Joe Person wrote a pretty good "fluff" piece (as so many of you call it) on what I will refer to as Alabama's "forgotten man" during this year's draft, Robert Lester. Admittedly, I haven't watched any Lester YT vids, nor did I read any scouting reports on the kid, but it seems we have a possible diamond in the rough. There may be an extremely loose comparison to the situation of A.J. Klein, in that Lester purportedly lacks some of the speed and/or athleticism that others at his position may have, but he has a good football IQ, great instincts, and the necessary "game speed" on the field to compete. Lester also has that championship pedigree, which is one of those intangibles which may be invaluable in his development as a pro. His size makes him very appealing, and he is very familiar with our divisional opponent, Julio Jones. Here are a few excerpts:
Lester and his agent, Pat Dye Jr., had about 45 minutes to sort through 11 or 12 free agent offers. They picked the Carolina Panthers.
If Lester’s showing at the team’s three-day minicamp is any indication, it was a decision that could prove to be mutually beneficial.
Read more here: http://www.charlotte...l#storylink=cpy
Lester had calls, and chose us (maybe because he's looking to play. But that's a good thing). He wants to play here. And, the Panthers wanted Lester also.
Dye said the Panthers were the only team to request a formal interview with Lester at the combine. According to Dye, Carolina’s scouts and coaches were impressed with his knowledge of the game.
“They told me that in that interview he absolutely blew them away in terms of understanding the game, understanding schemes and knowing what everyone’s doing,” Dye said. “They said that was so important in their defense, that the safety be knowledgeable."
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Lester’s experience with the country’s preeminent college program should help him.
“It means that he’s been in big situations before,” Rivera said. “You know that his transition should not be as hard. It should be a relatively easy transition for him.”
“The great thing about those Alabama kids is there’s nothing too big for them. They’re used to playing in stadiums bigger than the NFL,” Dye said. “Is there anybody better prepared for the NFL than guys who played for Nick Saban – physically, mentally, emotionally and just football intellect?”
Although Chico and Dye are speaking in theory and general terms, It seems to me that they are banking on the fact that Lester's experience at Alabama will translate well to the NFL. Moreover, being that G-man basically lauds his own ability to root out talent, hopefully Lester will be the specific answer to our problem at safety.