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Chiefnj2
04-25-2011, 11:19 AM
All info provided by profootballweekly.com

1. Torrey Smith: Born to a 16-year-old mother and was forced to help raise six younger siblings in a dangerous area where he encountered multiple instances of violence, both domestic and outside the house. Was a youth baseball standout and also played basketball as a Virginia prep, in addition to starring as a do-everything football player. Team captain. Graduated.

2. Martez Wilson: Survived an adverse childhood — was born to teenage parents and spent the first seven years of his life with his biological mother who struggled financially, moved the child on seven occasions and sometimes dropped him with family or friends and took off. Wilson even spent a brief period living in a shelter in Minnesota. Parade and USA Today All-American. In December, was stabbed twice in the back during a bar fight (Wilson reportedly was coming to the aid of a friend). He underwent surgery and was released from the hospital days later. Team captain.

3. Sam Acho: Born to Nigerian parents. Brother, Emmanuel, is a linebacker for the Longhorns. Sam also played basketball and competed in track and field as a prep. Team captain. Won the Arthur Ashe Award, a national honor for minority student-athletes, as a junior and the Campbell Award (“Academic Heisman”) as a senior.

4. Quinton Carter: Also played basketball as a Nevada prep. Was the winner of the Wooden Citizenship Cup, which is given to one athlete for the highest display of character and for making a difference in the lives of others.

5. Brandon Fusco: Entered the program lightly recruited at 250 pounds and redshirted as an offensive tackle in 2006. Shifted to center the following season and proceeded to start all 44 games over the course of 2007-10. Honored with Division II Rimington Award and also named Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year following his senior season. Two-time team captain.

Pestilence
04-25-2011, 11:23 AM
That would definitely give us a great LB group.

Direckshun
04-25-2011, 11:25 AM
That would definitely give us a great LB group.

No shit.

But Martez Wilson is the exact same kind of LB that Derrick Johnson is.

Wouldn't make sense.

chiefsnorth
04-25-2011, 11:28 AM
I like the idea that they place a premium on character guys especially when there are teams out there like the Raiders, or teams that will spend high picks on guys like Newton. It kind of has the end result of improving our draft position virtually, if that makes sense.

Brock
04-25-2011, 11:29 AM
Wouldn't surprise me at all.

Count Zarth
04-25-2011, 11:55 AM
Big fan of the Torrey Smith pick. Exactly what we need. But Pioli never takes WRs that high. Hope he changes his tune.

xztop12
04-25-2011, 03:16 PM
You have it backwards. Pats drafted guys with strong men influences in their lives from an early age. IE:Dads

Swanman
04-26-2011, 07:25 AM
2. Martez Wilson: Survived an adverse childhood — was born to teenage parents and spent the first seven years of his life with his biological mother who struggled financially, moved the child on seven occasions and sometimes dropped him with family or friends and took off. Wilson even spent a brief period living in a shelter in Minnesota. Parade and USA Today All-American. In December, was stabbed twice in the back during a bar fight (Wilson reportedly was coming to the aid of a friend). He underwent surgery and was released from the hospital days later. Team captain.



Martez is one of the most physically gifted athletes that you will ever see playing the LB position. However, he had a bad tendency to float around and avoid contact. He should have stayed in school one more year because he improved by leaps and bounds his junior year when Illinois brought in a new defensive staff. He is definitely a kid that can be coached up given his physical tools.

He got stabbed when he came to the aid of a guy that was being jumped by 3-4 guys. The guy getting the beatdown might have been a former teammate.