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  1. Fanspeak draft simulator

    I actually think Lawson may drop out of the first, based on what I've seen.  But there's plenty more to watch I haven't seen yet.
  2. Fanspeak draft simulator

    I did a 3 round mock just for shits and giggles, got Dodd, Hunter Henry, and William Jackson III (a CB I've never heard of, but he was the top rated one available).
  3. Fanspeak draft simulator

    Yea, these are always fun.  I don't know enough about the draft class as a whole to do any mocks myself yet, but I love Dodd, Vannett and like what little I've seen about Cooper.
  4. DE targets for this draft

    added links to videos.
  5. TE targets for this draft

    This thread is for TE's we could target in the draft.  I think we're mostly ok at WR with KB back, but we could certainly look to upgrade our TE2 spot from grooming to be Olsen's eventual replacement.  I still think more two TE sets would work better for us than what we often run these days under Shula.  Imagine 6'5 KB, 6'4 Funchess, 6'5 Olsen, 6'5ish other TE.  Hard to defend.  For TEs, my trait priorities go like this:  first, they have to at least either block really well and catch ok, or catch really well and block ok (this is the mold Olsen falls into).  Whichever is their specialty (if they are stronger in one area than the other) is what I judge first.  Then the other (block or catching, whichever isn't their specialty).  Then route running, then speed and size.  I'm going down Mayock's top 5 list for now til I know more of who to look for. Hunter Henry, Arkansas:  I could almost stop looking at TEs with this guy.  From the games I watched I really like Henry.  I would LOVE to get him in the 2nd, wouldn't mind spending our 1st on him if there are no blue chip DEs or CBs available.  He's basically a better blocking version of Olsen (considering his age and experience level).  He probably blocks as well as or better than Olsen does now, much less when Olsen was younger.  Very willing blocker, active feet and hands.  He'll get faked out on a move by the defender occasionally, but not often.  He won most of the blocks I saw.  He also caught the ball really well.  I saw him make some tough catches, over defenders, falling to the ground, etc.  Very good route runner from what I could see, quick feet, quick cuts.  Very polished in this aspect.  Very good size at 6'5 250something (draftbreakdown has him at 253) and really nice speed and fluidity.  Overall looks like the total package.  Not exactly Gronk, but I could see him being an Eifert/Olsen type.  Really like this guy.  https://youtu.be/u1cO6UWl7Sc https://youtu.be/J-8D0KyqZIk Austin Hooper, Stanford:  This guy looked really good too.  I'd be very pleased to get him in the 2nd or 3rd.  His blocking was more than adequate.  He actively looked for guys to block, didn't get driven back or pancaked.  Showed good run blocking in the video I watched, but didn't get to see him do much pass blocking.  Small complaint here is that sometimes he let up on his blocks too soon.  He'd block well for 2 or 3 seconds and then just let up a bit like he thought the play was over, but it wasn't.  Not a huge concern, didn't look like he was tired or not giving good effort, just looked like a mental thing that should be easily fixable.  His pass catching looks very good.  Very good at going up and getting contested passes.  Attacks the ball in the air.  Got to see him jump and catch a ball with two defenders all over him, and saw him make a falling catch too.  Looks like a natural hands catcher, like Henry.  Route running looks good, not quite as good as Henry though.  His footwork, especially out of the snap, was a little sloppy.  He moves quick though, plays fast.  Good size at 6'4 250ish (249 on the site) and fast.  Another guy that has a high ceiling. https://youtu.be/_CmPsfXdApg Jerell Adams, South Carolina:  Meh.  His pass blocking seemed ok, his run blocking looked lazy.  LAZY.  Good hands, no drops that I could see, though he didn't make much of a jump on one overthrown ball.  Maybe it was too high, but it looked possible from what I could see.  Stiff routes, guy seems top heavy.  He's quick enough, but not fluid at all.  Only a few passes thrown his way, SC's QB is ATROCIOUS.  Decent size at 6'5 244.  I'd be ok with spending a 5th or later pick on Adams, but nothing earlier based on the one video vs Missouri that I watched.  https://youtu.be/2AlX2zNNat0 Nick Vannett, Ohio State:  Another guy I would like with a high pick.  His blocking is great.  Very active blocker, looks for people to block and blocks to the whistle.  Was the lead blocker for a lotta run plays, had some trap blocks, showed blocking versatility.  Good at pass blocking and run blocking.  The only video they had on him, vs Notre Dame, they only threw the ball to him once and he caught it, so I have no clue about his hands.  His route running looked great though.  Very quick feet, fast in and out of his breaks, good speed.  Very good size, they have him at just under 6'6 (6'5.75) 256.  I'll need to see more of his hands before I make up my mind for good, but if he has no problems catching the ball he's another 2nd possibly even 1st round target.  https://youtu.be/xdpzy2TP6fI Henry Krieger Coble, Iowa:  Shorter TE, at 6'3 248.  Only had a couple passes thrown to him in the video I saw vs Michigan St., mostly blocked all game.  He's an active blocker, very willing, but he seems to get off balance a lot more than you'd want.  Ended up on the ground a bit.  Doesn't look strong enough to be a very good blocker in the NFL, but that could be worked on.  His blocking wasn't exactly bad, but it wasn't a strong suit.  He didn't even run a lot of routes, so I can't say much on that either.  The routes he did run tended to be rounded off a bit, not the best route runner of the group from what I could see, but I wouldn't say it was bad either.  He's quick enough.  He caught both the passes thrown to him, one was a REALLY good catch of a ball thrown down by his knees and behind him, crazy catch.  So I'd have to guess his hands are rather good.  Based on what little I saw of him I'd be ok with a mid-round pick spent on him.  https://youtu.be/icOz1pKaHWs Order of preference: Henry Vannett Hooper Krieger Coble Adams Overall looks like a pretty strong TE group.    
  6. Joe Webb and Aqib Talib Received Fines

