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DaveThePanther2008

What's up with Moton

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I read earlier where LG seems to be starting with Silatolu. Yet I thought we drafted Moton with the idea we would be losing Norwell, which we did.

So the question is?  Is he not as good as we thought he was and is going to have to beat Silatolu out.  

Or is he going to compete for LT.  From what I have read Matt Kalil was the LT.  

So what is it?

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First, ya got to stop deciding why we draft X players that don't come in and immediately start. This is how fans make knee jerk reactions when things don't go the way they think it should. 

Second, nothing is wrong with Moton. He is a smart, good player, and can play both tackle positions. 

He'll compete for the LG spot, but if they can get themselves a more natural guard, and keep Moton at tackle, I think it serves the team better moving forward. 

Third, and this is the most difficult for us fans.........

Patience. 

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2 minutes ago, Ace_Aladdin said:

Ron Rivera said he would compete for LG.

Stop trying to spread fake opinions.

 

First of all it wasn't a fake opinion.  

Second, why would Silatolu be ahead of him?

Third, I hadn't heard RR saying that or I wouldn't have asked the question

Forth don't be a prick.

 

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4 minutes ago, pantherclaw said:

First, ya got to stop deciding why we draft X players that don't come in and immediately start. This is how fans make knee jerk reactions when things don't go the way they think it should. 

Second, nothing is wrong with Moton. He is a smart, good player, and can play both tackle positions. 

He'll compete for the LG spot, but if they can get themselves a more natural guard, and keep Moton at tackle, I think it serves the team better moving forward. 

Third, and this is the most difficult for us fans.........

Patience. 

I was fine with us drafting him and not starting.  He WAS drafted for depth and an insurance policy if we lost Norwell.

I agree he is smart but most I have read barely mentions him.

Moton is a good player and glad we have him.   It was a question not a statement.  

You guys would rather post 15,000 mock drafts and discuss nothing else.   I thought Moton would be an interesting topic especially since I believe he could play LT.

 

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2 minutes ago, DaveThePanther2008 said:

First of all it wasn't a fake opinion.  

Second, why would Silatolu be ahead of him?

Third, I hadn't heard RR saying that or I wouldn't have asked the question

Forth don't be a prick.

 

I think Amini is only ahead because he was the backup to Norwell last season...just a depth chart technicality.  

Rivera did say Moton would have a chance to start at that spot.  It will be an open competition once TC begins.  

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14 minutes ago, DaveThePanther2008 said:

I was fine with us drafting him and not starting.  He WAS drafted for depth and an insurance policy if we lost Norwell.

I agree he is smart but most I have read barely mentions him.

Moton is a good player and glad we have him.   It was a question not a statement.  

You guys would rather post 15,000 mock drafts and discuss nothing else.   I thought Moton would be an interesting topic especially since I believe he could play LT.

 

What makes you think this, other than huddle opinion?

Seriously. 

His rookie season they really only had him focusing on both tackle positions.

Yes, he was depth at guard also, because he IS capable of playing guard. His value it at tackle. 

Now if he beats out the competition at guard, more power to him, but it also would make our depth messed up, because he'd still be the first to backup any tackle spot, which means we'd be changing two spots on the line due to injury, which is far from ideal.

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At the time he was drafted, we weren't sure that Williams was the answer at Right Tackle.  Moton has never played Left Tackle, by the way, so the thought that he was viewed as a LT of the future is Huddle-fueled fantasy (go find me anything other than the Trai Turner quote that suggests anyone on the team thinks he's LT material).  

Rivera is paid to win games.  If he thinks Amini is better suited for our LG replacement right now, that's probably because Amini actually IS better suited for our LG replacement.  Once Training Camp begins, it's likely that all our backups will get to compete for starting roles, including Moton.  Reading into what Rivera is saying now and thinking it means that we roll into September with our current depth chart is just silly.

Be patient.  Relax.

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28 minutes ago, pantherclaw said:

What makes you think this, other than huddle opinion?

Seriously. 

His rookie season they really only had him focusing on both tackle positions.

Yes, he was depth at guard also, because he IS capable of playing guard. His value it at tackle. 

Now if he beats out the competition at guard, more power to him, but it also would make our depth messed up, because he'd still be the first to backup any tackle spot, which means we'd be changing two spots on the line due to injury, which is far from ideal.

His pre-draft analysis said he would be a good guard.

DRAFT ANALYSIS:

"He's a right tackle or a guard. I loved his game against Illinois. He played against Dawuane Smoot and handled him." -- Mike Mayock

6'5"HEIGHT

34 1/8"ARM LENGTH

319LBS.WEIGHT

10 5/8"HANDS

OVERVIEW

The Broncos brought aboard Moton after he was named a first-team all-Michigan pick as a high school senior. He redshirted in 2012, but started every game over the past four years for WMU. Moton lined up at right tackle for all 25 games of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He moved to right guard in 2015, receiving enough votes from MAC coaches to be named third-team all-conference. Moton moved back to the right tackle spot as a senior, earning first-team All-MAC and multiple All-American honors in helping the Broncos "row the boat" to a MAC championship.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

 Big off the bus. Massive frame with good arm thickness and proportional build in his legs. Plus arm length with big hands. Starting experience at right guard and tackle. Comes off the ball with pad level. Makes concerted effort to drop hips and roll under his target at contact. Has dominant drive-blocking potential. His down blocks turn into steam-rollings. Coordinates hips and hands for maximum pop through point of contact as run blocker. Held his own against Ohio State in 2015 and smothered Illinois DE Dawuane Smoot this season. A bear with strong paws. Plays tend to end for defender once he latches on. Functional climbing to second-level target. Bull rushers wont bully him very often.

WEAKNESSES

 Will need to play with quicker hands into punch as guard. Looping, wide approach with hands toward target could open his chest to defenders. Footwork needs plenty of work. Needs choppier feet. Waist bending in run game needs correction. Content to make blocks at angles that need to be squared up. Lateral and move blocks feature inconsistent base width. Issues coming to balance before contact if block isn't right in front of him. Average body control and athleticism. Will be limited to primarily power-based schemes. Has issues with oversetting in pass pro. Can be fooled by twists.

DRAFT PROJECTION

 Round 2-3

SOURCES TELL US

 "I had to go back and watch his 2015 tape when he played guard. He was a little rough at tackle this year but that isn't his spot. Big and strong as a guard. He was moving guys from Ohio State around like it was nothing." -- Area scout for NFC team

NFL COMPARISON

 Zach Fulton

BOTTOM LINE

 Four-year starter for ascending Western Michigan program. Size and potential to dominate at the point of attack with pure power should make him a coveted right guard prospect. He can be a little stiff in his movements and his footwork needs plenty of work, but he's functional in both areas. Might need additional work before he is ready to take on the wily, athletic defensive tackles in the NFL, but his physical traits and power give him a chance to become a reliable NFL starter.

-Lance Zierlein

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