Wedge Scouting Report: Darron Lee, LB

 

Ohio State is loaded with prospects in 2016

Joey Bosa, Eli Apple, Ezekial Elliot, Taylor Decker, Braxton Miller, Von Bell, Joshua Perry, Michael Thomas, Adolphus Washington!

So many prospects I feel like Moe the Cranium Crusher put my head in a vice again.

Mo the Head Squasher

Who is Moe?  He is the little squirt who takes my head to a vice when I don’t file a planet destroyer file on time.

I hate him…or her…or it…whatever that little blob is…I would squash him if I could.

but I can never find him away from the deadly vice.

And I’m not getting near that vice.

Kind of like my favorite Buckeye Darron Lee

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I’m not getting near Darron Lee…guess why…

BECAUSE HE WILL SMASH YOUR CRANIUM!!!

This aggressive linebacker will come out you with force!

On a team full of talent, he might be the most talented Buckeye (sorry Joey Bosa, just one Alien’s opinion)

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Lee decided to come out as a sophomore, so maybe he hasn’t received as much attention as the other Buckeyes.

But he should have!

And after his combine performance, you bet he is getting the attention he deserves.  Lee ran an impressive 4.47 in the 40 yard dash.  Zoooooooooooooooooom!

If you don’t give him attention now, he might squash your human head…

Like many Linebackers this year he might be considered undersized by some.  He is 6’2, 235 pounds.  Not huge by NFL standards.

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But don’t tell Lee you think he is undersized if you value your head not being squashed.

He’s explosive and he hits with power!  BOOM!  Your head is sauce now!

Lee is a good pass rusher who managed to compile 6.5 sacks as a freshman and 4.5 as a sophomore.  He also tallied 3 interceptions in his career.

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It might be a historic draft for Ohio State.  Maybe they break the record for 1st round picks in the draft.  Or maybe they break the record for most players drafted in one season.

Darron Lee doesn’t care about that though.

Darron Lee takes your history and he bashes you with it.  Darron Lee just wants to bash you.  So don’t give him anything to do it with for your own good.

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Lee is all over the field:  making impact plays behind the line of scrimmage, dropping into coverage, going from one side off the field to the other.  Its helps to have sub 4.50 speed!

You can make an argument that Lee is the truest linebacker in the NFL draft.

And if you don’t make that argument, Lee will smash you.

If Lee was an Alien Weapon of Destruction, he would be the Galactic Cranium Smasher Vice (sans Mo, so I can finally kill him)

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You can watch his highlights here:

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762 Responses to Wedge Scouting Report: Darron Lee, LB

  1. Tim Knight says:

    We talk about smaller LBs who are athletic, maybe we’re overlooking Mike Hull.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/mike-hull?id=2552317

  2. getterdone says:

    Yeah Andy Wood from Mother Love Bone was the inspiration for that song, and actually most of the album, but when Scott Weiland died recently, Cornell sang Say Hello to Heaven as a tribute to him too.

  3. Tim Knight says:

    AIC is like Sabbath and Zep conformed. So much awesome stuff. I’ve been listening them and Mad Season all day on this beautiful day. Windows open and ceiling fans on for a new spring airing out. 🙂

    • Tim Knight says:

      The awesome tunes never end from these guys. Layne was a troubled guy and he told us about his fate in almost every song.

      • getterdone says:

        No doubt. Sad that so many talented people afraid of their successes succumb to self medicating to comfort their distorted view on their life as well as the lives of those around them. It’s a vicious catch 22. Glad I found my way out of that hell hole!

  4. Tim Knight says:

    GD, you found peace.

    My best friend and I always say to this day if our band ever got off the ground we would probably be dead living that lifestyle. We both have addictive personalities. I never did heroin unless I didn’t know some was in a joint which I think we both experienced one time and it was weird. We both thought we were living in a slower alternative dimension. LOL

    • getterdone says:

      Yes, amen! Found peace with who I am. That’s hard as shit to do, being comfortable in your own skin.
      Now I play & sing for fun at the open mic nites & occasionally get in on a song during a set with a couple of local bands I’m buds with. That’s my temporary high 😉

  5. Tim Knight says:

    GD, based on where this team is right now, what do you think of this?

    I would take this draft right now.
    1. OL Jack Conklin (starting guard and depth at tackle)
    2. DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (great fit in our new wide 9 scheme)
    3. CB Xavien Howard (great fit in our new press scheme)
    4. RB Kenyan Drake (explosive player and versatile)

    Enjoy!

