Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 1/3/2014 3:21 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
WOW! Oklahoma made Alabama look sluggish.
C Kouandjio still struggles vs speed rushers -- an observation I wrote about on page 2, right after their week 1 game.
I liked Oklahoma's CB Colvin (roughly rd 3), and WR Bester (big, can be explosive and a great blocker). Bester is not in anybody's radar right now. Could be available as a FA.
And I enjoyed every minute of it! Well, at least before I fell asleep at halftime, haha.
Striker definitely gave Kouandjio trouble, lining up in that wide nine alignment.
I generaly view Oklahoma prospects like I do SC's... generally overrated, which is why I haven't put a lot of time and effort into Colvin... but I'll have to give him a look to be fair. Will also check out Bester.
Given Oklahoma has been that relevant in recent years, I actually think the kids there are overlooked.
IMO nowadays, overrated applies to Alabama players, especially their D. I think what happens is that Alabama is consistently big in strong in all positions that collectively, they just overpower every other team (until some team's speed takes away the power advantage). When you take each player out of that collective and put him in a team that is not overwhelmingly dominant, they become ordinary. How many kids from Alabama's D have been picked in the recent years, only to do so little in the NFL?
As for Bester, I don't believe he even appears on anybody's big board, even the deepest ones I've seen. What I saw in him was a very talented 6-3 wide receiver, who works as hard blocking as trying to get open to catch balls. To me that screams team player - someone that I think BB loves.
Colvin was not really tested last night. McCarron was obviously throwing away from him, which by itself says a lot. The play that impressed me most was that one play where McCarron threw to his receiver on the left sideline, the receiver evaded a couple of tacklers and looked like he had a clear path to the end zone. Then out of nowhere, Colvin appears from the right side of the screen, flying diagonally across the field, and catching up with the receiver. The speed was impressive (I am guessing he will run a sub-4.45 with a crazy 10 split), but even moreso, was the determination not to yield a sure TD. That shows toughness that will equate to more wins in battles against WRs.