards fall where they may and try to make the team better. “It really doesn’t matter to me, honestly. At the Senior Bowl, I played a lot of guard, and I dominated, so regardless of where I am, I just need to be physical like I always do.” Great at blocking the inside rush. He blocks like an OG. He is at his best when he can block down on the DT. Plays better as the game goes on. He is also dominate against inside rush like an OG. I wonder why anyone would try to rush inside on him as he can look so terrible on the edge. “Well yeah, that’s true," Osemele said when asked if he thought he should go higher. "I’ll just use that as a motivator more than anything to help fuel me when I first get in there and try to prove everybody wrong and try to prove the naysayers wrong. And hopefully 10 years from now, I’ll still be there and be playing.” Nice kickstep on the right side. Surprisingly smooth kickstep on the Right side. He looked like he could play ORT in the Kickstep drill, but on the field he sure doesn’t. He looked like he got some coaching between the Senior Bowl and the Combine. “Well, I think at the Senior Bowl, he was one of the better offensive linemen that we had a chance to watch all week," Decasta said.."We saw a big, physical guy with very, very long arms who moves well on his feet. [He is] strong. I think he benched 32 reps at the Combine. We spent a week with him down there. We had a chance to see him. I was watching him vs. Oklahoma just the other day, looking at another player on Oklahoma’s team. He stood out in that game. I think I have had the chance to watch him play a couple times over the years against Iowa, and he has held up really well. As a young player, he played really well against [current Buccaneers DE Adrian] Clayborn of Iowa, this was going back a few years. He is a talented guy, no doubt about it. We had the chance to spend some time with him at the Combine. We interviewed him, and we were impressed with him.” He looked like an NFL O-Tackle kick-sliding backward. Nice quick feet. In balance, hands up, nice job with full arm extension when he got in range. But on film he worried me. He is such a nice athlete, that is he can pull it all together he will be a hell of a player. He showed what he needed to show at the Combine. Not very nifty in space. Someone needs to stick this kid inside so we can see him play OG. Even his college coaches didn’t trust him inside.

The Reason: So they are thrilled in Baltimore after Day One and Two. “I just want to welcome these three gentlemen to Baltimore, and I know that our fans, Raven Nation, our media, are going to be excited when they get to know these three guys," Harbaugh said. "You guys know them already. I know you’ve all done your homework, and you’ve studied them as football players. We’ve studied them as football players, obviously. We think they are a great fit with our team. We think that they fit our personality. They are tough, physical, hard-nosed, rough, tough kind of guys. They are also men of high integrity. We think they are very good people. They are guys that care about their family, care about one another, and they are going to be great teammates, too." They have already started working and are blending into their philosophy very well. “Yeah, probably we did," Harbaugh said. "We always feel that way. That’s kind of been the philosophy from the beginning. We had an opportunity to build on that with these players, and they are also very talented athletically. All these guys can run for their position really well. They are all really good athletes. I know the position coaches are really excited. Bernard was one of [running backs coach] Wilbert’s [Montgomery] very top guys in the draft. [Linebackers coach] Ted Monachino and Courtney have already built a relationship. Ted has been fighting for Courtney from the get-go. [Offensive line coach] Andy Moeller has been talking about K.O. since the season was over. He started watching offensive linemen, and he saw him against Iowa a couple of times, saw him beating up on the Hawkeyes. So, that’s kind of the personality that our coaches are looking for, and that’s what we’ve got with these guys.” So the the cliché question has to come out, as only BAA picks are good picks and filling needs like OG, Back up RB, and OLB are always bad picks. “That’s part of it," Harbaugh said. "You always try to draft the best player out there and try to make your team as strong as you can, but there is also the element of need. We still have some other things we are looking for as we continue on the rest of the day, and also even after the draft. We will be looking to improve any way we can. But, all three of these guys are probably at positions where they could certainly help us right away. We do have some opportunity in there for these guys to play.” All three picks were need picks, which somehow magically makes them worse. Even though all three are stepping into clearly defined roles. Upshaw will have to break his own ankle not to start at OLB next season. Kelimechi has the traits they are looking for to instantly replace Grubbs at Guard. ANd Pierce show quickly be the primary Runningback, to take some carries off Rice's getting older every season knees. Not that having clearly defined roles for rookies matters at all in the Draft. 

29.

61.

49ers

   LaMichael James-  

RB Oregon

5-10 5/8, 192, (4.41) 

4.45 (O),  S-1.57, 6.88 3-C!

4.12 SS, 35" V, 10'3"!

16 Reps,

 

AJ Jenkins

WR Illinois    

QB, WR, OG, OLB, CB, WR, OLB, DL, DB, WR, 

Key F.A. Signed:

Alex Smith QB

Randy Moss WR

Dashon Goldson FS

Ahmad Brooks OLB

CJ Spillman FS/ST

Perrish Cox CB

Carlos Rogers CB

Rock Cartwright ST/RB

Key F.A. Lost:

