Legend of Luck

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  1. I've looked at the different grades on the first round players, and the top corners aren't rated much higher, if higher at all, than the top LBs. And the fact that there will be top rated corners in the second. But, if we don't trade back (which, I kinda hope we do), I hope we go LB in the first, and LB/corner in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Use 2 of our 3 4ths on a RB and maybe O-line or Safety.
  2. Obviously, yes. But, honestly, I think, assuming we don't trade back, if we're at 15, we're going to have either Foster, Reddick, Tak, or Barnett available, and I cannot make a case for taking a corner at that spot. I think we HAVE to take one of those guys first and take advantage of the depth at cornerback later in the draft.
  3. Thank you for the insight.
  4. I've seen a lot of people say we should take a top corner if ones available, but I think, due to the depth at corner, we should absolutely go linebacker or at least edge rusher in the first. We've seen that there's a huge premium for pass rushers during free agency, so the ability to draft one and have him on a minimal contract for 4 or 5 years is a huge asset. Plus, we can still get great corners in the 2nd and 3rd round.
  5. This is true, and important to remember. Honestly our biggest weakness was in pass protection, not run blocking. If we were to take an O-Lineman in the first, I'm more concerned about getting a great pass blocker. Haeg, Clark, Good, Kelly, and Mewhort have statistically been excellent in the run blocking department.
  6. That was my first time ever doing a mock draft, so I had no idea itd be so unrealistic.
  7. Thats an excellent point. However, I think the strength of our line is clearly run blocking, which helps at least.
  8. I was watching ESPN today, and they were discussing the 1st round of the 2016 draft. Jerome Bettis was asked what he thought the best pick in the 1st round was. He (somewhat predictably) picked Elliot to the Cowboys at 4. He went on to explain that people were unhappy with the pick at the time, because they had so many other needs, especially on Defense. But he said, what people failed to realize was that Zeke himself ended up helping the defense just as much as the offense. He kept drives alive, kept the defense off the field, and helped the offense score more, which in turn, allowed the defense to turn up the pressure and force the opposing team to throw more to catch up. I think we all understand how a RB can affect the game that way. My question to you is, understanding that Dallas' Defense was not greatly enhanced last year, but we can see how Zeze and Dak together completely changed the fortunes of that team (one of the best teams in the league with a 13-3 record), should we be more open to drafting a top RB (Cook, McCaffery, Fournette) in the first?
  9. (Edit) I used First-Pick.com to do a mock for us. I was shocked to see how the draft played out on that site. But, I would be thrilled to end up with a haul like this on draft day. Your score is: 13198 (GRADE: A-) Your Picks:Round 1 Pick 24 (OAK): Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE, UCLA (B)Round 2 Pick 14: Adoree' Jackson, CB, Southern California (B+)Round 2 Pick 19 (DEN): Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida (A)Round 2 Pick 24 (OAK): Garett Bolles, OT, Utah (A+)Round 3 Pick 27 (K.C.): Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan (A-)Round 3 Pick 33 (MIA): DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State (A)Round 4 Pick 14: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (A-)Round 4 Pick 30: Corn Elder, CB, Miami (Fla.) (B-)Round 4 Pick 37 (COMP): Jonnu Smith, TE, Florida International (A-)Round 5 Pick 14: Damontae Kazee, CB, San Diego State (C+) So, obviously I traded back quite a few times. I can't imagine there's any way Garett Bolles is still there at 24 in the 2nd. Or Jourdan Lewis falling to the late 3rd. But, the possibilities of trading back could open a lot of options for us...
  10. Thank you for being the only person to point that out. He's undoubtedly elite. Anyone who says otherwise isn't paying attention.
  11. But, that's where Haeg's strength is too, the run game. If we're gonna add an offensive lineman, it needs to be for pass protection.
  12. Piggybacking off my post about Clark, I wanted to discuss Joe Haeg. Stampede Blue continued their look into the offensive line with a breakdown of Haeg at RG, and a separate breakdown of his time at RT. These articles are excellent (the best stuff on SB imo), and give excellent insight. To summarize, the writer concludes that Clark is the better option at RT, and Haeg had upside, but has shown limitations. Haeg's strengths are that he's very technically sound, he's mobile and great in space, and typically wins when he's the aggressor and at the point of attack. Because of this, he's an excellent run blocker. However, his biggest weakness is his anchor and thus, his pass protection. He gets pushed backwards and run over far too easily. Read the articles for more details on that. So, that leaves me with a few questions. 1. Has there been many precedents for guys coming into the league with poor strength/ability to anchor being able to dramatically improve in that area? 2. How does the information in these articles make you feel about Haeg at RG vs. RT? 3. I don't know much about Brian Schwenke, but for those that do, has he been better in pass pro than Haeg showed last year? 4. Does any of this information make you reconsider taking O-line early in the draft?
