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Rashard Mendenhall

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Displaced Cowboy, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Displaced Cowboy

    Displaced Cowboy Active Member

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    He is quickly rising up my draft board.

    If we presumably lose out on the McFadden sweepstakes I think Mendenhall would be my #2 choice.

    Hopefully he comes out.
  2. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    never heard of him before yesterday
  3. Displaced Cowboy

    Displaced Cowboy Active Member

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    He had to share the backfield last year but was still ripping off a ton of long runs.

    He torched my Nittany Lions last year for over 150 and kept the illini in the game and had another good game against them this year.

    He's been an absolute monster all year.
  4. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    i see he is their second leading receiver.....that is good to see. by looking at his bio, he seems to be a power back. he is a junior, but if he continues to put up these kind of stats, i bet he declares for the draft.

    it will be interesting to see how he is ranked at the end of the year with the other backs that should be in the draft.
  5. JerryFan

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    Alright I can help here with some info on Mendenhall. He is a complete STUD!!!! I'm an Illinois fan and am telling you right now this kid is the real deal. I'm not the type of person to talk my teams players up. I'm a realist and there probably isn't a better back in college football. McFadden is a stud no doubt, but I don't know if he is really that much better then Mendenhall.

    He is big (6'0 225), fast (4.4 forty), catches the ball as well as any back I've watched (including Reggie Bush, Edge, etc...), has great vision, and will run people over. He catches everything thrown his way and he does so with his hands not his body. Throw in the fact that Illinois really doesn't have a passing game (in our win over Penn St we didn't complete a pass in 2nd half of the game) and you can see why people are drooling over this kid. He was a highly rated kid (5 star recruit) out of Skokie, IL and is finally getting his chance. I have no idea how he pass blocks though, because we don't do it much with our backs. Usually 'Shard is running a pass route and I think Illinois relies on Juice Williams to elude the pass rush if it does come.
    I would LOVE to have him in the backfield with Barber. Wow would that be a TON!!!! There has been zero talk of him coming out, but who knows with the year he is having. I'll keep everyone updates on 'Shard and how he is doing.
  6. JerryFan

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    Here is a highlight video of our W over Indiana when Mendenhall went for over 200 yards on the ground. There are a couple other video's on You Tube of Illinois and Mendenhall. Also, keep your eye on #9 (Rejus Benn) and #1 on D Vontae Davis. Both are big time studs and will make a big impact in the NFL. Vontae Davis is the little brother of 49ers TE Vernon Davis and is a big time CB. We also have an OLB who is Lavarr Arrington reincarnated , but with a brain. Seriously the kid is an OLB, but against #5 Wisconsin he lined up at DE, OLB, and SS and will also play WR starting next year. The Zooker can recruit there is no doubting that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2gIsDTL-AU
  7. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    So if you had to choose between McFadden and Mendenhall, who would you pick.....and why?
  8. LatinMind

    LatinMind iPhotoshop

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    neither dallas has barber
  9. JerryFan

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    I'd take McFadden, but it's not going to be an option for Dallas IMO. The main reason is because McFadden has done it for 2 years in the SEC really with no passing game to speak of. It's really hard for me to pick, but like I said if both were on the board with our pick I'd take McFadden. I'm not sure about how well McFadden holds onto the ball, but early in Mendenhalls career he had some fumble problems. It seems to be corrected now, but I think McFadden has proved he can carry the load moreso then Mendenhall in his career so far.

    Like I said earlier though I don't think the talent gap between them is as big as what some might think.
  10. JerryFan

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    Here is a highlight video of Illinois win vs. #5 Wisconsin last week. A lot of nice Mendenhall highlights. Watch this kid run and you can't help but love him.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=FktlfypwRic
  11. D-TownRadio

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    Barber is not an every down back. He is not going to last sharing the ball the way he runs and I am sick of hearing about how he is built. His body size does not mean anything. He is still able to get injured. JJ has to go the kid is a bust. I would take Mcfadden because he can line up as a wide out halfback or quarterback and with JG as the OC I think that would make for some pretty amazing plays. When tony has the thret to run or pass and a running back with the thret to run catch or pass it would spread the D's so much that we could do what we want at will against teams.
  12. JerryFan

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    Who wouldn't take McFadden? It's not about whether or not we want McFadden it's the fact that we aren't going to have the chance to pick him.
  13. JerryFan

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    Gotta give a shout out to my boy 'Shard for his game last night and his season so far. If we could pick him up in the 2nd round I'd be one happy Illini/Cowboy fan.

    'Shard went off yesterday. 17 carries 201 yards 2 TD's (64, 35). That puts Rashard Medenhall at 1314 yards for the year and 16 TD's on the year so far. Not only does he put up huge numbers take a look at this quote from him about yesterday: By the way Walter is his older brother.

    But the junior from Niles West sat down early in the fourth quarter, to let Walter play. Walter responded with 57 yards on four carries. ''The coaches wanted me to go back in and get the season rushing record,'' Rashard said. ''I told them I'd rather have Walter go in there. That was great to see him break some runs. I'm so happy for him.''
  14. Displaced Cowboy

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    sounding like he will be coming out and he would immediately jump to the top of my RB list.

  15. IlliniNation

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    The more I hear here in Illinois Rashard is gone. His brother is a backup RB with the Illini and I was hoping he would keep Rashard at Illinois. They are very close. However now I hear his brother will just forgo his senior year if Rashard declares for the NFL. The only reason I will be happy for him leaving is if he is drafted by the Cowboys. Im telling ya, if you havent seen Rashard play, he is as good as any RB in the nation.
  16. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Lost in the Woods

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    One of the few backs I'd take in the first. Would be an excellent addition.
  17. slick325

    slick325 Well-Known Member

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    Mendenhall is very good and I think will be good in the League as well.

    In reference to Vontae, he's the truth! Love his game. He needs to get more involved in the return game (PR's specifically) and take a couple picks back to the house for him to get the national attention he deserves. Top 10 pick no doubt in my mind.
  18. Bob Sacamano

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    w/ Slaton and Felix Jones returning, Mendenhall could be the #2 back to come off the board, he should make the jump IMO
  19. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Do you know where abouts he is projected, middle first - late first?
  20. IlliniNation

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    I've seen him projected as high as pick 16 to the Texans.

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