Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 22, 2005.
From NY Giants
Chargers select...Shawne Merriman, LB, Maryland.
Merriman, everybody else I wanted at 11 is gone. Still if Ware was Bill's choice I can live with it
And I no longer care about my darn record.
ahh ill go with dj here so that means it will prolly be merriman
Merriman it is.
7 of 12...
and still trying to figure out how Detroit is going to use 3 #1 WR's and an all-pro TE in Marcus Pollard...AND Kevin Jones.
On paper, at least, Detroit looks like an absolutely dominating offense. Crazy.
still think they need someone to get them the ball. garcia cant throw it deep and harrington just plain sucks. they did good by taking the bpa but they need defensive help bad after taking offensive players with their 1st round pick for what seems like 10 years straight.
And a defense that is in shambles.
They'll put some points on the board but won't be able to stop the other team from doing the same.
It was just a risky pick.
It reminds me of a few years ago when Dallas just kept drafting one CB after another.
QB - Harrington, Joey
RB - Jones, Kevin
WR - Williams, Roy
WR - Williams, Mike
WR - Rogers, Charles
TE - Pollard, Marcus
Now, you may or may not like Harrington but just look at that lineup!
It would seem safe to say that Detroit goes defense for the rest of the draft...BUT WHO KNOWS?
yup and an interesting stat from our last 2 yrs is we scored the most pts vs det in 2004 and 2003 then vs any other team..but that offense should be scary..still think that pressure will kill harrington and even with garcia the qb postion will hold them back some
Shawne Merriman, OLB+DE, Maryland
Height: 6:03.7 Weight: 253
Overview: With the game of football featuring quicker, smaller down linemen, many pro teams are looking for quality edge rushers in the Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor and Terrell Suggs mold to get to the opposing passer. Quarterbacks that performed in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the last few years have had to contend with this type of hybrid defender, a cross between a defensive end and an outside linebacker, in their dealings with Shawne. One of the most sought-after products in the state of Maryland coming out of high school, this cat-quick athlete is known as a workout warrior. In the offseason, he trains with Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington. What's the connection? Merriman played high school hoops with Arrington's brother. The work seems to be helping, as Merriman turned into a dominating force in 2004. Shawne was a standout linebacker during his three years on the football team at Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) High School. The Prep Star All-American also garnered Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He recorded 158 tackles with three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks, adding 428 yards and six touchdowns on 21 catches as a tight end in his final year and his 443 tackles set a school career-record. Merriman posted a career-high 163 tackles with four pass thefts as a junior and led the team with 122 tackles as a sophomore. He earned All-County (junior and senior) and All-League (senior) honors and was rated the number one linebacker in the state of Maryland (and the 14th-best in the nation) by Super Prep. Shawne was also rated by Super Prep as the second-best player overall in the Mid-Atlantic region. He helped the team compile a 27-5 record (including a 10-0 regular season in 2000) in his three years as a starter. Shawne was also named one of the Atlantic Coast region's top five defenders on the basketball court by the Washington Post, where he averaged 13.2 points and 16.3 rebounds per game. Merriman was an immediate contributor for the Terps as a true freshman, playing in fourteen games. The reserve outside linebacker finished with 49 tackles (33 solos), five sacks, six stops for losses, four pressures and five pass deflections in 2002. Shawne battled through knee, hand and head injuries, but did not miss any games as a sophomore in 2003, starting five times at the "Leo" (left rush end/outside linebacker) hybrid position. Despite an assortment of bruises, he ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 8.5 sacks, making 55 tackles (39 solos) with 9.5 stops for losses, 13 pressures, two fumble recoveries and three pass break-ups. While the true junior played with several injuries in 2003, the player nicknamed "Lights Out," for his ability to deliver the "knockout punch" unquestionably had the light go on in 2004. Healthy in 2004, except for an ankle sprain suffered vs. North Carolina State, Shawne earned All-American and All-ACC first-team honors as he registered a career-high 85 tackles (53 solos) and led the team with 8.5 sacks, 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage, ten pressures and three forced fumbles. In 38 games at Maryland, Merriman started 17 times. He recorded 189 tackles (125 solos) with 22 sacks for minus-127 yards, 33.5 stops for losses of 170 yards, 27 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His 22 career sacks rank second on the school's career-record list, topped only by Mike Corvino (24, 1979-82). A well-liked individual with solid ties to the community, he helped organize a coat drive before Maryland a basketball game last year that brought in over 3,200 coats for the "Creative Community for Non-Violence" shelter.
