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Mock Draft (A Different Route Beyond the 1st)

17 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

I'm going to be intentionally different to see what y'all think about some guys that may not necessarily seem in our target range for the time being.

If a team wants a player where we stand in the second, maybe try a trade down to gain an extra late rounder. Pats-Broncos & the Vikes-Ravens both did this last season in the 2nd. You just never know come draft day who really wants who.



-1-

Chance Warmack OG Alabama

I know people are saying he's rising up draft boards but just looking at past drafts and even after DeCastro's hype, many teams just don't take guards early. We're still in good position to take the guy. If he's not here, I want to know people's opinions on Lane Johnson of Oklahoma OT if you don't mind.



(Trade down & get an extra 4th) -2-

Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia

Consistent and big wideout to take if we are sitting there later in the second round. We've now got a wideout.





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Leon McFadden CB SD State

Good article: http://sandiegosport...-nfl-draft-bio/

Could be a good pick if he's not gone by this point. Very good player it seems and if Gamble is gone as many are suspecting, this could be smart.



-4-2-

Brian Winters OT Kent State

I do think we can manage to restructure Gross but still need to groom someone behind him. This kid could be a very solid option. He is apparently a strong all around type guy with a lot of versatility. His big game is against the run. Could be a wise route if no OT early and solid for depth.



-5-

Kerwynn Williams RB Utah State

If one of our RBs is gone for cap or whatever reason, it's never a bad thing to take a late round risk on a RB, especially given how some just seem to pop out of nowhere recently. This kid is explosive and a kick returner, something we still freaking need.


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Bradley McDougald FS Kansas

Did a little searching about this fella. Got an invite to the combine, returns punts, was 2nd in tackles for Kansas w/ 3 ints, and this little tidbit: "Kansas coach Charlie Weis said the senior was as good as anyone on the Kansas squad."


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William Campbell DT Michigan

If we re-sign Dwan Edwards, I think we generate enough pressure for the time being that we can wait a little especially if we are focusing on the OL and a WR.





So with this, we cover pretty much most of our holes but if they feel a cheaper FA would be more beneficial for the time being for any of these guys, they can be a back up and learn. I think regardless of our direction, there's gonna be a few 1-year patches yet again for 1 or 2 positions on the team. In this scenario, it would be at DT and possibly FS. But our defense played well towards the year's end so I have hope in our secondary and line as is.


So our WRs:

Smitty
LaFell
Bailey
Murphy
Bryant

OL:

Gross(restructure)-Silatulu-Kalil-Warmack-Bell (Depth: Winters & Campbell at the least)

CB:

Josh Thomas, Leon McFadden, Josh Norman, Cap'n

DL:

Hardy-Dwan-FA-CJ (Alexander, Kearse, Campbell, Chandler, Addison, Keiser) *someone's gonna step up you'd think. I mean, I really think our defense can only get better even if we lose a LB and Gamble.

Margus Hunt

13 January 2013 - 12:06 PM

Note: I'm not saying I want him on the team given our needs and who we already have, but this is a guy I'm simply keeping an eye on throughout the draft process. I wanted to see what some of you experts think of him....


MARGUS HUNT 6'8 280 DE SMU

"The Estonian Executioner" 4.62-40


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Thought this was a well written analysis I found written up on him:

Overview

  • Native of Estonia, didn’t play football until 2009.
  • Former field & track athlete in throwing events who competed internationally as a teenager from 2003 to 2006, winning gold in shot and discus the in the World Junior Championships in 2006.
  • CBSSports.com writer Bruce Feldman lists him as the most freakish athletic college football player for 2012.
  • Four-year starter for SMU.
  • Holds NCAA record for most blocked field goals in a career (9), and is second in total career blocks, which includes PATs and punts (16).
  • 2012 Hawaii Bowl MVP with three TFL, two sacks, two forced fumbles and a safety.

