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    I think that with Mankins as RFA, and Neal as UFA we need some new guards that can grow in our system.

    Which prospect do you like?
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    Slim pickings in this year's draft. However 1 stands head and shoulders above the rest and that is Mike Johnson of Alabama.

    Another that I like is Zane Beadles of Utah. I see him as a Mankins type. Played OT in college, but projects really well in our zone blocking scheme.

    If BB misses Johnson in the 2nd round, he could fall back on Beadles in the 4th.

    A guy that has no zone blocking experience,but is a whale of a run blocker is Thomas Austin of Clemson. He is a former wrestler and is outstanding at leveraging opponents at the POA. Needs a lot of pass protection work, but he can open some nice holes for the running game.

    Also Olsen from Notre Dame has experience in the ZBS.
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    I wish the Pats would stop using the zone blocking schemes.. They weren't using them with Dillon and Maroney seemed to run best when they weren;'t using them. At the end of 2008, they were rarely using the ZBS scheme and they had great success with it..
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    Yeah, it really doesn't seem to benefit the play on offense at all. I don't understand what the advantage is supposed to be. Actually, I don't understand a lot of things about the Patriots' offense. We transmit our running plays and run a blocking scheme that doesn't seem to block well.
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    I think that you mean the Pats TELEGRAPH their run plays... And they do because they typically only run with Maroney. Which is silly because he's shown that he can work wonders on screens and out in the flats.
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    Back to 33's question:

    I second Johnson, Beadles, and Olsen. Add to it Tennant, Petrus, Saffold, Capers, Calloway, Haslam, Richardson, Hardman, Marinelli, Landolt, Linkenbach, Eastman, McDonald...

    It's a good draft for NE OL purposes.
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    A very good breakdown by a former player on man blocking vs zone blocking:

    Breaking Down Man and Zone Blocking Schemes

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    Seems like BB prefers to use the ZBS b/c it is the best answer to the extensive blitzes we see. According to this former player, man blocking is more susceptible to the right type of blitz and stunts.
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