Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by DaBruinz, Dec 31, 2008.
Ayjackson posted this in the "Top" Priorities thread and I felt it really deserved its own.
Re: College DE to 3-4 OLB projections
I wasn't thinking about an OLB projection, just the switch to our 3-4 line. Tyson Jackson is 295lbs, I don't think he'd convert well to OLB. But a thread for general 3-4 conversions, whether they be from OLB to ILB, DT to DE, or DE to OLB would be useful.
Re: College DE to 3-4 Defnese projections
There. fixed the title.
Re: College DE to 3-4 OLB projections
Possible 3-4 DE prospects: Using NFl Draft Scout's rankings
Evander Hood, Missouri, 6-3, 295
Dorell Scott, Clemson, 6-4, 310
Tyson Jackson, LSU, 6-4, 295
Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State, 6-5, 280
Demonte' Bolden, Tennessee, 6-5, 292
John Gill, Northwestern, 6-3, 300
Ra'Shon Harris, Oregon, 6-4, 305
Terrance Knighton, Temple, 6-3, 294
Nader Abdallah, Ohio State, 6-4, 300
Everette Pedescleaux, Northern Iowa, 6-6, 305
Craig Rusch, Northern Illinois, 6-4, 265
What about Selivie from South Florida. I have heard he is a better end than OLB. The kid from Northwestern who got injured in the bowl game looks very intriguing to me. His name is escaping me at the moment. and I do realize he is a junior.
The last I read, Selvie was planning to return and finish his senior year to try and bounce back from the ankle injury that slowed him all season. I wouldn't want to draft him too high because he would be very limited his first year in the NFL.
Corey Wootton of Northwestern was really intriguing as a potential true "Elephant." He looked to be as athletic as McGinest, carrying the same weight with longer arms to fend off OT's and swat down passes. His interception was very pretty. I expect he will also return for his senior year to give his knee time to heal and boost his draft stock.
Peria Jerry - Ole Miss 6'3" 295lb. NFL scout.com has him the top rated dt.
Size-wise looks more like a 3-4 end. Am curious to see that Ole Miss/T Tech
Not sure about some of the names mentioned, but from what I've seen on the field, Jackson looks your prototypical 3-4 End.
I haven't renewed my subscription to NFLDraftScout and can't read the full assessment of him yet but OSU's DE Victor Strong-Butler might have the skills to play ILB. I think he's a little on the short side for OLB but he's about the same size as Bruschi @ 6'2 238 lbs. He was a WR when he arrived at OSU so he can run and he had a good day against Pitt yesterday. NFLDraftScout currently has him listed in the 6th round but he's moving up. A player to keep an eye on.
Krafty - Could you be a bit more specific when you say OSU. There are two of them. Oregon State University and Oklahoma State University.
NFLDraftScout hasn't completed their review of his positives and negatives yet so having your subscription wouldn't help you right now.. That being said, Strong-Butler was invited to and has accepted the invite to play in the East-West Shrine game.
He's also VERY fast clocking in around the 4.5 range. I could see him as a late round pick would could fill in behind Mayo at the WILB position and provide the Pats some pass rush ability if he's on the field with Mayo.. but this would be 2-3 years down the road.
You left out the biggest one, "The" Ohio State University. In the reply I said they played against Pitt yesterday but I'll be more specific in case you aren't watching the Bowls. I did renew my sub but, as you say, they didn't have anything to add. I like the way Butler runs without a doubt and that WR background is a good sign he can adjust to the ball..unlike the player the foolish Jets took with their top pick this past year. Butler's the type of player that might be a good rusher like Bruschi was when they drafted him and then move to the ILB spot. Guyton was a pleasant surprise but he was trailing some TE's this year despite his timed speed. BB could be expecting a big leap from him next year and do nothing. We'll have to keep an eye on Butler anyway, he's supposedly moving up after yesterday's game.
You're correct in that I haven't been keeping up with the Bowl games.. And yes, I did forget Ohio State, but most sites just say OHIO for them
As for Guyton, I see him as a Roman Phifer type LB with coverage being his specialty and him backing up Mayo as the WILB. The Pats haven't had a true SILB since they lost Ted Johnson, though Bruschi has done a good job there. That is really what they need. Is someone for the starting SILB position who can take over after the 2009 season.
I can see the Pats spending 2-3 picks on LBers to improve their youth, especially with Vrabel and Bruschi stepping aside in the next couple of years. I'd love for the Pats to keep Bruschi or Vrabel as a Asst. LB coach, but I don't know how much interest Bruschi has in that. I know that Vrabel does want to coach, I just don't know if its at the pro-level.
tonight....... connor barwin of Cincy in the orange bowl...... he's the one
This is one of the Bowl games I will actually watch
What do you think of DE Georgia Tech Michael Johnson? 6-7 260 and will probably lead the DEs in the 40. He kind of reminds me of Many Lawson. I missed the Chick-a-fil bowl so I didn't get to see him play.
the comparison to manny lawson is not flattering.........but I don't see the guy in a 3-4
Nope, Vrabel gets insulted a lot this time of year.
A couple others to keep an eye on are LSU's Darry Beckwith and Kirston Pittman. I'm just adding them based on their physical style of play right now until there's more info from the combine etc. They're both pretty good around the LOS. The great unknown is pass defense and Beckwith might be a better MLB fit in a 4-3. I added Beckwith even though he's not a DE.
Looking at NFL Draft Scout's profile page...
Pittman has the measurables, but I notice that there are no player notes after August, which suggests he disappeared this season...I have the LSU bowl game recorded and will look for both players.
Beckwith needs to add another 10 lbs, but his profile reads like the kind of player I'm looking for at SILB to take on blockers and stuff the run.
barwin looked the part last night.......there weren't many chances to visualize him into the pats scheme, but that's because they were playing against an offense thats does not reflect a pro set.........he looks like he's got vrabel-like outside moves and seems a bit stronger with an inside move......pencil him in for round 2
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