    That Talib wasn't ejected for that attempted homicide was ludicrous.  That he isn't suspended for it is beyond any reasoning or belief.
  7. My guess is that they're confusing TD with Harper or Cotchery.  But I have no facts, just guessing.
  8. DE targets for this draft

    added Kaufusi and Buckner.
  9. Your Offseason

    Not a fan of trading out of the 1st.  That 5th year option is going to make getting KK and Star both signed much easier, for example. 
  10. DE targets for this draft

    Yea, I actually had a different writeup for Nassib at first, and then went back and watched a couple more games' videos and he looked better.  I dunno which games of his you've watched, so I dunno if you're opinion is drawn from the same ones my original opinion was or if you've seen everything I have.  The first couple games' videos I watched he was slow as hell and I had a similar opinion as yours, 3rd/4th round.  Then the next couple games I watched were a little more impressive.  I saw the tools to build a good DE.  Like you, I'm sure my opinion on most of these guys will change at least somewhat as I do more research. I didn't know that about Spence, I've only watched a few videos on each of these guys, no other research so far.  He was already off my board, but now he has very little chance of further videos/research redeeming him heh. 
  11. 2016 3 biggest roster holes.

    Yea, I mostly agree with OP. I don't think CJ is definitely gone at this point, but regardless of whether he is or isn't we need to be drafting a DE high.  With the time it takes them to develop, we'll already be behind the 8 ball unless we get a freakishly quick adapting-to-the-pro-game DE. I dunno if Safety is as big a need as some others.  Boston had been playing that role lately and I think he's done solidly.  He could be upgraded for sure, but it wouldn't be as large of an impact upgrade as at some other positions.  Let him compete with Marlowe for the starting job and the winner gets valuable reps.  CB is another I want drafted within the first 3 rounds.  I think we can go ahead and pencil in Josh (at least 1 more year) and Bene in as #s 1 and 2.  I dunno what it is I'm not seeing, but when Bene has played out wide he's always seemed better to me than playing the slot.  But I want another high potential CB for the slot position, and in case we can't retain Josh past this year.  Better to have a blue chipper with a year under his belt ready to start year after next than have to go into the draft picking one high and making him start as a rookie.
  12. Along the Sidelines - Superbowl Edition

    Great photos.  My favorite is the middle Stewart TD pic, where he's pretty much at the apex of his leap.
  13. Ezekiel Elliott

    Based on just a little bit of watching videos, kid is talented.  Dunno if we're spending a 1st round pick on a RB though... Maybe after watching more I'd see the value better, but RB is way low on my list of positional research atm, heh.  He seems quick as hell and powerful enough, very interesting prospect.
  14. DE targets for this draft

