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    Under the Radar: Diamonds in the Rough

    As per Brother Snake Eyes’ sage suggestion, I offer this Thread ~ like the other Consolidation Threads ~ as an Emporium of ideas for any and all Rankings, Scouting Reports, Opinions, Arguments, and other assorted Random Thoughts that might occur to any of us on the subject, or that we might wish to pull in from other sources. I'll certainly be doing so, because it helps me to have all my thoughts on one subject consolidated, but if anyone else wishes to join in, or take over, I hope you'll feel free to do just that!!

    As a general idea, it seems like anyone projected for the 3rd Round or later would qualify...But, really: Anyone that anyone thinks will project a lot later than his potential upside: Any perceived Great Value would seem to be worthy of discussion, in my view.

    As with the other consolidation threads, this isn't meant to replace individual threads, only to offer a One Stop Shop for each category.
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    I would spend a 7th rounder on one of those players in terms of low risk high reward category :
    Keith Payne RB Virginia ( big ,bruising RB )
    Richard Lapham RT Boston College ( knee injury may lend him on PUP list )
    Andrew Shulze LS Iowa (training camp would clarify who keeps this job )
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    I'd prefer to take the LS without a draft pick, TYVM. :)

    [Also, the Pats don't have a 7 at the moment; they traded it to the Falcons for Ojinnaka.]
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    Ah, the sleepers, my favorites!

    In no particular order I want:

    Randall "Tex" Cobb - while not a standout WR he's as multi-faceted as a Swiss Army knife, perhaps an eventual heir to Troy Brown, the guy is skilled at QB/KR/WR, for all we know he can take the ball out of the backfield like Percy Harvin. A Jack of all trades like him can make for excellent depth and can also allow for a bunch of trick plays, and since he's a lefty is a nice compliment to Brady because the Defense would have to account for a pass on either side if an end-around was run.

    Zane Taylor - by all accounts he has everything you want in a center, I'm wondering if he's rated so low because he plays for a small school and his height (a measly 6'2) which just gives him a better center of gravity to fightoff defenders. I'll take him in the 4th.

    Owen Marecic - more SwissArmyness, a force on offense, defense and special teams, hopefully he'll be our Peyton Hillis

    Nathan Enderle - a solid but raw prospect, not close to being NFL-ready. Give him a few years behind TFB and hopefully we can wheel him out a la Aaron Rodgers when Tommy Boy heads off into the sunset.

    Da'rel Scott - A small school speedster who is a threat to take it to the house every time he has the ball, the highlight vid of him has him pulling away from secondaries, which won't be as easy in the NFL, but it doesnt show him using any of the higher level skills that are needed, if he doesnt have them can he develop them? He's a bit of a mystery.
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    Nice crew, man: EXCELLENT Bargain Rack types, all 3. :cool:
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    Oh, MAN. I apologize for the egregious over use of Rock Stars, but you have no less than 3 of my favorites, including Brother Owen Marecic, my Super Binkie!! :rocker:
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    :ditto:

    Not sure that the folks in College Park consider it a "small school" though. :D

    Scott was on a solid developmental track until he got hurt last year. Friedgen split his carries once he got healthy and never stopped. From my perspective that just means he has less wear-n-tear on his body. Has shown he can catch out of the backfield and is a blur when he hit the hole. Blocking is more of a mystery...but a serious consideration for the Pats.
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    Let's just hope he doesn't do something stupid like run a 4.4 at the combine. :bricks:
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    Hah!! Here's to that!! :D
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    Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State. 5'11"/215 Not really on the radar yet, AFAIK. Could end up a UDFA if he declares. Only a junior, though, so probably stays in school to compile a second season of worthy stats in order to actually get drafted somewhere in 2012.

    Anyway, the guy slips through nearly invisible openings in the line the way water always finds its way into my basement. Could be a great addition to the RBBC. Plus, it would be kinda cool to have a successful ground game with a 100% UDFA backfield. Sorta like we have now.