  6. getterdone says:

    Great song ^….hey you’re near my age. Did you ever hear Budgie, the 3 man Welsh rock band?

  7. getterdone says:

    1. OL Jack Conklin (starting guard and depth at tackle)
    2. DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (great fit in our new wide 9 scheme)
    3. CB Xavien Howard (great fit in our new press scheme)
    4. RB Kenyan Drake (explosive player and versatile)

    I’d be hard pressed to not like that gang if they were drafted by us. Good stuff & logically they’d be there in each round based on value etc.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Thanks, we might have to trade up in the 3rd for Howard. He’s a possible 2nd rd guy or early 3rd. We pick 10th in the 3rd. Might have to move up but I’d get it. Probably a 5th and our 3rd to get him. If we target someone like that I’m down. 🙂

      • getterdone says:

        Yep, or gamble on a ballhawk on the other side opposite Maxwell with a guy like Sanchez from Oklahoma.

  8. getterdone says:

    BTW, I’ve grown to like Drake better than his fellow RB Henry. Drake has the better NFL career…IMO.

    • Tim Knight says:

      That guy can make big plays both as a rusher and receiver and maybe as a KR. He’d be on my radar. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes 3rd rd.

      • getterdone says:

        Yes, he could be a weapon that puts Tanny over the top & a great tandem with Ajayi too.
        He’s made for a ZBS, and I can also see him in sits with Ajayi also on the field to keep defenses back & guessing.

  9. Tim Knight says:

    LS John Denney (12) and DE Mario Williams (11) are the only two players on our roster playing over 10 years.

  10. steveccnv says:

    Tim Knight says:

    March 26, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    We talk about smaller LBs who are athletic, maybe we’re overlooking Mike Hull.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/mike-hull?id=2552317
    ————————————
    Nothing there says to me he’s athletic, but the opposite was said:
    Weaknesses Small for an inside linebacker. Lacks bulk and has extremely short arms. Gets engulfed and smothered by wide-bodies. Must improve on reacting to second-level blocks before they get into him. Marginal play strength — sits and waits for running back to get to him and absorbs blows, allowing runner to land first punch. Nothing special athletically.

  11. getterdone says:

    I hope Burke can get Manning to realize some potential….that and I’d like to see McPain find his grove off the edge with his hand in the dirt.

  12. steveccnv says:

    When I think about stupid comments from Omar and Walker saying, we didn’t improve the roster from last yr, I wonder, if they ever think about what they write or just spew out their thoughts.

    To ask, if the roster got better, did they think about what it would’ve taken to keep it status quo? $17M per for OV, $6.5M per for Miller and Matthews/Shelby got about $4M per, about $31M. For 4 guys that we replaced them with it only cost $12.5M (including the drafted RB to replace Miller).

    If we had paid the $31M per and stayed status quo this board would’ve been ready to kill someone, yet the overall attitude here, besides Tim has been meh. We got players that fit what Gase wants to do and we didn’t break the bank doing it, actually saved money, but still we get meh.

    We get the occasional, I like the Mario signing, but still…

  13. Tim Knight says:

    Chris McCain knowing he’s a DE now will likely be 6-5 260+ not 245-250 like he’s been. Weak side edge rusher in our new scheme. The same with Damontre Moore 6-5 250 and maybe even Dion FF 6-6 2??. We also added CFL standout Clayton Laing along with long shots Julian Warmsley and Jordan Williams.

    M. Williams, Wake, Branch and Fede as well. DE is not the top priority anymore.

    • steveccnv says:

      Why would anyone think a CFL standout has a chance?

      More evidence what an idiot Philbin is, trying to make so many players jack of all trades master of none (McP).

      • Tim Knight says:

        Cameron Wake panned out pretty well. The CFL is what got him back in the NFL and a top 100 NFL player voted by his peers. 🙂

        What does anything have to do with Philbin anymore? That’s over.

      • steveccnv says:

        The CFL question was rhetorical, because we all know about Wake.

        Philbin is still relevant, because we’re comparing what we’re trying to assemble to last yrs mess, and the mistakes made.

    • getterdone says:

      No, DE is not the top priority anymore….however it’s a premiere position so you don’t pass on top talent in the draft if it’s there.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I hear ya!
        2. DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (great fit in our new wide 9 scheme)

        Bullard is a bull and would be good on stunts both inside and outside – 20-25 snap guy as a rookie. 30+ in the future.