Strengths
  • Freaklishly athletic – has an 82” wingspan, has both the vertical jump and height to block kicks, and can run a 4.6 40.
  • Has an excellent, almost elite, first step (think Von Miller coming out of his stance).
  • Does a great job of bending off the edge and closing on the quarterback.
  • Very good production in his senior year with 8.0 sacks, 11.5 TFL, and 11.0 QB hurries.
  • Has played 3-4 DE, interior pass rusher in nickel packages, and NT.
  • Has experience successfully splitting double teams.
  • Tenacious player who doesn’t back down.
  • Flashes the ability to use his hands.

Weaknesses
  • Raw player whose football experience is only four years.
  • At 6’8”, he has trouble getting his pad level low versus opposing linemen.
  • Inconsistent at setting the edge versus the run.
  • Often doesn’t hustle to the play if it’s going away from him.
  • Inconsistent at reading the gaps in a 2-gap scheme.
  • Questions about level of competition (played in Conference USA).
  • Could do a better job of hand placement.

Final Thoughts
Hunt’s biggest asset is his freakish athletic ability and a number of teams will covet him largely based on that. Much like NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul and KC Chiefs DT Dontari Poe, much of his draft stock will be the result of an extremely high ceiling, especially since he has only played football for four years. Hunt had a great senior season, and his dismantling of Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl shows he is emerging as a game changer. His stock will also likely see a meteoric rise when/if he puts up “lights out” numbers at the combine, and don’t be surprised if he lands in the Top 20 come April. What is alarming about Hunt is his attitude when the play is not coming his way. On too many plays, he can be seen jogging toward the play rather than running all out. This may raise questions about his work ethic. Any work ethic questions, combined with a very strong class for defensive linemen, could put a drag on his draft stock.

Whoever drafts Hunt will get a guy who has a natural knack for getting to the quarterback, and has barely scratched the surface of his talent. However, Hunt will need work on defending against the run. He was inconsistent as a run stopper in college, and he will likely struggle in that phase in the first year or two of his NFL career. Hunt, however, should terrorize QBs on Sundays after a relatively short adjustment period to the pro game. His best fit may be as a defensive end in a 4-3 alignment, but he has the experience and height to play DE in a 3-4 alignment as well. He will probably start from the outset, but he could begin his career as a situational pass rusher, and quickly move up from there.


Links:

http://www.nfldrafts...=2013&genpos=DE

http://www.ganggreen...-de-margus-hunt

http://sports.yahoo....867--ncaaf.html

http://www.dallasnew...hawaii-bowl.ece

A Mock Draft Thingamajigger

03 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

GM: I have no idea
HC: I have no idea/Rivera

Overview:

It is important to consider a new GM in his 1st year will want to hit well with this draft. I really like Warmack but just don't see him as our first rounder with a new guy in place; I think he'll wanna make a splash. On d, I think our secondary showed depth this year and Josh Thomas looked nice. A FS is definitely needed. With DJ and Godfrey both capable at SS, I think that's ok for the time being. Our defensive line really stepped up and considering our rotations inside, I think our need for a NT isn't as heavy of a need as on the OL and at WR. I think it's clear the lack of running game and strong protection against any team with a decent defense was piss poor at many times this year and is my major concern. Also, we really do need a deep threat on this team and not another Hackett, Murphy, etc. type acquisition.


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Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan 6'7 305

I'm not a huge fan of rankings in Jan. and see him being a prime target for us. I'm NOT a fan of Bell and it's obvious Gross' age has caught up to him. I think he could be really good at the next level.


2

Justin Hunter WR Tennessee 6'4 200

It's hard to ignore the receivers in this draft even though there's seemingly no for sure stud in the 1st. A lot of talent here and this draft is just shouting at us to take one of them. Between Hopkins, Patterson, Allen, Williams, Rogers, Woods, Hunter and Austin, you've gotta think at least one of them should be there with our 2nd rounder. I def could see Williams, Hopkins, Allen, Austin & Patterson gone by our 2nd rounder though. Hunter and Rodgers would be right there...I'm not totally sold on them, but can see this happening.

