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  1. #1096
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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread



    I never knew he played that well this year lol, but who cares about Carolina anyway?




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Chris Faulk, the LT out of LSU is reportedly going to declare for the draft.

    He was considered a top 20 pick before the season started before he tore his ACL midway through the season.

    He likely won't be able to work out so I wonder where he will go in the draft. Interesting prospect.
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    What are peoples thoughts on Eric Reid? I'm really intriguied by him at the bottom of the 1st. Him, John Jenkins, and Barrett Jones I all like at the bottom of the 1st. I won't mind trading down and getting someone like Minter in the early 2nd. I don't think he has 1st round talent, but definitely top of the second and picking up an extra 4th would be nice as well for a project at ILB/DL/CB




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Man I don't care, all this shit is giving me a headache. But we NEED either through FA or the Draft, a:
    NT
    MLB
    FS
    LT

    All as immediate contributors and starters and probably in that order. And we need depth on the Defensive side as well. I don't think we've EVER gone into a offseason with this many holes and this little cap space to work with.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    And...Taylor Lewan is apparently going back to school.
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by runrayrun27 View Post
    What are peoples thoughts on Eric Reid? I'm really intriguied by him at the bottom of the 1st. Him, John Jenkins, and Barrett Jones I all like at the bottom of the 1st. I won't mind trading down and getting someone like Minter in the early 2nd. I don't think he has 1st round talent, but definitely top of the second and picking up an extra 4th would be nice as well for a project at ILB/DL/CB
    I liked him a lot before the season started...I thought he'd be a top 15ish pick.

    But for whatever reason, he struggled some this year. I remember seeing the Florida-LSU game and was stunned at the horrible angles he was taking for tackling and in the pass game.

    I'd be ok taking him in the late 2nd or 3rd...not the first anymore.
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Kuechly is a better prospect than Teo, but he's not a dramatically better player. I'd rank Teo as a better prospect this year than Hightower was last year though. Let me remind some of you that last year we heard a lot of the same "won't excel at the combine" talk and he proved his doubters wrong.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    And...Taylor Lewan is apparently going back to school.
    What in the world is this kid thinking? With Jake Matthews going back to school he's the consensus #2 OT and a near-lock to be a top 10 pick. What's the point of going back to school? Even if he has the best year ever what's the difference between #9 and #1? With the new CBA the money factor is insignificant compared to the risk of injury or otherwise hurting your draft stock.

    These kids are making some crazy decisions. Now, watch... Lewan will go back to school and have a down year and cost himself millions, just like Matt Barkley and Jake Locker. I don't get it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    I liked him a lot before the season started...I thought he'd be a top 15ish pick.

    But for whatever reason, he struggled some this year. I remember seeing the Florida-LSU game and was stunned at the horrible angles he was taking for tackling and in the pass game.

    I'd be ok taking him in the late 2nd or 3rd...not the first anymore.
    Yeah, Eric Reid's stock has really dropped. He just doesn't look as good without Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu, and Brandon Taylor. I agree with late 2nd or 3rd, but I'd rank him solidly after Kenny Vaccaro, Matt Elam, Phillip Thomas, TJ McDonald, and maybe even DJ Swearinger.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Another nice prospect has declared for the draft today... Kwame Geathers out of UGA. He was basically the backup to John Jenkins and also played a good bit of 5-tech DE despite being 6'6 350.

    From what I've seen of him he's pretty good but a bit high in his stance at times. A nice prospect to get in the middle rounds to push Cody or possibly even take over at NT next year if we stay in the traditional 3-4.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    And...Taylor Lewan is apparently going back to school.
    Interesting... Wonder if that Clowney beat down changed his mind.
    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

    –Eleanor Roosevelt




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirdowski View Post
    Interesting... Wonder if that Clowney beat down changed his mind.
    I think it definitely had a significant impact on his decision. Before that game, I think he felt he had a shot of competing with Joker for the top LT spot and be a top 5 pick.

    I think he feels that he would be the top guy going int next year (I don't think he will...I think Matthews from TAMU will be).
    Although Walsh's system of offense can compensate for lack of talent; however, defense is a different story. According to Walsh, talent on defense was essential and could not be compensated for. What did Walsh do in 1981? He acquired physical and talented players on defense.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    Te'o may have a bad BCS game, but Kuechly played against lesser competition, while Te' was dominating against some of the top teams in America. Its also funny how you bring up "elite" sideline to sideline speed, because while Kuechly had a very average rookie year, Hightower has been lights out whenever he's been on the field, and a lot of people said that Hightower should drop weight, and said there's no way he could excel in a 4-3 scheme as a ILB, guess he proved everyone wrong this year.
    think you've got Hightower and Luke mixed up there. He's been lights out will Hightower and been the average one.

    Dunno what exactly you see when you watch nfl games....




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    think you've got Hightower and Luke mixed up there. He's been lights out will Hightower and been the average one.

    Dunno what exactly you see when you watch nfl games....
    Yeah it was my bad, I just don't watch many Carolina games.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Raveninwoodlawn View Post
    I think it definitely had a significant impact on his decision. Before that game, I think he felt he had a shot of competing with Joker for the top LT spot and be a top 5 pick.

    I think he feels that he would be the top guy going int next year (I don't think he will...I think Matthews from TAMU will be).
    I don't see how he thought he had any change of competing with Joeckel. There was no way he was going to be the #1 LT, but he was going to be the #2 LT and that meant a top 10 pick in all likelihood.

    He didn't get "beat down" by Clowney. Clowney had 0 sacks. He had 2 TFLs and on one of the two (the one where he decapitated the RB) he went unblocked by design. If you re-watch the game, Lewan held his own... nobody can stop Clowney but Lewan held him to a couple pressures and just 2 TFLs. That performance didn't hurt his draft stock at all.

    IMO Lewan staying in school is a terrible mistake. He could easily get hurt this year or just plain have a down year, and then he could absolutely collapse. I think guys stay in school because they get used to being the big man on campus and living basically a lavish life without needing to work hard. If you were Matt Barkley would you have wanted to leave USC last year and go to Cleveland? Sure, the money is nice, but you're already living like a king, what difference does it really make especially when you're too naive to think it could all go away in a heartbeat?

    I question the competitive edge of any young man who doesn't want to move to the highest level and play against the best as soon as he's eligible.




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    Re: New draft/FA/offseason thread

    From Lewan:

    ''People don't really understand why I wouldn't leave for the NFL,'' Lewan said Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press before making his announcement. ''But when I came to the University of Michigan, I didn't understand the tradition of this place, either. Now, I do. In the NFL, you just come and go. But here at Michigan, it's not like that. I love these guys - my teammates are my best friends - and I want to stay to win Big Ten championships.''




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