Louis Tee's 2017 NFL Draft Wrapup: Miami Dolphins

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  1. Pandarilla

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    Who else could it be!



    I've posted this every year for three years. It's an hour long, in depth analysis. Very entertaining, very credible... He loved Ajayi, nuff said, enjoy.
     
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    Good in depth analysis, thx.
     
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    Solid video. Intelligent and informative outside perspective. Thanks for the post.
     
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    Here's footage of the game that Louis Tee mentioned in his analysis of Raekwon.



    The play that impressed Tee is at the :46 mark where he blows up the FB. It certainly was awesome display of power at the POA, but with Mcmillian being the force defender he should have attacked the 2nd level blocker on the playside and squeezed the gap from the outside-in. He instead attacked with his outside shoulder from the inside and was therefore part of the reason the RB was able to gain the yardage he did on that particular strongside run despite what was said in the video.

    In limited and short time, you can also view Raekwon's ability to stack and shed lineman at marks :23 & :30, and his ability to quickly get to the edge by taking the proper angle, getting outside the blocker, and making the tackle at :38.
     
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    Just getting back to finishing up the video and kudos to Tee for addressing the negative aspect of McMillian attacking the blocker with the wrong shoulder in his con review. Good point, but as long as he is following his eyes to the edge and can flash his helmet or color to the outside - which is what RBs are taught to read - he can still effectively force the play back inside to the plug defender without having to shed the block. These details can and should be cleaned up with more coaching.

    Also note that Tee mentions that Raekwon has no problems in zone coverage (and I agree), but has concerns in man. We are mainly a zone coverage defense so we can put the "2 down" LB talk to rest.
     
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    Really nice analysis.

    Interesting note on Charles Harris and needing to use his hands better. He may have nailed the reason Harris has struggled against the run with this analysis. Also see that as a coachable issue so it's something we should see improvement on.

    His take on Raekwon McMillan is spot on IMO.
     
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    I have to preface this post by stating that this is the majority of the game film I've seen on Raekwon, but just relating to the WI game I have a few thoughts.

    First, I watched the the blow up play that Tee mentioned many times, and was initially blown away by the physical nature of that play. After the first 6 to 7 replays I watched the play and focused on the offensive player, and after seeing it from that perspective I was less impressed by the play. The fullback (who actually looks more like an h-back) did not prepare for that contact whatsoever, did't lower his pads, didn't drop his hips, didn't even bring his hands up to make a punch. His only real option was to get smoked. Raekwon read the play well, and got to the right spot, but that play didn't really display a physical presence as much as it appears.

    Generally speaking, Raekwon has good athleticism, but doesn't move very fluidly, he's a bit robotic. I'm not trying to say his movement is poor, just saying it's not a strength. Speaking of strengths, I've often read that Raekwon has exceptional instincts and play recognition, but in this game he looked good, but not great in this regard. I must mention that watching every snap of Zach Thomas' career may have raised the bar of what I consider exceptional instincts.

    One other thing, and this may be nitpicking, but Raekwon doesn't seem like a guy that loves contact, that's not to say that he avoids/is afraid of contact, but he doesn't seek it out. I've often read that he is a "thumper", but I would say he is more "stout" as a player, rather than a thumper. There are several plays in the video where Raekwon has a chance to add one of those "echo of the whistle" hits that some players love, but he doesn't go after those.

    While I realize that this is only regarding the WI game, he looks more like a Sam than a Mike in these clips.

    Does anyone have any Raekwon links that show multiple games?
     
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    Gotta disagree. It was certainly impressive at the POA, but it probably caught the FB (Alec Ingold 6'2" 240#) by surprise in that McMillian went for the inside, blasted him, and traded one for one (a defensive no-no) instead of trying to properly stack and shed to get outside of his block. I get what you're saying in that the FB didn't look in position to uncoil his hips and unload, but again I think he was caught off guard by the unusual and improper tactic.

    Here's 10 full games of McMillan.

    http://draftbreakdown.com/players/raekwon-mcmillan/

    The kid is definitely a MLB. No doubt. Just remember you weren't watching Zach Thomas in college and we're viewing him as a more polished player that immediately benefited from being oached by a great defensive minds in Jimmy Johnson and George Hill.
     
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    An hour of analysis? Maybe this weekend when the wife and kids are at the river house
     
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    That was a nice highlight play, but I think the result had more to do with the offensive player. Raekwon does some nice things there (reads the play and gets to the spot), but the hit is a bit of fools gold.

    Good point about college versus pro about ZT, if Raekwon can develop those instincts a bit he will stand out in that regard, he definitely shows signs of being that type of guy.

    Also, thanks for the link for the game tapes, I'm interested in seeing more of Raekwon.

