Discussion in 'Hard Knocks' started by Cimmy24, Feb 23, 2014.
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Mattinson is a speed back who has very nice hands for the position (much like veteran Matt Forte). The Bears didn't have any pressing needs at the #24 pick in the first round, so they took a guy with a high personality rating, and the speed and acceleration to potentially be a playmaker one day.
Howze was an interesting prospect coming into this draft. Undoubtedly the strongest (92 strength) and most powerful runner in the class, his speed was the only concern of most scouts. The Bears have shown in the past that you can still possess a good run game without excessive speed, so they took a flier on this guy who, at 5'10'' 252 pounds, could be a load for defenses to stop - especially on short yardage situations.
#2 Overall pick Huston Longo
The 2nd overall pick Leads AFC LTs in Probowl votes, Has helped Dejaun Harris getting his name in the Best AFC back discussion, And has given Landry Jones the time to be ranked top 2 in passing in week 10.
Has been a beast in practice. Once he gets his hands on you, thats it. If you are not 260 pounds you will end up on your back if he has you in his sights.
Pick well spent
Huston Longo #72 LT
Ovr: 89 Height: 6'3'' Weight: 300
Age: 23 Development: Star XP: 1078
Experience: 0 Year(s)
Salary: $4.79M Years Left: 4
Cap Penalty: :$14.00M
21st pick 3rd rd Mitchel Werth
The 21st pick in the third rd. Steelers had a plan to grab the best QB to develop or the best LBer to develop. thought a few guys would fall so the steelers stayed away from drafting Cortez Simmons, a player they worked out and liked. Thought Tevin Millington might slidel. A few lbers were scooped up we thought would slide as well.
But in the end this couldnt have worked out any better. The steelers plan on sitting and upgrading his development first. Then get him ready to be the guy in season 7. It might still be Landry's team but after this played and the next played season 26 yr old Werth should be ready to be an NFL starting qb.
Mitchel Werth #9 QB
Ovr: 79 Height: 5'11'' Weight: 222
Age: 23 Development: Avg XP: 2375
College: Sam Houston
Experience: 0 Year(s)
Salary: $0.46M Years Left: 4
Cap Penalty: :$0.56M
Throw On Run--79
ROUND 1 FAYSAL SWABY CB/HB/WR FIU
79 MAN COVERAGE 85 ZONE COVERAGE 85 PLAY RECOGNITION
77 PRESS 85 CATCHING 88 SPEED 85 STRENGTH
86 ACCELERATION 85 AGILITY 85 ELUSIVENESS 85 CARRYING
ROUND 2 QB TEVIN MILLINGTON QB USC
87 THROW POWER
87 SHORT ACCURACY
92 MEDIUM ACCURACY
87 DEEP ACCURACY
92 PLAY ACTION
77 THROW ON RUN
Adrian Middleton - DT Bama 80 OVR
The heir to Babienux, Middleton is already splitting starting reps and should take over full time next season. A big run stopping DT that can also get after the QB
Douglas Pleasant - SS Bama 72 OVR
Pleasant must have been Middleton's BFF because the Falcons passed up some good players to take Douglas. Pleasant has plenty of strength and might make a move to LB if it's possible, otherwise he will learn on the bench for a few seasons. More of a project then a day 1 starter.
Round 1 pick #17
The biggest needs on the Ravens roster going into the draft were: LT, DE and QB. As the good offensive lineman started falling off the boards early in the 1st round, the Ravens had to move to their 2nd need and that was DE. The Ravens ranked Kenneth Howton from Georgia Tech highest, but unfortunately he was no longer on the board at number 17. The 2nd player on their radar was the DE, DeMarcus Abdulla, out of Toledo. Even though he weighted in at 283lbs, a bit 'lighter' for the Ravens aggressive 3-4 scheme, he compensates with relatively high strength and exceptional quickness.
Round 1 pick #18
Once the Ravens secured the services of a quality pass rusher, the coaches immediately felt the need to address the quarterback position. After releasing Joe Flacco in the offseason, the Ravens had only one QB on their roster - Mcleod Bethel-Thompson. Even though he has some decent attributes the management wanted to create some competition at the QB position and felt the need to draft a QB. After Cardona and Cortez went to the Patriots and Chargers respectively, the Ravens had the chance to take Todd Hammond, who was their #1 choice at QB in this draft. Possessing great mobility, a good arm and good accuracy Hammond has the potential to be one of the greats.
In fact he was able to beat the competition in training camp, won the starting job and went on to win the OROY award.
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