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Panthers sign Robert Lester SS Alabama

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SEC athletes I'm good with

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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.

--Rob Rang

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1632211/robert-lester

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Welcome !

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Awesome, he was my top UDFA I wanted! now on to TE Joseph Fauria

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Very nice.

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Guy was an early second rounder last offseason if he came out an many thought he'd rise throughout the draft process.

Then he went back to school, hired his mom to play for him in his place, and then showed up at the senior bowl and didn't actually bother to show he had any familiarity with the sport during the week.

We'll see who shows up. Worth trying out.

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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.

is that your way of saying you like the pick up?

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What happened to him that he became a udfa?

He played beside some 1st round talent...teams pry targeted him. He was 2nd in the country in INTS in 2010. He also ran a slower forty....for a safety

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Walter:

4/24/13: Lester was quiet in the early going of 2012, but played better later in the season. He picked up 48 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, three passes broken up and four interceptions for the year. Lester had good games against Tennessee and Mississippi State with some struggles against LSU and Texas A&M. He didn't impress at the Senior Bowl or Combine, and his stock has fallen.

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Solid highlight vid, I also like he played against top notch competition. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qRzzXYyA16M

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This is a guy I have wanted all along. Hopefully they can coach him up and get some football out of him.

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man this is a great UDFA signing

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