Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 2/26/2013 2:08 PM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
40's are nice to know with CB's but how often do they actually turn and run completely down the field with a WR? I'm more interested in their redirection ability and backpedal honestly. They could run a 4.20 but if they can't turn and backpedal they are useless on the field
I do not disagree. I do think, however, that the changes to how the game is played now and how other teams are attacking the Pats D, I believe the 40 time is becoming more important. You can argue that burst on the first 10-15 yards is more important. I agree completely. Agility? Sure.
This is all opinion and personal preference: If you are defending Welker, then fine - excellent agility and average speed will do. If you are defending the taller faster receivers on the good teams, I'd rather have slightly above average agility and excellent speed/quickness.
I just think that if we want DBs to cover receivers tighter, it is necessary for them to have the speed that will allow them to recover on double moves. Else, they will have no choice but keep playing the soft, keep everyone in front, zones, that I personally am tired of. I am not saying they should never play zone. I am just saying they need agile guys who can run faster.
On Slay: NFL Network superimposed the 40s of Miliner, Trufant and Slay. Slay was a full stride ahead of the other two at the 20 yard point.
I did not see much of the other drills. That said, I included Slay on my list a couple of weeks ago because on youtube at least, he showed very good agility and quickness on the field - IMHO better than Banks (whose only advantage IMO is his height). He can cover. I believe, Mayock mentioned that Slay continued to look better than Banks on the agility drills today.
I also think Slay fights well for the ball. Cool name too.