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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2012 01:53 am
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If anybody else is watching the draft, are you getting annoyed at the crowd doing the Steve Austin "What?"

It got even worse when they showed the pudgy guy with the Jets jersey giggling after yelling "What?" 





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The Chargers have the selection for the 18th pick....




Melvin Ingram, OLB
School: South Carolina



Melvin Ingram might want to send a personal thank you note to Giants general manager Jerry Reese for the slew of teams who are spending extra hours breaking down his game film. It only takes one to see his upside and draft him significantly higher than he might have gone just a few years ago. The Giants have gained admirers around the NFL for their ability to stockpile versatile pass rushers and race after quarterbacks on passing downs. Pun intended, they call it their "NASCAR" package when All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul slides inside to get Osi Umenyiora on the field. Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka is another quarterback hunter who sees time up front as a pass rusher. In a copycat league, the Giants have also drawn a blueprint for teams to look hard at athletes who can flat-out get after the passer. Get them in camp and figure out where to play them later. Ingram fits that mold - a versatile athlete who can lineup outside either tackle, move to tackle on third down and rush the passer standing up inside or off the edge. And coming off a strong senior season in which he led the Gamecocks with 13.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks, he's one of the most coveted pass rushers in this draft. His combination of strength, leverage and speed has scouts for 3-4 teams also taking a close look at Ingram as a potential edge rushing linebacker. Picking up coverage technique is always the biggest challenge for ends making the transition, but Ingram was recruited as a linebacker, didn't move to end until his sophomore year and still saw time there in certain packages. He had a pair of interceptions last season and was part of South Carolina's "hands team" on kickoffs. "I've been working at linebacker and defensive end the whole time I've been training," said Ingram, who called playing linebacker "second nature to me. "It really don't matter (where I play). As long as I'm on the football field." Ingram met with 3-4 and 4-3 base teams at the Scouting Combine, and said his biggest assets are simply his athletic ability and relentless desire to be around the ball. And to those who are concerned about his lone season as a true standout in college? "Just coming in, being in a situation where there was somebody else better than me. I had to play my role on the team," said Ingram. "I did whatever the team needed me to do. At that point and time it wasn't for me to be a starter."


Pass rush: Flashes the closing speed, hustle, and quick hands to beat tackles on the edge. Also fakes outside rush, cuts to inside lane with hands and quickness for direct path. Lines up inside in passing situations, uses quickness to get under pads of guards. Spins off blocks to reach quarterbacks stepping up into the pocket or trying to run. Runs through tight ends with leverage and strength. Gets most sacks on secondary rushes, lacks elite quickness to win initial battle against better linemen. Occasionally displays flexibility to turn the corner. Flashes good agility and change of direction when staying in front of ballcarriers in space and dropping into zone coverage. Must prove he can stay with running backs in the flat when at linebacker.

Run defense:
Uses low center of gravity and thick upper body to play with leverage against the run game. Holds his ground well whether lined up with his hand down or standing up. Can split double team to penetrate and make the tackle. Often spins off to reach ballcarriers running to either side instead of shock-and-shed on the edge. Most tight ends will not handle him one-on-one.

Explosion:
Very inconsistent coming off the snap as a pass rusher, sometimes pressing his man up the field but often being among the last to move. Provides some pop into blockers, jolting and getting under taller tackles' pads to push them backwards.

Strength: Possesses the upper-body strength to play man-up with NFL linemen with his hand on the ground or standing up. Handles most college tight ends on the edge. Flashes hands strong enough to rip off blocks to attack ballcarriers, but must be more consistent to become a true playmaker at the next level. Does not maintain his anchor if turned by better tackles in the hole.

Tackling: Relies on his strength, arm length, and strong hits to stop SEC running backs and quarterbacks in their tracks. Flashes good change of direction ability in space to corral ballcarriers. Leaves his feet and lowers his shoulder too often, though, must wrap to consistently bring down NFL ballcarriers.

Intangibles:
Has not yet been a starter at the collegiate level. No known character or work ethic problems. One of five players involved in campus fracas with non-football players in September 2008, no one was charged. Redshirted 2008 season after breaking his foot in an off-the-field incident. Suffered a broken left hand early against Vanderbilt in 2010 but returned to the contest and did not miss any games.