    It's been WAY too long since we have had a real Mike, I'm hoping for the best!
     
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    Raekwon McMillan appears to be the absolute best linebacker drafted by the Dolphins in the past 20 odd years. He has good instincts. He's a decent size. He appears to have really great natural leadership attributes (and he's still only 20). He's smart, high character and he excelled on a big stage at Ohio State.
    Yet some of you seem to be looking real hard to find fault with him and Miami's decision to draft him. Time will tell, but Win Fin Fin's concern that he avoids physical contact above seems off base. I see his natural physicality as a strength that can be developed. Let's see how he goes but my expectation is that we drafted a bona fide future star and defensive leader.
     
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    Some-a-*****...........I just haven't had time to watch this video yet and I want too.
     
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    I never said that I didn't want the Dolphins to draft him, I'm actually very happy that we drafted him.

    Also, I never said "avoids physical contact", it was actually quite the contrary:
    Also remember, my post above was only referencing the WI game that was shown above.

    Thanks to SoS, I've had a chance to watch a few more games. Overall, he was pretty much the same player in most of the games I saw. The one game where he REALLY looks good is the Clemson game, Raekwon is all over the field in that game. His play recognition is EXCELLENT there, he also seems to be a bit more "fired up" for that game. It was nice to see him elevate his game against the best competition, although OSU lost the game, it was not Raekwon's fault.

    In a nutshell; Raekwon is athletic, although a bit "stiff"///he's a willing tackler, but not a guys that seeks out contact at every turn////his play recognition is good, but not yet great, although he does shows signs of a guy that could develop that skill to a very high level.
     
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    Very entertaining, thanks
     
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    Very nice video and some good discussion going on in here

    thanks for posting panda
     
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    That play at :46 stopped me in my tracks before I read your comments. McMillan had an inside-out angle toward the RB and just blew up the FB, really impressive. The right CB (I think it's #8 Gareon Conley) had a shot at making the tackle as the receiver he was covering dragged over the short middle, but he was stifled by a particularly weak, T-Rex caliber stiff arm. Basically, Conley whiffed on the tackle and it wasn't pretty, not one for his highlight reel. So McMillan destroyed the fullback at the LOS, Conley embarrassed himself trying to make the tackle and who really got owned and was at fault on that play imo was RDE #11 Jalyn Holmes. Holmes was physically dominated by LT Ryan Ramczyk in text book style, turned inside out beautifully and directed away from the RB who was able to make the big play. Heck of a run by the RB, outstanding block by Ramczyk and just a well designed play from Wisconsin. But if Conley didn't whiff on the tackle it's a gain for a few yards and Holmes was shut out of the play by Ramczyk in textbook fashion. Holmes was the major culprit, if you look at the film the RB went right over the turf that he occupied in his 4 point stance before Ramczyk turned him inside out and destroyed him. If I'm scouting players from that play I'm thinking:

    1. Ryan Ramczyk is a very good football player
    2. Wow, I'd really like to have a powerful and active ILB like Raekwon McMillan on my team
    3. How did that RB Corey Clement go undrafted? The Eagles got themselves a steal
    4. Buyer beware on Jalyn Holmes in the 2018 draft
    4. It's a good thing that Gareon Conley can cover because he can't tackle worth a damn.
     
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    That's not how their gap assignments work. It's a force scheme not a spill scheme. Everyone plays outside-in. Holmes job was to seal the edge and force the play inside like he did. McMillian was the major culprit b/c of the reasons I described and you never trade one for one regardless of the "highlight" it may appear to become.
     
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    I don't think that Holmes forced anything inside, he was too busy getting manhandled by Ramczyk and Clement could have taken the run outside as well. On that play the Left Linebacker- I think Jerome Baker- was actually playing inside of DE Jaylin Holmes so it's kind of tough to call him a OLB. He got owned as well by another Wisconsin O-lineman anyway.

    So in that defensive alignment, which I'm not a fan of, if Jaylin Holmes' job is to contain and set the edge, it's almost as if he's really playing something of an OLB role, especially given that he was actually set wider than LB or "OLB" (#17 Jerome Baker- can you call him an OLB when he's playing inside of the DE? Not sure.) Then all you have outside of Holmes is Gareon Conley? I'll pass on that alignment, especially with the RDE going up against one of the best LT's in college football and Gareon Conley possibly being counted on for run support . That's two losing propositions right there, on top of Jerome Baker getting neutralized by another Wisconsin OL.
     
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    You can think whatever you like, but we're watching a Force run scheme. I'll stop there before wasting any more of my time and if you can explain the principles or purpose of it we'll continue. I'm not going to waste any more of my time otherwise.
     
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    Ehh lost me when the first thing he said out his mouth was Charles Harris had long arms
     
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    Works for me.
     

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