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Ryan Matthews is solid, but I think Dwyer is definitely the best all around back in the draft. Great combo of size, power, and speed. I remember watching him annihilate a LB on the U and also out run the secondary of Florida St.
He reminds me of a young Larry Johnson with better breakaway speed and quickness. I love the way he runs and the emotion he plays with. LJ was one of my favorite players growing up, so obviously I'm a fan of Dwyer.
If the Simmons thing has any truth to it, this is the "stud" RB I would think he is talking about.
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Matthews is looking like a mid-round pick right? Maybe 3rd? If Pat Hill gives the recommendation, I'm sure BB will pull the trigger. Being a Fresno St. fan, I've watched Matthews singlehandedly keep the Bulldogs in games with HUGE runs. Just look at the Boise St. game - YouTube - Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State (2009) ...starts at 30seconds.
Good size (5'11" 220) with very nice breakaway speed. Really hits the hole.
BTW... that 3rd TD run against Boise, that's Kyle Wilson Matthews beats to the endzone. Some have Wilson ranked as a top 5 CB in the draft.
I'm through drafting rb's. We are not very good at it apparently. I'd rather take my chances on drafting a smashmouth guard and Center to make the committee formidable.
But if we had to take one early I'd probably go with Toby Gerhart in the 3rd round with a trade down with our final 2nd round pick. Maybe it aquires a 2nd next year? Anyhow, that's as early as I take one and I think he will be there early in the third even though naysayers will claim he is going in the 2nd. I'll take my chances because that's how high of a priority I think RB is to this team right now.
we dont need to draft a running back early, especially not the first or second.
Because our runningbacks have a really good health record? (Taylor, Morris, Maroney). Dude these guys are the poster childs for glass factories around the nation! And none of them counts as a real powerback for the 3rd and short/goal line situations either.
Interior OL is a priority as well, but there's nothing really special in that runningback stable right now. There's no workhorse back to count on to carry you in the playoffs or grind out the clock in the 4th Q of a must win game.
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Ingram is a beast but there is no gaurntee in football, Ingram could (God forbid) tear an ACL or have a terrible season. You have to draft for now.
i completely understand but right now we dont have the offensive line to run the ball on a consistent basis which is why i said best who can do more than just run the ball
im not saying bet it all on ingram but just keep it as a little thought in the back of your mind that the next emmit smith might be in the draft next year
If we want to have a better running game, we need a top OF, a FB and a TE or two (with Watson leaving). These are much more important than getting an improvement from our four running backs.
And just BTW, I don't want to emphasize the running game. I would much prefer that we get another receiver or two, and an OC, and have a better passing game.
I don't want us to be a run-first team, but I would like us to be diversified. My ideal model would be something like the Saints, with too many offensive weapons to cover and balance between run and pass. You can still be pass-first and an explosive offense while having balance. It doesn't have to be 3 yards and a cloud of dust.
Part of the key is to integrate the backs into the passing attack more the way the Saints do. That will open things up considerably. First, teams won't always know we're going to run when we have a running back in the backfield, and pass when we don't. Second, our OL will never be a dominant run-blocking line as long as protecting Brady is our 1st priority, and getting the ball to the backs with some room to do their thing is more efficient then having them try to run into a crowd.
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