Thread: Why bother with the combine?
03-02-2012, 04:22 PM #11
Great Comments Marr and Mr A. I love the Mayock interjection on the number of good DT available as well.
I also like the idea of Toon sliding a bit farther than most expect due to guys like Blackmon, and Alshawn Jeffrey from SC, then there is the receiver from GT who lit it up at the combine. If we are flexible and stay true to BPA and biggest need we will be fine.
Here is a wild thought........what about bringing in Osi from the Giants. Put him on the DL with Jared and KW and we are formidable for a while up front. I prefer using the draft due to cap and other reasons but this would be a move that makes sense from a FA perspective.
03-03-2012, 02:09 AM #12
Besides, I am sure you know that what moves a kid up the draft board (especially in the first round) isn't so much a combine workout at this point, but rather, the increased understanding of what types of players the teams are looking at.
A guy like this is moving up most boards because of the way the "Passing Teams" were left out of the big dance by teams that could apply pressure/collapse the pocket with their DT's. With 3-5 of these cats in this draft, a higher value will be assigned to them much like we saw with the QB's last year.
Again, good stuff though. Good to be talking ball with the office LB'r again.Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
03-03-2012, 02:16 AM #13
You bring up some interesting discussion points...
1. Mayock. Love me some Mayock. I bet I don't even turn on ESPN in my war room this year.
2. Don't get confused about his comments on DT's this year. He is throwing a blanket statement out there that really covers alot of good 3 tech in this draft, which we have a glut of already on our roster. Not many big warpigs which we don't have.
3. I like the depth of WR and CB this year. I think we can get some nice depth out of this class regardless of were we draft them.
4. Osi. See my 3 tech comment in item 2. Although he would be a nice addition, who would you let go? Also, I think he is going to demand top dollar. If you pay to bring him in, it would probably eat up a good share of your CAP that you should probably be spending on a Garcon type WR.Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
03-03-2012, 02:30 AM #14
Quick question, those backend DB's your looking at, are they C2 types? I know I'm back on my soapbox here but it doesn't matter who is on the backend if our front 4 (especially our DT's) can't get it done.
On a side note, for the second year in a row, we saw our run defense slipping as well without the Phat Pat type.
K-will, Guion, Ballard, Griff, are all good 3 technique quys, just like our DB's are good C2 scheme guys, but without that big guy in the middle.
Can you imagine what kindof year JA would have had last year if the QB wasn't allowed to walk up in the pocket away from the outside rush? Remi and Evans have to go. We need a couple of these cats brought in this year.
I'm thinking that the staff liked what they saw in Ta'amu during the time they had with him at the senior bowl and would like to see one of the guys Mr. A mentioned below to be brought in for experience.
Again, good stuff my friend. Were talking some ball here now......Many many thanks to my talented friend Jos for the new Sig.
03-12-2012, 04:53 PM #15
For the FA's I am liking the Carl Nicks, and Brandon Carr discussions I think if we can pull that move off it helps with our draft preparations.
I am not as sold that the T2 style wont work, what I think the real issue is the T2 off coverage versus the T2 with a pressed corner look. By going with CB's who can play a bit of man and T2 we then become more versatile and can mix coverages better. I cant tell you how many times last year in looking at presnap allignments where the ball was going to go. Cgriff is 12 yds off the ball and they call a slant or a smoke screen to the slot receiver on that side. This, along with a lack of pass rush or any offensive approach spelled our doom last year.
What I saw at the combine this year was a group of CB's who were better at flipping their hips and demonstrated better recovery speed. Safeties and true corners both looked very solid and deep in the combine.
I hate to say it but we likely need to deal or move EJ as well. He just cannot cover the TE or extra receiver down the middle in the T2. Im definitely in favor of building through the draft, we just need too many parts to not get something in FA as a stop gap.
Here is the wild statement sure to draw some ire from folks. I think we need to look to move KW as well. While he has been solid, he is getting a little old we dont have a title run coming anytime soon so lets blow this thing all the way up in the interest of rebuilding and see what we can get for him.
03-13-2012, 10:45 AM #16
Top 3-4 Nose Tackle Prospects 2012
I know, we don't run a 3-4 defense. But I think these are the cats Marr is looking at. 0-technique guys that can line up over the center.
Jean-Baptiste intrigues me as a later round pick. No where near as athletic a Poe, but how much does he drop off from a Ta'amu and a possible 4th round selection. J-B had a good Sr. Bowl and was disruptive.
Nick Jean-Baptiste, DT/NT, Baylor
Height: 6-1. Weight: 335.
Projected 40 Time: 5.40.
Arm: 33. Hand: 9 3/4.
Projected Round (2012): 3-5.
3/13/12: Even though Jean-Baptiste was dominant at the East-West Shrine, he did not work out at the Combine. Throughout the week in Orlando, Jean-Baptiste showed major potential to be a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. He was like a bowling ball, rolling through offensive linemen to cause disruption in the backfield. Every linemen that went against him had problems with his bull rush.
Jean-Baptiste has natural pad level and consistently gets underneath the pads of offensive linemen to push them straight back. As a senior, he totaled 36 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and three passes broken up.
03-13-2012, 12:49 PM #17
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Even if they don't participate in the drills, the combine is also an oppotunity for teams to interview guys, also their measurements in many cases are important.
Guys like Matt Kalil still participated in many drills, some guys just have to much to lose that they chose not to show their skills.. They do that under some circumstances in which they are comfortable, i have no problem with it.. And as someone else mentioned, it is just as much an oppotunity for small-school guys and guys projected in the later rounds to fly up draft boards, look at this guy Stephen Hill, WR from Georgia Tech, he will end up in the first round with a workout like that.
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