Josh Morgan WR

Shawntae Spencer CB

The Team: Speed-speed-speed. This Cat can scurry like a waterbug. He's had over 1,500 yards passing and receiving the past three seasons. "Obviously, by making the pick that tells you how much we like him and respect him as a player," Baalke said. With him being in the division he was in, obviously Coach [Jim] Harbaugh has coached against him numerous times. His yards per carry this year, outstanding. We envision him coming in and competing. Like we always say, we’re trying to create as much competition as we can. This does that. One thing about this football team, like I said yesterday at the wide receiver position, they’re up to the challenge. They’re not afraid to compete." One of the advantages to being an NFL coach who just step up from college, is that he had better first hand looks at players in his conference that any other coach or GM in the NFL. So he's seen this kid up close and personal more than once at Stanford. "Many," Harbaugh said when asked if any plays stand out to him form 2010 when he coached against him. "Just the unstoppable nature of him at the goal line. Testament to Oregon’s offense, but LaMichael was pivotal in that. I mean, you could not stop that team once they got inside the five-yard line. Late in the game in 2010, just how he fast he could go 60 yards stands out in my mind. The amount of carries that he’s had and the production that he’s had really speaks for itself." The problem is that most of his impact came when he was running the ball. So he will be coming onto a team loaded with talent at RB, and he will have to find his way onto the field in very different roles than he did in college. “We’re very confident that he’s capable of fielding punts and returning punts, fielding kickoffs," Ballke said. "You look at his touches, the amount of touches he gets in a season is amazing. He’s a little guy that, for the most part, has been able to stay durable. Don’t see him being used any differently at this level than he was at that level. Going back to what I said earlier, they come in and they earn their role here. What that role is, it’s something that LaMichael is going to earn.” Sometimes having a lot of carries is a negative for a runner, especially a small runner. However, James is going to get a couple of years to rest the mileage on those thin legs. So as his role increases he should be able to grow into the role they envision him having.

The Player: James has had some amazing production in college. 5,668 yards running and receiving over the past three years. That is incredible. “We never limit their roles," Ballke said. "They earn whatever they get once they get here. Obviously at his size, people say a change of pace back, third-down back. He’s certainly a guy that’s capable as a returner, both punt and kickoff. The one thing you notice about him is he’s a playmaker. He’s done it against the very best in college football on a consistent basis, which is hard to do. When you get the ball in his hands, he can make plays. Have we missed that? I don’t know that we’ve necessarily missed that. What we’ve tried to do is add speed and explosiveness to this offense, to this football team and with these two picks we’ve done that.” He is a pure flash in the pan, you close your eye for a second and he is gone. Plays with amazing balance. He is a little guy who can take a hit and knock loose his balance, and then he is gone. "No, I don’t think so," Harbaugh said when ask if he though James was limited to a role as a 3rd down back. "I don’t think that he’ll be limited to just a third-down back. Then you have to take into consideration fourth down, too. This is somebody who has a chance to evolve into a punt returner, a kick-off returner, he’s got to work on his hands in those situations, returning punts. And that may be X amount of time before he’s really ready to do that. We’ve got a pretty good darn returner in Ted Ginn as it is now. But that will definitely create a possibility down the road for us." He is a nightmare in the open field, and needs to go to a team that can get him the ball in the open field. “I think his size and his skills would lead you to believe that," Baalke said when asked if he was limited to a 3rd down back role. "We see a guy that’s capable of running between the tackles. At his size, can he do that on a steady diet? That’s probably a pretty obvious question to answer. He’s a guy that’s been able to run between the tackles, get on the edges, make plays consistently whenever he’s gotten the ball in his hands, whether it’s coming out of the backfield as a receiver or running the football inside or outside.” Plays with sprinter speed, and ran track at Oregon, but is not a track guy playing football. He has those great natural runner instincts that take him to holes that don't exist yet, and then he is gone, and he was "gone" an amazing 58 times in three years. He is so quick in the hole, like a Waterbug on speed. He is pure lighting. He needs to go to a team that has some thunder. "Again, to compare somebody…" Harbaugh said about comparing him to Kendall Hunter[?] (I don't really get that one;-). "That would be a favorable comparison. They’re both really good. There’s others, I think. Similar measurables to a guy like Ray Rice. I think that would be a favorable comparison to both those players. They’re both good. Explosive, durable, tough, high-carry backs, all of them." Tougher and takes the physical beating of the game better than given credit. “Those are the two guys [burst and acceleration guys], and that’s what they bring to the team," Marshall Faulk said at he Combine. "When they [James and Ronnie Hillman] get on the football field they have to bring that ability, that when you put that football in their hands, when they run that little Slam Screen, when Drew Brees drops back and drops it off in the Flats, they got to be able to take that ball to the house. Just like they watch Sproles do. They have a big back already.” He is not going to be a cloud of dust guy. He needs to be used in ways that get his exceptional speed out in space, like Reggie Bush. "Yes, change of direction, speed, play-making ability, durability, number of carries, number of yards, number of touchdowns," Harbaugh said when asked about what stood out when he coached against him at Stanford. ":And there’s things he’s going to need to work on in his game." Everybody knows he is getting the ball, and yet there he is burst to the outside on the second level, and then he is gone. 

