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    Mike Reiss reports in his blog that CB Fred Bennett from S. Carolina and SS Sabby Piscitelli from Oregon State have said they've interviewed w/ the Patriots.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/reiss_pieces/

    I'm wondering if anyone has opinions on these guys w/ more informational depth than what Google offers...
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    Piscatelli looked buff enough when they flashed his pecs on NFL Network. I've got the Shrine Game on tape with intentions of watching it during a slow day, he reportedly did well in the game and during the practice week.
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    Piscitelli was probably the most popular player on the Beavs this past year. Lots of hustle and energy in his game. He made lots of plays for the defense this year and kind of has a knack for being in the right place at the right time.

    That said....even though I watched a ton of Beavers football this year, I'm not the best at breaking down players' individual strengths and weaknesses. I'm still waiting to get a Beaver on the Pats though, and I'd love to have Sabby be the first in a while (ever?).
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    I think the players have that covered. ;)

    So far, I now know that Sabby is buff and popular; I hope that can get him a spot on some banal MTV show. ;)

    But seriously, any one got anything field-wise on these guys?
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    *A* Beaver......not *some* beaver.

    I'll talk to a few people who might be able to provide more detailed descriptions out here tomorrow and let you know what I come up with.
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    heh heh heh
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    You'll just have to wait until I've watched my Shrine game tape, but you'll be the first to know. :D
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    Muchas gracias, Senor la Caja de Las Rocas!
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    When I read they interviewed someone, makes me think that this is all just a smokescreen, coupla years ago read some players blog from the upper left coast, on how Ivan Fears went out and put him through a terrific workout, extensive interviews etc... the Pats bypassed him and he wound up in mediocrity. Maybe he did not fit their standards, but do we ever know what these guys are thinking?? I always smile when I read a headline about how the Pats are high on a player or they really like this guy, and then go after someone completely different.
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    If Patrick Pass grabbing his hammie and dropping the football to do it doesn't qualify as a "beaver" moment...I don't know what does.

    I think Giselle would show more balls in the same situation.

    NO MORE BEAVER ON THE PATS
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    Sabby looked jacked

    A lot of others interviewed.

    McCauley, Weddle and i think Timmons/Beason/Bishop
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    Re: Sabby Piscitelli

    The thought behind ANY defensive prospect is, they're most likely going to have to develop for at least one season before they make any significant contribution. And of course, earning their keep on ST is a given. Some prospects fit this scenario to a tee -- Sabby is one of them.

    In researching potential Pats prospects, and in addition to viewing some games, I save articles and quotes on specific prospects that may be pertinent come draft time. This is the best article on Piscitelli that I've found thus far, with one quote I like:

    NFL scouts eye Piscitelli

    Also, here's a quote from John Murphy after the East-West Shrine game:

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    In addition, he was one of my selections in the draft forum's "Draft Game":

    http://www.patsfans.com/new-england-patriots/messageboard/showthread.php?t=50465
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    Well thank God for that. Could you imagine having to find another D Coordinator? And Pees must be pretty good, since he got such great production out of the unit this year even though everyone knew that, aside from the line, they were a little too old and a little too slow.
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    Sabby Piscitelli
    SS, 6-2 7/8, 224, Oregon State; 13 career interceptions –
    fifth most active in NCAA during his senior year.. Native of Boca Raton, Fla.

    (How did you get so many interceptions?)
    Starting making plays in practice was the biggest thing. In our defensive scheme our safeties have got to be able to make plays on the ball. I felt our coach did a great job of giving the safeties the opportunities to make a lot of plays and I capitalized on most of them – so it was good for our team.

    (Did you start football late?)
    Junior year (in high school). I played baseball. I always loved football, but I wasn’t that big and I got bigger in college. I didn’t start playing until my junior year and I fell in love with it and I wanted to play. I was always fast in athletics and I wanted to play tackle football. My teammates just joked around with me, “just come out.” So I came out for spring ball
    junior year, and everything worked out from there.

    (Did you get any feelers in baseball?)
    I was getting recruited for the minors to play baseball, but I wanted to play football. That’s where my mindset was at. I probably could have played baseball in college. I loved football too much.

    (Did you play wide receiver in high school as well as safety?)
    Yeah, I played receiver too, it helped me with my ball skills. So that was a good advantage for me when I played safety. They always say DBs have bad hands, but when you have a lot of ‘picks’ you can back it up.

