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Reaper16
01-06-2006, 06:44 PM
Say that we could draft anyone not a consensus top ten pick, who's at the top of your list right now?
For me, I really want Haloti Ngata, Michael Huff, or Marcus McNiell.

tyton75
01-07-2006, 02:25 PM
Ngata will go in the top 10 I would think.. definitely won't be there when we pick

The safe choice would be best Lineman available I would think

Mecca
01-07-2006, 02:40 PM
Darnell Bing>Micheal Huff.

jspchief
01-07-2006, 04:35 PM
Darnell Bing>Micheal Huff.I agree, but I think Huff is more likely to still be there. Of the non "top 10" guys, those guys are high on my list. A good safety can move into the starting role immediately.

Count Alex's Losses
01-07-2006, 07:50 PM
I don't know.

We need a top 50 draft board or something.

Demonpenz
01-07-2006, 07:53 PM
santonio holmes

jiveturkey
01-07-2006, 09:29 PM
Darnell Bing>Micheal Huff.Bing is big and fast but is projected as a SS. He's also had a problem with injuries.

It might be hard to call one better than the other.

Mecca
01-07-2006, 11:26 PM
I was just saying in terms of safeties I think Bings the top one.

Herzig
01-08-2006, 08:52 AM
Here's a couple on my wish list(in no particular order). We seem to have needs at OL, DT, DE, WR the most...


Rodrique Wright DT 6'5 315 Texas
By: Robert Davis Rodrique Wright came to Texas with huge expectations and early on, he lived up to the hype. He was named the Big 12's Freshman Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 65 tackles, 13 for loss, and 4.5 sacks. He had an even better year as a sophomore, finishing with 80 tackles, 12 for loss, and 7.5 sacks. His numbers fell off as a junior, as he battled a nagging ankle injury all year. He ended the season with just 36 tackles and one sack.
Wright has all the physical attributes you want in a defensive tackle. He is big, strong, quick, and athletic. He has the ability to penetrate the line and disrupt the running game, and the closing speed to get to the quarterback. He is great at slipping through the line and getting into the backfield.
With all the physical talent in the world, you would think Wright would dominate, but he does not. He just has not lived up to what his physical ability suggests he should. He lacks the intensity to be a true difference maker. Despite his size and strength, he can be pushed around in the running game.
The sky is the limit in regards to Wright's potential. He just seems to lack the attitude to want to dominate out there. If a coach can light a fire under his rear, he could be a big time playmaker on the interior line. He displayed signs of domination early on, but has not showed them his last two seasons at Texas. Someone will fall in love with his natural talent, but he is going to need to play with someone who will inspire him to play with a nasty streak in order for him to reach his potential.


Derek Hagan WR 6’2 202 Arizona St.
By: Robert Davis Despite not being heavily recruited, Derek Hagan made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2002. He hauled in 32 passes for 405 yards on the year. That set him up for a breakout sophomore year where he finished with 66 catches for 1,076 yards and 9 touchdowns. He bettered all of those numbers as a junior when he had 83 receptions for 1,248 yards, and 10 touchdowns. Prior to his senior season, he was named to the Playboy All-American team, and was voted a Co-Captain for Arizona St.
Hagan is a very good all around talent at wide receiver. He has good size, good speed, and isn’t afraid to take a hit. If you need it done, Hagan will do it. He can take an underneath pass and make it into a big play, go over the middle and take a hit, or go downfield and haul in the vertical throws. His hands have also become consistent over the past year, and he doesn’t drop the easy ones anymore. His work ethic is second to none, and is a great player to have in the locker room.
While he is good across the board, Hagan does not excel in any one area. He does not have great size, speed, or athleticism. Some might say that that may hinder him as a playmaker at the next level, so it’s something that has to be taken into consideration.
Even though he may not be the most physically gifted player, Hagan is a football player. He comes to play, and he steps his game up when needed. He may never dominate a game like a Randy Moss can, but he is a guy you can go to battle with. There are no true standout receivers in this draft, and Hagan has a chance to go as high as any receiver in this draft. Workouts will dictate exactly where he goes. If he can reel off some good 40 times, he’s going to hear his name called in the Top 20.

