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  1. VJCPatriot

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    Time to get the hype machine in full gear!
    First of all let's look at the size of Kevin O'Connell.
    6'5 225 lbs. Excellent height to see the field. Solid weight.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/kevin-o'connell?id=371

    Next let's look at what he can do with his feet.
    He holds the school career record for yards rushing (1,312) and touchdowns rushing (19) by a quarterback.
    That means he can scramble, pick up first downs with his feet when people are covered, and generally be a double threat.

    Now let's examine his arm strength.
    Arm is strong enough to make all the throws..Nice touch and timing..Is mobile enough to buy time in the pocket and make plays with his feet...Can throw on the run...Hard worker...Very competitive...Team leader...A lot of experience...Has a ton of upside.
    http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/qb/kevinoconnell.html

    Next consider his situation. No pressure to start. Learning at the feet of the master in Tom Brady. Absorbing all those hints and tips like a sponge as he waits for his shot. And he is immersed in a team attitude of winning and hard work that will stay with him the rest of his career. It is picks like this that keep dynasties going. See Montana to Young transition, San Francisco 49ers dynasty. In summary, very solid draft pick that can pay off big down the road.
     
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    That's great. The guy hasn't even seen Gillete yet and you're already starting a QB controversy.

    :D
     
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    Four years from now, Tommy will be 34. We'll just have to see how he's going, most likely he'll have 2-3 years left but you never know. If he's showing his age and O'Connell has impressed they could re-sign him and he could move in at the appropriate time. I think most likely he'll end up being traded and we'll draft Tommy's replacement in 2-3 years but it's possible we just did it.
     
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    Well I'm thinking it will take a few years for O'Connell to develop. But it's good to know that you've got a very athletic option in development for the most important position on the team. This guy isn't just a late round throwaway pick like Cassell or a walk on free agent like Gutierrez. He has prototypical size, speed, athleticism, and arm strength for the position. The similarities to the situation in San Francisco were too strong to ignore.
     
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    Don't they have another QB as well, or did he vanish?
     
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    Who are you talking about?
     
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    If I knew I'd have said. Didn't they pick up a big tall QB from waivers or something part way through the season?
     
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    Nope... The only backups to Brady are currently Cassell and Gutierrez.
    And now KO, who has better athleticism, size, speed, and upside than either of those guys.
     
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    I personally hope we never see this kid start, not because of his play though.

    Rather, by the time I’d accept such an idea - he’d be at least 31 years old.
     
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    I think we'll see some KO action in the preseason. Of course if we see KO starting in the regular season that means that something has happened to Tom Brady. So... hopefully KO's regular season debut won't be for at least a few more years.
     
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    I still think it's too early to be starting a grooming project.

    Maybe 3-4 years down the line? Sure.

    To be honest I'd rather have an experienced veteran backing up Brady right now. If something were to ever happen, I wouldn’t want to be throwing in fresh meat.
     
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    I think KO will start #3 on the depth chart. Either Cassell or Gutierrez will be the second string guy. But I predict KO will quickly climb up, depending on how fast he can pick up the offense.
     
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    His youtube videos are phenomenal, and theres a whole lot of them thanks to aztecaction.com. I am looking forward to seeing him in preseason, but I believe by the end of the year he should be number 2. If that is the case, we may see him get some action at the end of the year when everything is set in stone. Tom Brady would certainly benefit from some rest near the end of the year to help nurse any injuries and to get fresh before the playoffs.
     
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    O'Connell's number one target at SDSU just got picked by the Packers, Brett Swain.
     
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    Wow, that Swain guy was impressive, seemed like he was in EVERY KO video.
     
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    All of that could have been said about Rohan Davey.
     
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    If KO impresses and Cassell looks good in camp we could see Cassell traded for a 5th or a 6th round pick next year, to a team which suffers an injury to its starter. Otherwise we could possibly see Cassell released - he is in the last year of his contract.
     
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    I think the guy with the easiest job in the world just lost it. Cassel the backup will be knocking on your door at the next census, clipboard still in hand. We SHOULD get a guy like Culpepper instead, maybe they are afraid if TB has a bad year or gets hurt Moss will lobby for Dante.....

    Dont forget Young played in the USFL then on Tampa. I remember seeing him substitute for Montana the year before we drafted Drew and saying to anyone who would listen "we should trade the #1 pick for Young". Of course no one listened......
     
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    If we can get back a 5th round pick for Cassell, we are getting a return on the investment. I believe we only spent a 7th rounder on him. I think Cassell is hearing footsteps. Maybe this move is also meant to light a fire under the butts of our QBs, that there's somebody that can take their job if they don't step it up!
     
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