Worst case is Chandler starting out there as I don't think they attempt to put Bell out there. We will probably scan the waiver wire after OTAs and bring in a vet that gets cut. I know Roos has been brought up on here as a year or two band-aid, which is perfect. Our interior is set and pretty solid, so it's just a matter of getting our two bookends. I have no doubt that someone will shake free from one of the other 31 rosters that can play LT at least for 2014.
To be honest, I don't see how Robinson doesn't impress you. I can see how you might like other guys more as a personal preference, but looking at him in a vacuum, Robinson is quite impressive, IMO. He has great size, good speed, is quick and very shifty -- especially for such a big guy, he has great vision once he gets the ball in his hands (which contributes to his exceptional RAC), he has great hands, has an amazing vertical and high points the ball with the best of them, he also has very good body control and adjust to the ball.
To be honest, I don't see a major flaw in his game. He has everything you look for in a WR, and his RAC is elite. He is also reportedly a good kid who would have stayed at PSU if O' Brien had stayed. I really don't understand why he isn't talked about more...especially when the biggest flaw that is mentioned is long speed, which isn't bad. I just think he isn't very flashy, and that's what the analysts like to talk about.
^^ This!! Well said, sir.
I too think he could be the man at 28 if Latimer and the OT they want is off the board. I really think the Panthers desire was for Cody Latimer and as they fell in love with his tape, others above them did as well. Feeling that Latimer, who they want, won't be there, they take a guy with similar traits that can be a WR1.
This draft is contingent on OBJ & Latimer being gone at 28. In which case, I would take one of them at 28, and flip Turner out with Adams in the 2nd....and the rest stays the same.
1.28 : JOEL BITONIO - OT NEVADA
Bitonio is an athletic and flexible OL that can play anywhere on the line. A very sound tackle with a mean streak, he also shows discipline with his low penalty ratio. Ideally, I'd like him at LT, but if the team would rather slot Chandler/Bell/June 1 cut at LT, then Bitonio is talented enough to slide to the strong side or kick inside. He might lack "ideal LT" size like Moses/Turner, but Bitonio's athleticism and talent fits our system very well, and would strengthen our run game.
2.60 : DAVANTE ADAMS - WR FRESNO ST
It took me a bit to warm up to Adams as I'm concerned the system and QB at FSU might have made him. Watching tape of him, he passes the eye test as a WR1 in the NFL. His vertical, hands, ability to get open and high point the ball are amazing. Comparisons to Crabtree are fair and I think Adams can improve his route tree with vets like Cotchery and Avant, as well as Proehl on the sideline. Cam needs WRS that can catch the ball in traffic and the red zone, and Adams will serve him well.
3.92 : CJ FIEDOROWICZ - TE IOWA
At 6'5" and 265, CJ is a big target for Cam but is a great blocking TE to help keep defenses honest. Even though Ed Dickson was added, Fiedorowicz is a much more balanced TE that is equally (if not more) a better blocker than receiver. IMO, he is a hybrid Gronk/Miller TE that will allow Shula to utilize him with Olsen and yield better efficiency. I think going with a two TE package like we had with Shockey/Olsen will add another dimension back to our offense that Cam will appreciate.
4.128 : ROBERT HERRON - WR WYOMING
Herron is a shifty and elusive WR best served in the slot but could also move around to the Z in certain packages. At 5'9" 193, Herron plays much bigger than his size and is strong fighting for the ball in traffic. He is fast in short space, can tear the roof off a secondary with his 4.48 speed and is that flashy home run threat with the ball in his hands. Can definitely contribute to ST immediately and could see Cam loving him on smoke routes and quick slants. Herron needs some polish on his game, but he will not be leaned on to contribute immediately in '14.
5.168 : MICHAEL SCOFIELD - RT MICHIGAN
Scofield was overshadowed by Lewan at Michigan, but Scofield will fly under e radar as a nasty run blocking RT. instantly adds toughness to our line and his style will help Shula again ground and pound. Scofield has some work to do as a pass protector, but has the work ethic to reach that point. He and Bitonio help add that grit and toughness that we've lacked in the trenches of late.
6.204 : DONTAE JOHNSON - S/CB NC STATE
Not sure if Johnson will be here late in the 6th, but he would be a great addition to the secondary. Played CB at State, but his 6'2" 200 pound frame looks more safety than CB in the NFL. Regardless of which position he plays for Carolina, he is a perfect zone cover guy, rangy, 38.5" vert and 4.45 speed to run with WRs. His athleticism allows him to match up against all types of players though he will have to be more aggressive at the line against smaller WRs and RBs.
7. 225 : ETHAN WESTBROOKS - DE WEST TEXAS A&M
Small school kid with a lot of potential. Great athleticism, explosive edge rusher, and nose for getting to the QB. Had some off the field concerns and going against small school talent leads to inflated stats (60 tackles, 28 TFL, 19.5 sacks). He was named Defensive MVP in the East-West Shrine game and could be worth the gamble this late in the draft. Still raw and will need some time to gain experience and confidence.
Do want! Dude is almost bordring on Thomas Davis type of frame when he came out of UGA, but sick rangy frame. Depending on how the first round goes, and who we would end up with in the 3rd, I'd take him in the 2nd if he's even still there. If we went Moses/Verrett/Ealy in the first and Bailey in the 2nd, I'd be VERY nervous which WR we would have left to choose from at the end of the 3rd. By the same token if we go WR in the 1st, Bailey in the 2nd, the OT left in the 3rd would be just as much of a gamble. At least we are exploring every option, and the players that we're looking into further, (for the most part) have all been players I would welcome.
I like the signing, but IMO, Decoud/Harper = Mitchell/Mikell. 2 different pairings that bring different attributes and deficiencies to the table. Harper really makes me nervous back there, but maybe we rotate these two plus Lester enough that between the three of them, they balance each other out.