Honorable mentions that could definitely make a big rise: Cobi Hamilton, Quinton Patton, Jordan Matthews


4

Zeke Motta FS Notre Dame 6'2 215

I like this prospect a lot. Really good instincts and leadership ability

Good article on the gentleman:

http://slapthesign.c...ety-zeke-motta/


5

Omoregie Uzzi OG Georgia Tech 6'3 302

Get some much needed depth at guard, find a way to improve somehow over Hang'man and hope Silatolu steps it up year 2. Considering where he's coming from and the type of offense he could go into, I think it'd be a good pick up for us.


6

Corey Fuller WR Virginia Tech 6'2 196 (~4.44 40 time)

Big sleeper imo. He honestly looked way more NFL ready than Marcus Davis this year, doesn't make stupid drops, and was a track star. I think he'd be a great late round grab for us.

Best Season for a Panther TE since 1999

09 December 2012 - 07:29 PM

19-freaking-99

The man Wesley Walls had 63 rec. for 822 yards that season with 12 touchdowns

So far, Olsen is at 54 catches for 691 yards with 5 tds

May not finish at Wall's status this season but you gotta admit it feels refreshing to know we have a solid TE for years to come. We knew this last season but I think its really sunk in in 2012. Not having that fast & big WR is an issue but at least we have Olsen here to alleviate it and help Cam...the team out.

Get a WR1 next season to package with Smitty, LaFell, and Olsen and that could really help complete this offense playcalling aside.

Drones can now be refueled by lasers in the air

08 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

http://digitalearthw...ght-pickup.html

Skunk Works and LaserMotive, a small startup alias of Lockheed Martin are developing a system to power unmanned aerial vehicles as they fly. Tom Nugent, president of LaserMotive, says the concept is similar to a "wireless extension cord" that conserves time and money and lowers risk by helping electric UAVs keep flying without landing to recharge their batteries. The Stalker, a drone favored by special operations forces, is being used in ground-to-air recharging experiments. During a recent demo, engineers conducted a series of flight tests over a desert range in which the system beamed power to a Stalker flying as high as 2000 feet. The system's laser-beam director tracked the drone's receiver "with centimeter accuracy despite turbulence and aircraft maneuvers," according to Lockheed officials.


Prior to this development, the current way of refueling midair requires a tanker plane and another midair link between two flying aircrafts. Essentially, this whole refueling method introduced the idea of a floating gas station. While certainly a very interesting idea, it would seem that the evolution of technology always comes up with a more efficient and more resourceful way of powering up our drones as they stay up in the air- indefinitely.

Not only have all the tests succeeded, but they far exceeded all expectations by maintaining a constant flow of energy to the Stalker, keeping it floating in the sky for much longer that the parameters required. On top of this, the battery in the UAV was left with even more power stored than when it started the test. So even in bad weather conditions when it has to use some more of its power, the system can deliver more than enough energy to keep it airborne. This is excellent news for military forces that use the aircraft for surveillance and/or recon. This is also new information for the domestic side. To decide whether it’s good or bad is entirely up to you.

The propulsion of the vehicle is electrical, and flies up to an altitude of 15,000 feet (5 km) which is essentially cloud to above cloud level. The wingspan is 10 feet, and it comes equipped with a Gimbaled HD day/night camera.

HOW IT WORKS:


1. The laser arrays about half the size of a loaf of bread each convert electricity from a wall outlet or field generator into laser light.

2. The twin arrays shine the laser beams into lenses and mirrors that shape, merge, and focus on the beams onto a gimbaled mirror.

3. The mirror directs the laser to a thin photovoltaic-panel receiver attached to the wing of the drone.

4. The receiver converts the laser light into electricity.


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