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    Spielman: How do you like me now?!

    Who thinks this guy will get this done?

    Me.

    Already first draft under his control, and boom, nice moves.

    I have stayed off the hate bandwagon; I won't vote him President yet but we have to acknowledge that with a real GM position in this team that he may well fit the bill.

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    Agreed. So far, so good. Two starters in the first round. Lets see what the rest of the draft brings.

    Seriously, convincing Cleveland to move up one spot to get a player MN was not going to take, brillant move.

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    Gotta admit, I'm really happy with the draft thus far. Harrison Smith isn't much of a ball hawk, which we sorta need in the NFC North, but I still like this guy.

    I'm willing to stop the "Fire Spielman" campaign until we see these guys play some football. Very happy with Kalil and Smith though.
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    I wish he had been this aggressive in FA. So far so good in the draft. Now if the legislature will get its act together and keep the Vikes in MN we can all settle down for the season.

    WWBGD

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    Very happy with the draft so far but we have to see what he does in the remaining rounds but so far so good
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    I think it would be tough not to be happy with Ricky Boy right now.

    I mean, there getting the Browns to bite on the fact that the Bucs where going to bite was simply brilliant. We will never know the truth there for sure, but my guess is that the Bucs were not offering enough for us to move, if anything.

    Going back in with that added ammo to get the safety we wanted was also excellent. I wish we had not parted with the early fourth, but if that is what needed to be done that is fine. Smith very easily could have been scooped up between 29 and 35 and we did what we had to in making sure that we got him.

    I will be interested to see if we try to get another pick in the third somehow ... but even if not ... I think that the total volume of picks plus the going and getting of two starters is a very shrewd draft plan by the Vikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mac D View Post
    Gotta admit, I'm really happy with the draft thus far. Harrison Smith isn't much of a ball hawk, which we sorta need in the NFC North, but I still like this guy.

    I'm willing to stop the "Fire Spielman" campaign until we see these guys play some football. Very happy with Kalil and Smith though.
    Yeah, but we don't need a ball hawk if we are going to continue the use of the tampa 2 defense. 3 INTs in a bowl game isn't bad.

    Check out his video at ND.com: University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
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    Quote Originally Posted by Formo View Post
    Yeah, but we don't need a ball hawk if we are going to continue the use of the tampa 2 defense. 3 INTs in a bowl game isn't bad.

    Check out his video at ND.com: University of Notre Dame Official Athletic Site
    If we were as dedicated to the Tampa 2 as you think, they wouldn't have reached for a SS.
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    Even I will give this guy some major respect for the first round yesterday. Although he has always had success with his higher picks. I really want to see what he ends up doing tonight and tomorrow. That will be the true test. But if today and tomorrow are anything like last night, I will gladly eat crow.
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    Sorry Rick! Keep up the good work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C Mac D View Post
    If we were as dedicated to the Tampa 2 as you think, they wouldn't have reached for a SS.
    From Spielman:

    "The one thing with our safeties is that they have to be interchangeable. They have to be able to play both strong [safety] and free [safety]. He's very effective in the box. When you look at him, you see that he does have range when you look at the Michigan State game last year and some of the big plays he made in that game."

    "He's a hitter, and he enjoys playing the game of football. You get that sense when you're watching him on tape."

    "I think he can do both [defend the pass and run]. That's what's appealing. I know he's very aggressive in run support, a very smart football player and smart with his angles. He's a big safety that plays fast, but I also know how smart he is in coverage."
    When watching his highlights (of course they are highlights), the one thing that jumps out at you is how well he reads the play and gets in to position. He may have been burned many times for making bad reads, but that tape isn't out there.

    If you collected 2 years worth of highlights from our safeties, I doubt you would find them reading the plays as effectively as what was shown on this guy. This is what we need beyond anything else from our safeties. Good instincts along with the range to get into position.

    Looks like a smart pick to me. And I wouldn't get hung up on the he's more of a strong safety than a free safety. In cover 2, safeties are generally more of a hybrid between the two and I think Smith is very much that kind of guy. Equally capable of defending the pass (zone) or a run.

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