Final Top 32 2.0

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  1. futurescout

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    Look, I did one of these "final top 32s" in January, and j-off-herdoll called me on it, and . It was naive to do well before the combine and pro day. So here is my "final" top 32 2.0
    1. Greg Robinson LT Auburn
    2. Jake Matthews LT Texas A&M
    3. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
    4. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
    5. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
    6. Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
    7. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
    8. Zack Martin OG Notre Dame
    9. Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
    10. Taylor Lewan LT Michigan
    11. CJ Mosley ILB Alabama
    12. Dominique Easley DT Florida
    13. Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
    14. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
    15. Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
    16. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
    17. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
    18. Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
    19. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
    20. Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
    21. Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
    22. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
    23. Cody Latimer WR Indiana
    24. Ja'Wuan James RT Tennessee
    25. Louis Nix NT Notre Dame
    26. Joel Bitonio OG Nevada
    27. Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
    28. Odell Beckham Jr WR LSU
    29. Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State
    30. Marqise Lee WR USC
    31. Jeremiah Attoachu OLB Georgia Tech
    32. Marcus Martin C USC

    *NOT EVERY PROSPECT RECEIVED A FIRST ROUND GRADE*
     
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    I typed "32. Derek Carr QB Fresno State" but backed out of it.. If I had a gun to my head and had to take a QB it would be him.. but I don't like any of these QBs
     
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    Wow really no QBs. I thought the top 3 were relatively strong
     
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    Here are the absolute "best case scenario" comparisons for the top 4

    Bortles- Nick Foles
    Manziel- Mike Vick (in his prime)
    Bridgewater- Alex Smith
    Carr- Jay Cutler

    and those are the best case scenario comparisons.. none of that screams first round QB to me
     
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    If I had a gun to my head I would move my head.

    Don't waffle on your 32. I really liked it because it was the first list of that type I've ever seen that lacked a quarterback. Then you tried to ruin it via the qualifier.
     
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    He didn't make the final cut.. Marcus Martin a 20 year old 3 year starter who can be a top 10 center or a pretty good guard did lol
     
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    I don't like the list and I think it's flawed, but I like what you said.
     
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    I like Gilbert or Beckham in your scenario. Gilbert will also resolve KR/PR duties. I expect he would make game changing plays.

    Also Beckham but WR can wait in this draft.
     
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    I guess this is meant to best ranked by prospect talent, not actual mock draft. I like the ranking, no QB deserves in Top 32.
     
  10. futurescout

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    what flaws do you see
     
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    4 Pro Bowl QB's doesn't scream 1st round, I respectfully disagree. If those are your best case scenario's you are looking at the top 4 picks in this draft.
     
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    I agree on the QB's. I'm unimpressed by the projected top 4 QB's. Hopefully some of these QB needy teams will overdraft them and push better players down the board to us.
     
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    I don't see why you're getting flack over the QB's.

    If you think a QB will not be an immediate answer to your team as a franchise QB, then why pick him in the first round? If you're looking to develop a QB for a couple years hoping he works out, then that's that's not a first round pick. You want a playmaker in the first round.

    It's not as if there isn't going to be a draft NEXT YEAR, or the year after.
     
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    C'mon man! Hit and run post.
     
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    I like the list....I think Niklas and XSF are a little high, but I can understand the argument from them being there
     
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    I was only asking him. I feel like if you need a QB Blake bortes is your guy. He's worthy of top 32 in my opinion. We all have different opinions i respect his
     
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    Overall a pretty keen list. Sneaking guys like Deone Buchanon, Troy Niklas, Gabe Jackson and Marcus Martin is quality. They're quality players and deserve more attention. Aaron Donald in the top 10 is correct. I'd have him even higher than you have him.

    Some things I disagree with on it.

    It comes off a bit like staking out intellectual territory to not include any QBs in the top 32. I think the whole QB debate has taken on almost a cartoon-ish quality and maybe everyone needs to take a breath or two, take a step back, and just remember that we don't ALWAYS need to be trying to reinvent the wheel.

    Considering he's never played guard in college I find it difficult to slide Zack Martin all the way up to #8 overall based on a complete projection to a position you've never seen him play on tape other than perhaps half a dozen snaps (no more than that) of an All Star game. Remember, you're drafting a guy that high not to just be a warm body at the position but to be a total standout. If he's just a Shelley Smith or even a Richie Incognito, and you took him #8 overall, you lose. Does Zack Martin possess the physical tangibles to back that up, like Greg Robinson does? No he doesn't. Physically he's kind of just a guy. That sounds harsh but it's true. So you're buying him because of technical skill not physical quality. And yet, you've got no tape of him establishing this technical skill at guard. To me that's a big hole in the story.

