Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
posted at 3/22/2010 11:31 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
In Response to Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6 : Faucet, Thanks for the info. Call me skeptical, but I'd temper my expectations on any draft info that comes from a source close to the Patriots. If asked, they'd probably be very interested in about 20 guys at pick 22. They control what type of info gets out and what doesnt. With that said, it certainly warrants discussion of Sapp as a viable candidate in the first couple rounds based on measurables and athleticism though injury aside, I'm not sure his overall production (7 sacks combined as a soph/jr pre-injury) warrants a 1st round pick. Just my opinion, but both Sapp and Kindle wreak of bust to me.
Posted by mbeaulieu07
I agree. I'm not putting much stock in the source but Sapp did work out for 5 hours. That's a long time to check out a knee. Do we know anything more about the workout? Do we have any feedback from team officials? What was Sapp's Wonderlick score? Trust me, I'm as skeptical as the rest of you. But we weren't at the work out and we don't know how he looked.
As a sophomore Sapp was a DE. Comparisons to DeMarcus Ware might be a bit bold.
The rangy and explosive Sapp has flashed playmaking ability since backing up former the late Gaines Adams. He appeared poised for a breakout season in 2008, tying his career high with 10 tackles for loss at defensive end, before partially tearing the ACL in his right knee. Sapp's 10 tackles for loss in 2008 came in just 347 snaps, as opposed to the 620 at the same position in 2007.
Though he had 16 career sacks, Sapp's explosive first step makes him one of the more intriguing pass rushers of the 2010 draft. He'll struggle to add the weight necessary to remain at defensive end in the 4-3 scheme and isn't experienced enough for most teams running this alignment to project him to linebacker. He's best suited to be a rush linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.
Read & React: Appears to have the instincts to handle the transition to linebacker. Has been asked to primarily rush the passer as a defensive end, but quickly locates the ball and has the agility and acceleration to change direction. Hustles downfield in pursuit.
Run defense:Lacks the bulk necessary to stack and shed as a defensive end. Can get bulled over in the running game and relies on his lateral agility and swim move to get past blocks, but too often takes himself out of the play. To his credit, Sapp hustles downfield and makes many of his plays in pursuit, showing the straight-line speed and agility necessary to move to linebacker.
Pass defense: Intriguing potential, despite his limited experience in coverage. Has a rare combination of straight-line speed and agility for his size. Drops into coverage as a zone defender from his defensive end position and shows good balance and the agility to re-direct in space. Good straight-line speed.
Tackling:Effective drag-down tackler from behind. Wraps up securely when taking on ballcarriers laterally or head-on. Flashes explosiveness as a hitter, but too often is a catch tackler. Needs to add strength, especially in his upper body.
Pass Rush/Blitz:Natural pass rusher. Experienced standing up and with his hand on the ground. Explosive burst and good flexibility to get under the tackle's reach and around the edge. Active hands and a good swim move to get past the initial blocker. Lacks strength to bull rush NFL offensive tackles. Relies on his agility to get past the blocker. Struggles to disengage once tied up.
Intangibles: Better athlete than football player. Will require an extensive Combine medical check after multiple injuries while at Clemson, including a partially torn ACL in his right knee in 2008. Top prep prospect who signed with Clemson over Oklahoma, Florida State and Georgia. Three-year South Carolina regional champion in the 100 meter (10.76), 200 meter (21.0), and 4x100 meter relay in high school.
Positives: Lanky build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass, especially in his upper body.
Negatives: Often generates pressure off the edge, but only has 12.5 sacks in 33 games. Lacks strength at the point of attack. Lacks the bulk to stack and shed blocks when properly engaged.
NFL Comparison: DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys