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  1. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I think he might go too high to be a realistic option for us, but can you imagine what Ruggs would add to our offense? A unit that already has Bryce Love and Terry McLaurin in it. It would be horrible to play safety against. John Ross was a top ten pick and it's hard to fathom speed like that falling out of the first round. But trading Trent and getting Ruggs in the second round is a dream scenario.
  2. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Javon Kinlaw is terrifying and huge. He's even bigger and scarier than DeForest Buckner was. A little bit like Muhammad Wilkerson but bigger. He's going to make NFL players look small. He's the guy you have step off the bus first. Hot take for you all: it wouldn't shock me if he gets drafted ahead of Derrick Brown. Another hot take: Najee Harris is the second best player on that Alabama team, after Tua. This kid is better than Josh Jacobs was. I have such a high degree of confidence that he's going to be a star in the NFL. The game looks unbelievably easy for him in a way that is reminiscent of Adrian Peterson. I love him and if we could somehow snag him in the second round, that would be a true coup. It would give us the most talented stable of backs in the NFL. I still really like the Alabama WR trio though. Jeudy might not time as fast as he plays, but his short area quickness and agility is as good as it gets. I could see him being a Calvin Ridley/Marvin Harrison school WR with a little bit extra shimmy and toughness after the catch in his game. He's going to be a star too. He can do it all and will be good as a rookie. No-brainer top ten talent. And even though we've discussed it at length, I think it deserves reiterating just how good the open field speed is for DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs. Ruggs makes Parris Campbell look ordinary. That is some true shot out of a canon speed and I could see him having a similar impact and role as John Ross, except that I think he's bigger and sturdier. That doesn't sound like a compliment, but Ross was on his way to a huge season before he got hurt. This is a game-breaking weapon who can score on really basic stuff and puts enormous pressure on safeties. Smith probably won't time as fast as he plays either, but this guy is a glider who compares well to a bonafide freak like JaMar Chase in the open field. He would be a huge get in the second round too, and a fantastic compliment to Terry McLaurin on the other side of the field.
  3. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I haven't watched him enough yet either, but my initial take on Wills is that I like him quite a bit. There are some warts, but nothing that scares me off. He showed some strange technique in the South Carolina game where he was frequently taking an inside step and trying to long arm rushers with that inside hand and an open stance. Could have been just taking the day off against a much smaller defender, or could be that something like his right shoulder was bothering him. You're right, I remember Scherff doing that at Iowa, as well as demonstrating other technical quirks/deficiencies. I'm curious to see what his arm length is at the combine. He didn't do it as much in the LSU game. Faster edge defenders so cheating inside didn't make sense. He basically played them straight up--smooth kick step and slide protections with good patience to let the rusher show his cards before punching and planting his anchor. I love his athleticism. He is very twitchy and explosive and has great feet for the position. Can slide and mirror in his sleep and he's very flexible. Plays like a wrestler with great functional power and balance. Reminds me of the kind of athlete that DaRon Payne is in how he uses explosive feet to beat the opponent to the fit, set up a great stance, and people-move. Hands have pop. Not as heavy and superlative as Austin Jackson's, but they're good. He is a very talented run blocker. Such explosive quickness to get over his match ups before they can fit and he seals those off tackle runs very nice. Excellent ability to reach and he's a good runner who can stay low and keep his feet so he can be a difference maker downfield. Could stand to get a little bit better at processing his targets in the second level more quickly. He looks a little indecisive in that part of the run game at times. Maybe it's an issue of just needing more mental reps than typical. One weakness I saw was that the motor wasn't anything special. And some of the late game reps looked a little sloppy too. He might not have the best gas tank, and looks like there might be a little bit of sloppiness in his belly. That's a little off-brand for Alabama players, as they are generally highly conditioned over-achievers who give consistent effort. Stylistically, he's a classic brawler at the position. He likes block finishing and dumping ends who come in too flat. He's tough and can eat a strong punch. I like his meanness and that competitive fire compares favorably to the more finesse on-field demeanors of Wirfs and Thomas. He could make Voch Lombardi's ass-whupping team. Bottom line, I understand the first round projections for Wills and I think they're justified. He's got some similarities to Cody Ford from last year, but I think he's better. His run blocking is an NFL ready skill and he could certainly play guard as a rookie, especially on the right side. His potential in pass-pro is really good. Good enough to stay at tackle. He's a little raw. Combine the motor/conditioning issue with the technique/recognition issue and he's probably not going to be great as a rookie. But I think he's naturally talented enough to start, and by his second or third year could be an excellent player. If he gets in great shape, I think he might test really well at the combine. But the problem for him is kind of the same as it is for Austin Jackson--there are two super athletes at the tackle position this year in Thomas and Wirfs. Those guys are probably going to destroy the combine and make everyone else look slow. Even still, he is way, way better than some of the OTs that have gone in the teens and twenties the past few drafts. Early teens is a realistic range for him. He's another argument in favor of trading down.