        But we don’t NEED him. 🙂

  14. New Age says:

    Steve,

    The meh is pretty simple. No replacement for RB yet. Matthews/Shelby were both top notch backups. Their replacements are unknowns. Williams is an upgrade from OV but all our other ‘upgrades’ are hopeful upgrades. Maxwell just played ok last year. Alonso has been a walking injury. You are asking everyone to put their rosey homer glasses on and expect every single move to be a victory dance. There is no proof of that. They saved money because all of these guys are big risks. We replaced known solid players for unknown risks and the costs mirror that.

    • steveccnv says:

      Our running game sucked, sure Miller had a big average, but he couldn’t run when we needed it, and he couldn’t take the pressure off of the OL. It’s not that hard to get another RB in the draft that can be productive. Sure Matthews was good, but we don’t need 4 WRs, Griff is good enough for that occasional catch. When Matthews was flying high Parker wasn’t playing. Would you rather have Matthews play instead of Parker? We don’t need to pay a 4th WR $4.5M. Maxwell was played out of position. Would you rather have Maxwell or Grimes, who was as big a reason as anyone why we couldn’t beat Buff and NY. Alonso was out 2 yrs ago, then got hurt early last yr, but he’s healthy now and will be played to his strengths.

      Bottomline, would you rather have last yrs roster for 2016 or the one being assembled now?

  15. getterdone says:

    Ogbah is still learning the complexities of the position and lacks elite explosiveness, but he’s a balanced athlete for his size and never shuts it down, exhibiting the effort needed to collapse the pocket. He will be a favorite in the building due to his work ethic and make-up.

    • getterdone says:

      WOW, looks as fluid as most of the LB’s in drills. Also I think that was Conklin in the blocking punch drill that Ogbah caught his attention….lol

  16. uwantwat says:

    I’ve said it before and will say it again. I love these moves we have made this year. The media is pissed we are not spending big and this upsets their agenda. They have switched gears to say we have no idea. Those players we let go were always going to be overpaid. I’m just glad it is not us paying the bill(tab). Pfffffttttt to OV, Miller,Matthews and Shelby. Some of you have already documented their weakness for me. OV to me epitomises the old way of coaching JP and his staff bought to the table. He will flounder in the Giants scheme because he is simply not that good.

    • steveccnv says:

      He’ll start getting doubled, if he does anything, then he’ll disappear. I’m ok, with him doing well, because one of the factors for our draft compensation is post season honors. I just don’t see it happening either.

      New coach comes in and brings in his own guys, what a concept.

      OV together with Wake had as much to do with our poor run D as the LBs.

  17. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    Ogbah really did look athletic. He actually reminded me a little of LT, but Ogbah’s about 30 lbs heavier, and probably not nearly as quick, but then again, if he was about 240 like LT was, maybe he would be. He moves very well.

    • steveccnv says:

      I can tell you how fast LT was first hand. I was working room service many yrs ago at Caesars Tahoe, during the Celebrity Golf tournament, I come out of the elcove just as LT was coming around the corner… 😉

  18. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    Was he all coked up? I’m sure he probably was. Was this during his playing years, or after he retired?

  19. getterdone says:

    The om;y Risen savior out there people! Mother Mary, still a corpse, Joseph Smith is still in the grave, Muhammad, still dead, Allah, yep, still dead, etc.
    Now Christ Jesus actually rose from the dead as witnessed by over 500 people. He’s the real deal!

    Have a great resurrection day! 😀

  20. naplesfan2010 says:

    I think we need a DT more than we need a DE. I really want Nkemdiche.
    If both Hargreaves and Elliott are gone when 13 comes up I’d trade down and get him AND Jackson.

  21. wyoming85 says:

  22. uwantwat says:

    Aren’t they all coked up?

  23. steveccnv says:

    Walker says:
    The past several years the Miami Dolphins usually were the team that made huge additions in free agency. Big-ticket items such as defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (2015), Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert (2014) and former No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace (2013) highlighted the past three free-agent classes that fueled optimism entering the regular season.

    However, that approach failed each year as Miami fell short of a winning season.

    The title of the article was:
    Dolphins learning to cope with big losses in free agency.

    So why was FA a failure, but not the draft? By the same logic that, because we didn’t have a winning record we failed in FA, we also must’ve failed in the draft, therefore we don’t have to cope with big loses in Fa, and everything else about the team was a failure.

