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Fullbacks in the 2009 Draft...

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by silverbear, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Nearing the end of this miniseries (next up, I'll look at TEs, the final installment), I'm now down to positions that aren't critical needs, but where Boys might look for an upgrade late... I have read that their fascination with two TE sets might be fading, and that they might be in the market for a blocking fullback late in the draft...

    Should that be the case, they'd be looking for two main qualifications, IMO-- a strong lead blocker, and somebody who can catch a swing pass and do something with it... IOW, the next Moose Johnston... my profile for this position would be a player between 5-10 and 6-2 (any taller, and teams will probably move them to TE), 250-260 pounds, sub-4.7 40 times... if the player in question is under 6 feet tall, I might go with one as light as 240 pounds...


    FIFTH ROUND:


    Tony Fiammetta, FB, Syracuse... 6-0, 245 pounds, 4.55 second 40... this is the earliest I'd even think about drafting a FB, and Tony might be off the board at this point... all of my other fullback prospects are 7th round/undrafted rookie free agent types...


    SEVENTH ROUND:


    Brannon Southerland, FB, Georgia... 6-0, 240 pounds, 4.7 second 40... Southerland is one of the secrets behind Knowshon Moreno's success...

    Marquez Branson, FB, Central Arkansas... 6-2, 245 pounds, 4.55 second 40... rare athleticism for a player this size...

    Frank Summers, FB, UNLV... 5-9, 240 pounds, 4.65 second 40... a mini-tank...

    David Johnson, FB, Arkansas State... 6-2, 260 pounds, 4.7 second 40... prototypical FB computer numbers... maybe Jerry is gettin' some inside info on the two FBs from his home state...

    Any one of these 4 would be a nice addition in the 7th round...


    PRIORITY UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS:


    Jason Cook, FB, Mississippi... 5-11, 245 pounds, 4.7 second 40...

    Zeek Zacharie, FB, Louisiana-Monroe... 6-2, 235 pounds, 4.65 second 40...

    Tyler Roehl, FB/RB, North Dakota State... 5-10, 235 pounds, 4.55 second 40... Tyler may be a steal at RB more than FB, in his last 2 seasons he had 2484 yards rushing on 378 carries, a 6.6 average, and 34 TDs (1 in every 11.1 carries)...

    Jake O'Connell, FB, Miami-Ohio... 6-3, 250 pounds, 4.65 second 40... might wind up moving to TE...

    Just some late round sleepers for your consideration...
  2. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    now were talking.

    using what little resources i have i looked at a select few of the fbs.

    Marquez Branson ranked 6th..out of 95 full backs in this up coming draft
    Combine Invite: Yes
    Height: 6021
    Weight: 247
    40 Yrd Dash: 4.69
    20 Yrd Dash: 2.71
    10 Yrd Dash: 1.50
    225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
    Vertical Jump: 35
    Broad Jump: 09'01"
    20 Yrd Shuttle:
    3-Cone Drill:
    No shuttles/cones, right hamstring pull

    (pro day)Dates: 03/11/09
    Height: 6021
    Weight: 247
    40 Yrd Dash: 4.55
    20 Yrd Dash: 2.63
    10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
    225 Lb. Bench Reps:
    Vertical Jump: 36
    Broad Jump:
    20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.40
    3-Cone Drill: 7.29
    (im intreged)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVK3OFhGiRs
    he can def catch that rock but no footage of lead blocking (i stopped about half way through)
  3. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    You left off Quinn Johnson from LSU, he's probably the best lead blocker of any of the FB's and played very well at the Senior Bowl, and even caught a couple of passes (which was supposedly hsi weakness)
  4. irvin4evs

    irvin4evs Benched

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    That Branson has a crazy-quick 10 yard dash. He could really light up some LBs moving at that pace.
  5. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I don't think we'll take a FB, the reason Deon's spot is secure is because he goes all out on special teams. We aren't going to carry, and activate 3 RB's and two FB's for every game.
  6. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    your right, they wouldnt keep 2 FB's...but he isnt anything more tha average as a lead blocker...I wouldnt be shocked if they took a FB late to at least compete for the FB job.
  7. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    With the new ST rules, Deon Anderson's spot is far from safe. Either Branson or the kid from Weber St, Marcus Mailei, will be great value upgrades, in both ST and at the FB position.

    Branson is a very willing blocker, just does not have a lot of lead in his pants as TE (will have to transition). Mailei will have no growing pains at playing FB, he is a thumper.

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