  4. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Jacob Breeland could be available later in this draft in a similar scenario to how Bryce Love was available to us on Day 3 of last year. He could be a nice get. Probably wouldn't make an impact as a rookie, but he'd be an investment in the future. Cagey slot receiver and tenacious blocker. A nice blue collar, do-everything type of player at the position.
  5. stevemcqueen1

    2019 NCAA Football thread

    Ohio State is legit and has a real shot of winning it ball, but I meant that the Big 10 is overrated as hell this year specifically. This year it's the SEC and everybody else. There have been years in the recent past where they were underrated, but most of their highly ranked teams this season justify their rankings based off of beating other over-ranked Big 10 teams. It's a house of cards built upon confirmation bias rather than genuine merit. Take Michigan for example. They were poorly coached this season and looked like a middling ACC program. They struggled to beat Army before getting waxed by Wisconsin, and yet they don't fall out of the top 25 afterward. Why? That inflates Wisconsin's ranking, and when Penn State beats them, it becomes the biggest feather in their cap and leads to a comical over ranking that put them as high as four. Then Minnesota comes along, plays nobody, beats that wildly over-ranked Penn State team, and jumps up all of the way into the top ten before promptly losing to an Iowa team that is not any good. An Iowa team running a remedial offense and a crap QB who is supposed to be a marquee player in the conference but would only be like the 8th best QB in the Pac 12. So on and so forth. So there is a transitive property over-ranking effect. But the truth is that the level of coaching, playmaking, and quarterbacking in the conference was low this year and has been low for a minute. Kirk Ferentz and Paul Chryst are mediocrities who have figured out how to scratch out perpetual 10 win seasons in the Big 10 despite running high school offenses. Harbaugh is mailing it in. James Franklin is a middling SEC coach helming a marquee Big 10 team. He's Will Muschamp/Dave Clawson/David Shaw. A nice coach. Arguably the second best in the Big 10. But not on the level of a Meyer/Saban/Mullen/Malzan/Fisher/Swinney/Smart. We'll see if PJ Fleck has staying power or if he's cashing in on a weak schedule and having a couple of NFL receivers in a conference with no playmaking talent outside of Columbus. The media is full of Big 10 guys and their programs get a lot of coverage, and a lot of Big 10 media guys have been looking down their noses at teams from the other conferences, particularly the ACC. The Big 10 is no better this year. You all are down here with the rest of us mud people, and Clemson is probably going to go on to destroy the field in the CFP yet again.
  6. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    He's probably somewhere between 6'4 and 6'5 and I think he's going to end up measuring 35 to 36 inch arms. Thick musculature with broad shoulders. He's listed at 230 this year, but I think that might be an underweight listing and I think he's going to end up around 250 in the NFL. He's got a bigger, thicker frame than Leonard Floyd and I think he's got longer arms than Burns and is more shredded than Burns was last season. TBH, he doesn't look as skinny as Montez was at Mississippi State either. Athletically, I think Simmons is what you get if you imagine Montez being more fluid, flexible, violent, and capable of single covering wide receivers downfield. Simmons also has special instincts and a nose for playmaking in big games. He finds the football. Even in situations where the rest of his defense is getting tricked, he still finds it. And there is real pass rushing talent there, to the point where I could see him being a 6 or 7 sack per year guy in the NFL, and a real supplement to your rush. I think he's the second best defensive player in the class. Okudah is great, but he's tailed off some this year and he's not the playmaker that Simmons is. He's not the forceful, terrifying presence in your defense with palpable physical superiority like a Shawn Taylor or Julius Peppers or Brian Urlacher type of stud player. Simmons is. Yeah, I think I've talked myself into Simmons in the three spot. I still want to trade down though. Strength in numbers. I want us to build up a stable of defensive backs to create a high end secondary and I want to infuse the OL with multiple high level talents and I think it'll require a trade down to make that happen.