  13. I've noticed there's been a lot of uncertainty about the O-line here (rightfully so, myself included), but I've read some things that made me feel very optimistic about Clark at RT, and I thought it'd be beneficial to some for me to pass this information along. First was this great article about his short time as a starter in 2016. http://www.stampedeblue.com/2017/4/5/15182956/pre-draft-look-at-colts-offensive-line-rt-leraven-clark Then I pulled up his draft card from last year. " Overview Clark started 51 straight games for the Red Raiders, spending his final three years at left tackle and his freshman season at right guard. All three years at left tackle, he earned All-Big 12 honors, and as a senior he was named a second-team All-American for his efforts. It's unclear where Clark's best position will be at the next level; he flashes the lateral agility and recovery speed to play on the edge against college pass rushers, so he should get a shot at left tackle. Its possible, though, that Clark might be best inside where he can lock on and create creases for the running game. His durability, pro-ready body (6-6, 313), and next-level tenacity make him a likely NFL starter wherever he lines up. Strengths Possesses good thickness through his rear and thighs helping him drop and anchor. Plays with outstanding foot quickness in his pass sets. Able to mirror head­-faking pass rushers like a cornerback with ability to shift weight and change directions seamlessly. Uses choppy, controlled slides in pass sets instead of long, protracted kick-­slides. Able to shut down darting inside moves with relative ease. Blessed with exceptionally long arms. Uses length and excellent timing to get hands on edge rushers quickly disrupting their game­plan. Has athleticism to effectively recover and fight back when he gets beaten. When he gets hands on defender and locks out, it is over. Has impressive sink steps inside to wall of B­-gap against twists and the backside in running game. Does adequate job of sustaining blocks. Plus lateral quickness off the snap. Can reach and seal the edge in run game. Accelerates into angle blocks, runs his feet and washes defender down. As base blocker, has ability to strike, turn and pin defensive ends on off­-tackle runs his way. Instinctive and proactive against twists. Weaknesses Allows weight to creep forward past his feet and will get caught leaning,­ especially when trying to run rushers around the arc. Plays with average body control. Struggled to match inside/out rush moves of LSU's Arden Key in his bowl game. Hands can be a little frenetic and end up outside defender's frame. Will benefit from a stronger inside hand in his punch. Needs to improve hand placement. Slightly deficient in core power. Has quick feet but average footwork, especially after contact. Posture in protection needs work. Rarely a flat­-backed, flat­-footed puncher. Leans and makes contact while on balls of his feet or with feet in transition and will give some ground. Footwork and hands not always synced. Relies too heavily on length over feet. Pad level rises at contact robbing him of optimal leverage. Not a natural bender in space and struggles to redirect his body and strike moving targets. Draft Projection Rounds 1 or 2 Sources Tell Us "He's going to end up being big time in our league. He's got elite foot quickness, he's long and he's smart. He'll keep getting better once he gets to a pro offense and away from that stuff Texas Tech does and he'll become one of the top five tackles in our league." -- NFC personnel director NFL Comparison Bobby Massie Bottom Line Clark is an ascending left tackle prospect with the elite foot quickness and length that NFL teams simply don't pass up for very long. Clark could still use more muscle on his frame and will need to be much more consistent with his technique rather than just relying on his length if he is to reach his full potential in the pros. Left tackles with his potential in pass protection carry first-round value and Clark has a Pro Bowl upside with the floor of an average NFL starter." Some very positive things here. Hopefully with another full off-season under his belt and more time with the coaching staff, we'll have a bonified reliable starter at RT.
  14. Foster is a monster. He's the clear cut answer imo. However, if he's not there, I'm definitely looking at options to trade down and get a few more picks.
  15. I actually think we are primed for BPA in the first round. If one of those stud pass rushers are there, we grab him. But if not, we can get a top corner and fill a need that way.

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