Originally Posted by Dale
Agreed Woody's Girl, outstanding article. Fascinating to read.
Out of curiousity, what was the book on John Abraham when he came out? Anyone have a profile of his handy? I'm curious only because he was the last defensive end/OLB-type Parcells took high in the draft. Did he fit the profile of overachievers, or was he more of an "athlete"-type coming out?
6'3½" 250 4.46
Combination defensive end/linebacker. Well-built but trim. Has long arms. Fluid athlete with excellent quickness off the ball. Can turn the corner with speed. Loose in his movements. Has good agility and a strong closing burst. Makes plays in pursuit. Quick footed. Better laterally than stepping up and filling. Needs to use his hands better to take on and defeat blocks. Has good coverage potential. Plays a little upright but is smooth getting to the flat. Has very good hip turn. Works well against the tight end in man coverage. Needs more strength but has excellent tools.
6'4½" 280 4.85
A left end with a sturdy build and good strength. Plays the run well. Takes on blocks with good knee bend. Has good balance, quickness and speed. Disciplined. Works hard to the ball down the line. Physical. Solid tackler. Needs to get off the ball quicker, but has above average pass rush skills -- not really a turn the corner type with flashy moves -- gets ridden wide too much on outside charges but works well to the inside. Aggressive with his hands. Has good body control and leaping ability. Shows a strong closing burst. Has had some injuries.
5'11½" 192 4.44
Backup most of his career. Expected to emerge as a senior but missed most of the year because of off-field issues. Solidly built. Short strider with excellent speed. Does a good job of stopping and coming back for the ball. Willing over the middle target. Tough. A little stiff in his movements. Shows positive hands -- can reach and snatch. Aggressive runner after the catch -- has the power to drive for extra yards. Explosive kick returner. Physical blocker. Raw -- has not been a big-time producer and has some "baggage," but has exceptional tools.