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You want a 6-6 Hybrid 3-4 OLB?????????

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Nors, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Nors

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    Forget Kiwi - this kid is the real deal.......

    Manny Lawson DE 6’6 245 North Carolina St.
    By: Robert Davis

    Manny Lawson is one of the truly elite athletes in college football. Not only has he found time to play both end and linebacker, he’s also a track standout having competed in the long jump and hurdles during his time at NC St. As a linebacker in 2002, Lawson had 35 tackles, with one of them coming for loss. As a part time starter in 2003, he improved on all his numbers. He totaled 53 tackles, seven for loss, with three sacks. Lawson made the switch to DE in 2004, and became a full time starter for the first time in his career. On the year, he finished with 50 tackles, 12 for loss, and seven sacks.

    Lawson is an absolute freak of an athlete. He has excellent agility, closing speed, and jumping ability. Pound for pound, he may also be the strongest player in the draft. There is not a single physical trait he lacks. On the football field, he is an emerging talent. He did not make too many plays early on, but once he moved to defensive end, he started to show his pass rushing ability. His upside is tremendous, and he could be a standout pass rusher at the next level. Lawson is also a standout special teamer.

    With all his athletic gifts, he is prone to relying on them too often. A major part of that is due to his inexperience on the defensive line. As an end, he lacks the bulk to be a player against the run. Lawson carries the tweener tag, but that has not been a negative lately. Still, he may only fit for certain teams.

    Manny Lawson has tremendous upside. As a pass rusher, he has as much pure talent as anyone in the draft. He is listed here as a defensive end, but he has the ability to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. Lawson is a guy that should rise up the charts as the draft approaches because of his awesome physical ability. He will really tear up the combines and individual workouts. Do not be surprised to see him crack the first round, but the second is the safe bet.
  2. MrPhil

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    I'd be happy with either of the potential OLB in Lawson or Howard. I think anytime you get a change at a "physical freak" who can play, put up stats and is at a position of need..........well, you jump on it!
  3. Nors

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  4. MrPhil

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    I just want playmakers and difference makers. Don't care about the position unless it is a position we are already strong at.

    Both of these guys seem like potential difference makers at a position of need.

    I say Lace em up!
  5. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I'll take him. Was that your writeup, Nors? I didn't know Lawson was that strong. If it's truly the case, he may be great on the strong side. With that frame he can undoubtedly get bigger.
  6. InmanRoshi

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    Good thing he's not 1" taller, then he totally wouldn't even be able to play the position.:rolleyes:
  7. Dayton Cowboy

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    I was wondering as well who wrote that Nors? Who is Robert Davis and what site/publication does he write for?
  8. VACowboy

    VACowboy Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    A guy who I find very intriguing is Jason Hunter, DE. He's 6-4, 235 and was a pure hell raiser on the App State defense. Had 101 tackles (24 for a loss), 13 sacks and an interception. He also defensed four passes. Sounds like a versatile, playmaking OLB to me.
  9. DragonCowboy

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    Hey Nors,

    Which pick do you think we'll have to use to get any of these Linebackers? Would it be a first-rounder, or can we get one in the second round?
  10. Nors

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    I'm thinking we can trade down to late one early two to get a Howard or Lawson. Tho there are more 3-4 teams out there. I think there are enough ?'s on them to push them down or out of first round. QB'S, RB's, Tackles, DT/DE will dominate Round 1. LB types usually fall.

    DJ Williams, Vilma, Tatufu, Thurman, Ray Lewis etc.
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  12. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Sounds good. Thanks!
  13. BigDInCharlotte

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    The last guy we got from App didn't do too bad, did he? Might be a good pickup later in the draft.
  14. 5mics

    5mics Next Year's Champions

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    Man oh man, Lawson can make the transition to a 3-4 OLB but Kiwi can't?! ***?! Nors make me laugh sooo hard sometimes.....:lmao:

    Actually, Kiwi is the SAME height as Manny.....according to this: http://www.nflfans.com/x/2006/showprospect.php?key=Mathias%20Kiwanuka
  15. Nors

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    Seen Kiwi play more than once? i HAVE, Guy has zero lateral movement or agility. He's a 4-3 DE at best in NFL.
  16. ThreeSportStar80

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    Man forget about the combine numbers and physical stats....what did this guy do on the football field while at NC State????
  17. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    Everyon kept trying to tell you that he was better than Howard. I'm glad you finally found his info. He and Ware would be killer OLBs in a 3-4. Sign Kevin Barry and take this guy at 18!
  18. Nors

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    Neo - this thread was started a ways back. I'm looking at all football players and will bounce all sort of idea's and looks at. Just because you like one player doesn't mean the rest suck.

    I'll be posting my top 200 draft board within the week.
  19. Bobo

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    He had a pretty good career. Last year was his best. I think he's a second rounder, but is the type who could go higher with good workouts.
  20. neosapien23

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    I didn't say Howard sucks, but I don't think he is a 1st rounder. He would be a good canidate for the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

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