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  1. bruinator

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    I'm not a college football follower so I have to ask if you could compare James Laurinaitis to any recent LB drafted who would you compare him most to? I appreciates your opinions.
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    Ive read that the LB hes most compareable to is A.J Hawk they have Laurinitis rated slightly below Hawk. I forgot what site's ive read it on though.
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    forget about him. bill likes his linebackers grizzled and surrounded by youth
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    This could be the a big suprise....OL & Rb was was not to be pick either...How can BB & SP suprise us????This is the year!!!!yeah right...
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    they are pretty much gonna pick whoever you dont expect and/or want them to pick, and then everything will work out fine.
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    Can I please get some serious responses?
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    Disable Jersey

    Try the draft forum......
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    IMO Laurinitis reminds me of Brian Urlacher.

    And that isn't necessarily a compliment, at least wrt the Pats' system. Laurinitis is very good sideline-to-sideline but he may need a couple big DTs (and a 4-3 system) to keep O-linemen off him. From what I've read and seen he has trouble at times getting off blocks.
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    I heard a rumor that he's as dumb as a rock. If that's the case BB won't touch him.
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    Oh yeah, that's right. I knew the name sounded familiar.

    Don't know much about him though. Andy Gresh on The Score thinks thats who we take. As of right now we have the 8th pick in the draft.
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    Shouldn't this thread be in the draft forum?
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    He reminds me of Barrett Ruud, in that he's surprisingly good in coverage and surprisingly weak against bigger blockers. They're about the same height and weight, too. Definitely not a great comparison, though.
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    Laurinaitis is similar to Hawk - talent-wise, he probably falls somewhere between Hawk and Bobby Carpenter, closer to Hawk.
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    I would love to see the Pats grab him, but I don't see it happening, the Pats never do what we think they would do. As perfect a pick this seems to be, that's the same reason why i don't see the Pats doing it. They seem to try to shock the media and fans with their draft choices, lol.
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    Can you say Andy Katzenmoyer?

    I like Laurinaitis but I can see where BB prefers to get his linebackers with NFL experience. If you're looking to get a new linebacker for next season you might want to check the FA list.

    I like the other 2 OSU prospects, that figure to go in the top 10-15, better.
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    To say that BB will NOT do something is foolish imho
    Just bc he hasn't drafted a LB early doesn't mean he never will
    Remember that BB coached one LT
    and has spoken highly of Ware/Merriman before
    I think if given the chance we would have drafted either of those guys
    so if the right LB comes along I think we will grab him
    that being said, the question with Laurenitis is whether or not he can smack NFL guards in the face as a rookie, and chances are that not many rookies can.

    I'm sure within a year or two he could do it, and from day 1 he could contribute as a coverage LB... but to draft a guy that high to be a passing down player is a bit unrealistic, or maybe not, BB could do it
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    He won't get past the Raiders then
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    And where in my post does it say "NOT"??

    I agree that if a "Merriman" or "LT" comes along that it's a no-brainer but until such a LB comes along you'll see BB going the FA route. Gholston could be that guy.
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    Dude Karlos Dansby of the Arizona Cardinals is the best FA linebacker in 08, it's beyond weak. We have to address LB via the draft. Laurinitias has to be the pick.............
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    I just don't see BB picking a LB with the 6-8th pick. There's nothing there. If he trades down 5-10 spots then maybe. Why force the issue. There's going to be cuts and you don't know what's going to be out there in FA. There's need for an ILB but it's not life or death. There's always Oscar Lua!! :)
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    I'd compare him to recent NCAA guys Vilma & Poszlusny. I like him better than either of those two though. I wouldn't take him in the top 10, however. And I definitely don't think he's as talented as Hawk. Starting next year, Hawk's a perennial pro bowler.
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    Carpenter hasn't done anything, Hawk has been mediocre, Katzemoyer didn't work out. There isn't a great track record for 1st rd ILB prospects from OSU. I'd pass on Laurinitis.
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    You're kidding right ?? You have to be. First of all Carpenter didn't grade out as high as Hawk and Laurinaitus.

    AJ Hawk is the next star ILB in this league. Scouts are saying that Laurinaitus is graded a shade (just a shade) below Hawk. I will take that.

    Forget Katzenmoyer, he was just a pure head case. He lost the love for the game of football. At OSU he was everything, he just lost the desire.

    From everything that I've read on James, he wants to be great, he wants to be like Urlacher (his idol). This kid has all the makings of a BB pick with that 8th pick. Which for James is right around where he is projected to go.

    Seau retires and James moves right into that inside slot next to Tedy assuming Tedy stays one more year.
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    I thought I read he is kind of dumb and isn't good at shedding blocks.

    Not good for a #8 pick making 5M per year or so.

    I think BB likes older smarter LBs who aren't necessarily the fastest but have seen it all and understand what he's trying to do.
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    No I'm not kidding. I'm not saying that Laurinitis can't be good. I'm just saying there is more risk involved than I want in a 1st rd pick, especially a top 10 pick. The track record of past OSU 1st rd ILB prospects is just one of the variables that would make me hesitate.
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    Aside from Katzenmoyer and Carpenter, the last OSU LB picked in the first round was Craig Powell back in like 95 who had a decent career for the Browns. How can you make that claim when you are really only basing it on two ILB's. OSU has put great players into the NFL, I have no qualms with Laurinaitus. You watch the impact he'll have against LSU and then come back and say that you wouldn't take him.
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    When I first started this thread I was thinking the need for next year of an ILB especially with Tedy and JR getting up there in age. I see Tedy playing another year or 2 at most. What better way of bringing a young guy in and learning from Tedy while playing with him on the field. Who out the in FA plays ILB..Dansby?

    If so, is Dansby considered a bright enough person to pick up the Pats D? He is going to cost as quess here of $7 million a year. Do we have that type of money to spend on him, Moss, Asante? I do not know.

    I do know we need to keep Asante because there isn't a better shutdown Corner in FA. TB seems to love playing with Moss so that seems to be a given Randy will be back so where else do I go without drafting someone like Laurinaitis? This is just MHO.
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    Did anyone else watch Illinois vs Ohio State? I watched the replay of that game on Big Ten Net, and Jeremy Leman looked like a better 3-4 LB prospect. He looked more stout, showed good angles, nice sideline to sideline ability, fought through blocks, and tackled strong. I'd personally take him in a later round (he's been projected anywhere from round 3 to round 5) over taking Laurinaitis in the first round. Also, in my opinion Leman shouldn't get out of the late third/early fourth.

    I don't think James is as stout as Hawk, and his trunk isn't as developed. In my opinion Laurinaitis is more a 4-3 LB who needs the protection. From what I've seen he might have trouble protecting his legs & keeping blockers off him in a 3-4 defensive scheme, especially a two gap system like NE's.
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    Seb, Is Jeremy Leman projected to be a top 10 pick? I don't follow college ball so I am just asking? Does he play for Illinois? Do they play a 3-4 or 4-3?
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