    In a somewhat similar vein I find it hard to rate Greg Robinson the #1 overall based on his tape at left tackle where he struggled when asked to pass protect like a pro player will have to on a regular basis. I think you'd have trouble naming me the last "elite" left tackle that was elite because of run blocking and not pass protection, so make no mistake Robinson will have to evolve into an elite pass protector in order to be an elite left tackle. Will he do that? The physical tangibles are certainly there. His most interesting immediate position though would probably be left guard. He has All Pro caliber physical qualities that should help him translate to that position while hiding some of the less developed areas of his game. You may just find you don't ever want to move him because he ends up an All Pro left guard. The question is how highly do you value this position, as well as this sort of projection? I think when you're valuing him above the likes of Jadaveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Jake Matthews, Aaron Donald and Mike Evans...then you're over-shooting his value. Basically he should be where Zack Martin is on your list and Zack Martin the GUARD should be way down it, if not off it altogether.

    Darqueze Dennard should not be the highest rated CB in the draft, IMO. His tape doesn't warrant it, nor do his physical tangibles support it. This is a player that substituted illegal contact in place of actual skill frequently, and got away with it in college. He will not get away with it in the pros. Kyle Fuller is a much better pro prospect.

    I don't believe Ha Ha Clinton-Dix should go above Deone Buchanon and Calvin Pryor shouldn't even be in the discussion to be over Buchanon. Clinton-Dix versus Terrence Brooks for second best safety is a valid discussion and will probably come down to system considerations. Calvin Pryor should be the fourth rated safety, at best.

    I've not seen anything on the tape (or off the tape) to justify Cody Latimer's placement on the list. I realize he's become sort of the Pabst Blue Ribbon among draftniks, but he's not really a special talent. His RAC isn't special. His pure ball skills aren't special. He's not physically dynamic. I think the actual scouting community are onto him as sort of a "sum of the parts" story. But the whole is not greater than the sum of his parts, or even as great as the sum of his parts. There's something missing.

    Louis Nix is....blech. I've seen him play against the same opponents as Beau Allen of Wisconsin, playing virtually the same role, and he looked wholly less interesting. He also tested and measured wholly less interesting than Beau Allen. Allen by the way figures to be a Day 3 guy, so what does that tell you about how overrated Louis Nix might be? I think people that compare him to Raji are way off. Raji was always a tremendously athletic classic "planet theory" story at Boston College. This was known years before he ran a 5.12 with a 32 inch vertical and 8'7" broad jump at 6'2" and 337 lbs. Compare that with Nix running a 5.42 with 25.5 inch vertical and 8'1" broad jump at 6'2" and 331 lbs. And the fact that Nix only did 24 bench reps should give you a little more pause as well. Raji did 33 bench reps. The agility comparisons aren't so hot either as Raji had a 4.69 shuttle and 7.90 cone to Nix's 4.94 and 8.29, respectively.

    The criminally underrated Beau Allen did a 31 inch vertical and 8'8" broad jump at his pro day, while also doing 30 bench reps. He did a 4.50 shuttle and 7.27 cone drill. He pulled up with a hamstring during his 40 yard dash but his ten yard split was only 1.68 seconds before he pulled up with the hammy. And remember on tape, versus the same opponents and in the same 3-4 nose tackle role, he looked entirely more interesting than Nix.

    I would not rate Odell Beckham this high. I have Allen Robison higher. Beckham's primary issue will be physically demanding coverage. This is where he wilts like lettuce under a heat lamp. It's why his production at LSU was extraordinarily inconsistent to where an amazing 58% of his total production came in only 3 games. And two of those were aganst the likes of Furman and UAB. The third against Misssissippi State featured coverage that belonged on Furman or UAB rather than in the SEC. Watch Odell Beckham struggle to get off the line against a guy like Auburn's Ryan White, who isn't even a starter in the SEC. Watch him struggle to finish plays against a guy like Jonathon Mincy who was absolutely obliterated by Mike Evans. Watch him struggle through the physically demanding coverage shown in the Texas A&M game. These players aren't Jason Verrett or Vernon Hargreaves (both of whom he struggled against as well). What you have is a guy that was generally given a lot of space in college as teams knew all about his deep speed, and so he was able to produce underneath that off coverage running deep outs and dig routes and the like. But when teams not named Furman and UAB had no stars in their eyes and decided they were going to physically challenge him, he played shy-away football. He was not a consistent finisher at all and his RAC skills are surprisingly minimal despite his returns success. Just as his ability to finish catches in tight coverage is surprisingly minimal despite the hand-eye coordination that sees him executing that remarkable one-handed catch on a kick return against Georgia. In these ways, he reminds me of Ted Ginn.

