Seven Draftees Who Could Start................

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  1. soulman

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    These are seven guys the author feels could start or earn a shot a starting during the year. A few are obvious and the ones we've already talked about as potential picks in the first two round. The others aren't so I'll post NFL profiles on those in separate posts. I'll list the 1st round picks first the second rounders and then those who would probably go from the round on. Shazier could go late in the first as well.

    Link; http://bleacherreport.com/articles/..._medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=chicago-bears

    1st Round:
    Aaron Donald - Best fit at DT. If he's still on the board there's a good chance he's the guy we take.
    Tim Jernigan - Not the pass rusher Donald is and probably more like Paea but if Donald's gone he's next up at DT.
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Top FS in the draft. Perfect fit but very doubtful he lasts until #14.

    2nd Round:
    Deonne Bucannon - Best bet for a 2nd or 3rd round Safety pick if we go with a DT in round one.
    Ryan Shazier - He could be a surprise 2nd round pick but is more of a WLB and fits as a replacement for Briggs.

    3rd/6th Round:
    Terrence Brooks - Converted CB with speed and range who should still be on the board in the 3rd.
    Jordan Tripp- Overachieving, high motor run stuffing project MLB whose only a two down player.
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    Brooks was actually a LB at FSU, recruited out of HS as an athlete. I watched him play in college and wonder how he will transfer to safety at the pro level. Really interesting guy, amazing athletic ability so I don't think that will be a problem. If he can get the range and recognition that a SS needs he could be a real good one.
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    I don't see where the author gets the idea this kid could be a starter. He sounds more like a late round pick or an UDFA like the kid we signed out of Pitt a couple of years ago, De Cicco. I'd say he's more of project than starting prospect but may be a good STeam guy who could fill backup role for now.


    Jordan Tripp

    OLB Montana
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    5.1?
    • 4.67 SEC
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    • 22 REPS
      Top Performer
    • 37.5 INCH
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    • 120.0 INCH
      Top Performer
    • 6.89 SEC
      Top Performer
    • 3.96 SEC
      Top Performer
    Blue Star = Top Performer
    • 6'3" Height
    • 30 3/4" Arm Length
    • 234LBS. Weight
    • 9 5/8" Hands
    Overview
    Two-time AP FCS All-American (2012-13) and two-time first-team All-Big Sky pick (2012-13). Was a third-generation football player at Montana. Father (Bryan) was a starting linebacker in 1989 and 1990. Grandfather (Gene) lettered at Montana in 1963-64.
    Analysis

    Strengths
    Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously.

    Weaknesses
    Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).

    Bottom Line
    A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer
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    He was the fastest Safety in the draft and has the range to play FS but according to his profile he still has some holes in his game and needs coaching and time to develop. Again I can't see this kid as an immediate starter either and more of a later round prospect if we double up on Safety picks.

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    Terrence Brooks
    FS Florida St.
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    • 119.0 INCH
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    • 7.35 SEC
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    Blue Star = Top Performer
    • 5'11" Height
    • 31" Arm Length
    • 198LBS. Weight
    • 9" Hands

    Overview
    2013: Second-team All-ACC selection. Played and started in 13 games, missing one game due to concussion. 2012: Started all 14 games. 2011: Played 12 games. Made an interception in the end zone to clinch a bowl game win over Notre Dame. 2010: Played in 10 games, mostly on special teams.

    Analysis
    Strengths
    Fluid and flexible. Pedals and transitions smoothly. Good play speed and range. Patrols zones with awareness and anticipation to react to threats. Keys quickly, trusts his eyes and does not hesitate. Aggressive in run support -- swoops down with urgency, runs the alley and plays with abandon. Confident and energetic. Tough and durable. Profiles as a core special-teams player. Solid personal and football character.

    Weaknesses
    Inconsistent tackler -- arrives out of control, does not always see what he hits and will miss some tackles seeking the knockout blow. Is built like a cornerback, sustained a concussion as a senior and durability could be an issue given his aggressive playing style. Minimal production on the ball -- was not a playmaker. Has average hands and leaves some INTs on the field. Could stand to add some body armor and get stronger.

    Bottom Line
    Lean, athletic, long-limbed hybrid safety with an appealing combination of fluidity, range and physicality. Versatile defender who can be deployed over the top as a “robber” or in the box. Has starter-caliber ability if he if he’s able to shore up his tackling and become a more productive on-the-ball defender, but at worst should be a solid backup and core special-teams player.