The Reason: San Fran had to get a guy to help out the well-battered Gore. Minimally, James will let Gore's old tired knees rest on passing downs. His speed, and AJ Jenkins's speed just made San Fran a whole lot more explosive. "That’s to be determined, to be honest with you, they definitely have great ability [and] speed," Harbaugh said "And a lot more to their game than just speed. "Both of those youngsters that we’ve added in this draft. They’ll get opportunity and they’ll have the license to go out and compete and find their role." Whether that’s a contributor, a starter, how much of a contributor if they’re a starter, that’ll unfold." They were not a particularly productive offense last year. They won with a vicious defense that separated the ball for the offense, a tough ground game led by a great O-line, and an offense that played smart and didn't turn the ball over. They had a +28 Turnover ratio, which is almost an average of a two TO advantage every game. That is not likely to happen again this year. Even with the near two TOs a game advantage, they were still only 26th on offense last year. So getting impactful offensive players to help the sometimes overwhelmed looking Alex Smith was their overwhelming need. And what is more impactful on offense than speed? “I think you’re always looking to get more explosive on offense," Baalke said. "Part of the game is scoring touchdowns. This isn’t an indictment on the players that we had. I mentioned the same thing yesterday. This was an opportunity to add a very good football player to the 49ers and create more competition. His versatility, his return ability coupled with his running skills and his pass catching skills gives us a lot of different ways we can use him.” With Smith at the helm and a lack of speed overalls on the field, defenses didn't fear the passing game. When your Tight End is (or rather was;-) your fastest offensive receiving threat (Ginn may have been faster but he is really a threat;-), you better get some speed guys who you like on the team. And one thing we know, Harbaugh had to deal with James the last two seasons he was at Stanford, and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. “Obviously, by making the pick that tells you how much we like him and respect him as a player," Ballke said. "With him being in the division he was in, obviously Coach Harbaugh has coached against him numerous times. His yards per carry this year, outstanding. We envision him coming in and competing. Like we always say, we’re trying to create as much competition as we can. This does that. One thing about this football team, like I said yesterday at the wide receiver position, they’re up to the challenge. They’re not afraid to compete.” 7.5 Yards per Carry, that is impressive on any field at any time, and then he was gone. Gore is solid tough runner, but you got a guy who is gone in a flash. There might be too much competition at RB right now, with the Drafting of Hunter last year and the Signing of Brandon Jacobs, which not necessarily a bad thing. James reminds me of Marshall Faulk, and Faulk had to put on twenty pounds to be a feature back. James put on ten last year, and now will have the time to put on ten more. so they will have to find different ways to get him on the field this year, and in a year or two when Gore and Jacobs are winding down you will still have two dynamic weapons in the running game. "Right now you try to have the goal of getting your best 90 football players to training camp," Harbaugh said. "That’s one of the things that we’re doing, picking the players that we think are the best available on the board during this draft, is what’s important now. Picking football players that are going to make this team a better team, when we get to Sunday we can say, you know, we’re a better team than when this draft started. Then we’ll get to training camp and we’ll find out who are best players are and what are best rotational plan is unfolding as training camp evolves." He is being compared to Sproles and Bush, but I don't think he has those skills yet. he was primarily a runner at Oregon, and not a 3rd Down back or Special Teams maven. So to me, he still have yet to prove he can be put into the Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles roles. With his amazing feet, speed, and dynamic abilities with the ball in his hand, I would be shocked if can't fill that role. But he hasn't proved it yet, and stranger things than this have happened. So it's still a bit of a gamble. “It’s like poker, right? It’s a full house," Ballke said. "It’s a good hand, right. In poker, a full house is a good hand. He allows you to carry an extra guy just because of his versatility and what he brings both as a returner, obviously we have Ted Ginn as well, who’s very good at both the punt and kickoff returns. It creates competition. We’re not afraid. We never back down from that. Our guys know that.”

trade

this  

Pick  

for   

 

Patriots

Trade for:

Jake Bequette

OLB Arkansas 

6-4 5/8, 274, 32” Arms, 

6.9 3-C, 4.07 SS, 

S-1.72 (4.78), 34" V, 9'5",

 

and a 5th Round pick. 

PassR, DB, WR, OLB, DB, WR, OG/OC, DE, OLB, 

Key F.A: Semi-Signed:

Wes Welker WR

Brain Hoyer (2nd RFA)

FA Signed:

Brandon Lloyd WR

Anthony Gonzalez WR

Dan Connolly OC

Jonathon Fanene DE/DT

Trevor Scott OLB

Steve Gregory FS

Matt Slater ST/S/WR

Tracy White ST/LB

Niko Koutouvides ST/LB

Marcus Harrison IR

Key F.A:

Andre Carter DE/OLB

Mark Anderson OLB/DE

Deion Branch WR

James Ihedigbo S

Gerald Warren DE

Awtwann Molden CB

Nate Jones CB

Dan Connolly OC

BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB

Shaun Ellis DE

Key F.A:

Mike Wright DE/NT

Rich Ohrnberger OG/OC

Brian Hoyer QB

The Team: This is another can't win scenario. They couldn't find a team to trade with at 48, so they got stuck and took Wilson. Here, they didn't want to get stuck so they took a deal that wasn't a perfect fit on the stupid Draft Value Chart, and get criticized by the same guys, who called Wilson a reach, for not getting enough in the trade down. Are you starting to see why some GMs are afraid to trade. If you sit still take whoever falls to you, that is one less thing to criticize. However, let me tell you guys something. This was a great trade down, because I'm telling you they had Bequette targeted as the pure passrusher they wanted to replace Mark Anderson. This trade down couldn't have gone any better. When you have a guy targeted, and trade down and pick up extra picks, and still get the guy, it is a Pick Six. there is nothing in the Draft better than that. 

One of the things that people who don't study the Draft never seem to comprehend, is that teams target guys in the 2nd and 3rd Round who can fill a desperate hole in their depth chart. They will line up a guy to take in Round Two and/or Three to free up a BAA pick in the 1st. Like the Rams, lined up Brian Quick and Jenkins, and said, "Okay, we don't need to get a Wide Receiver or a DB in the 1st Round, because we know we can snag Quick and Jenkins to start Day Two." That is not a reach pick. That understanding of the Draft and where and why players will go. It allows a team like the Rams to take a chance on a very young monstrous D-Tackle like Brockers in the 1st.