    • steveccnv says:

      The high $ paid if FA lead to not being able to get quality depth around the roster, might be said, but IMO the FA signings I listed were all very productive, the draft has produced lately, so that leaves scheme and coaching staff, if we’ve solved that problem with Gase, VJ, and Christensen, then we could possible see a turnaround like SF saw with Harbaugh.

  24. steveccnv says:

    Last time Ross went looking for an HC he was turned down again and again… Then had to sign someone, so Philbin was signed. This time around the team got their first choice, I don’t think that can be overstated.

  25. steveccnv says:

    professorloumiamidolphinsblog says:

    March 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Let me just say, the idea that he didn’t have time to throw the ball is a complete and total myth. When you see how many wr’s he had open and was still standing there with the ball in his hand you’re going to be pissed.
    ——————————————-
    This comment from Lou yesterday is disturbing, if RT can’t fix this he won’t ever be much better than he is now.

  26. jetsssuck says:

    how many of you are eating the kids chocolate easter candy today. Next door kid 5 yr old gave me a chocolate bunny and eggs and before I could eat them she ratted me out to the wife. Being a diabetic sucks this time of year.

  27. wyoming85 says:

    Late round Safety prospects

    Clayton Fejedelem

    Tyvis Powell
    http://draftbreakdown.com/video/tyvis-powell-vs-michigan-state-2015/

  28. New Age says:

    Happy Easter everyone!

    If Gase can make Tannehill better, then we should have a playoff caliber team this year. I think between Washburn and Vance, we have a vastly superior defensive staff this year. Gase has to be better than Philbin. It’s on the players in the end but I like our DL. I like our OL depth better. Just need a few more pieces and would love another solid draft.

  29. son of a son of a shula says:

    Happy Easter bloggers

    Who will it be Paxton Lynch (who my nephew played with) or Connor Cook? Gase has seen the tape drastic measures must be taken.

    Sorry you got busted jetssuck, I’ve been stealing Easter candy for a week now.

  30. Tim Knight says:

    Happy Easter folks. Enjoy the day.

  31. Tim Knight says:

    Which one would you prefer?

    1. OL Jack Conklin (starting guard and depth at tackle)
    2. DE/DT Jonathan Bullard (great fit in our new wide 9 scheme)
    3. CB Xavien Howard (great fit in our new press scheme)
    4. RB Kenyan Drake (explosive player and versatile)

    1. OL Jack Conklin (starting guard and depth at tackle)
    2. LB Kentrell Brothers (competition and depth at LB specifically MLB)
    3. CB Xavien Howard (great fit in our new press scheme)
    4. RB Kenyan Drake (explosive player and versatile)

    • naplesfan2010 says:

      I definitely want CB Howard and RB Drake.

      • naplesfan2010 says:

        I like Bullard’s production but worry that he can’t bully pardon the pun NFL OTs like he did college boys and he is not fast or even quick and sudden, so that is a concern.

  32. naplesfan2010 says:

    isn’t brothers too slow and stiff?

    • Tim Knight says:

      He was the only LB that seems like a fit in that range of picks. I prefer the Bullard version.

      I actually think Alonso, Jenkins, Misi, Hewiit, Vigil and Hull could do a solid job. Our DL and secondary is being overhauled. A 90% 2013 Alonso and a 2014 Jenkins makes us better at LB with Hewitt, Vigil and Hull pushing for playing time. Misi is versatile and consistent but he’s now a role player.

      Make the font 4 rotation sick. 2 LBs will be on the field 70-75% of the time anyway. We need more talent at DB.

      There are still questions about Jordan, C. McCain and D. Moore? Right now our DL is Suh, Mitchell and Phillips at DT, and Williams, Wake, Branch and Fede at DE. That’s where it all starts.

      • steveccnv says:

        That’s what I’ve been saying Tim, do we really need all of these LBs when less than 3 are on the field most of the time, but if we did draft Myles Jack, the thought of Jack and Alonso may resemble what Carolina has. Maybe Jordan surprises and he’s that same type of LB. I expect Gase to put Jordan in a position to succeed, if he actually plays this yr.

        Draft Conklin, hope he can play OG, and run the ball all day long, same with Zeke.

        Draft Hargreaves/Alexander and we’re pretty good on the back end.