    -Nolan Nawrocki
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    Shazier is probably the most intriguing guy on this list but it's questionable as to whether or not he falls into the 2nd round. I believe he's the kind or player who becomes a steal late in the 1st or very early in the 2nd. We've talked about Emery making a surprise pick in two and if Shazier fell in our laps it wouldn't be a shock to see take him. He's a great fit to replace Briggs at WLB in another year and could be a STeams demon until then. A good 3 down LB.


    Ryan Shazier
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    • 6.91 SEC
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    • 4.21 SEC
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    Blue Star = Top Performer
    • 6'1" Height
    • 32 3/8" Arm Length
    • 237LBS. Weight
    • 10" Hands

    Overview
    Two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick (2012-13). 2013: First-team All-American selection and Butkus Award finalist. Started all 14 games. 2012: Started in all 12 games. Was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week pick. 2011: Played in 13 games and started the last three.

    Analysis
    Strengths
    Highly productive, disruptive playmaker vs. the run and pass. Shoots gaps and plays behind the line of scrimmage (compiled 39.5 TFL the last two seasons). Agile to slip blocks. Quick, strong hands to shed. Knifes gaps and flows very well laterally. Striking tackler -- uncoils on contact. Excellent speed and range -- opens up his stride in space and really covers ground. Bends naturally. Changes direction and accelerates with ease. Explosive first step as a pass rusher -- shows the ability to dip, bend and run the arc low to the ground. Ample athleticism and flexibility to mark backs and tight ends. Four-down utility. Arrow is pointing up.

    Weaknesses
    Lacks ideal size and bulk. Still developing eyes and instincts -- will diagnose and trigger more quickly down the road. Gets caught in traffic or engulfed by larger blockers when he hesitates to step downhill. Prone to overaggressiveness -- occasionally overruns plays or loses cutback contain. Could stand to improve his eyes, awareness, anticipation and reactions as a zone defender. Took some time to acclimate before making an impact.

    Bottom Line
    The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field.

    -Nolan Nawrocki
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    They originally had him playing LB? He seems small for that. The kid does have mad athleticism but his football skills could stand improvement if this profile is correct. The inconsistent tackler and not playing the ball well has me concerned as far as him playing FS. Those are not two traits you want missing at that spot.
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    Yeah at first he played OLB and even his senior year he played a little in the box. Him and Joyner were kinda like jack of all trades and ran around everywhere and anywhere. I think thats where alot of the confusion on where they fit are coming from. Both were outstanding defenders in college and I'll be interested to see where they end up in the NFL
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    The new entry who could end up being that 2nd round surprise we talked about is Shazier. I don't think he'll last that long but if we were to pull off a deal to move up in two or add a high second somehow then he may come into play. Great LB prospect. Brooks may have been a great disrupter in college but his lack of football fundamentals concerns me. If that scouting profile is correct he may end being a man with no mission but on STeams and there he may be very good.
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    Terrence Brooks never played LB. He was a CB before moving to S. Though maybe youre mistaken because he was a NB to start his career where he was playing in a rover-ish position.
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    You like this kid sox. What say you about his profile. Does he have the issues with tackling and balls skills they say or is it rubbish?
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    Wrapping up can be coached up and his problem with the ball is catching it, not playing it - so ball skills is a tiny misnomer.
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    Fair enough. The kid has the kind of athleticism that Emery is usually attracted to and he's not a guy whose mentioned in the top four or five so maybe he slides into the 3rd round where we ALWAYS seem to take a Safety. Why break with tradition right. :rofl:

    Thanks for the comeback. :cheers:
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    You're right, I'm thinking of Christian Jones.. my mistake
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    Ok, now that I'm thinking of the correct player he actually has great ball skills while its in the air. Like sox mentioned his issue comes when the ball hits his hands and often then hits the ground. Tackling he isn't bad when he tackles correctly but goes for the kill shot too often and bigger WRs and HBs bounce off him.
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    Not exactly a coveted trait...
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    That video shows good footage good and bad, you can see the ball skills but also a few should have been picks, you also see nice open field tackles when he wraps but had masons helmet stayed on on that sidelines hit towards the end he prolly scores. He will need good coaching to make sure he always tackles properly and he'll be a good one IMO.
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    Nice size, great speed and pursuit and he can hit. Gonna need to tackle lower in the NFL. Those arm and shoulder tackles won't cut it but he looks like a good prospect. I think after Dix there's far less difference between the rest than those rankings make it appear. Somebody he to be #1 and #2 and #3 and so on but it's not like #5 is terrible and #2 is all world.

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