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Justin Tuck, Tell me about this guy

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by fishspill, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. fishspill

    fishspill Well-Known Member

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    The more I look around the more it seems Tuck would be the perfect pick somewhere in the 1st round.

    He's 6'5", 268 lbs.

    He's got the long arms you want in a pass rusher.

    He made a 29 on the Wonderlich (You know how Bill hates those stupid players).

    He's also got great stats against solid competition.

    What's wrong with this kid that he doesn't get more attention? Maybe we'll hear more (good or bad) after his Pro Day.
  2. Peterman60

    Peterman60 New Member

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    We don't hear about him cuz everyone's still having wet dreams of Merriman. I'm telling you the Merriman pick is this year's Jackson pick. Tuck is a solid pick with solid production.
  3. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    Everyone is kind of waiting for Tuck's workout to see what kind of athlete he is. I'm pretty disappointed that he didn't workout at the Combine.
  4. Peterman60

    Peterman60 New Member

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    No need to look at the workout numbers, I mean they are if you never seen him play I guess. But after watching a whole season of dreadful ND football Tuck was the only bright spot - came with the pass rush on every single down, no "off downs"
  5. Dyluke

    Dyluke Member

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    I just watched the 2003 SC / ND game where ND got pounded. A couple things that stood out to me....
    1) Tuck and J. Rogers had quite a good battle all game long...Tuck eventually beat Rogers in the second half around the corner and sacked the QB (giving Rogers his first sack of the year)
    2) Tuck has great range and great speed...he had one amazing play where Reggie Bush bounced it outside and Tuck beat him to the corner to knock him OB. Bush is argubly one of the fastest players in college football by the way. So Tuck showed great speed to the sideline.
    If the cowboys could trade back a couple spots with that #20 and grab J.Tuck, that would be an amazing move. The guy has been productive his entire career at ND, as he holds the all time sack record.
  6. Dyluke

    Dyluke Member

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    here's part of an article posted on MSNBC
    By Pat Haden
    NBC Sports
    Updated: 10:04 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2005

    The season-long voting by readers for Notre Dame's MVP is complete, and sophomore quarterback Brady Quinn is the choice of Irish fans. The team voted defensive end Justin Tuck its MVP, and I'm also going with Tuck, although a number of defensive players had outstanding years.

    Injury not a factor
    The defense was the strong part of Notre Dame's team, and the front seven was the strong part of the defense, and I think Tuck was the leader among the front seven.

    Tuck led the Irish in tackles for loss, with 14 for 57 yards, and his 47 tackles ranked him sixth on the team.

    He also broke the school's career record for quarterback sacks this season as his team-leading six sacks raised his three-year career total to 24.5 sacks.

    At Notre Dame, Tuck has piled up 43 tackles for loss, 164 total tackles and seven passes broken up.

    Maybe most impressive about Tuck is had such an outstanding 2004 after recovering from a major knee injury suffered in the 2003 season finale.

    He worked hard at rehabbing the knee, and it paid off as he staarted every game, and logged a career-high 263 minutes of playing time.

    An upward climb
    Tuck came to Notre Dame as a skinny linebacker, and he started as kind of a pass-rush specialist in his redshirt freshman year of 2002.

    In 2003, he had a great year rushing the passer, and played the run pretty well.

    This past season, I thought Tuck was equally adept at defending both the run and the pass.

    He developed four separate pass rushes, and showed consistent improvement from season to season.

    I feel he has the potential of being a very high NFL draft pick after choosing not to come back and play at Notre Dame next season.

    I guess what sticks out most in my mind when thinking about Justin Tuck's career at Notre Dame is that in preparing for the games I analyzed on NBC, I would meet with players from the opposing teams, and every opposing offensive tackle I every sat down with knew Justin Tuck's name.
  7. Dayton Cowboy

    Dayton Cowboy Active Member

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    good info in both posts Dyluke...

    Was very good to see Tuck improved with every year. Some players hit the wall and never get any better
  8. Hollywood Henderson

    Hollywood Henderson Benched

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    I came away unimpressed with Tuck after watching alot of ND games over the years...
  9. Dayton Cowboy

    Dayton Cowboy Active Member

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    Hey Hollywood, I cant really say that I remember seeing him play(not liking the Irish might have something to do with that), but what about his play left you unimpressed?
  10. fishspill

    fishspill Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate the responses guys. Tuck seems to have the measurables and stats to make me think he won't last until #20. I know there aren't a lot of mocks where he goes that early but most mocks aren't done by pro ball guys so I take them with ample salt (no offense to those who make them).

    I would love to here some of the negatives like HH was alluding to. I want to hear why he's not considered a top-15 pick in this draft.

    Special thanks to Dyluke for the article and analysis.

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