    Joel Bitonio is another guy that I believe rates too high given the projection involved in his draft stock. You don't want him manning the left tackle spot which is where he played throughout college if I'm not mistaken. When that happens people underestimate the fact that it means he no longer has a position at all, and you now have to give him a different position. Is there enough evidence to say that he's such a good guard prospect that you'd take him over a boat load of players that play well at the positions they'll be asked to play in the pros? Bitonio's physical tangible help provide evidence of this, but guard is a position that could demand some pure power and that's not something you know he has as you watch him get thrown to the ground by bigger defensive players whenever he gets into physical wrestling matches with them (Florida State comes to mind).

    Just some thoughts.
     
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    I agree with you on that example but there is a difference between the top 32 and the top 32 that will be drafted. Just because a QB or four will be drafted in the top 32 doesn’t mean they are the best 32 players right now.

    If you are going to overdraft then do it on a QB if you think he can eventually be your franchise. Also with the CBA you can add a 5th year to round one players so if you get a QB in round one and can have a competitive team where your QB isn't chewing up 10-15% of your cap you are a stronger team, just ask Seattle and San Fran.
     
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    You took that post way out of context.

    For example. Nick Foles wound up in the PERFECT SITUATION this year. One of the best offensive master minds at any level of football (if not the best), the best offensive line in football, a top 3-5 running back, and good receivers and tight ends. So yes, if Blake Bortles ended up in a perfect situation like that I could see him having some success as a starter. I have a 3rd round grade on Bortles.

    The likelihood of one of the quarterbacks ending up in a situation like that is very slim. The probability that all of them end up in a situation like that is damn near impossible.

    The absolute best case scenario is not a very likely one at all, and even if any of the top 4 quarterbacks were to end up in a situation like that, they would still only be one of the best 14-20 Quarterbacks in the league.

    Does that sound like a first round pick to you?

    For me, a QB has to show the potential to be a top 10 QB in this league in order to be a first round pick. Tannehill does. I don't think he will ever be "elite" but I believe if they protect him, he can be in the 7-10 range later on in his career.

    And for the record, I consider 4 QB's Elite. Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. The next four are pretty damn close though, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson.
     
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    To start, thanks for replying this was a great post. I should have probably cleared a few things up (and I will on the original post). I threw out positional value. For example, I don't view NT (3-4 or 4-3) or Center as a valuable position at all. No way in hell I'd take one in the first round, no matter how good. Another example is "slot wr's" like Cooks, and Beckham. I can't draft a guy who will play at most 60% on offense in the first round. I can in the 2nd but not in the first. When looking at QB's, I have to be getting a potential top 10 quarterback to warrant a first round grade. I don't see any even close. At best, I don't see any of these QB's being much better than Andy Dalton. As to Zack Martin, I don't find LT to LG much of a projection at all. He has experience pulling, and because of Troy Niklas staying in often as a pass protector (especially in 2012) you can see Zack pass set very similiarly to a guard. Pass setting as a guard is just how a LT would set in the quick game. You jump them early, rather than kick-slide and be patient in your set. He has very strong hands that routinely stay inside the framework. I see an all-pro guard for a decade. 52 starts most in Notre Dame history and a 2-time captain. I'm buying high on Martin because I wholeheartedly believe at worst, I'm getting Logan Mankins 2.0.. would I take him #8 overall? No. I just think when it's said and done he will end up as the 8th best player from this class.