The Pats lost their top two Passrusher this off season. So they had to help for the rush. The needed a OLB/Passrusher who wasn't a pure rusher, but could also play the run. To help replace the loss of Carter if he can't comeback. They also want to add some smarts and mean to their Front Seven, so they took Hightower. Neither of those choices would have been feasible if they hadn't targeted a pure passrusher who they could get on Day Two. Targeting Bequette in Round Three, and Wilson in Round Two, allowed BB to take a chance on two great defensive players in the 1st Round, who not really pure passrushers. 

We saw examples of this in the whole 2nd Round. The Chiefs had to get some help for their beleaguered O-Line. So they targeted Jeff Allen in the 2nd, who they had targeted over higher rated O-Linemen like Osemele and Adams, but couldn't sure they would still be on the board. They could be, say, 90% or more sure that Allen would be on the Board at pick 44. This allowed them to plan on filling their desperate needs along the O-Line, so take the NT they also desperately needed in Round One without worry. 

This might be the best example of targeting a player in the 2nd Round in this Draft. Can you say Richardson and Weeden in the 1st Round. One of the reasons they were able to take Weeden in the 1st, is because they knew they had Schwartz sitting and waiting them at pick 37. If there was one position that needed filling more than QB it was ORT. I still say RB was their top need, that's why I liked their trade up to snag to best non-QB prospect in the Draft. Taking Schwartz wasn't a reach, even though Glenn, Martin, and Adams were still on the Board. Targeting a guy a little early in the 2nd, like Swartz, allowed them to form a plan to fill their desperate hole at ORT, allowed them to trade up for Richardson to fill their desperate hole at RB, and more importantly reach for Weeden, who I think will succeed in the NFL. 

Denver keyed in on Wolfe in the 2nd Round, and this allowed, not to take a player they liked in the 1st, but to trade down twice and still get the guy they targeted. I love all the intrigue that you can finally get to see once the Draft so over. I've learned more about the NFL Draft and drafting by paying close attention to teams after the Draft. They'll tell you everything you wanted to know before the Draft. The Chargers did the same thing. They targeted Reyes, and that allowed them to reach for Perry in the 1st. They passed on much higher rated 3-4 D-End type prospects in Worthy (who I think is a better prospect at NT), and Still. 

None of these picks are done in a vacuum. They are carefully the laid plans of mice and GMs. The have to form complicated Draft strategies, and when they work, they are beautiful. They Jags had Branch targeted in the 2nd. When you watch their press conference after Day Two, you can see he was the guy they planned their Draft around. If they were worried Branch wasn't going to be there, they couldn't have traded up for Blackmon, and got the guy they need to rescue the career of the young QB. There biggest hole was a passrusher to play opposite Mincey. They quite literarily didn't have a viable option at Left D-End. 

The Eagles had a huge reach targeted when they took Kendrick's, but that allowed them to target Fletcher and move up and take him. They had the worst starting Linebackers in the NFL last season. They could have replaced all three starters and I don't think anyone in Philly would complain. They had to replace at least two. By targeting Kendrick, that allowed them to get a D-Tackle they think can rush the passer from the inside and really help their defense. The Seahawks target Wagner, which allowed them to trade down twice and still get the pure passrusher they desperately needed, and ad speed to the Linebacking core. The Lions desperately need someone to come in and take some heat off of Calvin Johnson before he was force to into catching  2,000-yards receiving next season. There offense was too lopsided towards the remarkable Megatron. Ryan Broyles is the player they targeted to help Calvin Johnson not be triple covered every other play, and add a little balance to the passing game. The Buccs had to get a Linebacker who had speed and can tackle. David was the guy they targeted an went up and got him. By targeting him, that allow them to target Doug Martin, which allowed them to trade up for Barron, who wasn't their biggest need, but they coveted him as a player. The list goes on and on. Some simple minded pundits calls these picks arrogant. I don't understand that logic, and, well, I don't really care. 

BB clearly targeted a DB in the 2nd Round. This allowed him to not have to address the Secondary in the 1st. Now Wilson may or may not have been a bad pick, we will see, but it was not a mistake or (as stupid as it sounds;-) arrogant. Wilson was the guy BB saw could step into his system and succeed in multiple roles. That meant he didn't have to target a DB in the 1st so he could take a chance (or two;-) on Front Seven reinforcements. So the Wilson pick also has to be judged on how successful Jones and Hightower are as well. Plus, BB tried to trade down, and couldn't find a fair offer, or any offer at all. So he got stuck. That happens in Drafts. 

However, that still left the problem of replacing their pure Passrusher Mark Anderson. Having versatile guys is nice, and a coaches dream, but you still have to have guys who, when all else fails, can just blast off the line and hit the QB. They needed a guy who could do that. Hightower and Jones I think will be good rushers and get their fair share of Sacks, but they are not pure rushers. They needed Jake Bequette. Targeting Jake Bequette with their 4th pick was the final piece in the Draft strategy that allowed them to pop up and take the two big defenders in the 1st. Now, it is very risky to plan the crux of your Draft on a 3rd Round pick. It may be arrogant (somehow?) or a reach, but it clearly was a gamble. 

Not getting Bequette in the 3rd would have seriously hurt this haul. To me, he will be every bit as impactful as the first three picks (well maybe the first two;-). He was the crux of this Draft, their Draft plan, and their Draft strategy. In case you think I'm full of it, I had this pick. And how's this for a concluding paragraph for my final Pat's Draft forecast: "The Pats are in a unique position in this draft because of their ability to trade back the past few years has put them in a spot to pick up 3 or 4 passrushers who can do different things as well, which makes it easier to put them all on the field together. This is the year they have to strike. There will be some interesting edgerushers at every spot in the first three Rounds. Including Bequette in the 3rd." How do you like me now (Kind-ah scary now it's it;-)?

