Alcoholic Zebra

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  1. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I haven't looked at either of them yet. Every now and then I get an itch to watch a specific guy (such as Dane Brugler's mock draft). I'm probably going to wait until after the combine to watch some of these guys.
  2. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I just started watching Payne, and I don't think he's that type of player. Which surprises me, because that's what I've heard for awhile. Haven't seen the cutup of the National Championship game yet, but here's one from Tennessee which, imo, Payne did not look like a 1st round player. I think he's getting displaced too much, he's not effective at holding ground against doubles or down blocks. He's not a powerful player, he doesn't bullrush. He prefers the arm over swim, or the jab and step over. He's used more effectively in stunts for their pass rush, but not as effective as he could be (imo). I know Jon Allen should not have fallen to 17 last draft, but Allen was so much more solid than Payne. If we draft Payne at 13 when Allen went'll feel really weird. I've heard Payne's best game is the championship, so I'll watch that eventually, but against Tennessee...not good. So far, the only powerful DT I've seen is still Vita Vea. P.S. The RB for Tennessee, John Kelly, he flashed several times in that video. Against Alabama. That's impressive.
  3. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    His throwing motion is awkward in the way that Philip Rivers looks weird while he throws it. If it ain't broke though... Late Day 2? Just looked it up, and it's not common for someone from that school to be drafted. Last one was in the 5th round of 2013. Last time someone was drafted in early Day 3 (so round 4) was 2009. The last time someone was drafted before the 4th round was in 1982. I think a QB with an awkward throwing motion can likely be had whenever in the draft.
  4. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I was looking for those measurables to appear from him in pre-season. He had his chances, to put them on display. He didn't (or couldn't). I think he's an example of combine numbers not translating to the football field.
  5. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Yup. Wisconsin had Wilson under center doing conventional things. Don't know how often, but I definitely remember him under center.
  6. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    He came in at 5'10 and 5/8ths at the combine. He's the only recent sub-6 QB that I can think of to not suck. Drew Brees measured in at 6'0 and 2/8ths.
  7. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    This is VERY interesting. I think an argument could be made that spending 2nd/3rd rounders on OL instead of 1st rounders make sense, since you still have a relatively high success rate. DB's for the 1st and 2nd rounds, but riskier for the 3rd. LB's should be targetted in the 1st round. TE's should be drafted in the 1st round, or the 3rd, as the 2nd and 3rd have similar values. I want to get deeper into this to see where picks become more and less efficient. Now the hard part is that no draft is the same, and depth of one drafts position group can skew things. But these generalizations to sort of "ground yourself" and build a big board around seem well worth it. Maybe you don't automatically drop a 2nd round graded TE to the 3rd round, but you drop his spot below some equally graded players?
  8. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    You know what I hate, having to scout QB's, it's just so depressing. It's the realization that your team sucks and likely won't get better for awhile, with a good chance that whatever young QB is selected winds up busting.
  9. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Can he block? We need TE's that don't whiff on defenders and let the RB get tackled as soon as the ball is handed off. From watching the video you posted, he's huge, wide catch radius, good hands, doesn't have near the shake and bake that Reed has, and to a lesser extent Engram. What makes guys like Gronk, Kelce, Gates, and Witten so valuable is that they all block. It forces the defense to play conventionally. They can't put a lanky coverage guy on them. Reed couldn't really block, but he was so damn good setting up his routes that it didn't matter. Jason Witten's blocking set up his receiving. If his routes aren't as good as Engram's or Reed's, then he has to be able to block well enough to force defenses to play conventional. So, can he block?
  10. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Barkley is Barkley, he's amazing. Haven't heard much about John Kelly, so I'll try and keep an eye out for him. I liked Guice more last year than Fournette. This year, I still like Guice as a prospect more than Fournette. Thought Fournette was not a Top 5 pick. I don't think Guice is a Top 5 pick either, or Top 10, but Guice is really good. One thing that I felt from film, (but never went back to double check), is that LSU used Guice in more ways than Fournette. Fournette seemed limited to Under Center running and preferably with a Fullback. Guice looks more like a modern NFL RB, he can be used in a variety of formations, alignments, etc.
  11. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    If Wilkins is a fiery leader, then that adds to his draft value. Besides that, I'm not seeing the talent other people seem to be seeing. His best fit is also where Ioannidis, Allen, and Lanier are already playing. Then McGee plays as a 4 or 5 tech in Base as well. Where does Wilkins play in our defense? You need to isolate him in run D, there have been times he looked like Ziggy Hood and he's just moved out of the play. Quick double or hard jab to help your fellow OL out, and then Wilkins is moveable. If his initial move in pass rush fails, he kind of doesn't do anything. It's not like Ioannidis who can restart his bull rush, or Allen who can then reverse and cross the OL's face. I didn't watch Clemson vs Alabama, so no idea if he looked good or bad or what there. But until more (and better) tape comes out, I don't think he's in contention for us at #13.
  12. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I think Vea would make our DL rotation formidable and deep. Nickel rotation of Ioannidis/Allen/Lanier. Vea in at base defense, and he shows enough ability to collapse a pocket that a team uses heavy formations or hurry up or something to try and exploit, they won't be able to. Vea looks like a 3 down NT which is damned rare. This goes back to the "planet theory" by Bill Parcells. There's only so many people that big, that athletic, and that powerful on the planet at any one given time. If they fall to you, you have to draft them, because they're that rare. JJ Watt and Julius Peppers are another two planet guys. While not near Vea's size, they are ridiculously athletic and powerful for weighing 290-295 pounds and the ability to play on the Edge. Dontari Poe was another planet guy, but injuries derailed his effectiveness. Injuries are doing the same to JJ Watt. It's possible that "planet theory" guys are more injury prone because that combo of weight + explosiveness is not sustainable.
  13. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I heard they fired their previous draft guys and gave all of their duties to the guy you linked to, who has said some questionable things. As far as anyone knows, they just piled the draft stuff onto someone who already had a full plate to begin with, so everything he says doesn't have much thought behind it.
  14. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    He uses that extra mass to block, break tackles, etc. He's physical, that's his play style. I don't know if losing 10 pounds would speed him up enough to offset how he normally likes to play.
  15. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Haven't seen enough film to really talk about other guys. I've only watched a few WR's (haven't checked Calvin Ridley yet), but WR's with some quick feet, who can win routes, and also get YAC: DJ Moore Dante Pettis James Washington looks like he can be as good as he wants to be, but, I think he's got a little diva in him and doesn't try as hard if he knows the ball isn't going in his direction. I think he excels more in the short/intermediate range and then capable of getting monster YAC after that. I don't think he tracks the ball well, I don't think he's a good contested catcher. So far I haven't seen any burners like DeSean Jackson types. I've heard there really isn't any in this draft class, doesn't mean you can't have down field threats. Auden Tate is interesting, he's a taller guy (more AJ Green physique than Julio Jones), not excellent in any one area, but has potential. I think the floor for his potential is a taller Ryan Grant. Keep in mind I think that's the floor. From what I saw, he seems to track the ball well over his head. Edit: Anthony Miller, bolding it so people notice the edit, he's electric. If Corey Coleman went in the 1st round, then someone whose as quick, almost as fast, but can run routes should also go in the 1st round.