    Greg Robinson is the best offensive lineman I've ever seen out of college. He's the best football player in this class. No one can sway me otherwise. As a pass protector, very seldom will he overset and give a two-way go, and he has shown he can take a power step and wash down anyone who tries the inside route. Anyone who tries to convert speed-to-power against him will be stoned. You're not going to get any movement on him. That leaves his weakest area of his game, protecting the edge. He has the length and elite foot quickness and athleticism to mirror speed rushers. Where he is flawed is his technique. He is more of a grabber than a puncher which will lead to holding penalties and allow edge rushers to dip their inside shoulder and turn the corner on him. He needs to work on getting inside hands and being more patient in his pass set. Any decent offensive line coach worth his salt will be able to coach this out of him. I agree you would be better off playing him as a left guard or right tackle until that is coached out of him. I think in 2-3 years he is the best offensive lineman in the league, no matter what position you play him at. If I'm Houston I take him #1 overall no doubt and play him at LG or RT until Duane Brown retires. He's that good of a football player.

    Darqueze Dennard- 4.51 "official" and a broad jump of a staggering 11 feet 2 inches shows me that he has more than enough physical tangibles. He's great in press, and has plus mirror skills. He's going to have to learn to look back and play the football. I agree wholeheartedly on that. If he doesn't learn that skill (a very coachable one at that) he may end up leading the league in pass interference calls. But I encourage you to watch a Seattle Seahawk game, specifically their corners. They commit pass interference every play. But they are experts on it. They know how to get away with it, and always play the football. Surely they will get called for it, but their train of thought it "**** it, they're not going to call it more than 3-4 times a game, it's worth the trade off of holding the other 25-30".

    Kyle Fuller is a stud no doubt about it. What do you want him to play? Off or press-bail? Press? Nickel? Even Safety (see Alabama game)? He can do it all. Justin Gilbert is severely overrated. He has the physical tools but is far too inconsistent (see 2012) to be a top 20 pick.

    Kudos for liking Terrance Brooks. He's vastly underrated. I don't have him in the top 32 but with a league so scarce on talent at the free safety position, he can be an above average starter for someone.
    I love Ha Ha's range, but I knock every prospect coming out of Alabama. 1. Is Nick usually gets the most out of them (most hit have hit their ceiling already) 2. 90% of them enter the league hurt 3. His DB's all bust or at the least leave you wanting more. What do you not like about Pryor?

    I think Latimer has more fluidness than most bigger receivers, like his "above the rim" ability, and deceptive speed as a vertical receiver. Also a hell of a blocker. He is what he is. a #2 possession guy. I like him late 1st.

    Nix is kind of meh. Like I mentioned previously, I don't have a 1st round grade on him. With a DL coach that will coach him hard, he can be a pretty damn good nose tackle. Strictly a 2 down guy. Nowhere near recent high picks like Poe or Star. I would take him mid 2nd.

    Beckham is not a guy that will win on the outside for you. I like him in the slot plus the added bonus of the return game. Again, I like him at pick #40-50 range. Drops too many easy balls too. Will make the highlight reel catch one play, than drop a smoke screen the next. Common of receivers with good RAC ability. If you use him extensively on the outside you will be left wanting more. If you use him in a Randall Cobb role, I think you have yourself a good slot and return guy.

    Bitonio- is someone I view as a good-pretty good guard in a zone scheme. If you run a power man scheme, I don't think you view him as a starter in your scheme.

    I've stated this on this forum before, but the transition from LT to guard is a very easy process. Especially if you keep them on the same side. A few examples are Logan Mankins and Andy Levitre. It's much more difficult to switch sides of the line, than it is to move from tackle to guard. Your footwork and hand placement stays the same. The biggest difference is your pass set. As I mentioned with Martin, your pass set is identical to the one you used in the quick game at LT (90 protection) it's just a more aggressive set. Get your hands inside, mirror and anchor. Not a hard transition at all. That's why I find projecting LT's to guard a very very simple process. Xavier Su'a Filo has done both in college and switches between them both effortlessly. He doesn't have the length or foot quickness to stay on an island in pass pro (just like Martin, and Bitonio) that's why he's a guard at the next level.

    Here are my players with 1st round grades:
    Greg Robinson
    Jake Matthews
    Sammy Watkins (buyer beware)
    Jadeveon Clowney (buyer beware)
    Khalil Mack (buyer beware)
    Mike Evans
    Aaron Donald
    Zack Martin
    Ryan Shazier
    Taylor Lewan (buyer beware)
    Xavier Su'a-Filo
    Darqueze Dennard
    Calvin Pryor
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (buyer beware)
    Eric Ebron (buyer beware)
    Kyle Fuller
    Deone Bucannon
    Anthony Barr
    Justin Gilbert (buyer beware)
    Cody Latimer
    Ja'wuan James

    * I personally wouldn't take anyone with a buyer beware label. I gave out 21 first round grades from a talent perspective. Subtract the one's with buyer beware (character concerns) and it's only 14. Mosley and Easley are first round talents, but due to medical I would take them at the top of the 2nd. If you look back at drafts, you will find 12-20 players that shouldn't have been picked in the 1st round.



