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Comparing Combine OLB/DE Tweeners to Spencer

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by robert70x7, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. robert70x7

    robert70x7 Active Member

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    I'm going to try and limit this to players that we have talked about and that might be able to replace Spencer. I compared the combine numbers and here are the rankings. The overall ranking only includes players that competed in every exercise. I'll post the overall rankings first because the rest are kind of lengthy. Individual events are below.

    Overall (Not including Hightower, Upshaw, Bequette, Johnson, Curry)
    1. Nick Perry (23)
    2. Melvin Ingram (26)
    3. Shea McClellin (31)
    4. Olivier Vernon (32)
    5. Anthony Spencer (33)
    6. Whitney Mercilus (34)
    7. Jonathan Massaquoi (44)
    Bench Press (Curry, Johnson, Bequette, Hightower did not press)
    1. Nick Perry (35)
    2. Olivier Vernon (31)
    3. Anthony Spencer (30)
    4. Melvin Ingram (28)
    5. Whitney Mercilus (27)
    6. Courtney Upshaw (22)
    7. Jonathan Massaquoi (20)
    8. Shea McClellin (19)
    40 Yard Dash
    1. Shea McClellin (4.63)
    2. Nick Perry (4.64)
    3. Dont'a Hightower (4.68)
    4. Whitney Mercilus (4.68)
    5. Anthony Spencer (4.7)
    6. Courtney Upshaw (4.76)
    7. Melvin Ingram (4.79)
    8. Olivier Vernon (4.8)
    9. Cam Johnson (4.81)
    10. Jake Bequette (4.82)
    11. Jonathan Massaquoi (4.89)
    12. Vinny Curry (4.98)
    Vertical Jump (Upshaw did not jump)
    1. Nick Perry (38.5)
    2. Cam Johnson (35)
    3. Melvin Ingram (34.5)
    4. Olivier Vernon (34.5)
    5. Jake Bequette (34)
    6. Jonathan Massaquoi (33.5)
    7. Anthony Spencer (32.5)
    8. Dont'a Hightower (32)
    9. Whitney Mercilus (32)
    10. Vinny Curry (32)
    11. Shea McClellin (31.5)
    Broad Jump (Upshaw and Hightower did not jump)
    1. Nick Perry (10.33)
    2. Olivier Vernon (10.17)
    3. Jonathan Massaquoi (10)
    4. Whitney Mercilus (9.83)
    5. Shea McClellin (9.83)
    6. Jake Bequette (9.42)
    7. Anthony Spencer (9.33)
    8. Vinny Curry (9.17)
    9. Melvin Ingram (9.08)
    10. Cam Johnson (8.75)
    Shuttle (Upshaw and Hightower did not compete)
    1. Jake Bequette (4.07)
    2. Melvin Ingram (4.18)
    3. Shea McClellin (4.33)
    4. Cam Johnson (4.38)
    5. Vinny Curry (4.4)
    6. Anthony Spencer (4.43)
    7. Olivier Vernon (4.5)
    8. Jonathan Massaquoi (4.53)
    9. Whitney Mercilus (4.53)
    10. Nick Perry (4.66)
    3-Cone (Upshaw and Hightower did not compete)
    1. Melvin Ingram (6.83)
    2. Jake Bequette (6.9)
    3. Vinny Curry (6.9)
    4. Shea McClellin (7.07)
    5. Anthony Spencer (7.14)
    6. Whitney Mercilus (7.17)
    7. Cam Johnson (7.2)
    8. Nick Perry (7.25)
    9. Jonathan Massaquoi (7.38)
    10. Olivier Vernon (7.39)
  2. robert70x7

    robert70x7 Active Member

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    Agility/Acceleration (Shuttle & 3-Cone)
    1. Ingram (2,1)
    2. Bequette (1,2)
    3. McClellin (3,4)
    4. Curry (5,2)
    5. Spencer (6,5)
    6. Johnson (4,7)
    7. Mercilus (8,6)
    8. Vernon (7,10)
    9. Massaquoi (8,9)
    10. Perry (10,8)
    Power (Vertical & Broad)
    1. Perry (1,1)
    2. Vernon (3,2)
    3. Massaquoi (6,3)
    4. Bequette (5,6)
    5. Ingram (3,9)
    6. Johnson (2,10)
    7. Mercilus (8,4)
    8. Spencer (7,7)
    9. McLellin (11,4)
    10. Curry (8,8)
    Speed (40 & Shuttle)
    1. McLellin (1,3)
    2. Ingram (7,2)
    3. Bequette (10,1)
    4. Mercilus (3,8)
    5. Spencer (5,6)
    6. Perry (2,10)
    7. Johnson (9,4)
    8. Vernon (8,7)
    9. Curry (12,5)
    10. Massaquoi (11,8)
  3. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Interesting. Does this mean that Spencer is top 5, or middle of the pack? And curious why Bruce Irvin's numbers were not included.
  4. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    Plug Jerry Hughes combine numbers in there.......