  33. Rhino says:

    can’t believe I missed the grunge video posts. 😦

  34. steveccnv says:

    Conklin is the best pick for the long haul, not sure about this yr though, unless he can play inside. From what I saw against Alabama he looked good, reminds me of Robert Gallery, once he’s engaged the defender is done, with the difference being Gallery had issues getting in front of someone (speed guys killed him).

  35. steveccnv says:

    I see the NCAA has taken a page out of the NBAs playbook this yr by not showing replays of the play that just happened.

  36. steveccnv says:

    CBS Mock shows the Ravens and the Giants taking OT, Stanley and Conklin, so maybe he isn’t available when we pick. Several have Hargreaves available when we pick. We’ll have a starting type player available to us no matter what happens before we pick.

  37. Mike E. says:

    steveccnv says:
    March 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm (Edit)

    “That’s what I’ve been saying Tim, do we really need all of these LBs?”

    ALL??? We complained all year long our LB’s can’t/won’t/don’t tackle, and ALL we changed was one. Unless you want more of the same shoddy play as last year from the LB corps, I think we best UPGRADE, and not just add a guy who may be compete for a job. We can/should do better than that! What makes you think that things will be different this year, just because Kiko Alonso, who we don’t even know is anywhere near back to what he ONCE was 2 years, and really hasn’t been since? To me, that’s not a question I want answered by us not drafting a top LB. Just my 2 cents.

    • steveccnv says:

      I think we will draft an LB, but it doesn’t have to be with the top pick. Some have us drafting several LBs, we have other needs. It’s also quite possible that Jordan is in the mix at LB too, where he should’ve been playing all along, but someone told him he’s here to rush the passer.

  38. Mike E. says:

    Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

  39. steveccnv says:

    Someone wrote on here, Gase was having Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner work in the weight room to get stronger. I just read we may be also using a power blocking scheme as well as the ZBS in 2016, because the ZBS sucks when the D knows you’re going to run.

    • steveccnv says:

      Gase sat down this past week with Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, to discuss his plans for the offensive line. What the coach had to say was telling: “[Getting] back to some old school [techniques] , let’s lift, let’s spend our two hours in the weight room, let’s get these guys bigger, stronger and faster. So, that’s been our big focus. I want to try to give [the trainer] as much time alotted as he’s allowed to get these guys in position, where, when we do start, we can see a difference, we can see a difference physically, in our guys, as far as their strength and being able to come off the ball and move people.”

  40. Mike E. says:

    Steve

    Where did you get an indication that Jordan is in the mix at LB? I wouldn’t count on him in any case, whether it’s at DE or LB. He’s way too big a question mark, and hard to know if he really has his heart and head in the game. My main point is, it’s not just about getting bodies to compete, we have bodies here, we need better players at LB, but yes, we also need a CB or two, and maybe a DE to groom, but to me, LB is the heart of the issue, and just expecting the magical “wide 9” to solve the problem without upgrading the talent is very risky. If anything, the “wide 9” cries out for solid tackling and good discipline and instincts. I want a LB that’s clearly better than anyone else we have on roster to come in and elevate the play of our defense. If we can get that it in RD 2 or RD 3, great, but I think the odds go down significantly past RD 2 if I’m being honest.

  41. uwantwat says:

    Mike…I think you lose the plot at times. Yes FF is a risk but he has a lot of talent. Do I go with him? Yes, I do. The team has some excellent young talent just waiting for playing time. Our LB corp will be much improved this year without having to draft a lumbering mid talent in Ragland. DE, we have them coming out of our butt, why would we waste yet another 1st rounder on one? There is only 1 position I want us to draft in the 1st round and that is OL. We have to get that fixed once and for all. Whether you take an OT such as Stanley(if he falls to us) or Conklin we have to pull the plug and make it happen. Plenty of good DBs in the 2nd round. Their names have been plastered all over this blog. Fill the draft out by taking RB,OG,LB,DTand a DB. UDFA always have one or two stick. The talent level on this team is good, just upgrade the bottom end players and away we go.

  42. wyoming85 says:

    emanuel80s ‏@emanueleaddondi 15h15 hours ago
    NEW* video @draftbreakdown LT #74 Jack Conklin Vs Alabama(2015)
    http://draftbreakdown.com/video/jack-conklin-vs-alabama-2015/

  43. wyoming85 says:

    Ryan Dukarm ‏@DBRyan_Dukarm 8h8 hours ago
    *NEW* video @draftbreakdown Florida OL (OG Trip Thurman and OT Mason Halter) vs Missouri 2015 http://draftbreakdown.com/video/trip-thurman-vs-missouri-2015/

  44. uwantwat says:

    Wyo… that Conklin break down is not working for me. Good morning.