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Papa Voo wrote: Dallas trade with St. Louis to move up to the 6th position.  Dallas selects....



Morris Claiborne, CB School: LSU


Claiborne arrived at LSU expecting to play wide receiver, but was moved to corner as a freshman at the insistence of teammate Patrick Peterson. In 2010, Claiborne started opposite Peterson (No. 5 overall selection in 2011 draft, Arizona Cardinals) in what will be remembered as one of the best cornerback tandems in college history. Peterson won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back in 2010 and Claiborne won the award himself last season when he grabbed six of his 11 career interceptions. That popular term shutdown corner comes to mind watching Claiborne, who has in-your-face coverage instincts and is one of the best returners in this draft. A versatile athlete, "Mo" piled up 2,000 all-purpose yards and30 touchdowns at quarterback as senior at Shreveport's Fair Park High School, where he also played baseball, basketball and won the Louisiana State 4A, 110-meter championship (10.76 seconds). Little wonder he is dangerous with the ball, evidenced by a college career total of 274 yards after the theft, including an 89-yard touchdown. He also averaged 28.8 yards last year on kickoff returns, including a 99-yard touchdown. At the Scouting Combine his unofficial time in 40 yards was an acceptable 4.50, but his speed wasn't in question. Claiborne will need to add bulk to be competitive at the next level.

Man Coverage: Size, quick feet and reach allow him to be effective in press, press-bail and "off" coverage. Rarely loses a step off the line because of his length and subtle knack for maintaining contact on the move. Packs a solid punch when extending near the line to re-route receivers. Gives up significant weight and mass to top NFL receivers. Lazy and high in his backpedal on occasion, receivers lull him to sleep and get a step on him with a quick move.

Zone Coverage: Used primarily in man. Has the physical tools to handle zone and is not contact-shy. Doesn't give up many yards after the catch -- long arms to pull down receivers and intensity to stick his nose in the pile. Recovers well but overestimates his closing speed and angle in zone.

Ball Skills: Former receiver has the hands to make difficult catches and will jump routes. Comfortable with the ball, elusive and has good vision after the catch. Often plays the man and doesn't get his head around to find the ball. Run Support: Used on run blitzes on occasion with size and length as a tackler. Holds up his man, maintains outside leverage, and sheds to make the tackle if needed on most plays. Has to be aware of coverage call and avoid overpursuit, giving up the sideline.

Tackling: Arm length and tenacious attitude make him a solid, if not fearsome, tackler on the edge. Height and flexibility to attack the thigh of opponents instead of needing to cut or grab an ankle. Not afraid to throw a shoulder but will miss tackles if he doesn't wrap in the NFL. Intangibles: Stood up well to being targeted by teams in 2010 while playing across from Patrick Peterson. Still learning the position, but coaches and teammates consider him a great student.

This trade shocked me. Good trade by Dallas.



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Papa Voo wrote: If anybody else is watching the draft, are you getting annoyed at the crowd doing the Steve Austin "What?"

It got even worse when they showed the pudgy guy with the Jets jersey giggling after yelling "What?" 




Yes. Annoying and teh ghey.



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Bears got a pass rusher. Seems like a reach. We'll see.



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The Chicago Bears control the 19th pick and select..




Shea McClellin, OLB
School: Boise State


McClellin has been known for his versatility since his days as a three-sport sensation at Marsing (Idaho) High school. And before he was able to play any of those sports he got up before sunrise to feed the animals on the farm of the grandparents who raised him. He lettered in baseball, basketball and football, where as a senior he played running back and linebacker. He rushed for 1,893 yards and 22 touchdowns and added 126 tackles, six interceptions and seven touchdowns on defense. For that he had the unusual honor of being named Western Idaho Conference Offensive AND Defensive Player of the Year. At Boise State he continued to do whatever was asked and do it well, which was somewhere between defensive end and linebacker. And that's how he enters the NFL, as a hyperactive, efficient edge player who has great field awareness and is as tough as, well, a good old farm boy. He was listed as a defensive end at the Combine and weighed in with 12 more pounds of muscle than he had in college and ran an excellent 40-yard dash, unofficially in 4.62 seconds.