    Again thanks for the response, and good eye on Marcus Martin, Gabe Jackson and Troy Niklas. If you want a tight end that can set the edge and reach 9 techniques, wash defenders on down blocks, and get movement on base blocks, look no further. He won't catch 100 passes a season for you, but could very well end up as the best blocking tight end in the league. Martin is a 20 year old 3 year starter with the tools to be a starter at Center and both guards. I think he can be a top 10 center. I'd draft him in the 2-3 range. I think Jackson is being criminally underrated like Larry Warford was last year. I don't think he is a better prospect, but they share similar traits.
     
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    I've still yet to hear about these Eric Ebron character concerns. Would love to know more.
     
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    Interesting Kiper claims teams want Lewan over Mathews
     
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    http://www.nj.com/times-sports/index.ssf/2014/03/eckel_three_men_love_nfl_draft.html


    “Hell no,” the personnel man said when asked if he was as good as Eifert. “He’s OK. He’s completely overrated, and he’s a pain in the (butt). And don’t ask him to block anybody, because he’s not going to do it.”

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap20...ati-bengals-bernard-praises-uncs-ebron-renner
     
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    Cody Latimer is just too consistently disappointing on tape for me to justify 1st round. The ball skills are excellent in some situations but then lacking when he has to stay balanced and use his feet on the sidelines (toe tap). He's got great ability to finish catches in tight physical spaces, and he's superb diving to the ground and making the low catch. But try getting him to focus on two things at once with his feet and the ball, dicey. He's got some explosiveness to him and he's such a big body after the catch, has the requisite speed, you'd think he'd be a nightmare after the catch. But then he gets arm tackled and tripped...consistently. Or he gives himself up. I have questions about his ability to separate against good corners, because that's not something I was seeing on his tape. Sure, I saw some small corners with 4.65 speed and a lack of discipline getting outclassed. Does that translate? I saw awkward and over-executed double moves. I saw corners peeking into the backfield when they shouldn't be, which really has nothing to do with Latimer's ability to separate. Overall there's a stiffness and lack of balance to him that I'm not sure you're ever going to tease out of the equation and it ends up affecting him multiple ways. But I will say this...if you are able to tease out the problems of him getting tripped after the catch, he could go from non-viable to viable just like that. A guy doesn't need to be able to hurt a defense every single way, but rather just enough ways to be useful.

    You're not the first person to mention using Beckham in the slot but I'm no closer to understanding it every time I see it. This is a guy that tends to disappear in tighter, more physical coverage. He'll be facing that in the slot. He'll face a jam at 5 yards and have to get off of it and create separation. He'll be asked to make physical catches from the slot and be a bigger bodied target for his quarterback. That's not his game. He'll be asked to make things happen with his run after catch ability, which in my opinion really doesn't exist. He's a puff of flour after the catch. Get one hand on him and he explodes in a cloud of white smoke. Arm tackles get him down easily. He's not a creative or good COD runner with the ball in his hands. He's just fast. Using him in the slot would to me be like using Mike Wallace in the slot. I think you have to use Odell Beckham on the outside and hope it works. It may. He's competent on a fair number of NFL translatable routes.

    We're not going to agree on the tackle to guard thing. I've seen too many instances where a tackle would be assumed to make a good guard and it just not end up being true. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. The projection inserts chaos into a process which is already chaotic enough without further aid. I don't think we've regularly seen Zack Martin perform especially the power- and strenth-oriented tasks at tackle that he will need to excel at in order to be an All Pro at guard. I think there's an exceeding chance that when you put him there, he's just a guy that you could have gotten in the 3rd or 4th round.

    As for Darqueze Dennard, the problem I have with his game is his ability to read things with his eyes while on the move. I don't think that's going to get better in the pros. I don't think that's as "fixable" as you do. And having "enough" athleticism isn't going to bail him out if he doesn't develop better ability to read leverage on the move in man coverage. You hit the nail on the head as far as what he's best at which is short area coverage, whether it's keeping things in front of him or being in press-man. But even that is subject to his tendency toward ****-ups, as you saw when he tripped over his own shoelaces during his back pedal against the guy we just talked about Cody Latimer, resulting in a goal line touchdown catch.

