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Justin Durant... as a SS?

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  1. rookBoston

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    Here's an undersized LB running up the draft board, who doesn't fit the Pat's draft profile for LB at all... except that he's a versatile, hard working leader with top intangibles and great productivity.

    Here's what I'm thinking: a cross between Don Davis and Rodney Harrison.

    http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/olb/justindurant.html

    6-1, 230 and sub-4.60 40. Same basic measurables as Piscitelli and Rouse, the bigger type SSs that BB prefers. Good range, big hitter, excellent in space, smooth in coverage. Difference is, as a college LB, he's proven against the run, great versatility.

    I've spent the last few days preparing myself for the unexpected pick, someone that no one is thinking about at #28 that, in retrospect, will seem utterly right.

    I'm not making any claims about Durant, but maybe we need to think about him the way BB would.
     
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    There are a lot of guys like that....why would you draft one in the first round when you could draft him in the 4th round.

    Unconventional pick doesn't necessarily have to be a "horrible reach" pick as well.
     
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    I just don't see us drafting a guy in the first round just to add the significant risk of changing his position.
     
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    OK. I also buy the preceding objections.

    And since ... more than 3 hours earlier ... Box opined:

    Justin Durant, Hampton: ....
    - Summation: Durant sounds just like a SS.
    - Draft value: Not a 3-4 linebacker, but has value at SS.


    So Mr. Durant is another name to watch for!
     
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    Exactly, the formula is really very simple. Take undersized LBs and slower CBs and convert them to Safety. There's usually only a select few who can make the transition, as it's easier said than done. It helps even more when you have someone with some Safety experience in their background -- like Herring for example.
     
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