He is easily going to be a top 3 pick. Maybe even the #1 overall pick next year.
maybe the ravens can start a rumor about Teo before the draft and hope he falls down to us in the draft
Would you guys trade a 1st second and third for Manti Te'o? If given the chance?
Kindle providing no single entity of value to the Ravens in three whole years ruins this draft from a retrospective standpoint. However, at the time, it was a total steal to get a guy that talented in the 2nd round. Kindle was listed as a surefire top 15 pick all draft long. I'm not sure how much you can really pin his flop on the front office.
Cody and Dickson have both been disappointments to varying degrees, which only worsens it. Cody version 2011 seemed to be a player coming into this own and seemed to show at least a reasonable value for a 2nd rounder. However, this year, I've nicknamed him "bugzapper" because soon as he meets with contact, he falls on the ground like a dead fly. At the time, though, it was viewed as a great value to get him in the late 2nd round, because he was mocked in that 25-30 range fairly universally heading into draft day.
Dickson would be labeled as a mild disappointment in my book. He's had some good moments and has excellent get-down-the-field explosiveness for a TE. However, his hands are still a bit unreliable and his blocking is pitiful. Pitta's emergence as a very solid TE makes the Dickson pick a little more forgiveable. Again, this is a guy coming out of the Pac 10 that a lot of people saw as a safer pick than the injury-risk Gronkowski.
If you look at Jimmy Smith, Cody, Kindle, and even Upshaw this year, the common denominator is that our FO drafted a player who had slipped to a certain point in the draft. It seemed like a great idea to take these sliding players, but perhaps we need to re-evaluate that strategy heading forward.
Slow day at work so I watched Brian Winters (LT from Kent State). Notes are at work but I think he's 6'5 315?
Good drive with his run blocking. Slight mauler. Choppy steps on his pass blocking. Kept his QB clean but wasn't particularly dominate about it. Team captain.
Looks like he'd be a good G. The G board is stacked though, so I'll tag him with mid 3rd round value.
Also, watched Travis Frederick from Wisconsin. Jr Center. Excellent driver, blocks through whistle. Quickly gets to 2nd level when designed, and often gets at least a piece of somebody. Saw a few pancakes/takedowns. Pulls quickly and cleanly...but didn't really cream his man once he got there. Might not come out. I read he got owned vs. Penn State so I need to find that tape before I place value
Clady, Osemele, Gradkowski, Yanda, Oher.
Whichever way, Albert is an LT, so even at age 28, he'll be expensive.
Isn't Jake Long up too?
Also, back to KC...their C/G Ryan Lilja is up too. 31 yo so might not get a huge deal from KC, but then again, it shouldn't take much for anyone else to take him away from there either.
No sacks, 3 hits and 6 hurries year-to-date. Got $2.1M this year; final year of a 3 year $7.5M deal.
Just thinking about a insurance policy on Gino not being ready (only the FO knows).
If Clady hits the open market, he could very easily become the highest paid LT in the league. He's still young and very accomplished. Frankly, I think he'll stick it out with Denver. They've got a good thing going right now. What issues they had earlier this year may be cured by winning.
I still don't think we'd be able to afford him. I also cannot see a way the Chiefs don't re-sign him. They'll let Dwayne Bowe walk before letting Albert walk.
This is a very black-and-white situation, IMO. Brandon Albert has consistently gotten better, is durable, and is a team player. Dwayne Bowe is inconsistent, has injury issues, and seems like he really isn't interested in sticking in KC anyway. Their future franchise QB is going to be Geno Smith. There is likely 0% chance that the Chiefs are not running to the podium with Smith's name in hand. Considering that, there are also a lot of really solid WR prospects in this draft that they can go get. They have a solid receiving TE (that they never use) in Tony Moeaki and they could easily go out and sign someone like Kevin Ogletree or Danny Amendola without breaking the bank. Or, if they can afford Albert AND a receiver, why pay for Dwayne Bowe when they could just as easily target Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings?Quote:
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