  45. Mike E. says:

    Lee

    I have no problem with us taking an OL in the 1st, but to me, that’s more of a move for next year, not this year. If we’re going by the assumption that everyone we currently have is healthy, we have 2 tackles, in Albert and James, and we have 2 backups in Bushrod and Young. Why do we need an OT now? Unless Conklin would play OG this year, and then maybe OT next year, that works for me, but Albert and James are the 2 tackles, so why draft a backup now? IMO, we need a starting player NOW that helps us NOW.

    • Tim Knight says:

      What I’ve read about Conklin is that he’s much better in tight spaces than out on an island so I’m speculating he could be a guard because they say he doesn’t get pushed around.

    • olddolphan says:

      MIKE E; Part of the reason WE SHOULD take an O-Lineman in round 1 or 2 is the fact that this franchise HAS NOT had a lot of success drafting O-Linemen in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. THERE IS NO WAY we can have the kind of offense we all want with the current group of guards on our roster. WE MUST improve our O-Line to save what’s left of Tanny’s career or to protect the career of whomever takes his place. And, given the loss of Miller, our O-Line MUST BE BETTER if we are to have a respectable ground game.
      ———–
      Been working a bunch of 7-day weeks lately. Mrs. OD “persuaded” me to take today off to recharge my batteries!! –I’ll be working conventions in Baltimore, Brandon (Florida) and suburban Chattanooga the next 3 weekends so this old fart needs to be refreshed and raring to go!!
      ———-
      SO-O-O, back to the draft, IMHO, we need to address glaring needs at LB, DB, Guard, and RB in the first 4 rounds of the draft and in what’s left of free agency. Some holes MAY have already been plugged (“SHOW ME” of course). But other big holes remain. The ONLY demand I’d make of this front office is that they take the best O-Lineman available either in round 1 or round 2. And I’d supplement the O-Line with ANOTHER selection in round 5 or 6, given Brandon Albert’s propensity to miss games almost every season. WE ALL want to believe that this front office IS CAPABLE of having a very productive draft. But after seven consecutive non-winning seasons, it is hard to believe that what used to be the “DOOFUS BRIGADE” has been transformed into one of the best organizations in the NFL. Ross, Tannenbaum, and the rest of the front office STILL HAVE TO SHOW ME!!!

  46. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    So you’re saying that Conklin’s best suited for OG? How many teams draft an OG at #13? I know the Cowboys took Zack Martin, but most teams don’t take a G that early. It’s crazy, because you know I want to fix the O-line, but I also don’t want to take a pure OG at #13. I think there are a few OG’s who we could get a round or even 2 RD’s later, like Garnett, Westerman, Alexander, all who may be starters now. It’s tough, because Conklin has only played OT, but most likely could play inside too.

    • Mike E. says:

      You could add Whitehair too, he might be a 2nd RD pick. I still think it’s probably a CB we take in RD 1.

    • Tim Knight says:

      It’s just an option. I don’t have any must approaches in this draft because there are so many ways we can go. I tried to mix it up rather than the same type positions that get posted here in most of the mocks.

  47. wyoming85 says:

  48. wyoming85 says:

    Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter 1h1 hour ago
    NFL Draft is one month from tonight…

  49. Mike E. says:

    Tim

    There’s no doubt there are so many different ways to approach this draft. I’m very curious to see which way we go.

    • Tim Knight says:

      I’m also going to look at this draft as a whole not necessarily which position went where. The defense is going to look quite different when it’s all said and done. The offense as we know needs to get better play from its guards and more durability overall along with another RB. Other than that the offense has what it needs to go play.

      • olddolphan says:

        Been hearing something like that for 7 consecutive years, Tim. See my comments up the page.

  50. uwantwat says:

    Mike, you stock up OL, Conklin is a good one. Bushrod and Albert are getting older, he is the LT of the future. Douglas, Turner and Thomas still battling to be starting OGs. Conklin should beat those 3 out to move inside. Young and the youngsters are BU at this stage. We have to get this OL fixed #1 priority.

