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Sleeper DE - Jordon Willis

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by JeffInDC, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. JeffInDC

    JeffInDC Well-Known Member

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    This kid seems like a Garrett RKG pick. Can't wait to see what he can do at the Senior Bowl. QUIETLY won Big XII Defensive POY. In the 4-5 games I saw him play this year, looked good against the run and pass. My guess is he checks in around 6'4", 255-260 at the weigh-in. And, according to CBS's pre-combine #'s, he may run a sub-4.7 40. Critique away..........
     
  2. Bigdog

    Bigdog Well-Known Member

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    It is going to interesting with him. I like him but I have read he might not be as explosive as some scouts want their DE to be. Opinions vary. He is productive though.
     
  3. RandyOh

    RandyOh Well-Known Member

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    Hes a solid mid round option if we was to miss out on a edge rusher in the 1st and 2nd round. He quietly had a very solid season. He plays strong side so LE may be his best fit if he doesn't have the explosion and/or bend required for RE.
     
  4. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Good character kid. But is not your typical explosive pass rusher, although he does a solid job. Looks like a LDE only though, did not see him move around much.
     
  5. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    can he possibly play OLB?
     
  6. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    In a 3-4, sure.

    In this system, why would you bother?
     
  7. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    he has LB size, I was just curious as to whether he had LB versatility. I didn't really pay attention to him when Texas played KSU. So, I am not sure if he has the ability to drop into coverage. I know he is a great leader, a team captain, possesses a high football IQ, and is apparently a high character guy.
     
  8. Chris in Arizona

    Chris in Arizona I am Death

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    He's an edge guy, 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. Maybe a less explosive Brian Robison (Minnesota/Texas Longhorn). Similar size; Robison is 6-3/259, Willis is a little taller at 6-5/258.

    Late 2nd to 4th round guy I would think.
     
  9. Biggems

    Biggems White and Nerdy

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    I wanted robison in the draft.....he has had a very nice career for the vikes
     
  10. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    I still don't understand how we haven't been able to hit on a D-line since Marinelli has gotten here. It seems like every season we say "but Marinelli has nothing to work with." That was an acceptable excuse the year we purged ourselves of Ware, Ratliff and Hatcher, but we've had a long time to add pieces. We've struck gold on QB, RB, OL, CB (Brown in the 6th), FS, maybe LB (Smith), but we've failed so many times on D-line to the point where we're relying on Jack Crawford. Hopefully Maliek Collins will be the beginning of the transformation of our D-line. He has the potential to be a great pick.
     
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  11. RandyOh

    RandyOh Well-Known Member

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    I think Charles Tapper was gonna be their steal at DE before the news of back injury came out. He's an explosive athlete that was productive before a scheme switch. It's the same thing that messed up Maliek Collins draft stock. Collins should have been a 1st round pick.
     
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  12. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member

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    Is Tapper's injury chronic/career threatening or will he be healthy after a redshirt season and ready to rock in 2017?
     
  13. RandyOh

    RandyOh Well-Known Member

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    I remember someone in the Fan zone doing the research that with the surgery Tapper got should greatly help if not fix his back issue. This was awhile back i read it though. Their research did seem promising though.
     

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