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dksmith17

Member Since 25 Nov 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 23 2014 09:07 PM
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In Topic: WR Cody Latimer has a scheduled visit with the Panthers

28 March 2014 - 09:51 AM

The more I read up on this guy the more I really really want him. I have a hunch this guy won't get to us at the end of the 2nd. A reach to take him at 28? Probably so but this guy 100% passes the eyeball test. Whoever earlier says he reminds them of Julio Jones I completely agree. From the frame to how he positions himself to make a catch. Damn. (Not saying this guy is going to be Julio or has the exact athleticism/measurables as him, but there are similarities between the 2).   

 

I love him but I don't think you can reach on him at 28. Just so much depth out there at WR and have to be patient. You can almost guarantee someone like Marqise, Landry, Martavis (whose skill set fits perfect with Cam) will be there 2nd to 4th rounds. Latimer just might be sitting there in the 4th or 5th. 


In Topic: What Is It About Jordan Matthews That People Don't Like at 28?

28 March 2014 - 08:18 AM

NEGATIVES

Screen Passes: Matthews is used on screen passes as often as any wide receiver in the 2014 draft class. The problem is that he is not elusive or dynamic enough to create on this type of play in the pros. His build-up speed does make him a threat to go the distance on perfectly-blocked screens (and Vanderbilt did this multiple times during his career):

But he is pedestrian when the play is defended competently:

You can see the same contrast on end arounds/reverses.

Well-Blocked:

Well-Defended:

Physical Play: Matthews can be re-routed too easily in man coverage. He doesn’t fight for his lane in his route and the defender dictates where he can run. Watch this red zone play get thwarted by a hand on the shoulder:

This problem also pops up repeatedly when Matthews has to compete for a ball in flight. Matthews fades away from the ball and his body goes slack. He waits for the ball to come to him and does not bang in the air or attempt to high point the ball. Sometimes you’ll see contact or grabbing that could be called interference when Matthews is defended on a downfield pass, but no flag because Matthews does not make a strong enough bid on the ball to draw the call. Watch these plays for examples of Matthews deficiency making a strong play on a ball in flight when he has to compete for it:

Creating Separation vs Man Coverage: Obviously, Matthews was not creating separation on those plays above. Matthews does not usually get open with sharp routes against man coverage. He isn’t sudden enough at the top of his routes to create a lot of separation in the pros. Matthews did have one go-to move to get open deep, a hitch-and-go double move:

But watch how it easy it is to defend him when a corner sniffs it out:

Which outcome do you think will happen more often in the pros?

Counterfeit Big Plays: That hitch-and-go leads to the last point - most of Matthews big plays are not going to translate to the pros. With the exception of a few nice one-handed catches when he gets a step on the corner early in a downfield route, Matthews’ big plays tend to fall into one of these categories:

  • Hitch-and-Go
  • Well-Blocked Screen
  • One-on-one with a Safety
  • Defensive Lapses

In Topic: The Next Steve Smith

28 March 2014 - 07:55 AM

The thing about Cooks that worries me is he doesn't consistently make catches in tight spaces

 

He is basically off my board

 

 

If OBJ comes here - we very well could force feed him and he would probably an instant fan favorite. Potential Instant production.


In Topic: Jawnyblaze Panthers Mock Draft

28 March 2014 - 07:47 AM

Yep, I basically dislike this whole mock. Would be very upset with Cooks or Mathews in the 1st.


In Topic: The Next Steve Smith

28 March 2014 - 07:37 AM

 Not sure about Smitty

 

Reminds me of Tim Brown or the good Greg Jennings


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