    Edit:

    Bench - 26
    40 - 4.65
    Vertical - 34.5
    Broad - 9'-10"
    Shuttle - 4.15
    3 Cone - 6.99

    Hughes bested Spencer in everything but bench, yet has a single sack in 2 years and has only been activated a handfull of games.
  5. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    that is why the combine should never be the deciding factor on a player. Game film MUST be.
  6. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    yeah the combine can not measure heart, want to or on the field learn your craft work ethic. Spencer has the physical tools but he doesn't have the want to or desire. And that is why i want him replaced. Instead of going all out he just like's to cruise on by. We need OLB's that are hungry and want to smash the opposing team QB like the do ours.
  7. Gaede

    Gaede Well-Known Member

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    Man, Bequette and McClellin tore it up. Very surprised.
  8. cowboysooner

    cowboysooner Well-Known Member

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    Jerry Hughes had good game film. He probably will be a bust, but it also would not surprise me if he ended up like Jason Babin- a good passrusher for his second team. He is behind Freeney and Mathis and can't play SAM.

    That draft pick along with Anthony Gonzalez and a bunch of others is a big reason why the Polians are no longer repping the "horseshoe".
  9. jblaze2004

    jblaze2004 Well-Known Member

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    hughes might be starting next year, isn't mathis a FA?

    or he might can be had in a trade because of the new coaching staff. Would you trade felix for hughes and somebody else or late round draft pick?
  10. robert70x7

    robert70x7 Active Member

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    I don't consider him a every down 3-4 olb
  11. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Give me a guy that averages 10 sacks a year, not 4.
  12. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    Yup. Every scouting profile around had Hughes as a pure 3-4 OLB and yet he was drafted by the Colts as a 4-3 Nickel pass rushing end who was best rushing from a standing position. Plenty of articles suggesting he simply never matched their scheme at all.

    Hughes could be a steal for a 3-4 team looking for a back up OLB soon.
    OR he could develop as the Colts lose Mathis and have a starting spot wide open.

    Ahmad Brooks looked like a terrible draft pick til about last week and now he has a 20 million dollar check in his account. Some guys are just playing out of position or in a poor scheme for their skillset.
    Hughes was a high school running back.... Asking him to play 4-3 DE seems harsh.
  13. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Spencer is a good football player.

    The problem is that he is not a good pass rusher and for 3-4 DEs to become catalytic you need to be able to send good pass rushers from different positions. Our defense was better in 2006-9 when we had first Ware and Ellis as the QB hunters and then Ware/Ratliff. Now the last two years Ratliff has really fallen off (another great needless extension by our GM) we only have Ware as an above average pass rusher out there.

    I would be okay with re-signing Spencer if the goal were to find a complementary pass rusher at ILB or DE but not a premium price. Anything up to $6M/yr is okay but anything above that is premium money for a non-premium player.

    I really would prefer just to use the FA dollars we have targeted to Spencer at another position - maybe CB, maybe OL, maybe DE - depending on who is available. Then I would try to draft a proper complementary player to Ware to play SOLB and go QB hunting in the nickel. I'd probably be fine with Bequette, McClellin, Ingram or Hightower. I think there is some value at the top of the 2nd round if we can trade down there for the first. We should still be able to get a good OG prospect in this trade down scenario if we can land a late 2nd rounder.

    The draft would then look something like:

    late first: OLB
    mid-second: CB/OG
    late second: OG/CB
    third: BPA
  14. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    Spencer's 40-time for a man his size is pretty darn fast.
  15. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    :laugh2:
  16. dallasfaniac

    dallasfaniac Active Member

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    I thought he was going to be a beast and you're right that he was projected as a 3-4 OLB. However, Indi tried to trade him last year and they couldn't even get an Aaron Curry type of trade.
  17. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Not even if he packs on 10 lbs? At 253, does he qualify as a everydown 3-4 OLB in your eyes?

    It's not like 10, or even 15 lbs, is that impossible to add. Bruce Irvin will be a playmaker as a pass rusher.
  18. robert70x7

    robert70x7 Active Member

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    His frame and style of play would not hold up in a 3-4 every down.
  19. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    He is only 6 lbs less and 1 inch shorter than Ware when he was drafted. These kind of overgeneralizations and absolutes always confound me.

    There have been OLBs in the past, and present, with similar dimensions. Clay Matthews, Von Miller, Derrick Brooks, etc.

    Bruce Irvin is more likely drafted to be a 3-4 OLB, than a 4-3 DE.
  20. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    In the NFL today rush defense is no longer as important as a Pass Rush. We need to realize that we might have to give some on rush D to generate nmore Pass Rush.

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