    YPC - 5.94 on 145 carries thru 10 games, 16 TDs. His production rates hold up against BCS AQ, FBS-winning, and AP ranked teams.
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    I've seen a little bit of Payne this season, and each time I come away unimpressed. For such a big back, he runs with ZERO power. His legs go dead on contact, and he gets stuffed way too easily. Granted, when he picks up a head of steam, physics takes over. He doesn't run hard, though; he tries juking far too often, and kills his own momentum. The only thing he seems to do pretty well is catch the ball, and even then his hands are spotty at times. Do not want.
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    I don't know how accurate it is, but CBSSports has Nevada RB Vai Taua (6.2 ypc for the year) as a 7th rounder. I would be very happy to get him on day 3.

    They also have Syracuse RB Delone Carter (5.1 ypc for the year) as a 3-4th rounder. Which surprises me. I figured Taua would be higher rated than him. At any rate. If Carter lasts till day 3 I hope the Pats take him. I would be a very happy draftnik.

    They're both decent sized backs (around 220#) who immediately get to the LOS. No dancing and waiting to bounce it outside for either of them.
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    NICE find. He is WAY down there ~ but rising!!

    And that was definitely one of the best metaphors I've heard!! [​IMG]


    2 Bruisers who hit the line hard and FAST. GREAT. :cool:
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    I think someone has already mentioned him in another thread, but there's Kris Durham, WR from Georgia - 6'5"/212, senior.

    Only 26 catches this season, but for 522 yds (20 ypc). I realize that, like every other pass-catcher with Georgia, he gets open mainly because defenses put like 10 guys on AJ Green, but he seems to run smart routes, to have good hands and surprisingly good wheels. The 20 ypc holds up against all competition levels.

    Might turn out to be just another Sam Aiken, but probably worth a look as a UDFA (which seems likely).
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    Yeah Durham has looked good this season and hurt his Junior year so he seems over the injury. He got most of his catches and yards when AJ Green was suspended for the first 4 games this year so he could make a good UDFA.
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    1.) QB Kaepennick of Nevada. He can barely throw, but man can he run. And he is huge! 6'6" and a bit nifty as well. Just think with 3 years to work on his throwing, he could be a decent NFL starter.

    2.) Marecic FB/LB/ST Demon from Stanford is amazing! But if we miss out, the FB from Georgia is pretty good as well.

    3.) Pugh C for Auburn. NASTY!!!!!!!! The highest compliment I can pay a player.

    4.) Anthony OLB Grambling - Boom or Bust, but with a red shirt year, he could be something special.

    5.) Covington WR Samford - for the 2012 draft. Depending on how he runs.
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    I know I'm in the minority but I'm just not feelin it for Kaepernick, I admit that I haven't seen much footage of him but I don't see the point off gigantic QB projects, especially those that can run really well, which just means that skill will be a crutch to someone trying to develop pocket poise.

    Again, I'm not an expert on him or his division but I found this rather amusing.

    [​IMG]

    I was diggin Nathan Enderle for a bit and I'd be ok with picking up up with a very late round pick or as a UDFA but my new QB binkie is Andy Dalton. Granted, he is a ginger but we probably shouldnt hold that against him, it likely means he can grow a mean beard.

    Dalton apparently makes MUCH better decisions and has better accuracy, which I value VERY highly in a QB.
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    I'll add a couple:

    Zane Taylor, C, 6'2-309, Utah- Immensely strong, might go as high as the 4th round.

    Brian Lainhart, FS, 6'1-207, Kent State- 17 INTs, 9 FFs, AND 349 career tackles. I don't care if it's the MAC, that's getting done from the FS position. If he's available in the 5th, he'd be the pick.
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    Since you bring up Kent State, let me say that I STILL want Jameson Konz in a Patriot uniform. :) :bricks:
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    Wes Bunting - National Football Post, Scout's notebook
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