Strengths: Plays fast with very good football quickness and agile footwork. A high effort and energy rusher who plays with obvious passion and intensity -- relentless and tenacious motor. Fast in pursuit with good chase skills to track down the action. Good get-off momentum and anticipation -- instinctive defender who locates the ball quickly. Extremely active and plays with an aggressive playing nature and attitude -- self-starter and strong finisher. Country strong and very physical, welcoming contact. Fights and works hard to find a way to beat blockers -- disruptive with a nose for the ball. Versatile defensive player with experience at LB, DE and other hybrid front-seven positions. A creative pass rusher, using a variety of moves and techniques to create pressure. Tough and durable with a productive collegiate resume (33.0 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks), starting the final 37 games of his career in Boise. Weaknesses: Not a quick-twitch player and lacks natural explosion -- not an elite athlete. Has only average functional size and strength, lacking the natural power and length to overwhelm blockers at the next level. Too energetic at times and often over pursues his target -- can be overaggressive and take himself out of the play. Lacks a natural position for the next level and won't be at his best if he's locked into one spot. NFL Comparison: Eric Norwood, Carolina Panthers





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clawmaster wrote: Bears got a pass rusher. Seems like a reach. We'll see.


Not too much of a reach, I think the Pats had their eyes on him.  I like the pick.



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clawmaster wrote: Papa Voo wrote: Dallas trade with St. Louis to move up to the 6th position.  Dallas selects....



Morris Claiborne, CB School: LSU



This trade shocked me. Good trade by Dallas.

Did I miss Jerry Jones hiring a real GM for the Cowboys ????



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The 20th overall pick goes to the Titans and they take....






Kendall Wright, WR
School: Baylor 


As a four-year starter, Wright logged evidence in 50 games that he could scorch college defenses with blink-quick moves and appeared ready to fit into a slot position in the NFL and become a nightmarish matchup for defenses. But in the what-have-you-proven-lately fraternity of NFL scouts, Wright appeared to lose a little luster when his 40-yard time at the Scouting Combine was announced as only 4.61 seconds. It seemed incongruous compared to game tapes. Some NFL sources told NFLDraftscout.com that Wright's best time at the combine was really 4.49 seconds so they had no concerns. But Wright was upset by the announced time and felt he had to prove something, so at his Pro Day in March he was timed between 4.41 and 4.46 seconds according to scouts in attendance. That sounds more like the player who holds a share of 10 Baylor career receiving records and set a single season mark last year with 108 catches for 1,663 yards, 14 touchdown receptions and nine games with more than 100 yards. His career total of 4,004 yards receiving is 1,300 yards more than anyone who preceded him. Wright is a tireless athlete who also played on the Baylor basketball team, squatted more than 550 pounds and reportedly has a vertical jump of 42 inches. He has the natural ability to be a returner but was not showcased there in college. At Pittsburgh High in Texas, Wright was a three=sport sensation as he played quarterback in football, averaged almost 25 points a game in basketball and won the state championship with a meet record triple-jump of 50-feet, 8 3/4 inches in 2008.

Release: An impressive athlete with very quick acceleration to reach his top speed quickly and stretch the field. Very good body control and smooth movements. Plays fast and explosive. Short and lacks an imposing frame. Smaller target and didn't see a lot of press coverage in the Big 12.

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A savvy, natural hands-catcher with reliable hands and very good focus. A natural plucker who snatches the ball out of the air and shows the concentration to make acrobatic catches look easy. Does a nice job locating and tracking deep passes and is a legitimate vertical threat. Will go up and attack the ball, catching the ball in stride and quickly getting downfield -- looks to score every time he touches the ball. Has smallish hands and will have some drops. Route running: Has a knack for getting open and is a quarterbacks' best fiend -- passers just need to toss the ball in his area and he'll come down with it. A versatile weapon, proving to be effective inside in the slot and outside on the perimeter. Makes plays at all levels of the field. Still improving as a route runner and needs to do a better job selling his path -- needs to sell slants and in-cuts better. After the catch: Has elite balance tight-roping the sideline and in-and-out of his breaks, showing excellent start/stop ability and burst -- slippery runner with elusive footwork. Has little-to-no wasted movements between the reception and burst up the field -- dangerous after the catch with solid build and toughness to break tackles. Has good body strength to squirm out of tackles with the coordination to maneuver his frame between defenders. Shifty and elusive in the open field with very good vision. Creative with the ball in his hands and shows impressive feel for where he is on the field and the defenders around him.