I had the Pats, not just taking, but basing their Draft strategy on getting Bequette with their 4th pick, as the crux of their Draft. I also said that they needed two and half passrushers in this Draft. I considered Ninkovich to be half a rusher, and if you think Hightower is half a rusher like Ninkovich, then they got 2 and half Passrushers (When you're good, you're good;-). So here it is, the best forecasting of the NFL Draft from a Patriots perspective in the known Universe (you wish you could be this good;-). 

I know, not another rusher. However, the likelihood of them taking two Edgerusher in the 1st Round is unlikely. They have to get some help at some other positions as well. If they can't trade out of 31, I think they will take Harrison Smith [*note: Harrison is a Safety like Wilson, and not a Corner]. However, they have to get more than one Edgerusher in this Draft. So where do they go? I think Bequette is the answer. If they think they can him in Round Three, that sets up a whole lot of options earlier in the Draft. I know, it's dumb to think you can plan on a pick in the 3rd Round to be the crux of your Draft, but it happens. They can take some chances early, get into the 3rd Round and go up and get this guy. You know they want to trade out of 31. I'd say they want to trade out of both picks. However, I do believe that two or three edgerushers will be on the board at 27. That is going to be hard to trade out of: Mercilus, Upshaw, Chandler Jones [!], McClellin, and even Hightower[!]. Two or three of those guys will be on the board when they pick, which may be more of a reason to trade down. 

I love Mercilus (big surprise I know;-). However, it looks like the Crux of the Draft for the Pats could be Upshaw and Bequette. I really want them to take Mercilus, but if Upshaw is on the board I just don't see how he can pass on him after he played for Saban for four years. 

Upshaw will drop in the Draft. He is a nice talent, but his height and 31" Arms are tough to overlook. He has been compared, and I think rather fairly to LaMarr Woodley. However, Woodley was a 2nd Round pick who everyone agreed was to short to go in the First Round, and nobody was talking about his great burst [back then]. There is some creative misremembering going on around here lately. James Harrison was not only not Drafted, but was cut by more than one team. It is tough to go to your boss and say we have certain minimum criteria we want our D-Linemen and OLBs to have, but just forget it here. It's fine if it works, but it doesn't always work. What happens when it doesn't work. Will he be rushing to the unemployment line? Upshaw looks like the exception, but that is a very tough sell to an NFL owner.

If they can get a Rusher at 27 with the understanding that they can get Bequette in Round Three, that opens some things up. Suppose they trade down with Cleveland and Harrison Smith is on the board? They don't even have to think about it. Or Trumaine Johnson, Josh Robinson, or Devon Still are still on the Board, done deal. Maybe the biggest question is, what if David Wilson is on the Board at 48? If your sure you can get a rusher later, you can take that chance on a dynamic offensive talent. They have to get four guys who can rush the QB, and then start thinking about other positions. I think Bequette will be one one those guys.

As all Pat's fans know BB loves the quick athletes. He pays more attention a player's 3-Cone and Short Shuttle times, than any other Combine stats. Bequette had an excellent Combine. He ran very impressive times of 6.90 in the 3-Cone, and 4.07 in the Short Shuttle! For an almost 6-5 and 274 pound OLB those times are all but unheard of. That is starling quickness for a guy his size. We know he can get to the QB, 17 Sacks the past two season [*Note: Plus, he missed essentially four game this past season with a pulled hamstring]. However, he has been miscast as a stiff D-End.. He showed at the Senior Bowl and Combine that he is an agile 3-4 OLB. 

You have to have players who can hit the QB more now then ever. You can't really defend the pass anymore. So you better have guys who can hit the QB before he throws. One or two rushers isn't enough anymore. You need four. You need four guys who can hit the QB. So when one O-Lineman makes a mistake one of them hits the QB. Like the Giants and Denver had. Remember Denver's defense was one of the top defenses in the NFL when they had their four remarkably athletic OLBs rushing the QB. Then a couple of their rushers got hurt, and the Tebowites needed an excuse for why he suddenly couldn't win, and it was because the defense stunk. No, it was because Tebow stuck, and they didn't have their four passrusher working as well together. This is very simple. If the Pats want to win another Super Bowl before Brady retires they have to get as least three more rushers. Two if Carter can come back healthy, or Two and a half (if you think Ninkovich is really more half an Edgerusher;-). 

And this isn't my idea or opinion. In the New pass first and ask questions later NFL, the teams that adjusts to the new realities of how the game is played are the teams that are going to be fighting it out in the Playoffs. The Giants, the 49ers, and the Broncos have figured it out. One, you get a QB. Two, you get four guys who can hit the QB, and figure out where they can play later [*Note: Hightower ILB, Jones DE/OLB, Bequette pure OLB/PR].

It's like I always say, "If you can't can't hit the Quarterback you can't win." I started saying that over a decade ago. That was before they spent the past ten years trying to sell tickets by creating more offense and hamstringing defensive players. How much more important is it now? Plus, the window to hitting the QB keeps getting smaller every year [which makes it even harder to hit the QB] as well. 