Marcus McNeill OT 6’9 338 Auburn
By: Robert Davis Marcus McNeill has been a mainstay on the Auburn line since his true freshman season. He was a Freshman All-American selection in 2002. After an All SEC season last year, he thought about leaving for the NFL but decided to stay, and it paid off. McNeill was named to everyone’s All-American lists for his on field success.
McNeill is absolutely massive. He has a huge frame; he’s tall, has a long wingspan, and weighs almost 340 pounds. He uses that size on the field and absolutely dominates in the running game. He can lock on to a defender and drive him straight into the ground. McNeill is not all power though. He is a very good natural athlete and shows the ability to keep his quarterback off the ground.
While his size gives him a lot of advantages, it is a negative at times. Since he is so tall, he sometimes gets too upright out of his stance, which allows defenders to neutralize his size and strength advantage. He needs to play with the same intensity on a snap to snap basis. McNeill may have some back issues that need to be looked at.
There isn’t a better right tackle prospect in this draft. His ability to dominate at the point makes him a perfect fit on the ride side of any line. But, he also has the natural athleticism to play on the left side. If he can stay low off the snap, he has the ability to dominate as a pass blocker as well. With all his natural talent, McNeill has a chance to go very high come draft day. He should hear his name called in the Top 20 at some point, though some concerns about his back may cause him to slide come draft day if teams are scared off.




Manny Lawson DE 6’6 245 North Carolina St.
By: Robert Davis Manny Lawson is one of the truly elite athletes in college football. Not only has he found time to play both end and linebacker, he’s also a track standout having competed in the long jump and hurdles during his time at NC St. As a linebacker in 2002, Lawson had 35 tackles, with one of them coming for loss. As a part time starter in 2003, he improved on all his numbers. He totaled 53 tackles, seven for loss, with three sacks. Lawson made the switch to DE in 2004, and became a full time starter for the first time in his career. On the year, he finished with 50 tackles, 12 for loss, and seven sacks.
Lawson is an absolute freak of an athlete. He has excellent agility, closing speed, and jumping ability. Pound for pound, he may also be the strongest player in the draft. There is not a single physical trait he lacks. On the football field, he is an emerging talent. He did not make too many plays early on, but once he moved to defensive end, he started to show his pass rushing ability. His upside is tremendous, and he could be a standout pass rusher at the next level. Lawson is also a standout special teamer.
With all his athletic gifts, he is prone to relying on them too often. A major part of that is due to his inexperience on the defensive line. As an end, he lacks the bulk to be a player against the run. Lawson carries the tweener tag, but that has not been a negative lately. Still, he may only fit for certain teams.
Manny Lawson has tremendous upside. As a pass rusher, he has as much pure talent as anyone in the draft. He is listed here as a defensive end, but he has the ability to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. Lawson is a guy that should rise up the charts as the draft approaches because of his awesome physical ability. He will really tear up the combines and individual workouts. Do not be surprised to see him crack the first round, but the second is the safe bet.

Jesse Mahelona DT 6’2 297 Tennessee
By: Robert Davis Jesse Mahelona left Hawaii to play JuCo ball at Orange Coast College in California, and immediately made a name for himself. Despite playing only two games as a sophomore because of a broken ankle, he had every major program after him, and Tennessee won out for his services. As a junior in 2004, Mahelona made a major impact on the Vols interior line. He had 42 tackles with 18.5 of them for loss, and 5 sacks. Prior to this season, he was named to the Playboy All-American list. Mahelona is the ideal 4-3 defensive tackle. He has a great burst off the line, and displays the ability to consistently penetrate the line. For a 300lber, he also shows great closing speed and the ability to chase down plays from behind. What makes Mahelona special is that he combines that penetration ability with great natural strength and the ability to hold his ground at the point of attack. While he is best suited for the 4-3, he could play in a 3-4 alignment on the edge. Other than lacking ideal height for a defensive tackle, there isn’t a whole lot to knock in Mahelona’s game. He doesn’t have a great deal of experience, as he only played one season at JuCo before transferring to Tennessee. There are a few defensive tackles near the top of the draft that could crack the Top 15. Mahelona has as good a shot as anyone to achieve that. For a team that wants someone to disrupt plays from the inside, Mahelona is the best tackle for them. But with a few other tackles that have better natural size, and they may be placed higher on some teams boards.

