Huckleby wrote:Back in the 60's, the NFL draft went for 20 rounds..
don't give Goodell any ideas. I'm sure he could find a way to make that worth televising.
Huckleby wrote:Sam has so-so speed for rush linebacker in pros, so he is a mid-round pick rather than early round. But I wouldn't call him a project, even tho he is switching positions. (I know I'm splitting hairs, here. But a "project" usually refers to a guy who doesn't have the specific skills, and Sam is good-to-go. He was a very athletic and quick DE who will adapt easily to 3-4. )
O.J. wrote:Huck, what makes you so sure that he can handle the move to OLB, especially since he struggled with that at the Senior Bowl?
O.J. wrote:These are legitimate on-the-field concerns that will prevent him from being drafted in a spot commensurate with his collegiate achievements.
Huckleby wrote:I am not sure that Sam will make a good nfl player. He comes in matching Nick Perry's profile, who was drafted very high, and that hasn't gone so well. Nick Perry took a year before he was even competent at position, jury still out on whether he can become more than a guy.
O.J. wrote:I guess I just don't see why you would think he would have such an easy time adapting to the switch.
Huckleby wrote: I don't know if he is fast enough to excel in nfl.
Bludgeon wrote:If that player somehow does not get a contract (Collins)...
Henry Vilas wrote:Bludgeon wrote:If that player somehow does not get a contract (Collins)...
Update, Collins just got a contract. He is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA.
Huckleby wrote:BTW, I never thought Aaron Kampman would make it in 3-4. Nick Perry looks a little too stiff.
Bludgeon wrote:Nick Perry's career has been sort of heartbreaking. Physically, he should be the perfect OLB, he's physically equivalent to Aldon Smith with a faster 40 yard dash
Huckleby wrote:Bludgeon wrote:Nick Perry's career has been sort of heartbreaking. Physically, he should be the perfect OLB, he's physically equivalent to Aldon Smith with a faster 40 yard dash
There are physical attributes that aren't often measured. A flexible torso, coordination, balance. I think a great end/olb might also be good at ballet. You notice how Clay Matthews is practically acrobatic, he's able to bend his body, lean low to the ground, move cat-quick, and keep total body control. He's amazing sometimes.
Nick Perry has power and speed, but I'm not sure he has the athleticism of an Aldon Smith. You're right it has been one injury after another. From my glimpses of Sam, he looks athletic.
Huckleby wrote:O.J. wrote:I guess I just don't see why you would think he would have such an easy time adapting to the switch.
IMO, it's the NFL that will bite him, not the position switch. We're splitting hairs. He does not look like a stiff player, he looks very athletic, like Borland.
Between the mediocre 40-yard dash for Sam and a 25.5" vertical, it wasn't a strong showing for the Missouri All-American, although he wasn't expected to put up anything close to Clowney's numbers. Instead most of the focus from the NFL Network commenters was on his "stiff hips."
. If Michael Sam drops in draft, it won't be because of his announcement: Though he was impressive talking Saturday, Sam didn't wow anyone with his workouts Monday. He ran a 4.91 40. His vertical was also disappointing at 25½ inches. Before the combine, Sam announced he was gay. He held up well during his Saturday interview with the media. Sam did say that he was asked only football questions during his interviews with teams. Everyone is rooting for him to be judged as a football player. Based on his numbers Monday, though, he might not go as high as he would like. Because he is considered more of a situational pass-rusher, his value is between the fourth and sixth rounds. A good workout could have put him into the third round. But the lack of speed and explosiveness could push him down the draft board. He showed he could be projected as a pass-rusher and core special-teams player.
O.J. wrote:I'm surprised it took this long for the Grand Old Bigots to respond.
Dr. Jim Burkman, an anesthesiologist from Seattle, sharply criticized his lobbyist brother Jack in an interview on Monday night, accusing him of engineering a media spectacle to draw clients to his business.
“I think the idea that he is pushing legislation that is just hurtful and ridiculous is just plain stupid,” said Jim Burkman. “He is not a legislator and he can’t really push legislation. I don’t think there are any cosponsors for a bill. It is just an attention grab and a media grab to pander to those folks who pay him to lobby on their behalf.
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