  7. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    Simmons is a different animal from them. He is legit defensive end sized and could play the position full time. He could get almost as big as Montez by the time he's finished growing. He'll end up at OLB in the NFL rather than play primarily as a safety or slot corner. He's a much more rare and spectacular physical specimen than James and Fitzpatrick and has more versatility and value than them, and he'll get picked earlier than them. He's an original talent. There haven't been DE sized edge players with legit downfield man coverage skills before.
  8. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I think Lamb and Jeudy are better than Thomas. Those guys are gamers and future stars in the NFL IMO. They don't ever play passive. Jeudy isn't nearly the physical talent that Thomas is, but he's one of those guys who is more than the sum of his parts because of his high skill levels. I think Calvin Ridley is a realistic floor for him. If I were stuck at three, I would flip a coin and pick Simmons or Lamb. Like you I prefer Lamb over Jeudy. Simmons is probably the best bet to give you a huge return because he's the highest upside guy of the tier two players. He's like Chase Young and Thomas in that he's a 99.99 percentile athlete. The position value of stack linebacker in the top ten is terrible, but he has unique value as a supplemental edge rusher. He could give our edge rush a big boost by joining the edge committee we've built. I could also have him press slot receivers and tight ends with those ridiculous arms and man cover skills. Plus he can do the traditional blue chip linebacker stuff like being a terrifying alley defender and setting the edge and playing in pursuit. He's like a big ass defensive end who can cover and should be thought of as being in the same physical class as Young and Thomas. Thomas is a high upside project so the value wouldn't be hateful in the top five. He's just not as good as those second tier guys are IMO. I'll say this though... I would probably violate BPA and pick him over Derrick Brown. Spending a top five pick on another interior DL would give us some serious cap challenges given the current roster construction. RB is one of the best position groups in the class IMO. It has very high day one and day two value. I think we can afford to spend a second or third on a back. We need to move on from Peterson and Thompson IMO. I'm a Bryce Love stan but he wouldn't get me to pass over a back in the draft because we don't know what he's going to be going forward. This is a truly special first tier of backs with those four guys (Harris/Etienne/Swift/Taylor). The next tier is really exciting as well with Moss/Dobbins/Hubbard/Dillon/Edwards-Helaire. You're going to be getting value at RB in the third and fourth. To me, Guice + Love + Swift/Harris/Taylor/Etienne is the perfect running back group on paper. That would be three premier talents at the position. It'd be giving Haskins a stable to work with, which would be a major boon in the early stages of his career. We could shape our identity around the run game. And it'd insulate us against Love being a bust and Guice missing more time. But even if we can't afford to get an elite top 50 back like Harris/Etienne/Taylor/Swift, we could still do extremely well with someone like Dillon or Moss in the third, who are just a notch below premium. Guice as the lead back and Moss spelling him and Love as the change of pace guy and five wide/motion guy is an awesome rotation. I think Bosa is getting too much individual credit for the 49ers improvement this year. That front is loaded with blue chippers like Armstead and Ford and Buckner. I don't think one player is ever capable of making a dominant front, San Francisco has a platoon of great players on that side of the ball. Young would be a tremendous weapon, but I would rather get a bunch of really good players than just one great one. Give me a secondary with four really good corners plus Collins that can play the run and man cover at a high level and give me a competent ball control offense and I think we could run a really strong defense too.
  9. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I agree with this. I think Young is in the top tier with Tua and Burrow and that there is a next tier of guys like Lamb/Jeudy/Okudah/Brown/Simmons before we get to Thomas in that third tier with Fulton/Epenesa/Wirfs/Etienne/Swift/Higgins/Henderson/Diggs. I've seen Sam Cosmi and Creed Humphrey being projected into this year's class too, and if that happened, that would make Thomas go from best to the third best lineman in the class for me. I don't think that's going to happen though. I will say this against Chase Young--I think the hype has gotten ridiculous with him and needs to come back down to Earth a bit. It troubles me that so much of it is based on a trash Wisconsin offense trying to block him on long developing passes with a tight end. He's a great prospect. Arguably the best edge prospect since Khalil Mack. But like Mack, he's no football messiah. Mack been one of the best players in the NFL the past five years and only two of his teams were any good. I'm a believer in Kyle Smith and I think you are too. Thus I think our best possible move is to trade down and give him building materials. The demand might not be there to actually do it, but if it is, I'd like to pull the trigger on trade downs. Raiders would be the best candidates. If we could get two teens picks, we could use one of them to hop down a second time into the 20s and add a second rounder. Then trade Trent for another second (I'm still not ruling out a first as a potential return). With that cluster of picks you could get: Teens - your high upside project offensive lineman like Wirfs or Jackson Twenties - a defensive back like Diggs or Henderson Round 2 - a stud running back like Najee/Taylor/Etienne/Swift as not all of them will go first in the first. OR perhaps even better, you could get one of the stud receivers who will get pushed into the second round like Jefferson/Smith/Hodgins/Shenault/Johnson Round 2 - another DB like Jaylon Johnson would be ideal. Should be some good BPA candidate defensive players like Anfernee Jennings and Xavier McKinney on the board still. To me a haul like Jackson/Diggs/Hodgins/Johnson would easily top the value of any single first round pick we could make, including Chase Young. And regardless of what we do with the first, I am in 100% agreement with you that Trent needs to be traded and a second round offer would get me to pull the trigger.