    As time went on I started getting more physical, got bigger and started hitting harder. As I got more comfortable with the game, it started coming to me. I was always a physical guy in a sense. I even played soccer as a little kid. I just drew more on the physicality as I started getting bigger and playing more college ball

    (How big were you going coming out of high school?)
    I went into college at 194, and I was only about 6-1½. It was gradual. It was about 5, 6, 7 or 8 pounds a year. My sophomore year I was like 218. I’ve been about 222-224 the last two years.

    (Did you play more strong or free safety?)
    In our scheme you have to be able to do both – play the pass and the run equally. The Pac-10 spreads the ball out a lot. You’ve got Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett – sometimes they line up in the slot. A safety like myself, I have to take care of them one-on-one which helped me tremendously with my cover skills. Hopefully that translates to the NFL and they know that. Of course, you also have to play run support at safety. It was the best of both worlds to become an overall good safety. Our safeties were interchangeable – we had to play in the box and cover – to play safety needed to do both sides.

    (Are you friends with Buffalo Bills linebacker Keith Ellison
    (drafted last year in sixth round, actually played safety and was moved to linebacker by the Bills).


    He’s one of my best friends. We’ve talked a couple of times, he actually called me last night and I missed his call. He told me what to expect and how to relax while I’m here – how to just soak it all up and enjoy it.

    (Keith’s playing linebacker in the Cover 2 scheme, has anybody talked to you about it?)
    Not here. I’ve heard through the grapevine that a few people say that. I’ve just been playing safety, but I’ll play wherever coach wants me to play. I’ll play wherever to help the team. I think I can play both because of my size and speed. Wherever he wants to play, I’m ready.

    Playing in the Pac-10 helped me in that part of the game a lot. I probably was a cover guy one-one 15-20 times a game – and covered a guy like Steve Smith, Dwayne Jarrett, (DeSean) Jackson, Jason Hill – those are some legit receivers in this draft. Covering them one-on-one as a safety is challenging, and then the run – I went against some great running backs. It’s something I kind of got both aspects of the game. Sometimes, you play in a scheme you don’t get both aspects. I’ve been fortunate.

    (Are you going to workout?)
    Yes, I’m going to do a full workout. I’m going to run in the low 4.4s. Last summer I ran a 4.38, a 4.39 and a 4.41, so I’ve been in the 4.3s before. Ken harris is his agent.

    (Could you move to linebacker like Ellison did?)
    Keith didn’t play safety here, though. When he came here from junior college, it was my first year starting and actually we did have a safety spot open up, but we put him at linebacker right away. He did it very well. That kid is one of the smartest players I’ve ever met. He’s a great player to learn from.

    (Who have you met with?)
    I had a lot of informal meetings … we start our formal meetings tomorrow. Tonight I’m meeting with the Bengals, but tomorrow I have about 10-12 meetings. At the Shrine game, I met with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, New England … tha’ts about it formally. But I met a lot of other scouts, though. I’ve been training in South Florida at a place called UAI.

    I’m just becoming a better football player. Right now, I’m just trying to get myself into the best physical shape and run faster than I ever have. My straight line speed, I want to get it down as much as I can … to get down into the 4.3s … I know I can. I’m just I’m just trying to show that I can do it.
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    Unofficial 40: 4.4 & 4.49
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    Piscitelli sounds interesting but Bennett looked bad in the games I saw, tall, a little awkward. Maybe he can be convereted to Safety but looked pretty rough as a CB.
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    Piscitelli = Poor Man's John Lynch. Looks like Steve Atwater in a uniform. Plays reckless, looks for contact. Will run through a teammate to get to the ballcarrier. Scares WR's. Not that good in coverage but does make some plays. Will be great on ST.
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    Thanks for follow-ups!

    His 40 times don't bother me, but the fact that he had to have several restarts on one run (I think it was the second) did. Can he count to 3?
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    Sounds like Tebucky Jones except Sabby can wrap up.
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    Piscitelli finished at OSU with 188 tackles and 15 Ints. QB of the D.?
    Student Athlete. I think the raw metal is there to be molded.? Ya think?

    PS: Ya I know BOR, I'm high on this kid.! :D

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