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PA:Pre-Combine Buzz-Defense

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Pre-Combine Buzz - Defense
    By Fran Duffy

    Posted 50 minutes ago
    After taking a look at which offensive players to watch closely this week during the Scouting Combine, it's time to focus on the defense. Once again, we've rounded NFL Draft analysts from across the football landscape to discuss some buzzworthy prospects.

    Defensive End (Chris Kouffman - Universal Draft):
    The buzz on Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has risen lately and should reach a crescendo when he begins to test at the Combine later this week. When college recruiters came to Cox’s high school, they could not help but notice the 240-pound dynamic athlete who played multiple positions and hardly came off the field. At a recruiting camp, he ran a 4.47 in the 40 yard dash. Mississippi State intended to make Cox a 250-pound defensive end, but he quickly grew to over 270 and was then moved to defensive tackle. In the NFL, Cox figures to be highly coveted by the wave of teams that play a lot of odd front (3-4) defense. It isn’t terribly difficult to find really stout players who are well suited for the stack and shed game you see in a two-gapping defense. However, it is very difficult to find someone who can do that, and then turn around and be dynamic as a pass rusher either from the outside or penetrating the gaps. Cox's flexibility and lateral quickness match his strength and explosion. Once he matures and becomes more consistent, he has the potential to be one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the game. He also has the flexibility to play defensive end in a 4-3, especially if you have him reduce his size. He has that kind of take-off and quickness.
  2. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Pre-Combine Draft Buzz - Offense
    By Fran Duffy
    Posted 21 hours ago

    As the entire NFL community congregates in Indianapolis for the second time in three weeks, draft prospects around the country are preparing for the biggest job interview of their lives: the National Scouting Combine. What players are generating the most buzz as we head to the proverbial football meat market? We talked with draft experts from around the country to get the inside scoop on each position.

    Quarterback (Shane Hallam – Draft Countdown):
    Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has a lot of buzz right now after a very productive senior season and a solid week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, AL. Weeden will turn 29 this year, so many teams may sour on him as a long-term option but a team that is in "win now" mode could get a steal in the second or third round of the draft. Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler's big arm and basketball backgorund has been causing some buzz as well as he moves up draft boards and gets ready for the Combine later this week. In Indianapolis, he will have the chance to showcase some of the physical talents that NFL teams could fall in love with.

    Our Take: Weeden was considered by many to have had the best week of practice in Mobile among the quarterbacks (though Michigan State's Kirk Cousins may have something to say about that). How will Weeden’s arm strength match up against the likes of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Osweiler in Indianapolis? That answer could go a long way in determining where Weeden comes off the board. Osweiler caught my eye during film study because of his exceptional arm strength. He's a player who's stock I would greatly expect to see rise after this weekend.

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