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Video: Youtube Scouting: Anthony Hitchens

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by FuzzyLumpkins, May 13, 2014.

  1. garrett316

    garrett316 5 against 1 Zone Supporter

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    I don't think it's a good idea to draft players who's upside is ST and backup role. Especially given the fact that the record and roster are mediocre to begin with. But, what do I know?

    Another front office decision where I hope like hell I'm wrong, but too often end up right.

    There are just too many instances of these type of decisions.
  2. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    I don't doubt that entire D is disciplined but he's not around the ball enough to me. He's protected and even so I don't think he's in enough plays. But I don't know his assignments. Again I see the potential to fly to the ball and he flashes enough for me to think he'll improve.
  3. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    Not sure why people are so insistent he was drafted to just be a STs player and backup only. Of course that's true but if you take a LB on this team they are going to have to learn enough to beat someone out. It won't be Lee or Durant IMO. Carter as well most likely. So any LB drafted is going to be depth and in this case he's Lee's backup which means he'll likely play some snaps this year. Any player like him is going to have to play STs and do it well. If not then they are going to be pressed to keep him. His draft position protects him some though. I don't see him having problems playing STs though so mox nix. And Marinelli said he was versatile enough to backup or play other positions. He'll likely see some snaps due to injury even if not Lee. He could also see a few snaps on rushing the passer and maybe in the nickel in coverage.

    What do people expect from a 4th round pick especially on this team at LB?
  4. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that NE video (of Hutchins) is very bland.

    He looks like the proverbial blind squirrel looking for a nut; every now and then he gets lucky. I realize he is a 4th round pick but I have a hard time finding anything positive about him. :(
  5. NJ22

    NJ22 Well-Known Member

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    It was a glimpse of the 09 mentality. " Well no one is taking Lees job so let's not even bother taking a guy like Smith from FSU who would be actual competetion, let's take a guy that knows he will be a backup... ". Again like the draft as a whole but this was a stinker. That is an 8-8 mentality. There should be NO spots where guys feel safe about their job on a team that's won nothing.
  6. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    The Hitchens pick has turned into the "Escobar" pick. The Cowboys will never live this 4th Round pick down until he goes out there and proves people wrong. Which is crazy but that's the name of the game I guess.
  7. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    I disagree. Sean Lee has been hurt every year. Its not about "competition". They went and got a guy who could potentially start for them if Sean Lee goes down which is becoming the norm. Its not about IF Sean Lee gets hurt. Its when. 8-8 mentality is not hitting on your draft picks and them never progressing.
  8. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    People have to stop singing this song.

    Whenever you draft a linebacker outside the first two rounds, there is an expectation that he has to play ST. LBs are core ST players.

    We didn't pick him because of ST. We picked him because we thought he could develop into a solid LB - while he develops he can contribute on ST and backup.

    The last thing you want to do is draft an LB who doesn't really play ST at all. You do that and you end up having him inactive every game (see how Bobby Carpenter started his career with us).
  9. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Also, I would be concerned about any LB that was not a good ST player. The same reason that Carpenter was not a good ST player is the same reason that he was a failed LB, he didn't enjoy contact.
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  10. NJ22

    NJ22 Well-Known Member

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    When Lee gets hurt this guy will not be close to the same talent level. That's why we can not recover when starters get injured. Drafting a lesser talent at any spot is just stupid no matter how you cut it.
  11. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    Well of course it won't be the same talent level. You now want Pro Bowl talent as BACKUPS? The bar keeps getting raised lol.
  12. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I don't have as much of a problem with the idea of drafting a guy to backup multiple positions and to play STs as a rookie. That's actually really important for a mid-rounder. And I don't mind the acknowledging it. I just think the guy looked unremarkable in college. I don't see any special recognition or athleticism or aggression. He's just a dude.

    Last year at this time, we were watching highlights of Holloman and thinking the guy has a legitimate shot to develop into a starter. I feel the same way about Street, and about several of the 7th rounders this year, actually. But with Hitchens, I just find myself wondering what I'm missing.

    Again, I like the guy's story, and I like what I hear about his ethic. That's all great. I hope he pans out. I just don't get what they saw in him to make him the 3rd selection in the draft given everybody else who was on the board at that point. We've got a lot of questions at LB already. I'd feel better if we'd added a rookie I could be a bit more excited about long-term.
  13. Alexander

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

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    On one hand, it is a 4th round choice. It just seems worse because we did not have a 3rd round pick and then followed up that with a fairly massive reach.
  14. rocyaice

    rocyaice Well-Known Member

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    Right. And I get that. I just find it unbelievable that we're scrutinizing a 4th round pick. In this year's draft....probably 30% of those guys taken will make it in this league. Probably 4 or 5 of the guys MIGHT be Pro Bowlers. I'm not saying throw away picks or anything like that but I do think maybe just maybe the Cowboys actually had a plan when they took Hitchens. The productivity was there.

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