The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

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    The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    I remember reading about this guy leading up to the draft. Check out the concluding sentence where Wes Bunting quotes a personel guy who says he would have been a 1st round pick in 2011 if someone had me him a tackle 3 years ago.

    Also of interest is the comparison and praise given to Steve Maneri. I only hope we can hold on to these 2 guys for the next 2 or so years.

    FROM NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST:

     I will admit, there is nothing sexy talking about massive in-line tight end prospects who will make rosters as goal line/short yardage options and combine for all of 6 receptions during their NFL career. Nevertheless, as boring as those guys can be, they always seem to be in high demand at the back end of the draft because it’s still a rare skill set.

    However, what do you do with the massive blocking tight end who possesses the size/physique and athleticism to possibly make the move to left tackle in the NFL? One such prospect last year who I really took a liking to was Temple’s Steve Maneri. The 6-6, 270 pound kid was the best in-line blocking tight end I saw on tape and possessed a frame that could continue to get bigger. He went un-drafted in 2010, but spent the year on the New England practice squad as a developmental tackle prospect. He’s now nearly 300 pounds, is still a gifted athlete and might be the next gem the Patriots uncovered along their offensive line.

     

    Fast forward to this year and we have a similar prospect in Maryland’s Will Yeatman. Yeatman is a 6-7, 275 pound kid with 34 ¾ inch arms who ran in the 4.7 range at the Terrapins pro day and posted a 28.5-inch vertical. Even more impressive was his grace/body control catching the football during position drills and his overall athleticism for a guy his size when asked to get down the field. Now, he had only 13-catches during the regular season, but Yeatman isn’t exactly the most seasoned of football players at this stage.

    The reason. He’s a two-sport stud. Yeatman is a former All-American lacrosse player who was part of the U.S. National Team tryout pool selection team in 2010, which explains why a guy at his size is such a natural and coordinated athlete.

    He’s since decided to commit himself to football and has made quite the impression on talent evaluators throughout the NFL.

    Yeatman, much like Maneri is a physically imposing kid who has a frame that can continue to get even bigger. He displays natural bend when asked to sit into his stance, displays an impressive burst off the line for his size and really looked natural breaking down and changing directions as a route runner. Now, there’s no doubt that he’s still raw, as he lacks ideal hand placement into contact and will waste some motion on his punch as a blocker. However, watching the big man adjust to passes thrown his way and use his raw power to simply outmuscle ACC defensive ends this year was rather impressive.

    Therefore, what do you do with the guy?

    In my mind, you use a draft pick on him late. You give him every chance to get bigger and develop as a potential tackle in the NFL and see how quickly can he mature. And even if he doesn’t, you can always use him as a short yardage/goal line guy, which still isn’t a bad fallback. In my mind it’s a win/win.

    When talking with an NFL scout this past week, he told me that if someone made him (Yeatman) a offensive tackle three years ago, the guy would be 310-pounds right now and could be a first round pick.

    That’s how gifted an athlete he is.

    The investment is marginal and the pay off down the line could be massive.

     

     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    I like Belichick's approach to projects

    it worked out great with all-time great NCAA wrestler Stephen Neal - I still remember watching him maul people in the run game in his first game, shoving right after the whistle for effect.

    A lacrosse guy is an interesting idea - you need great agility and fast feet to play that game.  It's crazy that he's 6-7 275 playing lacrosse.  I ran a 4.5/4.6 40yd dash (hand-timed) at my absolute fastest at 5-10, 180 pounds...
     
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    He will be the greatest football player in the history of the world.
     
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    I always like hearing about these kind of stories and guys who get a chance. But damm , a 4.7 at 6'7/275 is impressive. Bottom line if he can play he'll get a shot , bol to him.
     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    I like thos dont get me wrong but what is he gonna play?
     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    OLB???  sounds like he can move pretty good!  Too late.  I guess not...
     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    Wonder if he could be an OLB? Good size, descent 40 speed, lots of banging and spin moves in lacrosse and you have to be nimble on your feet. Once again BB thinks outside-the-box. He has TE experience, perhaps BB is considering a 5 TE play or 2.
     
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    we dont need any more te's and lacross and linebacker dont mix
     
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    He's too small to play OL. 275, he'll get mauled by the 300lbers.

    I don't think we have any more room for TE's unless they don't sign the kid they drafted.

    Someone suggested OLB. Now that would be interesting. 6'7", 275, with 4.7 speed sounds about right.
     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    Like Bunting mentioned in his piece, I believe the plan is the same as it was with Maneri. Have him in the strength and conditioning program for about 2 years and add about 30 pounds to his frame. With his athleticism, he has all the physical tools to be a great tackle.

    I remember Reiss mentioning how different Maneri looked when he saw him at the player organised activities earlier this summer. Something about his upper body being noticeably bigger than it was during the season. Cant wait to see what we have with these two guys 2 years down the line.
     
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    Seems a little on the tall side for an OLB. Having been a lacrosse player maybe he has the balance and flexibility to play in the open field, can move with the required quickness, agility and fluidity, and can get low enough to get leverage on blockers when needed.  The problem with all these guys, though, is not so much their raw physcial abilities and measurables, but whether they have the skills to play the position.  To play OLB, you need to be able to rush the passer, tackle well, hold the edge, drop into pass coverage, etc.  Plus you need to make the right decisions--a skill that grows with experience at a position. YOu can't just look at size and speed and say this guy projects as an OLB or an OT.  It's a longshot that he'll have the skills for the position, even if the measurables are right. 

    I think BB is more likely to work these guys out at OT or G, since the skills are more focused. Plus good OTs in particular are hard to get and usually high-round picks, so if you find a diamond in the rough, you get tremendous value. 
     
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    Re: The PATRIOTS just signed All American Lacrosse Player Will Yeatman

    agree. Seems tall, but heck, Jason Taylor is listed as 6'6", 250.

    If it's going to take 2 years or so to mold this guy, from a TE to an OL, and we are going to spend the time, why not mold him into something different? If he is an "all world lacrosse athlete", and is malliable, why not mold him into something like an OLB if he has the physical skills?....
     
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