Blocking: Wright has good playing strength for his frame and takes pride in his blocking. Very physical and aggressive.

Intangibles: Fearless over the middle and does a lot of his damage between the hashmarks. Wants the ball more than anyone else on the field. Confident and tough, playing through several injuries over his career. There is a lot to love about his effort and drive -- a top competitor who gives full effort on every snap. A fiery leader who plays with football intensity and determination -- type of player who will run through a wall for his team. Smart and shows elite feel and focus for the position. Has very good starting experience (42 starts), leading Baylor in receiving all four years of his college career. A versatile weapon (former high school quarterback) with 2 career passing touchdowns, 2 rushing scores and experience as a returner on special teams. Extremely productive over his college career, holding almost every school receiving record and finishing his time at Baylor with 302 catches, 4,004 yards (13.3), 30 receiving touchdowns and 19 career 100+ yd receiving performances -- had at least two catches in every game Baylor played the past four years (50 games). Has some durability concerns, battling through ankle, shoulder and knee injuries as a senior. Has received penalties in the past for excessive celebration and needs to keep his emotions under control. Played in a high-tempo, spread offense with the Heisman Trophy winner as his quarterback so his statistics might be inflated a tad. NFL Comparison: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers


I thought this guy would go later.

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New England has the 21st pick and select....



Chandler Jones, DE
School: Syracuse


Offensive tackles who know Chandler Jones' background will have little interest in engaging in hand-to-hand combat. The defensive end from Syracuse does mixed martial arts training with his brother, who happens to be UFC superstar Jon "Bones" Jones. "Some flying knees, punching, elbowing, throwing everything I can," Chandler Jones told The Journal Sentinel about workouts with Jon. And if he wants to learn how to put those skills to good use on the field, he can turn to another brother, Art, who is a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. That football pedigree is certainly playing in Chandler Jones' favor as he attempts to work his way into the first round of this year's draft. "The way I was taught to play football, I was told there was a target I had to hit every snap," Jones told the paper. "Looking at the target out of snap, my hands were a lot more fast. I was on that target before I could even think about being that fast. My hands got lightning fast and I'm excited to see them get even better." Jones was a highly-touted recruit, and was a third-team All-Big East selection as a redshirt sophomore. He built on that with second team honors in 2010 and first team last season, despite missing five games with a knee injury. Having watched Art's draft stock plummet due to a knee injury before the 2010 draft, Chandler Jones opted to leave Syracuse with a year of eligibility remaining. He has just 10 sacks in 33 career games, but he is considered a good run defender, has good initial quickness and does a nice job of anticipating the snap count. As you'd expect from someone with martial arts training, Jones is a physical defender who competes through the whistle on every snap. He projects best as a left defensive end in the 4-3 alignment. With added size and strength he could also become a very solid defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. His size, strength and scheme versatility should result in a top 75 selection but his lack of elite pass rush traits limit how high he'll go. Despite lacking elite pass rushing skills, Jones' stock has been steadily rising during the pre-draft process.

Pass rush: Relies on hustle, vision and strength as a pass rusher. Times the snap well and has a good initial burst off the line. Lacks sustained speed around the corner, however, and will have a hard time beating NFL offensive tackles to the outside. Very long arms and an effective swim move, though he doesn't use this often enough. Good rip move. Good upper body strength and quick hands to knock away the blocker's attempts to control him. Good leg drive for the bull rush, though Jones struggles with pad level, at times. Very good vision and effort. Plays to the whistle.

Run defense: Good upper body strength and length to lock-out his opponent. Has at least moderate lateral agility to ride the block to the sideline and keep contain, though he's a bit stiff in changing directions and has only average speed, overall, for the position. Good vision to locate the football on the draw or QB scramble. Quick to break off his pass rush and pursue downfield. Recognizes the cut block but has only average balance overall to avoid it due to his high-cut frame.