You cannot have enough guys who can burst off the Line and get halfway to the QB in less than a second. There is nothing more important on defense then disrupting what the QB wants to do. A great secondary helps. Linebackers who can cover, such as it is, helps. Big D-Tackles who can stuff the run, helps. But anybody who can hit the QB. make him think, or disrupt his feet by pushing the pocket backwards is not the most important thing, it is the second most important aspect of your team behind the starting QB. 

The Pats are in a unique position in this draft because of their ability to trade back the past few years has put them in a spot to pick up 3 or 4 passrushers who can do different things as well, which makes it easier to put them all on the field together. This is the year they have to strike. There will be some interesting edgerushers at every spot in the first three Rounds. Including Bequette in the 3rd.

The Player: Bequette made a lot of money at the Senior Bowl and at the Combine. He played OLB at he Senior Bowl and at 6-4 5/8 and 274 pounds he did not look out of place. He showed he could rush from a stand up position and had some cover skills. He looked like a terrifically athletic 3-4 OLB at the Combine. When he stays and plays low he can look real good. He has the feet, but doesn’t always play in balance. Doesn’t always get low enough. He looks looks like a 3-4 OLB dropping in coverage. Nice feet. He just looks like a natural 3-4 OLB at 274 pounds. Plays with nice strength and leverage. He played OLB at the Senior Bowl and looked good. Set the edge perfectly. Reminds me of a taller Ninkovich standing up. He plays natural sideways to the line. He uses his long arms and hands so well to keep TEs and OTs off his shirt. Likes the push-pull as he protects the edge first, and can Shrug off blockers and tackle. Showed some excellent cover skills at Senior Bowl. He can stay on a Tight End’s hip, and leap up in front of him and knock the ball down. He was a rush upfield guy at Arkansas and played mainly in the Wide 9. I think it is amazing how good he looked at Linebacker in coverage at the Senior Bowl, which was not something he did at Arkansas. We know he can rush the QB, but what he showed at the Senior Bowl made 3-4 Defensive coaches stand up and take notice. In one play in the 2nd Quarter he covered Agnew, who is a terrific receiving TE. He picked him up Dragging down the line and stuck on his hip. Then leaped up and tipped the pass. Shows nice awareness in zone coverage. He sees the TE sitting in the Zone between him and the other LBs, and steps up and puts an arm  in front of him. He ran truly amazing times in the Short Shuttle and the 3-Cone, and that quickness showed up on the field all week at the Senior Bowl. Takes on blocks well, with his hands. Will sometimes dips his head and gives a helmet butt to the chest. Needs to get a little stronger in the upper body to help him when an O-Lineman grabs shirt. He can struggle sometimes to extricate himself from the Hockey Fight. However, he gives nice second and third efforts and doesn’t shy away from the physical stuff. Showed he could stand up at the Senior Bowl and be very effective. Terrific athlete, who can translate it to the field out in space. Slides up field nicely to Set the Edge. Drops easily and smoothly into coverage. Plays and moves with excellent knee bend at OLB. We know he can rush the passer form his Tape at Arkansas, but he also showed he could do everything he needed to do at Linebacker at the Senior Bowl. Where he play LB in a 4-3 and a 3-4. Very impressive athlete. Nice hands. He has a nice Push-Pull on Tight ends. I like how he gets up field sideways and sets the edge, while holding off the TE. Then he reads it, sheds, and attacks the RB. Hustles down field when RB gets by him. Sometimes a little to happy to stay in a Hockey fight when protecting the Edge.

The Reason: They have to get pass defenders at all cost in this Draft.  

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30.

62.

Packers

Casey Hayward-

CB/FS Vanderbilt

5-11.25, 193, 4.57(O), 

4.53(U), S-1.52,

6.76 3-C, 34" Vert,   

 

*Nick Perry

DE/OLB USC

 

*Jerel Worthy

DT Michigan ST

OLB/PR, DB, RB, TE, DL, QB, DB, LB, CB, NT, 

Key F.A. Semi-Signed:

JerMichael Finley TE

Key F.A. Signed:

Jeff Saturday OC

Jarrett Bush CB

Key F.A.:

Erik Walden OLB

Matt Flynn QB

Ryan Grant RB

Howard Green NT

Key F.A. Lost:

Scott Wells OC

Matt Flynn QB

The Team: Do I really need to explain why? I mean, when you are the worst passing defense in the history of the NFL (well, yardage wise anyways;-), you trade up for Corners and Passrushers. "Have you looked at the offenses that we're playing against with the Saints and the Lions," DC Dom Capers said. "They're putting four wide receivers and sometimes five out there. That's just the nature of the game nowadays. It's pretty obvious you've got to be able to cover; you've got to be able to rush the passer because people are going to line up and throw the ball 50, 60 times. If you can't cover them, you're going to be in for a long day." They gave up a 3rd and 5th to the Pats to move up for this kid. "Well, we thought it was pretty good value and felt like we had a guy we definitely had targeted that we thought was worthy of pulling that trade off," Thompson said. "It just worked out that way. It was a good trade for us." They have three good Corners, but all three did not play well last year. In fact,  they are already talking about moving Woodson to Free Safety. So he adds competition to push starters, and I believe his best role will be in the Slot where he is likely to get a lot of playing time.  “He’s a cerebral young man,” Whitt said. “I want to get him in that room and see him digest this playbook. We have a massive playbook.” So in the end, he has everything you wan in a Corner, except speed. However: speed kills, speed sells, and you have to have exceptional speed to be great at CB. "I thought I would have gone a little earlier, but I'm not complaining at all," Hayward said. "I'm just happy to be with a great organization like Green Bay, somebody that's got a lot of rich tradition like them guys. So I wasn't surprised at all."