Herzig
01-08-2006, 09:03 AM
Michael Huff DB 6’1 205 Texas
By: Robert Davis Michael Huff has been a playmaker since stepping on to the field as a freshman in 2002 for Texas. He earned freshman All American honors after finishing the season with 70 tackles, 10 for loss, and two interceptions, both of which were returned for touchdowns. As a sophomore, Huff tallied 66 tackles and two interceptions, with both of those being returned for touchdowns. Huff earned All Big 12 and All American honors as a junior, finishing the year with 73 tackles and two picks. He also ran track for Texas in 2004.
Huff is one of the more versatile defensive backs in the draft. He has experience at both safety and corner, and has had success at both. He has a nose for the football at either spot, and breaks well on the ball. Playmaker is the best word to describe Huff. He has all the tools to be a standout defensive back at the next level. He's got good size, he's athletic, and he's fast. His versatility makes him even more intriguing.
Playing both safety and corner has left him a little unpolished at both positions. He needs to show more discipline at safety because he always good for the big play. At corner, he relies on his athleticism too much and will need work.
Huff has the talent to play whatever position he wants to play. I believe he projects better to safety because he is more ready to play at that position at the next level. He will need some time to learn the corner position. As a free safety, he brings excellent playmaking ability and would be a great cover man for any secondary. Individual workouts after the season will determine where teams feel he will be better served playing, and will ultimately decide his draft stock. He could go anywhere in the Top 50 with quality workouts.
Ray Edwards DE 6’6 270 Purdue Jr.
By: Robert Davis
Purdue has had some standout pass rushers that have moved on to the NFL like Shaun Phillips and Roosevelt Colvin, and Ray Edwards may be next. In a part time role as a freshman, he was named to the Big 10 All Freshman team. Once he moved into the lineup as a sophomore, he became a major threat off the edge. He finished the season with eight sacks, to go along with 45 tackles(11 for loss). This past season as a junior, his numbers dipped a bit, but he still finished the year with 28 tackles, 11 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
Edwards has big time upside at the next level. He has the size and natural athleticism that teams covet in the draft. He displays a quick burst off the line, and the agility to slip past tackles to get into the backfield. He has a lot of pass rush upside. He also has the size to hold at the point in the running game, and has the frame to pack on more weight.
There are a couple problems in Edwards’ game. For as talented as he is, he does not dominate the way he should. He could have 15 sacks if he put everything together on a game to game basis. He still relies on his athleticism too much, and does not give full effort on every play. There is also some talk that he did not take to coaching very well, and that played a big role in his decision to leave. His attitude may need to be checked out by teams to see if he is willing to put forth the effort to get better.
On upside, Ray Edwards could be as high as the third best defensive end in this draft. If he can put on a show in workouts, and demonstrate the ability to listen to his coaches, he could really fly up the draft boards. Edwards is a boom or bust player. He could be a star, or he could be out of the league in three years. He could be a late first rounder, or he could fall to Day Two. It’s up to Ray to show how much he wants to succeed.

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Reaper16
01-08-2006, 11:33 AM
Here's a couple on my wish list(in no particular order). We seem to have needs at OL, DT, DE, WR the most...

Rodrique Wright DT 6'5 315 Texas
Derek Hagan WR 6’2 202 Arizona St.
Manny Lawson DE 6’6 245 North Carolina St.

I'm a lil bit worried about those 3.

Rod Wright was completely invisible against USC. I'm worried about his ability, and motivation to be able to make plays against NFL offensive lines.

Derek Hagan, for all accounts and purposes, is a slow possession reciever. At most, he's probably a Keyshawn Johnson-type. We have a bunch of #2 recievers, we need a true #1, something I'm not sure if even Santonio Holmes can be. (He's the best candidate for that, though)

Manny Lawson I don't know too much about. I do know that he was playing on the same line with the incredible Mario Williams, and could have been benifiting from his stellar play. Scouts were heaping praise on Ryan Sims too, but its clear that he was greatly benifitting from playing alongside Juliuis Peppers.