  51. Al in MIA says:

    Wyo,
    Conklin has plenty of good tape vs high level opponents. Just watch what Conklin does to Buckner and the rest of Oregon front 7 in their match up. This guy just goes after it on every play. I read this in Dane Brugler’s (nfldraftscout) analysis of him and it pretty much sums up what i’ve seen of Conklin -> “Rarely plays in reverse. Smart and instinctive, understanding protections and using his eyes to pick up extra pressures. Feisty and always looking for someone to block, displaying a dependable playing temperament. ”
    I didn’t think much of Conklin 2 months ago but when I saw highlights of Buckner vs MSU, I was like “man, #74 is a beast”. I saw other games of him and MSU and said “whew, this guy is a pit bull OL”.
    I don’t think he will be BPA at #13 but he definitely fullfills team need at the position (OG/OT). I wouldn’t be disappointed in his selection.

  52. Al in MIA says:

    Mike E. says:
    March 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Tim

    There’s no doubt there are so many different ways to approach this draft. I’m very curious to see which way we go.
    ———
    I just hope Adam Gase talks to Grier/Tannenbaum the way he talks to the media (not afraid to state his opinion and firmly sticks to his guns).

  53. Mike E. says:

    Lee

    I begged for us to take an OT that we could move to OG last year for months before the draft, and was I right that our O-line was a problem?

  54. Mike E. says:

    OD

    You know I want a strong OL, but we have 2 tackles in place for this season, and we now have 2 backups. We can just as easily draft an OT next year. The only way I see getting value of taking an OT now, is if he starts at OG for us this year, and then we let Albert go, and he starts at LT.

  55. Tim Knight says:

    OD, Ireland really screwed up the OL in 2013 and then bullygate happened so we basically had to rebuild the entire OL. The only guys who returned in 2014 were Pouncey, Thomas, Garner and Brenner and only one still here are Pouncey and Thomas. Hickey was forced into putting a lot of resources into the OL his first two years. We’re still trying to solidify the OL this year because of that. We also had some injury setbacks with Albert, Pouncey and James. We need those three healthy for once.

  56. uwantwat says:

    Mike… Tim got it right injuries killed us on the OL. Turner,Thomas and Douglas all played LT in college. Our BUs were piss weak, Fox,Brenner &co. needed to be replaced by blokes who can step in and play at the required level. This hasn’t in the last few years, in fact since Grove and Smiley got hurt. Now that OL was jumping.
    I’m happy to have Albert Pouncey and James then 2 starters out of whoever is left over. Let Bushrod, Conklin, and the 5 leftovers battle it out for the spots. What I don’t want to see is us chasing other teams leftovers during the late cuts period.

  57. jetsssuck says:

    Envoyé par Courrier pour Windows 10

    Envoyé le :26 mars 2016 09:54
    À : Destinataires-Pro.
    Objet :FW: A Few Personal thoughts For 2016

    Subject: A Few Personal thoughts For 2016

    To all you seniors out there and those still working on achieving that goal.

    Cheers,
    M…

    My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.

    Ate salad for dinner! Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big, round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE, it was a pizza. I ate a pizza.

    How to prepare Tofu:

    1. Throw it in the trash.

    2. Grill some Meat.

    I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

    I don’t mean to brag but……I finished my 14-day diet in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

    A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

    Kids today don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

    Senility has been a smooth transition for me.

    Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero out they closed school?

    Me neither.

    I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented….I forgot where I was going with this.

    I love being over 50. I learn something new every day…….and forget 5 others.

    A thief broke into my house last night……He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.

    My dentist told me I need a crown. I was like: I KNOW !, Right?

    I think I’ll just put an “Out of Order” sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

    PS: Sunday, March 13, 2016 began Daylight Savings Time. Hope you remembered to set your bathroom scale back 10 pounds on Saturday night.

    Stay positive !!

  58. uwantwat says:

    JS…I never got back to you the other night. I live in Adelaide, capital of South Australia.

  59. Al in MIA says:

    steveccnv says:
    March 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Someone wrote on here, Gase was having Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner work in the weight room to get stronger. I just read we may be also using a power blocking scheme as well as the ZBS in 2016, because the ZBS sucks when the D knows you’re going to run.
    ————–
    There are varieties between types of ZBS schemes run -> Outside Zone (what Pitt primarily runs) & Inside Zone (Eagles under Kelly). But as Tim always points on regarding defensive schemes (3-4 vs 4-3 is overrated), the same applies to offense and offensive lines specifically. At the end of the day, the best teams are the ones that are most flexible and can execute in various formations/schemes. The Patriots run inside zone often but they also run power base when they get near the endzone. It’s all about execution (cliche but true). Coaches have to come through with coaching and teach our guys to communicate effectively and also have the player recognize how to play in certain situations.

