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Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame 6-6,270

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by RS12, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Why wouldnt it shock me if this guy was on their radar?
  2. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    They might as well use Jermey Parnell as the #2 TE. They had Hanna blocking the majority of the time in 2013. I didn't understand the point of using Hanna if they were not going to establish him as a threat to catch the ball.

    When MartyB was here, he rarely ran anything more than a 3-yard route. Parnell could probably run a 3-yard curl route.
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  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    yeah and Parnell knows how to keep his mouth shut. Win win
  4. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    loved Niklas @ ND, but PLEASE do not pick another TE....
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  5. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    Well he played in the jumbo packages and he's a former basketball player so I guess he could in some situations as well as being tackle eligible.
  6. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Parnell blows people up in the run game. It makes Free's run blocking look pathetic and is obviously much better than any TE's run blocking.

    I still can't figure out why they used Hanna as a blocker as often as they did. He had good effort and knew who he was supposed to block, but it seems that when you have a TE with 4.4 speed that you would use him more in the passing game. If they could establish Hanna as a receiving threat, then defenses might start bringing in an extra DB vs LB when Hanna is in the game. If they could get Hanna run blocking against a DB, then they would have an advantage.
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  7. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    If it wasn't for an injury, many expected Parnell to have a good shot at beating Free out in last years training camp. I was hoping that he would. Parnell is a much more physical lineman and he showed that he could play when he filled in for Tyron when he had to. Inlike his raw potential and think that he can be Free's replacement. He just needs playing time IMO.
  8. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    I agree. Must not be doing what he's supposed to be doing or going where he's supposed to be going.
  9. casmith07

    casmith07 I'm the best poster in the game!

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    If we drafted this guy, it would mean that Witten was on his way out.

    As long as we aren't necessarily looking to replace Jason Witten, I think we're going to roll with Witten, Escobar, and Hanna.
  10. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    They had a blocking TE for awhile. I think you'll see a FB or a RB/FB hybrid but they will continue to look for a F Back.

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