Marco Polo
01-08-2006, 12:33 PM
I think Greenway would be an excellent choice to replace Bell.

Herzig
01-08-2006, 12:55 PM
I'm a lil bit worried about those 3.

Rod Wright was completely invisible against USC. I'm worried about his ability, and motivation to be able to make plays against NFL offensive lines.

Derek Hagan, for all accounts and purposes, is a slow possession reciever. At most, he's probably a Keyshawn Johnson-type. We have a bunch of #2 recievers, we need a true #1, something I'm not sure if even Santonio Holmes can be. (He's the best candidate for that, though)

Manny Lawson I don't know too much about. I do know that he was playing on the same line with the incredible Mario Williams, and could have been benifiting from his stellar play. Scouts were heaping praise on Ryan Sims too, but its clear that he was greatly benifitting from playing alongside Juliuis Peppers.

A lot of the guys I listed have potential...maybe not 1st rounders...I was thinking maybe 2nd or 3rd round. There's going to be knocks on just about everyone that's not in the top 10. All of these kids have potential to be good picks. The draft always has and always will be a crapshoot.

Mecca
01-08-2006, 01:39 PM
Manny Lawson is going to be a 3-4 player in the NFL, so I'd more or less avoid him.

HolmeZz
01-08-2006, 02:21 PM
Lawson's a linebacker.

Derek Hagan really is a slow possession receiver. Add to the fact that his hands aren't even great. He has really limited potential, if any at all.

Rod Wright's never been an impact player.

Guys I'd like that could be available:

- Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
- Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
- Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
- Darnell Bing, S, Southern Cal
- Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina
- Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
- Claude Wroten, DT, LSU
- Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
- Michael Huff, CB/S, Texas

HolmeZz
01-08-2006, 02:22 PM
I think Greenway would be an excellent choice to replace Bell.

If you like your linebacker to avoid contact and get taken out of the play more often than not.

ct
01-11-2006, 09:21 AM
OT Marcus McNeil, Auburn
LB Chad Greenway, Iowa
WR Santonio Holmes, Ohio St.

There's 3 that could be available at or near 20. DT is at the top of my wish list right now, but would prefer we address that in FA...Richard Seymour!!

jiveturkey
01-11-2006, 10:03 AM
Guys I'd like that could be available:

- Ashton Youboty, CB, Ohio State
- Marcus McNeill, OT, Auburn
- Santonio Holmes, WR, Ohio State
- Darnell Bing, S, Southern Cal
- Ko Simpson, S, South Carolina
- Jay Cutler, QB, Vanderbilt
- Claude Wroten, DT, LSU
- Antonio Cromartie, CB, Florida State
- Michael Huff, CB/S, TexasI like your list. I would only add Chad Jackson to it.

ct
01-11-2006, 12:19 PM
If you like your linebacker to avoid contact and get taken out of the play more often than not.

Like Derrick Johnson? Yeah, we'd better pass then. :p

HolmeZz
01-11-2006, 01:04 PM
I like your list. I would only add Chad Jackson to it.

I like Chad a lot, but I left him off cause I've actually seen him falling to the area around our 2nd rounder, behind Holmes and Hagan at WR.

HolmeZz
01-11-2006, 01:06 PM
Like Derrick Johnson? Yeah, we'd better pass then. :p

I didn't mean avoid contact as in avoiding blockers. I meant avoiding contact as in avoiding the ballcarrier. ROFL

eazyb81
01-12-2006, 01:46 PM
Mathias Kiwanuka, a.k.a. Kiwi.

Would provide the consistent pass rush from the DE spot that we desperately need.

Can anyone say DT Part 2?

ct
01-13-2006, 09:49 AM
Mathias Kiwanuka, a.k.a. Kiwi.

Would provide the consistent pass rush from the DE spot that we desperately need.

Can anyone say DT Part 2?

Never heard of him, info please?

Spicy McHaggis
01-13-2006, 03:05 PM
Never heard of him, info please?


From About.com

Much like Rodrique Wright, Kiwanuka has a very fast first step. Combine this fact with his speed and he will constantly be in the backfield recording sacks. He has a motor that never stops, which allows him to be around and/or involved in every play. He's a very smart player, which allows him to eliminate the stupid mistakes that many players make.