The Player: Hayward is an underrated tackler. He has the ability to be a ball hawking Free Safety. “I think I’m going to bring a lot of instincts and a lot of playmaking ability,” he said. “Green Bay has that with their team.” He is a film room junkie guy, who can bring what he sees on film to the field. “He’s extremely smart,” DB coach Joe Whitt Jr. said. “One thing I really liked about him when I talked to him at the combine, he understood what he was doing. He communicates at a high level on the field. He understands what the offense is trying to do to him at all times.” This kid combines amazing smarts and instincts to get his hands on the ball. He is in the top five at getting his hands on the ball in his career in this Draft. "He understands zone coverages," Whitt said. "He can play man. He can get up there and press. He can play up. The thing that impressed me the most is he understood concepts. You couldn't really run a play at him a number of times. If you ran it at him one time, he saw it and he understood it and was able to make an impactful play on the ball when it came at him again. He's a guy that will fit in. Multiple teams would have been happy with this kid because he can play in a number of different schemes and has the ability to be successful on them." He officially touched the ball 46 times, 15 INTs, and 31 Passes Broken Up. However, he remarkably did it in the SEC, which is much more impressive than Trumaine Johnson's 50 touches in a small school conference (that's right, I can't remember the name of the conference;-). “I think he’s an all-around player,” Thompson said. “He’s very aware in space. He sees the ball well. He can play with his back to the basket, so to speak, with his back to the line of scrimmage. He has good hands, a knack for interceptions.” The problem is speed. He doesn't have the pure speed to be a pure Corner. With his ball hawking ability he could be a very nice FS or an excellent Nickel. He also had 18 career TFL, which is an impressive number for a CB. “He’s a willing tackler,” Whitt said. “He will put his nose in there. He has a complete game. There were not many holes I really found when I was evaluating.” To stay at Corner he has to be in a Cover Two system,  or move inside to Nickel Corner. With his great quickness, hips, smarts, instincts, and feet, he should make an excellent Slot Corner. "He understands zone coverages," Whitt said. "He can play man. He can get up there and press. He can play off. He's a willing tackler. He's extremely smart. He has a complete game." He gets a little high in pedal. However, he still has great natural balance. He breaks on the ball nicely. Smooth hips and feet, and change direction, and he break on the ball in a snap. Plays the ball in the air as well any DB in this Draft. Zone corner at Vandy, who always seemed to be able to get his hands on the ball. I’d like to see what he could do at FS. Takes terrific angles in coverage. He is so quick and herky jerky. Spots the ball in the air early, and can track it like a WR. Terrific hands. He can snag the ball with his hands from awkward angles as he jumps in front of Receivers. 

The Reason: The Packers had to do something to try and make QB think just a little. He lacks speed, but he makes plays on the ball, and can turn a pass into pick as quick as anyone in this Draft. That makes QB's think. "We had him rated as a very good corner in this draft," Thompson said. "I think he's an all-around player. Very aware in space, very good foot athlete, good balance, good pedal, can plant and close. Sees the ball well. [He's] got good hands and a knack for interceptions. Pretty good tackler." They have Charles Woodson, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, and Davon House who showed some promise as a rookie. So he had better be able to handle a lot of different roles if he wants to get onto the field. "I think he's an all-around player," Thompson said of Hayward. "He's very aware in space, very good foot athlete, good balance, good pedal, can plant and close, all that kind of stuff. He sees the ball well. He can play with his back to the line of scrimmage. He's got good hands. He's got a knack for interceptions. He's a player and he's a pretty good tackler." One of the reasons the Packers hopped up to make this pick is they like his smarts, leadership, and Character. So finding a role for this kid shouldn't be a problem. "He's just a mature football player at a young age," said Whitt. "He's constantly bringing his teammates up. [He's] constantly making plays. He understands his limitations and understands what he does well." So now, the Packers have five legit Corners, with two guys Woodson and Hayward could get some playing time at FS. But they better be ready, because teams are going to come after this Secondary. "They're putting four wide receivers, sometimes five out there," said Capers. "That's just the nature of the game nowadays. If you can't cover them, you're going to be in for a long day."

31.

63.

Giants

*Ruben Randle

WR LSU

6-2 7/8, 210, 9.5” Hands (4.43-4.45), 6.99 3-C, 

4.36 SS,  

 

*David Wilson-  

RB Virginia Tech

OT, CB, DB, TE, RB, CB, OL, WR, LB, DB, DT, 

Key F.A.:

Steve Weatherford P

Key F.A.:

Terrell Thomas CB

Aaron Ross CB

Will Blackmon CB

Justin Tryon CB

Micahel Coe CB

Deon Grant S

Mario Manningham WR

Devin Thomas WR

Chase Blackburn ILB

Jonathon Goff ILB

Kareem McKenzie OT

Stacy Andrews OT

Tony Otah OT

The Team: There are times when fibs are reality, especially in the Draft. So when they say they didn't think he would be there when they picked, nobody did. "He was in the discussion," Jerry Reece said about how they almost took Randle in the 1st Round. "There were five guys in the discussion, and he was one of the guys who we spoke about as well. We were really surprised a little bit with him still being there because we thought he would’ve gone early in the 2nd. He was still there, and I think we’re fortunate to get a guy of his caliber." He is big strong and fast, and a lot of guys compared him to Hakeem Nicks. He is not NFL ready, but with a couple of good receivers in front of him, he will have to time he needs to develop. So let the post Draft fibbing begin. "He’s NFL ready," Reece said. "He runs the entire route tree. In this day and age in college football, it’s all about the spread offense, and guys don’t run the full tree. This kid runs the full tree. He kind of looks like a big, pro wide receiver out there with how he runs routes. I think he’s going to be a quick fit into the offense with how he plays; he’s big, he can post guys up. People mentioned  Hakeem Nicks when we talked about him in our room. He’s not blazing fast; I don’t think Hakeem is blazing fast either. He’s game fast and he’s bigger than Hakeem. [He has] very good hands, [and] ball skills. A talented football player." He has a lot of things to like as a WR, but he is not NFL ready. "Reuben is an NFL-ready receiver," Coughlin said. "I think with receivers a lot of it gets overblown with 40 times and speed and this and that. You need guys that are NFL-ready and what I mean by that is this guy is strong, he can catch the ball, he’s a good route runner and he’s position savvy – he knows how to get open. To me those are the successful receivers in the NFL. I think our guys who we have now – Hakeem and Victor – if you put them at the combine you won’t notice them, but you put them on the football field and they just take their game to another level and this is how Rueben is in our eyes." Stop it! You making me look silly (like that's hard to do;-). Okay, screw you and ever Super Bowl you ever stole from us!

The Player: Randle- Do A Little Dance...

Well I hate to say it, but the Giants had a great Draft, and I covered it better than anyone else who actually likes the team. I did TOM's Tape of their top three players. Including Randle, even though he isn't really Pro ready. "[He's a] big receiver. Outstanding athlete, Very smooth. Quote-unquote pro-ready," Coughlin said. "97 receptions in the course of his career for almost 17 yards per. Size, speed. People said, ‘Can he get deep? He can get behind?’ Yes, he can. He doesn’t have that Olympic type speed, but he has the size and the speed and the power. He’s a smooth athlete. Very, very athletic guy and I guess Marc told you that we rated him very highly and when it came time for us to make our pick he was without a doubt the guy that had the highest grade." Stop it! Okay, one of his biggest problems is his noticeable lack of production. A lot can be forgiven because of the horrible play of his QB's last season. They really hurt his production. "Definitely," Coughlin said when asked if his QB situation hurt him. "The way LSU plays, they run the ball, they play defense and those two quarterbacks, to be quite honest, are not very good. So he didn’t get a lot of chances. When the ball came to him he was productive, but he just didn’t get a ton of chances to win games, to catch, but when they went his way he made plays." However, that was not the only reason he dropped. He is a bit of a double catcher. So it wasn't just his QBs. His double clutching the ball more than makes me a little nervous, and apparently other teams as well. "Again, you can study the physical skill set, the speed, the strength, the quickness, the change of direction, his body control," Coughlin said. "You look at him running down the field wide open and then not being able to get the ball to him. But you just look at his individual gifts as a player, his physical gifts." Stop that. Their QBs were okay in most games, just not against Alabama. "Did you watch the National Championship game?" Coughlin said. "The quarterbacks couldn’t even get from under center and get the ball off. Of course you’re not going to be able to get it down field. Just watch that game. It was impossible for them to run the ball, throw the ball, do anything. He just got smothered. There’s nothing the receiver can do if everything else isn’t going his way. He’s pretty much a byproduct of everything that’s going on. " Stop that! You making me look silly (again;-). Okay, screw you and ever Super Bowl you ever stole!
The Reason: This was a Best Athlete Available scenario. He was the top player on the Board, at a position were they had a hole to fill, it doesn't get any better than that. "Like we said the other day, he was in the conversation with respect to our first pick,” Reece said. “I think we were fortunate that he was still there; terrific, big receiver; pro-ready kind of guy. We think he will really thrive in our offense.” They can stick him as the 3rd or 4th WR and let him develop behind Cruz and Nicks. I do believe it was a coin flip between him and David at the end of Round One. "I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him," Coughlin clichéd. "He was one of those where at the end of the [first] night you’re saying he’s going to be one of the first few guys taken in the top of the [second] round. Very surprising that he was still there. Just keep holding your breath, holding your breath. Nah, somebody will pick him. Until you start seeing some of these other receivers go. Alright there’s a chance and he was there." Then the stupid question has to come. "Were you worried about taking him when he dropped." If you fill a need, then it's a reach. If a guy drops, and it becomes a legit BAA, then there has to be something wrong with him. You just can't win. "No because I think the homework has been done," Coughlin said when ask the silly question if he was worried because he slip down them. "I think there have been a lot of personal calls made into that particular school, talking with coaches who have worked with Randle. Thomas McGaughey was with us as a special teams coach here and he is currently on the LSU staff and gave Randle a very strong recommendation and we have a lot of faith in Thomas’ ability to judge. Also, I think Jerry Reese has an individual that he has known for a long time on that staff who verified and talked about this player and his ability. Nobody is perfect. You have some things you have to be able to work with, but he will respond to good, solid coaching and that’s what he’s going to get." The reason he dropped is because he will double clutch the ball too much. I do believe he will be a better Pro than college player, because of the terrible situation he faced at the QB position at LSU. But they did try and run a Pro style offense, so he is likely more ready than most. "Yeah, but I think his game will transfer well up here because of the way he plays," Coughlin said. "He plays like an NFL receiver: big, strong, physical, catch the ball. As opposed to a raw guy who needs a lot of development on routes and techniques or drops a lot of balls. Needs to work on his hands. This guy pretty much has a skill set that fits in, will transfer pretty quickly" Okay, that I believe.

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