Explosion: Possesses a quick burst off the line which is enhanced by his ability to time the snap count. Does not have the speed to turn the corner consistently. Good upper body strength to drive his opponent into the backfield on the bull rush but lacks true explosiveness to rock them back onto their heels. Is a wrap and drag down tackler more than an explosive hitter than ball-carriers need to fear. Strength: Flashes upper-body strength to rip past blockers and lower-body strength to stand up to double-teams, but will need to get stronger and play with more leverage to succeed at the next level. Controlled on the line too often by strong-handed blockers. Good strength for the pull-down tackle as the ball-carrier is rushing past him.

Tackling: Good hustle and chase tackler. Goes down the line and gets back to help teammates wrap up ballcarriers downfield, though his limited speed means he can be left in the dust quickly. Long arms and good strength for the drag-down tackle from behind, though he will leave his feet and lunge, on occasion. Is not a quick-twitch athlete who can change directions in small spaces and thus, can be eluded. Relies on his long arms to catch the ball-carrier rather than the agility to corral them.

Intangibles: Suffered a knee injury in the 2011 season opener against Wake Forest. The injury caused Jones to miss five games but was not publicly defined. Team doctors will certainly want to take a closer look at the Combine... Took on more of a leadership role in 2011, taking extra time to help coach up teammates from every defensive position on the team's scheme and expectations. Athletic bloodlines. Has two brothers -- Arthur, a former all-conference DT at Syracuse and currently with the Baltimore Ravens and Jon, who has been the UFC light-heavyweight champ.

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Mother Fucking Lions better not fuck this up.....


DECASTRO!!!!! YOU BETTER TAKE DECASTRO!!!!

Fuckers will probably take Janoris Jenkins.....

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The Browns use the 22nd pick to select....




Brandon Weeden, QB
School: Oklahoma State 



If being older than Aaron Rodgers is the biggest red flag NFL scouts can drum up for Brandon Weeden, the Oklahoma State quarterback is just fine with that. Weeden will turn 29 years old during his rookie NFL season, and has already experienced the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. Dealing with a torn labrum and tendinitis in his rotator cuff in 2006, he decided to pursue football rather than undergo major arm surgery. It would be four years before Weeden burst onto the college football landscape as a first-team All-Big 12 performer with 4,277 passing yards, 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2010 - playing much of the season with a ruptured tendon on his throwing thumb. He rewrote the Cowboys' record book as a senior, throwing for 4,727 yards and 37 touchdowns. Weeden was one of two players in the FBS to complete more than 400 passes and complete at least 72.4 percent of his passes while leading Oklahoma State to an 11-1 record and a victory over Andrew Luck and Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. No one was concerned about Weeden's age while he was setting a school career record with 9,260 passing yards at Oklahoma State. But it comes up in nearly every conversation discussing his NFL prospects. "It used to kind of get under my skin, but there can be a lot worse things I can be answering questions about," said Weeden. "There's nothing else. That's really the only knock on me is my age. I have fun with it. "And here's the fact: I can't change it. I can change a lot of things, my footwork, throwing motion, release, this and this and this. I can't change my birth certificate. I wish I could pull a Danny Almonte, but I can't do it." In Weeden's corner is that he has already ridden the roller coaster of professional athletics. "In baseball, you guys know, it's a game of failure. I've failed, and I've had some success," he said. Weeden also faces the inevitable comparisons to Chris Weinke, who at 28 years old become the olden Heisman Trophy winner in history in 2000 for Florida State following a minor league baseball career. Weinke spent seven nondescript seasons in the NFL, but is now a noted quarterback guru. Weeden reached out to Weinke for advice during his pre-draft preparation. "I just kind of asked him what his approach was, how he went about it. And it was scary, he said the exact same things I've been saying. So it's consistent," said Weeden. "He opened up to let me pick his brain a little bit, because it's a unique situation. There's not many other guys that have been in this situation." Weeden pointed to a list of quarterbacks including Rich Gannon, Roger Staubach and Kurt Warner who didn't enjoy great NFL success until the second half of their careers. "Think of it, there's a lot of guys," he said. "You look back at my time at Oklahoma State, I didn't get hit. My body's extremely fresh. No injuries. I'm healthy. Everything's good. I think I've got a lot left in my tank. "Those guys played into their late 30s. A 10-year career in the NFL is a great career, and I think I've got every bit of that."