Negatives:
Mathias isn't strong enough to take on most tackles, and has to rely on speed to much to get past blocks. He also isn't very good at getting off blocks to stop the run plays at the line of scrimmage. These are two things that will hurt him in the NFL, but are things that can be corrected with work.

Overview:
Mathias would have more than likely been a top 10 pick last year, but decided to come back for his final season. Plays much the way that Dwight Freeney does, using speed to get around blocks. However, Freeney can also stop the run.

Unless Kiwanuka bulks up he could struggle and be a bust. He will also have to work very hard on being able to get off a block and stop the run at the line of scrimmage, instead of making the play 10 yards down field. Despite all this he will more than likely be a top 15 pick this year

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He'd be a great pick for us even though he wouldn't help the run defense too much. He does have room to bulk up a bit though. The article says he should top 15 pick but I say top 10, maybe going to Detroit at #9.

John Matrix
01-14-2006, 01:39 AM
No way in hell Kiwi is available at 20, he'll go in the top 10. We're probably looking at Claude Wroten at DT, or the #3-5 rated DEs in the draft by the time we pick. I'd also like to see us pick up Omar Jacobs as our QBOTF...he got hurt this year, but last year everyone was touting him as a sure first rounder. He has a bit of a sidearm delivery, but can make all the throws, and is a great athlete.

HolmeZz
01-14-2006, 10:50 AM
Actually Kiwi looks like he could be a faller in this draft. Hasn't fully recovered from that injury from the UVA game and shows no explosion.

Mr. Laz
01-16-2006, 12:52 PM
Mario Williams DE 6’7 290 North Carolina St. Jr.
By: Robert Davis

Teaming with Manny Lawson, Mario Williams has helped give NC St. the most feared edge rush duo in college football. As a freshman in 2003, Williams made an immediate impact. For the year he tallied 56 tackles, 13 for loss, and five sacks. He was named to everyone’s Frosh All American lists. As a sophomore, his numbers were almost identical. He finished with 57 tackles, 15 for loss, and six sacks.

There may not be a better physical specimen at any position in the draft. Williams has fantastic size for a defensive end, but couples that with supreme athleticism. He draws a lot of comparisons to Julius Peppers for his size and athleticism combination. Mario has the quickness off the line, the ability to change direction, and the closing speed to be a major factor as a pass rusher. But his height and bulk allow him to be a force against the run as well.

Despite being so talented, Williams has not dominated like he should. He just seems to disappear at times. For how big and athletic he is, he should just own opposing tackles. Perhaps that is because he still relies on his athleticism to make plays. Whatever the reason, it does cause some concern.

Williams may end up being the first defensive player selected in April if he declares. His upside is that tremendous. He is not as good a prospect as Julius Peppers was, because along with all his talent, Peppers dominated games too. But, the ability is there. If he declares, Mario is a first round lock, and the sky is the limit for how high he goes, and how good he can be.


Haloti Ngata DT 6’5 338 Oregon Jr.
By: Robert Davis

Haloti Ngata has always been one of the most imposing figures you’ll see on a football field. He was widely regarded as one of the top five players in the entire country coming out of high school. He gave glimpses of his talent as a freshman, but missed the entire following year due to a knee injury. Ngata didn’t regain his previous form until halfway through last year at Oregon.

You cannot dream up a more physically gifted defensive tackle. Ngata is absolutely massive and is immovable from the interior line. He combines his bulk with amazing physical strength. Along with his great size and strength, he has impressive athleticism and agility. Moving up the field, he shows the ability to change direction well and has the closing speed to finish off plays. Oregon even drops him into coverage from his tackle spot. That is unheard of for a 340lber. He must be accounted for at all times. Teams routinely double and triple team him to neutralize his impact.

Ngata has gotten a ton of hype because of his physical gifts, but he still needs some more consistency on the field. At times, he thinks his raw strength is enough to dominate, and that will not work at the next level. He injured his knee in 2003, and even though he appears to be back at full strength, it will be something that is looked into.

On his talent alone, Ngata is going to be a high draft pick. Teams will drool over his physical ability in workouts. Whether he leaves this year or stays for his final season then enters the league, he is going to impress on the post season circuit.