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  2. Brady to Brown

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    WOW :eek: Dude can bring it.
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    Great. Anyone can put together a highlight reel of any player.

    Would you "want to draft" some Division III RB just because you see a highlight video of him?
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    He seems to be the top LB in the draft, as much as I would like to see him in a Pats uni I don't he'll be there at #24
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    At least the highlights were aginst D1 prospects. Will be looking to see how he does at the combine.
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    Willis led Mississippi with 137 tackles which ranked him sixth in the nation. He was also the 2006 Butkus Award winner, which is presented annually to the best linebacker in college football

    Two things I noticed that might entice the Patriots to take him. He has the size they like at ILB. And the fact he is a senior.
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    Big turn off 230 LBS .... i do not know how successfull this guy will be if we send him against a 330 lbs gaurds. Bru - 257 /seau - 255 for comparision
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    Brusci is 6'1 247 pounds. This kid measure in at 6'2 240 pounds.. He has the frame to put on another 10 or so pounds.. I don't think weight is an issue..
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    Looks like a lot of websites put him between 230-240.. Found this @

    http://www.kffl.com/article.php/64436/160

    Furthermore, many scouts would like to see Willis bulk up a bit, as throughout his collegiate career, his weight has fluctuated between approximately 230-240 pounds. In our opinion, his size is hardly a detriment

    Still at 6'2, he has the frame to put on the weight.. right?
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    I'm officially on the Willis bandwagon but there is no chance he will the there at 24.
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    I agree that he shouldn't be there at 24, and I am loath to put ANY stock in what the mock drafts say, but it seems like a great many people are predicting him to fall that low.
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    I have seen a him a lot on TV being in the south and would love us to grab him. He will not be there at 24 but will be at 15-20ish so....I would try to trade up if we can. Don't know what it would take..a 3rd or ?
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    I don't know if we'll take him or not, but there is EVERY chance he'll be there. (Or, at least, a very good one.) He's not even on some people's first round list. Bottom line: we don't know if the Pats like him or not, but just in terms of looking at mocks, analyses, etc... - the guy isn't projected to be a top 10 or anything. This isn't the same as praying that someone like Calvin Johnson falls.
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    I think Miami grabs him before us.
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    I recorded the Senior Bowl and watched him. Willis has the speed to be a sideline to sideline LB. Sometimes he can take false step, but he has the speed to make it up. He sometimes has problems shedding blockers. He wraps up tackles though. When he's unblocked, he can fly to the RB and wrap up. Can't tell you much about his pass-covering skills because of T.V. camera angles.

    My favorite is Stewart Bradley, Nebraska, 256 lbs, 6-4. In Senior Bowl practice, it was noted that he did a great job in coverage against TE and RB. We need somebody who can cover guys like Dallas Clark.
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    Great insight.
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    Yea the video is sweet.. But he does have the credentials to back up the video :)
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    That's why he's projected as a Cover 2 LB. He looked a little stiff at the Senior Bowl too.
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    wasn't he all over the field in the senior bowl?
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    touche! well said
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    Brusch is not 257...no

    Can we stop looking at size so much? Reiss really likes Beason..BB was very interested in Vilma and Sims last few years. Sims is 5"11 225...Vilma is 6"1 230

    why would we look at them when u realize size is below "standards in a 3-4" ?

    BB said himself and u might be able to get me to find the link, he said a guy like Sims could of definatley had a spot inside.

    he said the biggest thing about players is they have to work hard and have to love football
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    While weight may be an issue for some, most of these guys including willis can still hit hard, and will gain weight with an nfl lifting routine, lighter is sometimes better when they are looking for speed to cover te's and rb's which is just as important if not more important in our 3-4:singing:
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    Willis has proven himself at the collegiate level, playing for a team that is relatively deficient in the SEC, which is essentially the AAA league for the NFL. Yes, it is a highlight film, but it is also fairly indicative of his regular play. McFadden is seen as next year's Ginn Jr. etc. The exciting, all-world talent, whose speed is unmatched, etc. Willis's read, pursuit, and tackle on that play is textbook. The point is, left to his own devices he is capable of wrangling the speed of any established NFL player with similar attributes. That play is the most dissected, so I'll leave it at that.

    ILB is a position sought after but rarely drafted early. Channing Crowder (another player that I believe will be in a Pats uni before too long) was a similarly regarded prospect that fell in the draft.

    This draft will be very interesting. Perhaps Levi Brown will still be available. Which of the CBs will they take, if they're still there? If Willis is still available, the Pats would be remiss to defer.
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    He has game
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    No but Patrick Willis did play in the toughest conference in college football.
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    On top of that, he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and also won the Butkis Award as college fooballs best LB.
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    I checked this award video after viewing Willis' highlights. It contains a brief description of his competition,among other things (once you get past the commercial):
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=kVQOmmydIqw&mode=related&search=
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    He has speed....is a little undersized....but BB was interested in Vilma and, as much as I loath to say it because he is a Jet...Vilma would look good in a Patriot uniform.

    I wouldn't be unhappy at all with him.
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    definatley sounds like a classy guy who respects players and coaches

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