Positives: Sticks throws into tight windows over the middle, throwing to spot on slant or between zone defenders before receiver is open. Baseball pitcher background translates to NFL arm strength. Sprays the ball anywhere on the field, especially when given a pocket from which to deliver. Shows touch on fades and shorter throws and doesn?t overthrow passes to open receivers. Will step up into pocket while looking downfield, reset his feet and deliver. Tough player who takes a hit and bounces back up; played most of the 2010 season with a ruptured tendon in his right (throwing) thumb. Team leader on the practice and game fields.

Negatives:
Sails throws to either sideline; receivers make him look good with acrobatic catches. Back-foot throws are not accurate. Sometimes trusts his arm too much, trying to stick passes late in the play or when he is off-balance. Gets lazy with footwork at times; will flip balls into dangerous places. Pats the ball before throwing. Almost always works out of shotgun formation on passing plays. Fails to see blitzers, opening himself up to backside pressure. Tries to avoid pressure by throwing late over the middle. Old for a rookie at 28.

The guy is over halfway to retirement.





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There you go Stingy, Riley Reiff.  A little help keeping Stafford upright.

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Mother fuckers!!!!


WTF you were supposed to take DECASTRO...he was handed to you on a silver platter.....


MOTHER FUCKING LIONS!!!! god damnit!



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Riley Reiff, OT
School: Iowa


A diverse athletic background helped Reiff develop various physical abilities that all come into play at the important left tackle position. It began at Parkston High in South Dakota, where he was an outstanding tight end (27 catches, 321 yards, nine touchdowns as senior), defensive end (23 career sacks), wrestler (121-1, three-time state championships), track and field athlete and, surprise -- golfer. At Iowa he began as a defensive end in 2008, was scheduled to move to tight end in 2009, but when he grew from 250 to 280 pounds moved to offensive guard. When All American Bryan Bulaga was injured in 2009, Reiff played some at left tackle and had early challenges against top rushers. Reiff worked hard in offseason and after Buluga was drafted in first round by Green Bay in 2010, the Hawkeyes barely missed him. Reiff's arms (33 inches) are shorter than scouts like, but he maximizes his big frame, strong hand punch and quick feet to fend off pass rushers or open lanes for his own rushers. However, his best-documented display of footwork at Iowa occurred before he even suited up when, in 2008, he outran Iowa City Police for 20 minutes before being arrested for public intoxication.

Pass blocking: Looks like an athletic NFL left tackle. Easily turned back most college pass rushers with lateral agility and length. Natural knee-bend and reach to escort edge rushers around the pocket. Recovers to cut off inside rush lane. Effective cut blocker despite his height. Loses his pad level and must concentrate on utilizing length and feet to find targets. Stronger defenders get into his pads to punch or drive him back when he misplaces hands. Could play with a more consistently wide base.

Run blocking: Athletic run blocker with quickness and lateral movement to effectively wall off opponents on the edge. Can be unbeatable when he gets position. Reaches linebacker easily, taking precise angles. Gets fairly low off the snapfor his height in short-yardage. able to combo from lineman to linebacker very quickly. Extends his arms at the end of strong blocks for emphasis. Must keep his feet moving and hands active on runs to his side; NFL linemen will be able to shed.

Pulling/trapping: Does not trap or pull in team's zone blocking scheme, but has the feet and flexibility to get the job done on the move. Leads screens and off-tackle running plays and is an effective open-field blocker. Initial Quickness: Note elite in this category but comes off the ball hard and strong on run plays and rarely gets beat off the snap in pass protection. Quick and long enough to reach-block most linemen on zone plays, though he will give up some penetration to stronger opponents.

Downfield:
Possesses good footwork to reach second-level defenders or safeties downfield on run plays. Hip flexibility, arm length, and feet allow him to hit multiple targets, adjust to oncoming defenders, and get the correct angle to wall off the play. Intangibles: Willing to back up teammates on the field. Arrested for public intoxication, avoiding arrest in July 2008 after leading Iowa City police on a 20-minute chase on foot.


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