    Well, it's that time of the year again.  Time to keep this forum up on a new tab.  IMO, DE and CB are the two most vital positions to target in the draft so in this thread I'll be bringing up and discussing guys that could be options for us (mostly 1st-2nd round type guys).  Will edit as I do research accordingly.  The thing I look for most in any DL is quickness off the snap.  In my opinion, the guys that are quickest off the snap have an advantage over everyone else, if you can start faster and get moving quicker you will win more often than not.  This is also something that doesn't really get better.  Guys don't typically learn to fire off the ball faster than they did in college.  It would seem like it's a physical thing that could be improved with physical training, but often times guys that I've seen in college that are noticeably slow or quick off the snap turn out to be the same in the pros, probably has more to do with the brain than one would think.  Reaction time, etc.  Another important quality is obviously motor.  This is another thing that doesn't often change once they get to the pros.  After quickness off the ball and motor, I look for "technique" things as best my untrained eye can.  Things like lunging, leaning, spin/bullrush/swim moves, things like that.  Then finally I look at physical traits such as height, arm length, weight, proportions, etc.  I do most of my research at draftbreadown.com, it's my favorite site for videos because they're not highlight reels, they're breakdowns for full games.  I'll typically only really watch the videos vs the best competition they face but I'll watch them all if there's only a few available. Shaq Lawson, Clemson:  I've watched a few videos on him, nothing too in depth yet.  He doesn't overly impress me based on the Notre Dame and Florida St. videos.  He's slow as hell off the snap and heavy footed.  Seems to have solid power, but tends to be hesitant.  He does seem to have very good instincts.  Shortish, shorter arms.  As it stands now, would not want in the 1st. https://youtu.be/V6r5341qlaw https://youtu.be/pHMHvzb27LQ Kevin Dodd, Clemson:  Quicker off the snap than Lawson.  Taller, longer arms.  Decent technique, but plenty of room to improve. Good lean while rushing off the edge to get to the QB.  Looks like a prototypical NFL DE.  Good vs the run and pass, not much weakness to his game.  I'd be more interested in him at #30 than Lawson. https://youtu.be/6ohQ7AY1hQA https://youtu.be/APlMJ6uxUeg Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma St.:  Whoa, this guy is FAST off the snap!  One of the quickest first steps I've seen from a DE that I can remember.  His motor does seem to run empty at times though.  I saw a number of plays where the ball went away from him initially (QB rollout or RB run to the other side) and he didn't put forth much effort to pursue.  vs Ole Miss his first step was great almost every snap.  vs Baylor he seemed to just stand up and lean on the OT more often than not, so effort seems to be inconsistent.  Technique seems to need a healthy amount of work.  His super quick first step lead to overpursuit sometimes, didn't seem to have any moves to speak of.  He seems strong enough though, good proportions.  A little lean looking, but not a beanpole like some of the other recent highly drafted "tall, skinny" DEs.  I think he'd fill out very well in an NFL strength program.  I'd be happy with him at #30, high ceiling. https://youtu.be/eHpmYf6GucI https://youtu.be/Eu59Fl2otMA Carl Nassib, Penn St.:  He's a bit slow off the snap, but once he does get moving he gets up to speed pretty quick.  Good size and build.  No technique, but solid stack and shed.  Gets off balance more often than you usually see.  Very raw.  Has the building blocks to develop, but would not want at #30.  Maybe in the 2nd. https://youtu.be/JRZtpsz3IQ4 https://youtu.be/GGwimKgHYrg Noah Spence, E. Kentucky:  Quick first step, but small.  Looked smaller than every other lineman in both games I watched.  Very quick feet, good awareness.  Good technique and active in stunts and pursuit, but dunno if he has the size for a 4-3 DE.  Not really interested in him for now because of size. https://youtu.be/6GP-YTkbz_o https://youtu.be/b3-6ajYkXow Bronson Kaufusi, BYU:  SLOW reaction time off the snap.  But once he does react, he gets up to speed quick.  There was only one video on him, the Cincinnati game, so I need more video to really form an opinion.  Maybe this'll look different in other games.  Really good size at 6'6 280, good strength, top end pursuit speed seems really slow but he gets up to that top speed pretty quickly.  The only DE I've seen yet in this draft to actually utilize multiple moves, good spin move for a 6'6 280 guy.  Quick active hands and feet, hand fighting seems really good.  Based on the one video, I think he'd be a good pick at #30. https://youtu.be/Xf29CXC_TN4 DeForest Buckner, Oregon:  His reaction time is quick enough, but he doesn't snap or pop off the ball.  He seems to lunge a little.  If he can be taught to pop when he first moves, he could be dangerous.  No motor issues noticed.  Great size at 6'7, 290.  Good strength.  Great proportions, doesn't look 290.  Very active hands, but they don't always seem to be under control.  Seems his height causes him to lose balance occasionally, but didn't happen often.  If he could learn to explode off the snap, he would remind me a bit of Watt in college.  I have a feeling he'll be gone before it gets to our pick.  He'll be a bit of a project, but great potential.  Reminds me slightly of Arik Armstead last year, but better proportioned and quicker.  Would be happy with him at #30. https://youtu.be/KDhFeqRKVIc https://youtu.be/-p9MvLOyDPc For now, my ranking of interest is: Ogbah Dodd Kaufusi Buckner Nassib Lawson Spence
  15. It seemed that he was using the interceptions example to refute the garbage that people have been saying doubting his effort.  It was like "you're misrepresenting what happened here, so let me give you examples from the past to prove that show how ridiculous what you're claiming happened here is."  That's how I took what he said to mean.