HK 2016 Rookies of The Year

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  1. Danthraxxx

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    A brief interview with Panthers/Oilers owner D.Finch about his players winning the 2016 HK NFC rookie of the year awards .......



    Last year you drafted the NFC offensive rookie of the year in Pablo Parker, what was it that drove you to take him with 5th overall pick ?

    Internally we had some overhaul and wanted to run the ball more effectively , so when we brought in a new GM and scouting team they were high on a lot of the backs coming out in the draft. Shortly there after we hired Tom Rathman to be our new offensive coordinator and he was in love with Deacon and Parker. After the combine we had both players with a very similar grade. In the end we loved how well Parker could catch the ball out of the backfield , and the fact that he was use to a high level of competition at South Carolina as where Deacon may not have faced such stiff competition.


    Do you have any concerns about him having a sophomore slump this year ?


    Yes I do. Our offensive line has had some turnover and is getting a bit long in the tooth. Roddy White retiring at the last minute like a straight up bitch it left us without a big name threat in the passing game too, which could impact our run production. We plan on getting Pablo more involved in the pass game this year two so hopefully that will help him out some.


    What are the things that he will need to work on to continue to improve on his career in HK ?


    Well it is no secret that Pablo has some conditioning issues. We plan to address that in the next offseason by getting him a new trainer and maybe even a personal chef, at this point we would consider anything to get him a few more carries per game long term. We like our set of backs , but Pablo is always a threat when he is in the game.


    Was there anyone else that you considered taking with that pick before you chose Parker ?



    Well we had our eyes on a few players, in fact we wanted to take a tackle but after Longo & Limon were taken ahead of us we had to look at the RB position. The only back we had on the roster was Wells, so we planned to take a back in the second or 3rd round. We really did not expect to see Parker on the board at number 5. We thought long and hard about taking Cotton Deacon, but in the end we chose Parker based on his catching ability and he seemed like he might have a bit of a chip on his shoulder over the speculation about his lack of speed after the combine.


    Is there anyone you drafted this year that you think could have a shot at winning the award again for you ?

    Not unless a center can get the award. We are stoked to have Phil Starnes end up in our lap with the #19 pick , but lets face it pancake blocks and getting away with holding is not usually sexy enough to win awards. Maybe next draft we can get a more flashy player for the Oiler fans to be excited about, but this year we needed some meat & potatoes kind of guys.






    Last year you drafted the NFC defensive rookie of the year in Boris Hansen , what was it that drove you to take him with 37th overall pick ?

    Well we had more pressing needs at the 5th overall pick , but were considering trading up late in the 1st if we had a player that we valued still around. When the 1st round started to come to an end we had quite a few guys on our big board left. We had Boris in our top ten overall , so when he looked like he might be around we decided to wait and see. Somehow he fell to us and we did not hesitate to pull the trigger. We loved how physical he was and his great ability to track down the ball carrier.


    Do you have any concerns about him having a sophomore slump this year ?

    Well Boris had an outstanding season statistically , he had 127 tackles last year and I think teams may try to avoid him more this year. He has worked hard on his pass rush ability in the off season and I expect him to improve his sack totals this year but I would not expect him to have so many tackles. I think he will play better, but may not stuff the stat sheet as much as he did last year.


    What are the things that he will need to work on to continue to improve on his career in HK ?

    Honestly I think Boris is a pretty complete player as is. His lowest skills are in pass coverage, but he is quickly learning more zone techniques and should become better in coverage. He is not the fastest player at his position but there is only so much you can do about that. I see him being an impact player on defense for many years to come.


    Was there anyone else that you considered taking with that pick before you selected Hansen ?

    Not even close ! When a guy you had top 10 on your big board falls to you at number 37, and it is a position of need you just have to pull the trigger on the pick.


    Is there anyone you drafted this year that you think could have a shot at winning the award again for you ?

    I really like our new OLB Rafael Davis. He is behind a few guys on the depth chart and I do not think he will get enough work to get a look at any awards. He is a freak athlete and once the coaching staff gets some time with him over the next year or two I look for him to become a real impact player, but for now he his carrying Hansen’s luggage around mostly. That should be expected for any Michigan player when he’s behind a Buckeye on the depth chart :D
     
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    Today we have an interview with owner E. Van of the Baltimore Ravens .....



    Last year you drafted the AFC offensive rookie of the year in Todd Hammond, what was it that drove you to take him with 18th overall pick ?

    After parting ways with Joe Flacco in the offseason, the Ravens had only one promising, but yet unproven QB on their roster - McLeod Bethel-Thompson. He has nice upside in his arm strength and has decent accuracy. Even though his mobility was not as bad as some of the more traditional pocket passers, McLeod was not one of the most athletic QBs out there.
    In order to bring some competition to the QB spot, the Ravens looked very carefully at at all QBs in the draft and had 3 top candidates that were on their board, projected as 1st round choices. In fact, Hammond was the ravens top choice. His good arm strength, combined with his good accuracy and his great acceleration were showing great promise. All those traits were fitting exactly what the Ravens were looking for in their next franchise QB. When he was there at #17 (the Ravens had two back to back picks - #17,#18) it was really hard to pass on him with one of those two picks. So far it has paid off .


    Do you have any concerns about him having a sophomore slump this year ?

    At the beginning of the preseason, that was definitely a thought, especially considering the Ravens changed HC as well as OC and are running a new system now. However, throughout preseason and especially during the first season game he has shown great form and has build up on his rookie campaign. So far, he has been great and I do not think that we have anything to worry about :D


    What are the things that he will need to work on to continue to improve on his career in HK ?

    He definitely needs to develop his accuracy an consistency a bit more, as well as work on reading defenses better and fitting the ball into tiny windows as we have some good defenses to face this year.

    Was there anyone else that you considered taking with that pick before you chose Hammond ?

    With their two 1st round picks, the Ravens had to address two needs - DE and QB. We thought very highly and really like the potential of Gianni Cardona and Cortez Simmons, but we knew all along that Hammond was our guy and would have chose him over the other two even if they were available at #18


    Is there anyone you drafted this year that you think could have a shot at winning the award again for you ?

    We were really impressed by Justyn Vinal and believe that he can be a great part of this team. He has exceptional attributes and can turn into one of the great pass rushers in this league. We expect him to play at an exceptionally high level even though the competition at his position is fierce. We hope that he can be the one to win the DROY award this season, however our depth at the position might hurt his chances to do so. We will see .... :D
     
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    " Roddy White retiring at the last minute like a straight up bitch "


    lmfao
     
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    updated second post to add AFC Rookie of the Year Todd Hammond

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