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So you want to draft an OT in the first round huh?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by MichaelWinicki, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Here is what Ourlads recently offered on perhaps the 3 top offensive tackles available... The analysis came after watching the players at the Senior Bowl-- both in practice and in the game itself:

    D'Brickashaw Ferguson (Virginia)- As good as advertised. Excellent feet in pass protection. Good redirect. Long arms (36 1/4") natural knee bender. Smooth and athletic in his movement. Leaks through on the second level. Sinks his hips. Can turn and seal linebacker and cut off backside pursuit. One of the most fluid natural athletes we've observed in numerous Senior Bowls. Carries his weight well. Needs to fill out and upgrade his overall strength. Competitive blocker with god body control. Has all the tools to be a Pro Bowl player. Needs to post up inside leg better to take away inside slant by defensive end.

    Eric Winston (Miami)- Angular left tackle that is more finesse than powerful. Comes off the ball with a flat back. Sustains contact with defender. Not real strong with his anchor. Has some talent and tools. Not an explosive and powerful as you like for a tackle.

    Marcus McNeill (Auburn)- A left tackle with natural strength. Explosive. Can generate power. Will duck his head on pass protection and waist bend at times. Needs pass protection technique work. Raw talent.

    Jonathan Scott (Texas)- Athletic tackle that needs to play strong. Not a powerful player. Good initial quickness and balance. An inconsistent player in both pass protection and run blocking. Players too high to anchor bull rush. Average long snap at 14 yards was between .70 and .79.

    Ryan O'Callaghan (California)- Big physical right tackle type. Good sized hands and arms (33 3/4"). Good balance. Could improve his footwork in pass protection. Not a natural knee bender. Average athletic ability. Can mirror a speed rusher.

    Jeremy Trueblood (Boston College)- Typical Boston College lineman. Physical and plays with an attitude. Angular build (6077, 316) with long arms (34") and big hands (10 3/8"). Plays high and allows the defensive end to get into him. Struggles to anchor. Inconsistent to move his feet against a speed rusher.



    Other than Ferguson I don't see any instant answers at RT. As a matter of fact I think if one stuck Winston and McNeil at RT for the 2006 season I think each is capable of giving up 10+ sacks as a starter. I still think a year #2 Pettiti is a better option than either McNeil or Winston.
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    There WILL be good OT prospects in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. No to OT at 18, and no to TO at any cost. The lunch wasn't that good Bill.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Like I posted in another thread I'm starting to think we may go "guard" in round two rather than "tackle".
  4. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    Nice plan. Let's stand pat with the NFL's worst RT.
  5. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    So your plan is to reach for an OT at 18? Yeah, reaching works.
  6. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    AND who says either of those OT's selected at #18 would perform any better? At least in year one...
  7. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    They say he will. You know "THEY" right?
  8. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Oh yeah! "They!" I got it!
  9. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    If he had a pulse, he'd be an upgrade. And there will be plenty of tackles available in other rounds.
  10. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    Didn't say I'd reach.....

    As for what works, we know what doesn't work. Rob Pettiti.
  11. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    So you're 100% confident that just any OT drafted this year outside of Ferguson is going to come in and do a better job as a rookie than Petitti as a second year player?
  12. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    100%? No. The guy could get hurt, for starters.

    No draft pick is a sure thing, but I'm confident that almost anybody they dredge up could be better than Pettiti.
  13. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    You're confident.

    :bow:
  14. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    And apparently you're confident in the guy who probably gave up more sacks than any Cowboys' OT ever....

    Good call.
  15. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Just like people were sure that Hambrick and that Dud would be better.

    They just have to be better, I mean there is NO WAY they could be worse...or that is what has been said many many times by many many people.
  16. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, because we never should have tried to replace a stud like Ekuban....

    You're really on your game this morning.
  17. Qwickdraw

    Qwickdraw Benched

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    It can't possibly get any worse than Petitti.
  18. Double Trouble

    Double Trouble Well-Known Member

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    Yes it could. The next guy may not have a relative here.
  19. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    LOL it is not about replacing.

    It is about the mentality that ANYONE could do better that so many have here.

    Did wiley do better then ekuban? I think the answer is quite clear.
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Just like it could not get worse then Eckuban...but Wiley proved that false.

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