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Panthers sign Robert Lester SS Alabama


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#1 Dex

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 06:57 PM




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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:00 PM

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

15th ranked safety according to draftcountdown. Projectd midround: http://www.draftcoun...bert-Lester.php

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

15th ranked safety according to draftcountdown

Leader and a winner. We need that.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:03 PM

The best S still available. Nice signing.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:04 PM

The sad part is Lester could legitimately be in the running for starter at SS and it really wouldn't surprise me if he won the job.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:05 PM

He was beasting early in his career at Alabama. Some thought he was on a path to being a 1st rounder

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:08 PM

good UDFA

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:08 PM

He was beasting early in his career at Alabama. Some thought he was on a path to being a 1st rounder


What happened to him that he became a udfa?

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

Strengths

NFL-caliber size and length. Possesses strong hands, height and vertical to high-point passes in jump-ball situations. Can also drop to the ground quickly to get his hands underneath low throws. Sticks his nose into the run game, drops his hips to stop the momentum of churning running backs up the middle. Finds creases to explode through as a blitzer. Uses his long, strong arms to trip up and wrap up ballcarriers coming into his area or wrestle them down from behind. Good hustle in coverage, will track down receivers over the middle.
Weaknesses

Not a quick-twitch athlete. High and stiff in his backpedal. Does not have elite hip flexibility to break down quickly as a tackler or turn and run with receivers downfield. Takes time to get to the sideline at times in cover-two and will take incorrect angles to the ball as a tackler and in coverage. Won’t catch faster receivers in trail coverage over the middle. Often doesn't take the proper angle to the ball in the run and pass game. Inconsistent.
NFL Comparison

James Butler
Bottom Line

Lester posses length, toughness, and ballskills. Lester has made some impact plays over his career at Alabama, but he also been troubled by maddening inconsistencies. His draft stock has dipped a bit throughout the season, but he will still be selected in the middle rounds.



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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

Even during the process, I remember him being talked about as a 3/4th at one point.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:10 PM

What happened to him that he became a udfa?


That is what I want to know. Everything I have read so far is pretty good. Goo ball hawk safety with and NFL ready frame.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:11 PM

SEC athletes I'm good with

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:12 PM

STRENGTHS: Possesses a long, lean build well-suited to today's pass-happy NFL. Reads the quarterback's eyes and is a smooth accelerator, showing a burst to close on underneath routes. Times his leaps well in jump-ball situations and extends his arms to make a play at its highest point. Excellent ball skills, including the ability to track the ball over his shoulder, extend to catch away from his frame and the ability to sneak his hands under the ball to corral pass deflections.

Athletic enough to occasionally drop down to cover slot receivers. Has the long arms to re-route receivers and is balanced enough to cover short distances. Reads run quickly and flashes aggression to support. Long, strong arms for the pull-down tackle and occasionally will lower his shoulder for the big hit. Highly respected by coaching staff for his work ethic.

WEAKNESSES: A bit of a 'tweener. May lack the athleticism for deep coverage and the physicality necessary to play well closer to the line of scrimmage. Does not possess ideal hip fluidity and foot quickness to operate as a true centerfielder against an NFL passing attack. Loses a step as he changes directions and does not have great speed to recover.

Does too much grabbing and dragging as an open-field tackler, and when he does attempt to lower the boom has a tendency to duck his head and lunge. Takes questionable angles to the ball, underestimating the speed of ball-carriers and not proving to be a reliable last line of defense.

COMPARES TO: Kerry Rhodes, FS, Arizona Cardinals: Like the 6-3, 212-pound Rhodes, Lester has the size, closing speed and ball skills to develop into a dependable ball-hawk at the next level.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

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