Robert Ayers is scheduled to visit the New England Patriots

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  1. PatsChamp88

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    Per: ProFootballTalk.com - Ayers Making His Move

    What do you guys think? NFLDraftScout has him at Projected Round: 2 Stock: High: 8-15 Low: Mid 2
     
  2. bakes781

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    I think his stock may have risen a little too early and as teams get a closer look he may move back to the bottom of the 1st round. I think Tyson Jackson has moved ahead of him at this point, but for the Pats I would be intrigued at #34.
     
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  3. dryheat44

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    I think he's the most overrated player in the draft. He's unathletic, has no true position, and was a non-factor at Tennessee for 3 1/2 years.
     
  4. JoeSixPat

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    Terrorist!
     
  5. mayoclinic

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    I don't know whether he's unathletic - he looked pretty good to me. I think he clearly has a true position as a 4-3 DE. The question is whether he is athletic enough to play 3-4 OLB as well, or whether he can play SILB.

    I'm not sure whether he fits the Pats, but I am intrigued by him, so I am glad we are doing due diligence and giving him a look. I'm sure Mayo has had some input regarding him, as they played together for 3 years. A visit may end up just taking him off our board if he doesn't fit, but again, I think there's enough upside and potential value there to warrant a closer inspection.
     
  6. TriplecHamp

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    Another guy I wouldnt mind at #34 depending on what we do with #23. The guy is another solid pass rusher to add to the mix. He absoulutley terrorized Andre Smith (my boy).
     
  7. supafly

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    This is interesting because I have been considering and thinking of Ayers lately. It may have some subliminal meaning maybe, because of last yrs immediate success with a certain Tennessee player, I dunno.
     
  8. Urgent

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    He had a great Senior Bowl.

    However, he had three sacks total last year.
    He was really a one-year starter.
    I'm not sure how he generated so much hype, unless all you saw was the Senior Bowl.

    He does seem to be a better fit as a 4-3 DE than a 3-4 OLB. This year there are a dozen or more 3-4 OLB candidates. I'm not sure that trying to convert Ayers is great value.
     
  9. mayoclinic

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    He got national attention at the Senior Bowl, but he wasn't unnoticed before that. He was 1st team all-SEC at DE despite only 3 sacks, so he clearly got some respect for this year's performance.

    I'm personally more intrigued by Ayers as a possible SILB conversion than as a 3-4 OLB. Again, I'm not sure he's a fit, but I think he is worth taking a closer look.
     
  10. IcyPatriot

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    I don't want to draft anyone named Robert ...

    Seriously Ayers looks like a guy that will play in the league for 8-10 years and he'll do an okay job ... just not a round 1 type job IMO. There are project players with more upside than him.
     
  11. Box_O_Rocks

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    I've read/heard where Ayers was kicked inside to DT and didn't spend a lot of time at DE in 2008 - which shifts the perspective on those 3 sacks if true. For whatever reason, NE has been looking hard at him, I can't project him.
     
  12. Seneschal2

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    I read that he worked out at "DT and LB" for the Pats. Curious if that was OLB or ILB. Anyone know?
     
  13. Box_O_Rocks

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    I don't believe there are separate drills for ILB/OLB, though they may weight specific drills heavier for one more than another.
     
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