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ND's Scouting Report On Henry Melton

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by NeonDeion21, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    It’s official. The Cowboys have signed defensive tackle Henry Melton to a one year deal, with a three year option. So what does it mean? What kind of player is Dallas getting? Today, we are going to take a look at Melton’s tape, specifically from 2012 when he was being coached by current Cowboy’s defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

    If you haven’t seen or heard of Henry Melton, this is what you need to know. Melton was a fourth round pick out of Texas for the Chicago Bears in 2009. In college, Melton was a backup defensive end and a fullback for the team. But the Bears saw potential in him as a penetrating three-technique defensive tackle. In 2012, Henry Melton made his first Pro-Bowl when he was being coached by then Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. He recorded 32 tackles and six sacks, and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ seventh best defensive tackle.

    But in 2013, Melton tore his ACL in the fourth game and was lost for the season. But even before he suffered his injury, he wasn’t the same player as he was in 2012. Was it just due to the loss of Coach Marinelli? This seems to be what the Cowboys are banking on. Melton was also arrested in 2013 for public intoxication and assault. The Cowboys dug deep into both the knee injury and the arrest and felt both issues were behind him.

    When I watch Henry Melton on tape, it is quite obvious that he is a fantastic athlete. But after comparing him to some of the best penetrating defensive tackles in the league, I was shocked to see how he athletic he really was. Take a look:

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    Granted, when Melton came out of school, he was lighter than he is now. He weighed between 275-280 pounds while in college. Currently, Melton weighs somewhere between 295-300 pounds and the Cowboys would like for him to be no heavier than 295 so that he can maintain his elite quickness.

    Read the rest at: http://cover32.com/cowboys/2014/03/2...outing-report/
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  2. OhSnap

    OhSnap Well-Known Member

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    I think we just found our 4th and inches guy. Who knows maybe turn him into a D lineman too.
  3. NJ22

    NJ22 Well-Known Member

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    As soon as I see Pro football focus i stop taking the write up seriously. Happy to have Melton though.
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  4. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    Melton may or may not be able to run a 4.65 nowadays at 295. Even if he's somewhat slower after the injury, he should be fine.
    Much may depend upon whether he's able to take the pounding that he'll see in 2014, of course. Keep your fingers crossed with me that he'll manage to escape the rigors of TC and the regular season as well. In any case, the deal appears to be a good one as long as he keeps his nose clean and persists in rehabbing his knee as he has thus far. As of right now, he offers renewed hope for us.
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  5. PJTHEDOORS

    PJTHEDOORS Well-Known Member

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    NeonDeion, is that your official Website?
  6. BigStar

    BigStar Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I also wasn't aware of how athletically gifted he is. At 27, the 'carrot dangling' contract format should also keep him in check attitude wise. Refreshing to see Dallas get a good FA deal.
  7. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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  8. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Melton ran the 4.64 at 269 lbs, not at 295.
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  9. NeonDeion21

    NeonDeion21 Well-Known Member

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    Correct. That's why I made note of it right under the chart. He played at about 275 pounds in college according to him. I am sure at 100% health now he wouldn't run that, but he still an impressive athlete. We just have no data as to what he would run at 295.
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  10. BigStar

    BigStar Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Cool/informative site. Respect!

    Read the top posting on Bromley. "7.92 3 cone drill which placed him with what some consider the elite DT’s in this class." As was stated, could be a good mid-late round pick @ DT.
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  11. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    If you're going to show a table for comparison, it would be good to have the weight at the time of the forty. You could add a column with the current NFL weight.
  12. yentl911

    yentl911 Well-Known Member

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    4.64 at 295 is damn impressive. Let's hope we have Donald playing next to him next season. I am praying he falls to us. Our D-Line would be much better than it was last year - not that we have anywhere to go but up!
  13. waving monkey

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    4.64 at 295 is damn impressive. Let's hope we have Donald playing next to him next season. I am praying he falls to us. Our D-Line would be much better than it was last year - not that we have anywhere to go but up![/quote]

    Let's hope that Donald is rotating with Melton and we have drafted a good one tech to tighten this baby up.
    Those two coming in and out in the fourth quarter would be daunting.
  14. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    I agree, it's very misleading. Almost seems purposefully so. The note should be that he's managed to gain 25 lbs since his combine, not that you're using todays weight and every other number is from 2009.

    As you can see, not everyone reads the fine print.
  15. waving monkey

    waving monkey Well-Known Member

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  16. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    He's faster than Church. Safety, too??
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  17. OhSnap

    OhSnap Well-Known Member

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    He'd prolly be gassed after 3 plays but the middle of the field would be ours for a few minutes more than normal.
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  18. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    Ouch. Actually I like Church and he plays faster than his times. But that one had to have stung someone somewhere.
  19. OhSnap

    OhSnap Well-Known Member

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    I was thinkin of him beside Church. I'm a big Church fan and lookin forward to seeing his second year as a starter. I had a lil voice in my head tellin me it sounded like I didn't like him but I didn't listen to it. I seen him send a guy to the sidelines last year when he tried to put his helmet on the ball and his aim was off and hit the guy in the stomach, we haven't had that in forever.
  20. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    Not sure I understand comparing combine numbers for established players.

    It's not like we have to look for players that Melton could develop into. He's Henry Melton.

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