I get the tongue-in-cheek, but in Allen's case (and yes, I know the injury is related to his stock fall too), it's costing him $$$...even though there's no evidence that he's done anything crooked.
More interesting tidbits:Quote:
Austin's test score was even lower at 7, but the majority of scouts expect him to learn a playbook without a major hitch.
"He's not a quick study and it will take him a little time," another personnel director said. "He will work at it. He cares greatly about it."
Justin Hunter, Patterson's teammate, scored just 12, but scouts consider him less of a risk mentally.
Meanwhile, intelligence is deemed a plus for Keenan Allen (19) and Robert Woods (23), the next-best receivers behind Patterson and Austin.
"Allen and Woods just know how to play," an NFC personnel director said. "You throw them in, they're going to run the right route, get open and catch the ball.
"You can run fast 40s and be this and that, but if you don't know how to play it just kind of goes out the window."
The Journal Sentinel asked 16 personnel people to list their top five wide receivers and top four tight ends. At wide receiver, a first-place vote was worth five points, a second was worth four and so on.
Patterson (seven firsts) led with 62 points, followed by Austin, 60 (six firsts); Allen, 40 (one first); Woods, 25; DeAndre Hopkins, 24 (one first); Hunter, 16; Terrance Williams, five; and Stedman Bailey and Quinton Patton, each four.
At tight end, Tyler Eifert led the way with 63 points (15 firsts), followed by Zach Ertz, 40 (one first); Gavin Escobar, 22; Travis Kelce, 14; Vance McDonald and Jordan Reed, eight; Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera, two; and Chris Gragg, one.
I'd like Patterson as a pick at 62, nothing more, nothing less. The guy is a very very high risk pick.
I would take Woods in the first. Just my preference. I think he has the chance to be a 100 catch player even though this offense isn't really built that way (what am I saying, that could change this year). Him, Allen, or Hopkins. I think the Pats may take Woods though depending on who is available. Just a hunch.
Also it was Hopkins in the hotel room fiasco and not Patterson. Apparently he is already denying any involvement in this affair.
Woods in the 1st would make me sad. Not a fan of his release nor YAC. He's very good in between though.
Remember, we know that Torrey Smith is the Ravens' benchmark for "1st round grade" at the position. Different Draft, I know, but that's the best info we got.
Woods to me has neither. He doesn't have one great trait and he has a lot of flaws. I don't see him being dominant in the NFL. The guys I see fitting into the 1st round mold are Tavon Austin (game-breaking elusiveness), DeAndre Hopkins (complete total game), Justin Hunter (potentially game-breaking size/speed/body control a la Randy Moss), Cordarelle Patterson (game-breaking YAC).
Woods is a solid, competent #2 guy who will need a year or so to climb a depth chart. You can go and get a similar prospect at a better value in a later round.
That's a great break down bmore. I would put Hopkins and Allen in the Hakeem Nicks/Roddy White category. I wouldn't put anyone this year in the AJ Green league. Patterson is an interesting prospect, but he's more along the lines of a Torrey Smith IMO, and Tavon Austin is a Percy Harvin type prospect which is obvious.
Justin Hunter is an interesting player, because if he was a polished receiver, you could easily put him in the Julio Jones league with that freakish size and speed, but he's instead a developmental player with huge upside, could be someone to look at, at 62.
He might not be the perfect specimen, but he is a football player. You hear that from the Ravens all the time in who they look for. I just think that he would be a nice addition to our team.
We're going to be in good hands whenever Ozzie moves on.
FWIW, paraphrasing Eric about mid-way through: If you're drafting a receiver, draft a receiver who's tough, competitive and has a tremendous work ethic. People get seduced by combine numbers, college catches, where they line-up, etc., and all of that's important. But what makes Torrey special is his personally, work ethic, demeanor and drive.
It seems with all the hype surrounding Hopkins, we may have to jump in front of either the Texans or the Vikings to get him. Not sure if the Ravens play that game of moving up for a WR in the 1st. However, I have been curious of how many times when asked about WRs, the Ravens have mentioned how much they are looking forward to seeing the players already on the roster (Doss, Thompson, Streeter, Reed with Williams not being mentioned a lot) and kind of change cater the answer. I believe I've heard that from multiple front offices and coaches the same statement (towing the company line). Smokescreens you think?
In the real world, I can't imagine us moving up 10 spots or so for anyone.
Betting the FO doesn't value Eifert as much as I do lol, but I can see us having top-tier value on Cyprien based on his excellent positional skill-set, range and strong "Joker" potential. Super-freaky athletics aside, he's what GM's hope that Ziggy becomes. DEN or NE could snag him just ahead us, so MIN's #25 would look like the place to land.
Hearing a lot of QB buzz lately on Nassib, Barkley and Manuel. If Jacksonville shows their hand in any way as far as looking for a QB at 33 it could make 32 very valuable. Even if they dont people air on the side of caution when trying to get their QB, could fetch a nice haul to move down a few spots.
I like this guy Stedman Bailey. He's totally overshadowed by Geno Smith and Trayvon Austin, it's crazy. He had like 114 receptions, 1600 yds, 25 TDs. I know he's only 5'10" (so are Greg Jenning, Steve Smith (Carolina), Wes Welker, etc) or whatever, but you can't ignore his production. He's one of the best route runners in this draft and could probably immediately come in and get 70+ catches in the slot. NFLDraftScout has him projected as a late 2nd rounder, early 3rd rounder.