Analysis: Positives Shawne is a rare talent with the ability to play away from the line as a strong-side linebacker, off the edge as a rush end or in a three-point stance as a down lineman. He has excellent quickness and explosion off the ball. Merriman is more productive when allowed to roam the field, as he has the flexibility, knee bend, agility and speed to make plays down the line, string out the run and shoot the gaps with suddenness. He might be better suited to play outside linebacker at the next level, as he has the short area speed and burst to mirror and reroute tight ends and backs on pass routes. Shawne possesses a solid build with good strength and superb leaping ability. His lower body strength and strong anchor allow him to hold his ground at the point of attack when lined up as a down lineman. He gets off the line with a sudden burst and shows the awareness to recognize blocking schemes. When he gets clear air into the backfield, he will instantly get to the quarterback. He will sometimes struggle to defeat blocks working in-line, but is very active with his hands and shows good second effort. Shawne has the power base to hold ground at the point of attack and is effective using his hands to split double teams. His long reach lets him maintain separation from blocks and he is a solid wrap-up tackler in space. He uses his hands to swat and swim with great effectiveness. Merriman looks very fluid in his pass drops and utilizes his leaping ability to bat down a fair share of short passes at the line of scrimmage. He is still developing a feel in pass coverage, but has good hip snap and acceleration coming out of his backpedal. He closes with desire coming off the edge and his burst lets him sift through traffic to make plays from the backside. His above average range and ability to take proper pursuit angles is evident when working in space. Shawne is a smash-mouth type of tackler who can fill the holes or redirect the outside runs back inside. He is very active with his hands, doing a nice job of fighting and shedding blocks to plug the running lanes. His explosive initial step and ability to anticipate the snap count lets him penetrate into the backfield with explosion. He is very effective at breaking down in the open field, extending his arms to wrap and secure as a tackler. Merriman plays until the whistle, but needs to operate with less of a reckless nature, as his penchant for sacrificing his body to make the play has led to several minor injuries that affected his play. For a player of such a young age, he has a good understanding of zone assignments and despite his size, is sudden in his transition to turn and run with the receivers. He knows how to use his explosiveness to close on the quarterback in a hurry, but will bite on play action, taking false steps before redirecting. His tall frame comes in handy when he has to play the pass, as he does a good job of timing his leaps to deflect throws at the line of scrimmage. In a 3-4 defense, he would be an ideal strong-side linebacker. He is developing good hand usage, but can be washed out of the play if an offensive tackle locks on to him due to his limited size as a down lineman. If a team decides to bulk him up, Jason Taylor and Jevon Kearse will have someone to compete with for the sack title before long.
Agility tests: 4.61 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided)...4.66 in the 40-yard dash...385-pound bench press... 590-pound squat...335-pound power clean...38.5-inch vertical jump (holds the school record for defensive linemen with a 41.5-inch jump in 2003)...10'7" broad jump...32 7/8-inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.
High school: Attended Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) High School, where he lettered in football for three years, playing for coach Bill Johnson...Competed as a linebacker and tight end...Finished as the school's career tackle leader with a total of 443...Had eight career interceptions...Posted 158 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked punts as a senior...Also had 21 receptions for 428 yards and six touchdowns... Made a career-high 163 tackles and four interceptions as a junior in 2000...Led the team in tackles with 122 as a sophomore...Selected as first-team All-State and Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior by the Associated Press...First-team All-Metro choice by the Washington Post in 2001 and chosen Defensive Player of the Year by the PG Journal... First-team All-County (junior and senior) and All-League (senior) selection...Super Prep All-American pick as a senior...Rated the number one linebacker in the state of Maryland (and the 14th-best in the nation) by Super Prep...Also rated by Super Prep as the second-best player overall in the Mid-Atlantic region...All-Atlantic region honoree by Prep Star... Named to George Michael's Golden 11 team...Team compiled a 27-5 record (including a 10-0 regular season in 2000) in his three years as a starter...Also a three-year starter in basketball...Named one of the top five defenders (basketball) in the D.C. area by the Washington Post...Averaged 13.2 points and 16.3 rebounds per game as a junior.
Personal: Criminology and Criminal Justice major...Thought of and helped organize a coat drive at one of this past year's Maryland basketball games that brought in over 3,200 coats for the "Creative Community for Non-Violence" shelter...Son of Gloria Williams...Born 5/25/84...Resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
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