    To me the difference with Kyle Fuller is that he reads things better with his eyes and shows the ability to use that in order to time his look-back or to break up the pass cleanly. And as you say...he's got pretty extraordinary versatility. It's not just whether you want him to play press, bail or off. It's also whether you want him to play left side, right side or slot. He can start any coverage from any place on the field and he's going to execute well because of his natural skills and aggressiveness.

    Just curious as to why you've got the buyer beware on Sammy Watkins? Is it the arrest?
     
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    So *one* person's opinion translates to "character issues"? Interesting.

    Within that exact same article:

    Also, the Bernard quote is so ambiguous, it's not even funny.
     
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    It's been reported he's got some issues. I just provided the first 2 links I could find. It shows in his play he's nowhere near good as he should be.
     
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    Yeah just anyone that has been arrested or suspended was thrown into that category (some were in for things like inconsistency like Clowney or Gilbert). If not for the arrest which led to the suspension he wouldn't have been included at all. Hell of a player true #1 WR

    I was going to mention that catch about Latimer over Dennard.. but it would be hurting one argument and strengthening another :lol:

    I wouldn't even consider Dennard if I was Miami. He's a press corner all the way. Don't like his pedal and break in off coverage.. in man or in 3

    I don't know if I would take it as far as putting Wallace in the slot.. I think Beckham's better getting off press and winning in contested situations. But I see your point.

    Not being sarcastic when asking this, but what examples can you give of the Tackle-Guard transition failing? I'm intrigued. I know Mankins and Levitre did it. but I've only been following the draft really close since 2004. I'm sure there are examples I just cannot come up with any. I definitely could see Martin struggling in a power scheme at guard.. that's not his game. In a zone scheme I think he can make the transition. He's more of a mirror and wall of run blocker which suits the zone scheme. Robinson on the other hand, I am positive he can be a dominating guard in any scheme. But I would still rather see him play his way out of LT first.

    I can definitely see the argument for Fuller over Dennard tho.. I mean I had Dennard #14 and Fuller #19. Not a huge gap. It depends what you like. Fuller can do anything you ask. Dennard is one trick pony. Although he does his one trick very good. I think both are pro bowl corners. I mean I think Fuller can honestly play left, right, boundary, field, nickel, free safety, strong safety, press, press-bail,and off coverage. I really do. That kind of versatility is extremely rare as you mentioned.

    Any others positives, negatives you see with the list? I love having this kind of open discussion. Especially, with someone who knows the game.

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    forgot to add this. Could you see Latimer as a #2 Z type? I do want to add I have him late first. Not top 15 or 20 or anything.
     
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    I haven't heard about those and I'm very close to Chapel Hill. Regardless, everyone has their opinions, so to each their own.
     
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    Little Jeff Ireland moves like moving tackles to guards irk the hell out of me. If I'm looking for top interior line talent, then I would just take the best guard, Sua-Filo, and be done with it. With vertical offenses brings quick interior pressure schemes and I think guards are going to be more of a premier position in the future. If they are that high on taking a lineman early, I'd rather have the top rated guard than the 5th rated tackle prospect. I'm still hoping for Mosely to fall to us, but definitely wouldn't be pissed to see a corner taken either. I wish there was a way to get Aaron Donald above all
     
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    How is that a Jeff Ireland move?
     
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    I see what he's saying, take the fifth of sixth best tackle instead of the number one guard and smile like he's the smartest guy in the room.
     
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    Yeah exactly, ego fulfilling acorn moves that waste everyones time and fails to solidify the position.
     
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    Normally you would be right. But Zack Martin has 52 starts, most in Notre Dame history. He's also the first offensive lineman to win MVP of a bowl game since 1959...


    There's no question he is an all-pro guard for a decade.
     
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    to add to that..

    Was ineligible for 2011 bowl game for academics.. are you kidding me? Tutor's do all of football players assignments aside from putting their name on it for them. And they get extended test times for all exams

    Also this "Can be loud, boisterous and overly egotistical, which will rub some people the wrong way."
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/eric-ebron?id=2543466
     
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    If it was 2014, I'd be a bit more concerned. I expect kids to mature through college, so academic issues in 2011 doesn't really concern me. Better than a drug arrest, or getting in fights.

    I think if we're using 'loud, boisterous and overly egotistical' as definitive 'character issues', then 75% of this draft probably has character issues.
     

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