  10. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    He held out on us as a form of personal revenge and demanded that we either trade or cut him. And he didn't announce he was doing so until June. If Trent had wanted to play, he would have played. He didn't even show up to the facility until the absolute last moment he could to get credit for the season. Making excuses for him strikes me as delusional.
  11. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    They were better when they were a blue-collar trench warfare team led by the likes of Tuck/Strahan/Umenyiora on defense and Snee/O'Hara/Diehl on offense. Brandon Jacobs and Shockey as their key skill guys tells you who they were as a team. The Ravens and Steelers have run great teams with a similar kind of indentity. And they are highly successful selling their product because they win. I would much rather build that kind of team than the starry trash that the Giants have put on the field for most of the past five years. That's why I am strongly in favor of trading down to accumulate extra picks in the top 50. Look at our roster and it's led by blue collar types: Collins, Payne, Kerrigan, Allen, Ioannidis on defense. Perhaps Anderson coming into his own as a leader down the line. Offense led by Scherff and now McLaurin and hopefully the likes of Guice and Love. Haskins is a high end talent but not really a flashy, starry player at the position like Mahomes/Mayfield/Watson/Jackson/Murray. More of a big workhorse quarterback who is built to grind out games for a cold weather grass team like us. I think we have a natural identity that we need to be building upon. We need aggressive, long-armed, thumping defensive backs like the Ravens and Packers and Patriots accumulated. We need high end offensive line talent to form a tone setting unit that can be the heart of the team. And we need more blue collar receivers like McLaurin and Harmon that do dirty work like blocking outside runs. Trent ****ed us this season. There is no mitigating or denying that. We'd be fools to think we can go into next year counting on him to start for us. The left side of the line is being held together with duct tape and high level coaching. It's been barely adequate and the offense as a whole has been crap this season. We've got a young QB we need to be developing, and that means we need a legitimately good OL. We need long term answers at LT and LG and that means trading Trent and drafting replacements.
  12. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    We can never trust Trent again. We've got to move on.
  13. stevemcqueen1

    2020 Comprehensive Draft Thread

    I don't know if that is true. The best OLs tend to have invested some money and/or valuable draft capital in their OLs. It's really hard to constantly pull in diamonds in the rough and coach them up for a large position group like that. And it's also clear that the teams with the best OLs consistently win, and that when an OL degrades, it can undermine a formerly great team. It's not sexy, but one of the reasons why teams like the Titans are never left for dead is because a bruising OL and power run game paired with defense always works. And one of the reasons the Ravens got so good, so quickly, is because they have a lot of talent on their lines and a high level of investment in the OL in particular and finding a dynamic QB almost immediately put them over the top. I don't think LT needs to be any more expensive or highly drafted than your guards or right tackles though. I think the value of those four spots on the OL has leveled out, such that having an impact player at any of those spots is huge and worthy of investment. I also think center can be a high value position in certain schemes where they frequently single block 1 techs. Looking at our roster, our two clearest paths towards improvement are to upgrade the secondary and upgrade the offensive line. That's what I hope we get from this draft.
  14. The Mandalorian is just OK. People are freaking out about it because it's finally another competent live action Star Wars production, but it's still typical tropey, bland, shallow, and unoriginal Star Wars story telling. The most recent episode was the worst so far. The seven samurai story has been done to death and in far more interesting ways. If this is what's to come following the short term resolution of the initial arc, then that'd be pretty disappointing. Also hoping that Gina Carano's character doesn't become a regular. Her acting is painfully bad.
  15. stevemcqueen1

    2019 NCAA Football thread

    They go to school August through May. Winter in Nebraska is bleak and harsh. The summers are not there too. Life in that region isn't for everyone. But teams in Kansas, Minnesota, and Iowa have been competitive recently. Nebraska's problem is they can't find a good coach.