  60. uwantwat says:

    I stuck a wasted space sticker on a mate’s forehead a few years back while he was passed out drunk. It became his wife’s most treasured picture.

  61. Randy says:

    Thoughts on the draft:
    While you’d always love to get an immediate impact player, Is this team at a point where we can’t build for 2 or 3 years from now with pick #13? At #8 I would have tried to get an impact player or used it to get more picks. I guess it depends on where you feel the team is. I wouldn’t be too troubled if they took a DE who may not pay big dividends for a couple years if they see a big role for him down the road. Or, possibly, even a guard, but I don’t see one I’d take at #13. Much better value elsewhere, and you know I’m always up for drafting OL! Lol A tackle you hope can play guard and slide to tackle later? Always a risk, and you may end up hurting 2 positions on your team if the guy doesn’t pan out…guard and, at the least, backup LT.
    ***
    As I’ve said before, I’m fine with whatever they do in this draft. We have so many needs, and it’s an average draft. I’d say 3-5 really top end talent at best…maybe another 10 that are 1st round guys….and then a lot of 2nd and 3rd round talent. DL is deep. They’re gonna get snatched up quick. We could see a lot of trades this year.
    ***
    I never get too caught up in any one player, anyway. I’m leaning towards BPA with an eye towards DE/CB….and willing to trade back if the guy they want is gone at #13. Just my .02 worth.

  62. uwantwat says:

    Randy…your .02 cents worth is as good as anyone’s on this board.

  63. The Flying Pig says:

    New blog up in 2 mins

  64. The Flying Pig says:

    new blog up now
    Wedge the College Years/Robert Nkemdiche

  65. Randy says:

    uwantwat
    Thanks! But, what the hell is a wasted space sticker? I read that post and said; wtf? Lol
    ***
    One of my favorite pics of all time was of a buddy who had a love letter to his hand…written on his hand…as he lay passed out in a condo in Colorado on a week of skiing with the guys. It covered his whole palm and onto his wrist. The poor bastard slept thru all of it. He refused to look at the pics afterwards. That was only one of many. Lol

  66. Al in MIA says:

    Tim,
    I was catching up with some of the comments written over the last few days.
    Love many of the Soundgarden songs (Down on the upside !) Kim Thayil is a beast with his axe.
    Speaking of Audioslave, Tom Morello took to the stage and provided some guitar sounds for one of the acts at the Ultra electronic music festival that took place in Miami two weekends ago.

  67. uwantwat says:

    Randy… we got a piece of paper wrote “This is a wasted space” on it and stuck it to his forehead using sticky tape. LOL He was not impressed. We all thought he was dumb anyway.

  68. Al in MIA says:

    Randy,
    “As I’ve said before, I’m fine with whatever they do in this draft. We have so many needs, and it’s an average draft. I’d say 3-5 really top end talent at best”
    “I never get too caught up in any one player, anyway. I’m leaning towards BPA with an eye towards DE/CB….and willing to trade back if the guy they want is gone at #13. Just my .02 worth.”

    My thoughts exactly.
    Ramsey, Tunsil, Jack are the only elite Pro Bowl type / HOF traits type guys I see at this point.
    Maybe Goff as well but the QB position is such a crap shoot.
    Bosa i’m up in the air about. On film he wins with technique and power. How that works against NFL OT, who knows. He gives me that Vernon type feel; I’m not sold on him. He looks the part though and is definitely way more cockier than Vernon (seen a negative by some but guys who are great are generally cocky in some way because that’s how they motivate themselves in a stressful environment such as a NFL football game).
    I’d like to see Miami work the draft to pick up more 2nd-3rd RD picks; this team needs talent at too many positions.
    Perhaps they can move down just a little in RD 1 and take William Jackson III.

  69. Al in MIA says:

    I’ll get back to Myles Jack in a minute but I wanted to post something I saw from Paul Perkins and why he’s my fav back for Miami in this draft:

  70. Al in MIA says:

    Here’s a reminder to those who think Myles Jack doesn’t have any power (it’s all about leverage)
    He’s the LB on the bottom hash mark hitting back the OL at the 16 yd line of this play.

  71. Al in MIA says:

    In terms of RB, someone like Keith Marshall who has injury risk attached to him will be a steal for someone in the way Ajayi was for Miami last year.

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