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  1. Just to put this out there, Hooker will almost guaranteed need like half a season, if not more, to catch up to the speed of the NFL. Keep in mind, he is only a 1 year college starter. Yes he killed it (which is why he was picked so high on top of his elite traits) but he is coming into a situation where he has to read NFL QBs and offenses. College QBs might stare down their receivers but in the NFL most QBs know how to look off a safety, especially one like Hooker who bites pretty hard at times. That being said, I completely expect him to be in the conversation for DPOY by the end of the year, but I think his first couple games are going to be pretty bad. The same goes for Wilson. CB is incredibly difficult to come into the NFL as, no matter how talented or experienced you are. Atleast he has physicality at the line of scrimmage going for him. He is going to have to work on not biting too hard and getting burnt deep on fakes and moves. But yes, by the end of the season I think we fans will be pleased with our #2 corner.
  2. Well said. This is exactly how I feel. I am not too concerned about the AFC South to be completely honest. Yes we blew it against the Texans both times but I think that coming into this year with an improved defense (its impossible to get worse than what we had last year) and improvement along the offensive line, I am feeling good. The Titans and Jags never scare me too much and as long as Watson in Houston doesn't come out the gate like a Pro-Bowler, we will be fine. We won 8 games last year with a lackluster offensive line and an atrocious defense. Imagine how many we can win with a healthy Luck, an improved O-Line, and a mediocre defense.
  3. I think there actually haven't been that many changes at the normal scout level. Most of the changes (firings really) have been at the top level with these VPs and national scouts and such. I don't know the specifics but I don't think Ballard is handpicking individual regional level scouts to fire (atleast not yet anyways). And even if he did, I think he only fired a couple max.
  4. What ^^ he said.
  5. Good work so far Ballard!! #InBallardWeTrust I'll admit I didn't know too much about him before we picked him and I was hoping for Derek Rivers. But based on what Ballard has said about picking D3 guys and seeing what this Bashell guy is all about has me just as excited. You can say what you want about Ballards board or his picks but you can't deny he has identified a weakness (our entire defense), has assembled HIS board (with ton of input from the coaches), and stuck with it. The results? FS 1, CB 2, and very good pass rush piece that we will plug into the rotation as he learns from the coaches, Now I wouldn't be surprised with a trade up into the third if there's a RB or TE that he really likes. Otherwise staying out and taking advantage of 3 4th round picks sounds good too.
  6. Nah, I am sure Ballard wants to draft a TE cause this is one of the deepest TE classes in a long time. Some guy like Kittle in the back end could easily be a future starter. Not to mention with Doyle starting and Swoope demanding more playing time for us to see where he is at, it doesn't make sense to add Barnidge too. Now if for some reason we come out of the draft without a TE (a drafted guy with potential that is), then yea I could see that happening.
  7. We run a good amount of Cover-1 and to a lesser extent Cover-3. You better believe that "1" is gonna be Hooker in the back responsible for pretty much the entire field behind him. That is where he will absolutely thrive. But that being said, if we go all Man-coverage and put him in 1-on-1 against someone, he has the height, weight, speed, and ball-skills to win. Yes he had limited experience with that in college but that happened for a REASON. The reason being he was already pretty good at it that QBs stopped throwing at him in risk of interceptions. Hooker is the perfect example of a prospect that has elite traits at things that you simply CANNOT teach: Ball-skills, range, instincts. He has par to subpar traits at things that you CAN teach and that improve with time and coaching: tackling technique, angles for tackling, etc. What Pagano said says it all: The guy is willing to tackle but isn't a great tackler. VERY different than a guy that isn't willing to tackle AND can't tackle. The former is much easier to teach to tackle well. He will fine, and I'm gonna on the record and say that he will win DROY solely based on the number of turnovers he forces. When GMs draft players based on potential and ceilings, you have to do it with a prospect like Hooker where you have a great chance to teach all the stuff that he needs to improve on but you can maximize his future potential based on the stuff that is very very rare.
  8. #InBallardWeTrust. Thats all, folks. I personally (along with most people on this forum) want a CB and Pass-rusher drafted by the end of tonight. But I have complete faith in what Ballard is doing and I am excited to see what he does tonight. With all the talent that has escaped the first, don't rule out a move up to the top of the 2nd round in exchange for our 2nd and one of our 4th round picks. I wouldn't be surprised with a RB (Mixon or Cook), OL (if for some reason Lamp falls or we trade up to get him), or DL (McDowell). All I know is that I am hyped for tonight and am ok with whatever he does.
  9. As long as we hit CB with one of the two, and OLB or ILB with the other one, I will be very happy. We NEED to get a linebacker and a corner.
  10. I never meant he wasn't a "instant D starter." He clearly is. I am just saying don't expect him to be All-Pro out of the gate (though it certainly is possible with how little time it has taken him to become this good). His instincts are off the charts and its even more incredible considering his limited experience with football. He is a good pick, basically a steal. He is a PLAYMAKER. That is what this defense needs the most. A guy that can come in, make plays, CHANGE GAMES. Ballard is all about those one or two elite traits and playmaking ability. We only had 8, EIGHT, TOTAL picks last year. Good addition. This draft has a bunch of depth on the edge and CB. The board wasn't that great for CB or Edge. Ballard stuck by his word: Best Player Available. We will be fine, plenty of time in the draft to pick up a starter at CB.
  11. Ballard said he wants a guy that has elite traits and has playmaking - turnover creating ability. That is the definition of Hooker right there. Yes he is kind raw and is inexperienced, but with time and experience he can shore up those tackling issues and hopefully stay healthy with NFL trainers. I am 100% ok with this pick but he might look lost at times in his first year in the league. He is only a 1 year college starter but certainly has all the talent in the world to be an all pro.
  12. I think it will come down to whether or not Ballard wants that extra spot for another UDFA pick. To be honest, Parry is a good player and for him to be a 2nd 3rd string guy, he would be excellent depth. He made a dumb mistake but I think that with the suspension and the fines (and the negative press he will be getting once we gets back), he will learn. Similar to what happened with McAfee, who knows!
  13. Im gonna put my money on a few situations. If we stay put at 15, its to pick up Barnett, Foster, Allen, or CmC If none of those are available at 15, then we trade down (giving up some of the exchange because its a trade down type year) and draft Jarrad Davis or Charles Harris. With the depth at CB (should be able to find a plug and play starter in 2nd and 3rd rounds) and the Conley situation, I say we don't go with CB in the first round unless Lattimore somehow drops.
  14. As I mentioned before, if CmC (Christian McCaffrey) is there at 15 and none of the elite players have dropped, then I strongly believe we will draft him.
  15. Really really good draft, and most of the picks are right where they are projected! Favorite is the 2 CBs in the first three (especially Conley who I think will be at worst a high end CB2 for the rest of his career) and Tim Williams at two (yes he has a lot of risk and needs to develop run stopping ability but man is this guy a pass-rushing specialist. I think he had a hit or sack on 1 of every 10 plays he ever played in or something like that!! Not to mention coming out with Brian Hill as our RB2, and the two ILBs who both have excellent upside (especially Walker).

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