Re: Draft thoughts
posted at 5/11/2014 10:46 AM EDT
Hey! Good thread. I was getting despondent concerning this forum. But if we can get the adults in one room... Some good points made here.
A note on White - I made this point on a thread on him but I will repeat here: I think he has many of the same qualities as Kevin Faulk. Not a dancer - makes quick decision and one cut and goes north and south. Quick step, sneaky hard to get direct shot on. Smallish but knows how to use his body to pass block effectively. More power than one might think in a RB his size. Can catch the ball. ... I will add that Kevin had fumble problems early on. White has "small" hands but he has a rep for not fumbling.
My guess is they see another Kevin Fault type, quality player. And that is a guy who adds clutch plays coming out of the backfield even if he is not a guy you game plan around.
A note on TEs: this year's group was considered by most to be a bit weak overall. Perhaps none of them impressed enough to warrant a pick while they were still on the board. And perhaps we will sign Keller. That wont get us much blocking but it will help in the passing game some.
A note on WRs: I do believe we have 2 good WRs in Amendola and Julian. ANd I do think that Dobson will emerge has a solid player of not more than that. Boyce still has a chance to emerge too as does Thompkins and both showed some flashes (especially Thompkins). You have to keep in mind that (1) few WRs have break out rookie seasons and (2) this offense and this QB are more demanding about running it the way you are expected to which makes it even harder for a rookie to impact. It also puts more intellectually on a player new to the system and you might expect a couple more drops than otherwise because they are so focused on just running the play the right way. When I look at last year I think there is a pretty good chance 2 of our rookie WRs emerge as dependable players and maybe one of them as something more. And heck, we could get a little lucky and get more than that. Frankly it would not surprise me. At this point I like all three though I know that the odds are one of them will not pan out the way I think. --- ANd LaFell looks like a very good compliment to this group of receviers. Glad his is on the roster.
A note on Easly: we don't know if he will be another Gronk in being a special player. We don't know if he will be another Gronk in being off the field come playoff time. We do know he has tons of upside. We also know he is not here to replace Vinny. ANd this brings me to my point: Vinny was not Seymour. Easly is not either of them. If he ends up being special the future of the D line couldl be constructed with him in mind. ANd that might mean going in different ways to emphasize different talents and so different players.
A note on the O line: If we are going bigger and meaner then Cannon may end up starting at G this year. And it is possible that Stork will have a shot at working and then playing himself into a starting spot as well.
A thought about the defense: with Revis and Browner coming in and the development of some of the young DBs the secondary (if healthy) is looking very good. I wonder if there might be some flexibility developed up front in terms of pass rush and stunts that might take advantage of certain players abilities and throw some uncertainty into the minds of the opposing QBs and OCs. A smaller pocket and a little pressure could go a long way with this secondary.
A thought on JG: IF they really like this guy - and I guess they must because they took him in round 2 and with this team that is no small thing to do - I cant complain about the pick. It really surprised me but he seems to have a deep list of the very exact things you would think BB would be looking for in our next QB:
2. Very sound mechanics
3. Very strong football intelligence
4. Good vision of the field
5. Strong arm that can make all the throws
7. Can throw on the run
8. Some athleticism
There have been guys draft MUCH higher in some years that do not seem to have his qualities coming out of college. Sanchez is one example. ANd there are many others.
We do NOT need to be thinking he has to start by year 3. Year 4 would be a real possibility and in fact he could end up starting as late as year five (and so on his second contract) assuming we like him and he likes the team. In the meantime backup QB is a guy you never want to have to put on the field but if you do have to (and you have a playoff caliber team) you really want a guy who can come in and play like a starter and not a clip board carrier. By year 2 you would hope he is starting to be a viable player if called on. And by year 3 a value if he has to take the field.
Assuming JG is good enough to be TBs successor then this was a good pick.
One last thought: I do hope they extend Vereen and Ridley. If WHite is the next Faulk then this would be a very good trio with enough talents to handle an injury to one of the group. A guy like Bolden is a good 4th player. And if not Bolden they can find someone to replace him as a value in the stable.