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Cold Pizza: Branch Has Stress Fractures in Leg

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by theogt, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    From another board:

    Could be draft week rumor. Could be truth. I know some people want us to draft him to eventually replace Fergie, so I thought I'd post it.
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Have not heard this before.

    Wonder if this was a problem when he was playing or a result of working out too hard leading up to the draft and combine.
  3. dargonking999

    dargonking999 DKRandom

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    I say draft him and sign him for donut. :)
  4. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Here's a little blip about stress fractures. I wasn't too sure about their severity so this may help others as well:

  5. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    Wow. I suspect its a rumor and if so it's the biggest one I can remember. How brutal this would be if so.
  6. Pottsville Maroons

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    The Rodrique Wright of this draft. First round? talent slips, in his case, to the 6th or 7th.

    Sucks for us, in that it's one fewer player available when we pick.

    Conversely, it could be good for us if he's there when we pick in the 6th and they decide to take a chance on him.
  7. HoleInTheRoof

    HoleInTheRoof Benched

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    What was the defensive tackle last year that played at UT who had some injury come up? Everyone penciled him as a top 10 pick if he had come out the previous year, but then that happened and some team got him in the 6th round. Anyone remember?
  8. HoleInTheRoof

    HoleInTheRoof Benched

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    Rod Wright. Thats the guy. Nevermind my above post.
  9. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Do you think he would drop that far?

    I would think that if he just worked out too hard trying to increase his 40 times and to lose some weight for the combine and pro days leading up to the draft than teams might not be so hard on him in the draft.

    Now if this is something that he has had problems with off and on during his college days that would be a different story.

    But stress fractures are not some rare debilitating problem and is normally an easy fix with time and rest.
  10. Avery

    Avery The Dog that Saved Charleston

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    I doubt he'll drop that far just because of this. It could definitely drop him down, but I doubt it will be to the second day unless its confirmed and that he'll be in the league <5 years.
  11. Pottsville Maroons

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    Well, people have been questioning his work ethic and then this comes along a week before the draft. Like you said, Rod Wright might not be the best comparison since he had a torn rotator cuff, not something this minor, and didn't he have questions about his work ethic, as well? I used him since he was a highly ranked DT that fell due to medical/work ethic issues.

    Regarding Branch, I'd like to think it's possible that he'd be there that late, if some teams are taking him completely off their boards, but 3rd or 4th Round is probably more realistic. If he's there in Round 3, it would sure be a tempting proposition. How far do you think he'd fall?

    Rod Wright was taken by Miami in the 7th, btw.

    Edit: I used the 6th Round pick example to continue with the parallel with Rod Wright, as I thought he was eventually drafted in that round.
  12. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    It would explain why he looked lethargic and out of shape this offseason. I don't see any way he drops to the 2nd day. I still think he goes in the 1st round. Worst case scenerio is he drops to the 2nd round like Shaun Rogers or Marcus McNeil.

    I gotta say, I would still be heavily interested as long as you did your medical homework. The Cowboys don't need rookies to step in right away, and they don't have enough roster room to fit 10 draft picks. This guy is a legitimate Top 5 pick when he's healthy and full speed. I would also look at guys in later rounds who are good talents who might need a "red shirt" year that you could stow away on IR. Michael Bush and Brian Smith in particular.
  13. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    acxcording to another board:

    I think the report is bogus. Branch is on Sirius Radio right now and he isn't saying anything about a rumored injury. The Sirius guys have asked him all the questions under the sun regarding some of the rumors out there about him, but no injury has been mentioned……

    They wrapped the interview up by naming three teams: Atlanta, Miami, and DC. He said He would love to play for any of those teams but he has no clue who is more likely to take him
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    One good thing out of this, IF the rumors turn out true, we will not have to worry about moving UP to get him in the first. :cool:
  15. JPM

    JPM Well-Known Member

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    So correct IR.
  16. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    I say chance it in the 4th rd....
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I honestly don't think he falls to the second day if it is just stress fractures brought on after the season.

    But hey who knows, others have fallen further before in the draft.
  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    I am not a fan of Branch, but I highly doubt this rumor. While it would explain the out of shape part, he (and his agent) would be the biggest fools around to try and hide it- teams find out about it and he drops down to the second day or even worse. Besides, the medical exam at the combine should have turned up something if it was true.
  19. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Well you bring up some good points.

    Should have been found in the combine if they were there.

    Unless they happened after the combine and he was still training hard to improve on his pro day.

    Not sure about the agent situation. I could see your point being valid but I could also see some of them trying to hide it thinking that he would fall further.

    Just don't know if the rumors are true.

    Sometimes they come out before a draft, however other times we see players fall fall fall in the draft and only find out later why they fell. Seems the teams knew about the reason but the media and fans did not.

    This should be interesting to keep an eye on.
  20. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    the agent has got to think about his future- if he were to try and pull a stunt like that, no NFL team would ever trust him again.

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