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GRILLO: The ACC has some steals with regard to the upcoming draft

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    a pretty good read, i posted and bolded what i thought was good, give your viewpoints;



    GRILLO: The ACC has some steals with regard to the upcoming draft

    By Ron Grillo
    Telegram Correspondent

    Sunday, April 19, 2009

    The New York Giants don’t need my help in the NFL draft, which commences Saturday, but I’ve got draft experience and they’re going to get it nevertheless.

    wouldnt it be super if we as cowboys fans gets this to the cowboys and because this giant fan said he has some tips we let the cowboys know so they can get him before the giants, that would be cool; my thoughts

    I’ll e-mail a copy of this column to Jerry Reese, who will begin his third season as the Giants’ general manager since taking over for Ernie Accorsi.

    Reese is averaging a Super Bowl title every two years.

    Decades ago, Ray Didinger, now with NFL Films, and I implored then-Eagles head coach Mike McCormack to draft Billy “White Shoes” Johnson out of Widener College. This is almost verbatim from McCormack: “We’d love to guys, but we’ve only got 16 rounds and we’ve got to make them count.”

    Billy’s not in the Hall of Fame, but might be the most exciting, most prolific former player who isn’t.

    Let me begin with what they like in the Giants camp — a big running back.

    For several reasons, I didn’t think that N.C. State’s Andre Brown would be drafted at all. Now, he’s not in same class with Knowshon Moreno or Chris Wells (I refuse to call him by that silly nickname) or even UCONN’s Donald Brown, but Brown could be a steal. Never known for blazing speed, he forged a time of 4.37 at the combine, leaving the aforementioned in the dust. Some have Andre going in the second round.

    Speaking of a steal, UNC’s Brandon Tate could have more of an impact on this NFL season than anyone in the draft. That is, if the left knee he injured last season against Notre Dame is completely rehabilitated. There’s no telling how good the Tar Heels would have been in 2008 had Tate remained healthy.


    He’s got those same qualities as Billy Johnson, but he’s faster, more explosive, and he will wreak havoc on opposing teams. I think he’s the most breath-taking player I’ve seen in the Triangle in 14 years, and that would include Torry Holt.

    I could have begun this column talking about UNC’s Hakeem Nicks. In a year filled with blue-ribbon wide receivers, Nicks is among the finer.

    Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Macklin will be drafted before he is, and Rutgers Kenny Britt might be also. Sporting News Magazine has the Giants taking Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, but anyone who passes on the talented Mr. Nicks might long regret that decision.

    I just see him in a Giants uniform for 10-12 seasons.

    It’s hard for me to believe that there are 26 wide receivers better than the Heels’ Brooks Foster, but that’s where he's currently rated.

    UNC’s Trimain Goddard is as short as they come at safety, but he makes up for that in intelligence and savvy. Make this kid your first choice as a free agent if he doesn’t go after seven rounds.

    I don’t have to tell you how good are all of Wake Forest’s blue chippers.

    Duke Linebacker Michael Tauiliili is reminiscent of Zack Thomas and deserves a chance.

    N.C. State tight end Anthony Hill is about two rounds better than ECU’s Davon Drew.
  2. Woods

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    We've shown a lot of interest in A Hill and Tate.
  3. hendog

    hendog Active Member

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    Im telling ya Tate is the man.
  4. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    time will tell if he is the man, hopefully he can fall to the 6th our 7th round due to his injured knee and we can get him cheap
  5. hendog

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    I don't think he lasts past the 4th.
  6. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    Is Tate even 100% yet? Otherwise I would be in complete agreement, he is at least a playmaker as a returner & would contribute immediately there. IF he is healthy.


    And the last part about Duke's Tauiliili is spot on. He is just a football player. I know how everyone wants to get bigger at ILB so I have hesitated to mention him. He would be perfect in a 4-3. Like Tatupu and ZT, Tauiliili plays bigger and faster than he measures.
  7. Woods

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    That's the big question mark with Tate.

    I've read that he may have to sit out 2009 and get ready for 2010.

    That said, now that the Cowboys have met with him and done the physicals, etc., they should have a pretty good idea.
  8. cowboyjoe

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    i think thats why the cowboys had him in for a visit, to check out his knee, etc, and gauge him;
  9. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    I'd just like to know who the heck Ron Grillo is... I've been a draftaholic for years, this is the first time I've heard the guy's name... I can tell by reading this article that he's in love with himself, but does he have any credibility??
  10. cowboyjoe

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    bear here is the link;
    http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/s...with-regard-to-the-upcoming-draft-555747.html

    RockyMountTelegram.com wherever that is;
  11. silverbear

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    Thanks, buddy, but that still doesn't tell me who he is, what kind of expertise he has... for all I know, he could be another Jim Rome wannabe...

    OK, that's too harsh, I didn't have any real problems with the article, other than him blowing his own horn...
  12. cowboyjoe

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    thats all i know about him, what i try to do, when i run across an article that might be interesting on the draft, and help you zoners build your draft, i post it; i enjoy sharing what i run across and letting you all see what i see;

    you never know, one day might be a super sleeper or player that can help the cowboys;

    kinda like erik walden last year, everyone or most everyone was saying who is this guy;
    and i thought the article, might be cool, because if it does cover a sleeper and we the cowboys get him before the giants, might be because the reporter shot off his mouth while talking about the giants and helping them

    now that would be cool
  13. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Joe, I wasn't criticizing you in any way... you keep right on posting anything you find...

    I just find Grillo's self-promotion to be annoying... he also insinuates that he has worked in some team's personnel department...
  14. cowboyjoe

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    i understand bear, im sure your aware of draftdaddy.com thats where i get a bunch of my college draft stuff in their blog, i used to use tfy, but sometimes their stuff wasnt accurate etc. or to me sometimes their writing was bland

    i also use gbnreport, but im sure your aware of all of those sites i mentioned


    DC, Hostile let me know about some other sites, draftguys, footballsfuture to name a few and i like matt and martys website too along with cbssports, draftblitz and nfldraftinsiders

    i tried to find more info on the guy, but didnt on my yahoo search on him

    have you got your war room up yet Bear, i have 18 white posters up so far with sleepers, combine, draft guides, etc, and i will have my computer on with my tv with dvr recorder recording espn and nfl network; along with listening to norm on theticket and the goose; im getting geared up how about you?

    i still have one more mock draft to do and my mock draft for nfl.com
    dont forget im sure you know it, but their offering contest for mock draft for the first round, trip for 3 to pro bowl, and a chance i think to send in a play from the sideline; first place winner gets a 500 dollar nfl gift card, 2nd winner gets 250 gift card

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