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    The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano



    There are a lot of "highlight" tapes out there of Giordano, but I am using his performance against Pitt and USF. The reason being because Pitt runs a pro-style offense with a drop-back passing attack in Tino Sunseri and USF runs a lot of spread with zone-read elements.

    Frankly, I'm surprised not many are talking about Giordano as a mid-round prospect.

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    Overall, I think he has some upside, although not a tremendous amount. When I watch him I see a good all-around defensive end in a 4-3 with enough athleticism to be a "Sam" backer in a 3-4, which is what Kruger was supposed to do and what Jarret Johnson did. However, I will say that Giordano has significantly more explosion and quickness than JJ did.

    Pass Rushing:
    For the purpose of the Ravens, I think Giordano could be intriguing as a mid-to-late round prospect that could compete with Adrian Hamilton and Michael McAdoo for depth positions behind Suggs, Upshaw, and Dumervil. He has a motor that just doesn't quit and I really like that about him. He's strong, he uses leverage really well, and he can dip his shoulder. Purely from a pass rushing perspective, the thing I notice the most about him is that he generates a lot of pressure and forces the QB to get rid of the ball early and/or move up and away from the pocket. He doesn't ever seem to consistently GET to the QB though and I think a lot of that has to do with his closing speed. He just doesn't have that top-end closing speed that elite pass rushers have, so in that regard I don't think he'd ever be an elite pass rusher.

    Coverage:
    Surprisingly, he's not terrible in space. However he's going to need a lot of coaching regarding pass coverage because at the moment he is very limited in that he is a "north/south" defensive player. Cincinnati had a few zone-blitz plays where Giordano would drop into coverage, but it was more to confuse the QB rather than actually cover anyone effectively. So, dropping into zones may be difficult for him at first. However, I think he'd be fine working his way out to zones in the flat area to cover TE screens and swing passes to the RB.

    Run Stopping:
    This, IMO, is where Giordano's bread-n-butter lies. In the Ravens defense I think he'd be an outstanding depth player behind Suggs and Upshaw as the "Sam" linebacker. However, I do think that Giordano possesses better straight-line explosion than Upshaw. So, he could be more of a pass rusher than Upshaw, but I think Upshaw just does an outstanding job diagnosing the play and getting to the ball. Giordano stands up OL'men, he rarely gets pushed off the LOS, and he sheds blocks really well to make plays on ball carrier at the LOS or behind the LOS. He does a nice job diagnosing plays and even against Ray Graham (Pitt RB...very quick scat back player) he was able to run him down for minimal gains by setting the edge and forcing Graham outside without a cutback lane.

    NFL Player he reminds me of: At best, maybe a Ahmad Brooks type of player mixed with some Chandler Jones. Jones has more closing speed though.

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    Re: The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano

    Vs USF
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    Re: The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano

    Great writeup Wicked. Really enjoying everything you've been posting today. I haven't had a chance to look at a lot of these later-round guys and you're knocking it out of the park with your evaluations!

    Giordano, along with his teammate Walter Stewart and Quanterus Smith, are guys at DE/OLB that the Ravens should take a close look at in the late rounds and as UDFAs. Giordano is not going to go high because he's not perceived to be an elite athlete and didn't produce gaudy sack totals at Cincinnati, but his motor never quits and that's something you can't teach. Definitely a Ravens type of player.




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    Re: The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano

    Quote Originally Posted by bmorecareful View Post
    Great writeup Wicked. Really enjoying everything you've been posting today. I haven't had a chance to look at a lot of these later-round guys and you're knocking it out of the park with your evaluations!

    Giordano, along with his teammate Walter Stewart and Quanterus Smith, are guys at DE/OLB that the Ravens should take a close look at in the late rounds and as UDFAs. Giordano is not going to go high because he's not perceived to be an elite athlete and didn't produce gaudy sack totals at Cincinnati, but his motor never quits and that's something you can't teach. Definitely a Ravens type of player.
    Thanks man!

    I agree...I really like Giordano. Quanterus Smith is interesting as well.

    I'd like to think that the Ravens will scope out at least 1 pass rusher. McAdoo has been injured twice in two years, so I can't see them going into next year without more robust depth.
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    Re: The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Thanks man!

    I agree...I really like Giordano. Quanterus Smith is interesting as well.

    I'd like to think that the Ravens will scope out at least 1 pass rusher. McAdoo has been injured twice in two years, so I can't see them going into next year without more robust depth.
    Great post.

    I also like David Bass out of Missouri Western and Bruce Miller from Central Florida
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    Re: The Ravens Draft: Dan Giordano

    Check out meshak Williams from ksu as a late round pass rusher. Really caught my eye when watching Arthur Brown




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