Having the chance to watch the Bulldogs' defense play personally for several years its hard not to compare the Dawgs to our own Panthers. The Bulldogs uses 4-3 defense with similar blitz style and coverages, relying heavily on the front 7 to dominate against the run and pressuring the QB. Preston Smith reminds me of our own Greg Hardy in terms of playing style and physique. Having played all over the DL at DT with 1 tech or lining up outside to contain mobile QB like (Nick Marshall) or bring pressure in the pocket he excels with strength and speed.
Defense wins championship?
If your identity is defense you know you need a complimentary offense with ball control. The panthers have one of the most unique run game with ground and pound with J Stew & Tolbert and outside running game with Cam and Fozzy. Flowers is a big physical tackle that has the ability to dominate in the run game while having the athletic ability to contain pass rushers. We have seen what Cam can do while having time in pocket, but he also excels on outside run when DE's are contained (Rookie season). Flowers has the ability to play in a zone or power which is perfect since we use a combination of both.
IMO if Preston is there in the 2nd round we should move up to grab him while picking a OT in the 1st.
You: "Is the glass half full or half empty?"
Me: "The glass is overflowing come draft day!"
OT | Ereck Flowers - 6'-6" 329 lbs Miami ( 1st round)
Big, athletic frame carrying more than 320 pounds with ease. Ascending mauler in the run game. Bender who is low man off snap and pops hips into block to leverage defender at the point. Combines hips, arm extension and upper-body power to consistently turn his man when base blocking. Once he gets upper hand in run game, he usually sustains and finishes. Secures combo block with a vengeance. Has feet to become solid zone blocker. Mean and highly competitive. Wants to dominate and gets surly when beaten on a snap. Special foot quickness in pass protection. Able to mirror and counter two-way rushers or B-gap blitzers. Uses quick feet and loose hips to turn, scramble and recover when beaten. Pass-set depth and technique improved as year progressed. Has played both tackle positions.
DE | Preston Smith - 6'-5" 271lbs Mississppi State (2nd round)
Angular build with long arms. Has point-of-attack strength and doesn't get pushed around. Plays with leverage against the run. Very sound wrap-up tackler who usually finishes the job. Flashes busy hands as a pass rusher and uses them to gain advantage. Gets arm extension, finds running back and looks to shed against gap running plays. As a junior, rushed passer from both ends and over the nose while also dropping into space on occasion. Can be a disruptive player when asked to play the gaps. Has ability to slip and go when rushing from inside position
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