Has anybody seen anything recent on Ricky Wagner (LT, Wisconsin)? I didn't watch a lot of the Senior Bowl stuff, so I don't know if he was there or not.
Anyway, right now NFL.com has his draft grade at 69.1. For comparison, Quesenberry (who most of us kind of liked) is at 69.2. I assume Quesenberry is more highly thought of than that at this point, but you get the idea...
Wagner was rated by Phil Steele as the #2 Tackle in college football entering the year. He was HM All Big 10 in 2011 as a LT. Had a knee injury this year and wasn't as good.
Projects as a RT.
But what I think of witha guy like this is Alex Boone. Boone was the #1 tackle in college going into his Sr year at Ohio State. Fell off the radar the last year, and went either UDFA or 7th round. Now he's a starting guard for the 49ers.
Hell of a lot better developmental player than, say, Ramon Harewood, I would say.
So just curious if anybody's heard more about this guy, and as a side point, the next time we "develop" a O-line project, I hope its a guy with some kind of pedigree at least, who got undervalued, rather than some dude hasn't played a lot of football, but is "big."
Is there any chance of an impact DL there at 32? Personally I do like Jesse Williams, I don't know quite enough about John Jenkins.
Also, what LB's do you like (that can start with Ellerbe considering we retain him)? I like Te'o and Minter, but my favorites of the group may be Greene from Rutgers and Hodges from Penn St.
Eddie Lacey is an absolute animal. This guy can't be stopped when he gets going, he is better than Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram IMO. Looks like Jamal Lewis, don't understand why he is mostly projected as a 2nd round pick. Alabama have two great backs, the other one is a stretch zone runner, of course they have to use both.
After the 2000 Super Bowl win, you tried to keep the team together and it became a tough salary cap situation. Will that experience play into what you might do this year, even though the salary cap seems like it will go up in 2014? (Stan White)
(NEWSOME) “Yes. We will not repeat what we did in 2001, because we are trying to build where we can win Super Bowls more than just one more time. But, I think our team is structured differently this time also. We do have some veterans that will probably be retiring, but we have a great nucleus of young players. [We have] players who are just hitting into their prime that we are going to build this team around. But, we are not going to be restructuring contracts and do all of those different things to be able just to maintain this team to make another run. We’re not doing that. But, all that being said, John and I have talked about it, and we have talked to the coaches, [and] that doesn’t mean that we don’t want to try to go and repeat.”
It seems like a smart move to draft a NT to compete with Terrance Cody for the spot, but I would not give up on Cody yet. Again, it took him a long time just to get into proper NFL NT condition, let alone work on his technique. Paul Kruger's emergence should have taught us something about player development. The team is more focused on a youth movement than they've been in years. We as fans are going to have to learn more patience with players.