If Andre Smith drops to 25, I'm trading next year's first

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by newnationcb, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. newnationcb

    newnationcb Well-Known Member

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    I will if I was GM. I don't care what people are saying about his body appearance, the kid has a top 10 skill set. Grooming him for a year in our program should be more than enough for him to start producing as one of the better LTs in the league in a year.

    Flo affords us the crucial opportunity to be able to do this. If our team finishes where we expect them to for the next 3 to 4 years, then we will never be in a position to draft a LT with Smith's status. We likely will have to get Flo's replacement through free agency and pay major money for it.

    You could also argue that there might not be a position on this team where we absolutely need to take a player in the 1st round. Especially if our young WRs pan out along with our policy on WRs.

    Andre Smith has the feet of a 6'4 tackle but the arm lenghth (which is really all that matters for the height dimension) of a 6'8 tackle. He's gonna be a solid pro for years to come. He comes in with a remarkable colllege pedigree and will be dominanat in the pros.

    I'm not an Alabama fan or anything of that sorts. And people saying this kid will fall out of the first round or being down on him based on his workout numbers, gimme a break! Because he did 2 fewer reps than guys like Oher means he won't make it in the NFL? Plus, there's no way he drops out of the 1st round; the league is too smart for that. Even dropping to 25 is a stretch from where I see it.

    Now, if the team feels Free will be a solid pro some day (and I also believe this), then the move won't make sense. But if they don't then I see this as a beautiful opportunity to solidify the left side for the next 10 years
  2. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    He sounds like a lazy piece of crapola to me. We don't need players like that.
  3. lqmac1

    lqmac1 Well-Known Member

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    well i'm glad your not a gm
  4. Dallas

    Dallas Old bulletproof tiger

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    I can say the same for you. Glad you aren't our GM.

    The guy shows up to the biggest day of his life completely out of shape and blows the entire opportunity.

    Yeah - let's trade our future for that guy. :rolleyes:
  5. newnationcb

    newnationcb Well-Known Member

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    We don't need players like elite LT prospects:confused:
  6. dadymat

    dadymat I'm kind of a Big Deal

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    I really dont think we need another player with motivation issues..
  7. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    sorry pundits still say top ten, and no worse than 16 to SD.
  8. 28 Joker

    28 Joker 28 Joker

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    People are going to think I"m crazy, but Phil Loadholt is the LT and player, yes LT, Dallas would try to move up for in round 2. He's down to 332. and he has worked his way into a second round lock. He has worked out extremely well. His technique has improved, and he's quicker. It was noted at his Pro Day. Some teams may see only RT, but I bet several teams see Marcus McNeil, a player Dallas passed on for Anthony Fasano.

    He's an unfinished product, and Dallas likes big, powerful tackles. Remember, he only played 2 years at Oklahoma, and he played at 345, I think.
  9. newnationcb

    newnationcb Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I'm actually pretty high on Loadholt as well and think he's gonna be a LT in this league also. However, if given the chance of giving up a 1st for Andre Smith (along with a pick less than a 2nd) or getting Loadholt with the 2nd, I'm rolling with the fat ***:cool:
  10. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Good luck with your Madden team then.
  11. Zaxor

    Zaxor Virtus Mille Scuta

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    I wouldn't go as far as to say you are crazy or that you are not entitled to your opinion... but from everything I have seen Loadholt doesn't have the build (his butt is up by his shoulders) or the feet to play either tackle position in the NFL
  12. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    Ummm NO! The beauty of the draft is that you can find diamonds in the rough like the Larry Allens of the world... (Future Hall of Famer)
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    I'm against trading away a future first round pick on such a questionable athlete.

    Talk about a high risk move.
  14. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    If LT were a gaping hole and was the only thing keeping us from taking the next step, you make a move like this.

    That isnt the case with this team.

    Further, it would probably coast us more than just our 2 this yr and 1 next yr to get back into the 20's.
  15. AKATheRake

    AKATheRake Well-Known Member

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    Ummm, not saying Larry Allen was a top 10 pick or anything but he was selected 46 overall in the 2nd round. That's not exactly the diamond in the rough territory for an offensive guard. Our current starting left tackle was selected at pick 38 overall in the 2nd round.
  16. Apollo Creed

    Apollo Creed Stackin and Processin, Well

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    He won't make it quite that far, I've got him going in the mid-teens.

    There is 3 years of SEC tape on him. Any other conference and I'm concerned, but I know there are some tackle-hungry teams that won't let him slide past them in the middle of the first.

    He is just an idiot that wasn't properly advised. He costed himself millions of dollars, so hopefully he understands that he needs to start taking this whole process seriosuly.
  17. burmafrd

    burmafrd Benched

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    Only an idiot drafts another idiot in the first rd.
  18. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    The big thing on Loadholt is he has extremely long arms which may cover up his deficiencies.
  19. the kid 05

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

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    its like watching a dirty version of baywatch...
  20. Texan_Eph89

    Texan_Eph89 Well-Known Member

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    I'm liking the OG from LSU. Biggest baby in Louisiana.
    Fits our OL perfectly. FIxing the LG spot is pretty important as well. I think Flo still has a couple more seasons.

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