Originally posted by DaveWilcox:
Mayock has a really keen eye for talent. I value his analysis and opinion more than any other "draft guru".
That said.. I am now officially conflicted.. not sure what we should do with our 2nd first rounder. Assuming we grab an OT the other first could be Spiller, Iupati, Graham, Thomas, Haden...the list goes on and on,
I feel like a kid in a candy shop.
...so, Mike Mayock is the new "Candyman"? So is Spiller the new "Scrumdiliumpscious" Bar? I want my "World" to taste good, damn it!
I do too man. This draft is turning out better than I thought as these underclassmen continue to impress driving more talent toward the top. Can you imagine if only half of the Juniors came out in the top of the draft. We would be hoping for a RT...in the second and thirds reaching mightily for one.
Now, we have some great picks coming our way where we can pick the #1 player at their respective positions.
As far as Thomas, I know Mayock was high on him, but the review wasn't all glowing. He excels in coverage and can roam the field very well and has recovery speed. It is his size. Would he be able to start at FS while moving Goldson to SS or would it take time?
I think that the "immediate" starter label needs to be discussed. Out of these players below, who could start now?
Out of these I say Spiller, Bulaga, Davis, Iupati, and T. Williams, possibly Graham. The others, including Graham, it seems would have some serious competition at their spots.
That's why I am in
with any combo of these three with our first two: Spiller/RT/Iupati. Can't go wrong with that.
Don't want Thomas at #16/17. This safety class is way to deep with much larger S who can play center field well, too. Value is the word of the day with Safeties, IMO.
PS...Barrow's Blog on Thomas
Thomas' biggest test in Indianapolis will be stepping on the scale. The Texas safety has tremendous range and great ball skills, but there are durability questions about Thomas, who is listed as 195 pounds. That's light for an NFL safety. Thomas also had some problems making tackles in the open field, leading scouts to wonder if he wouldn't be better off at cornerback in the NFL.
Aside from Florida's Joe Haden, there aren't a lot of can't-miss cornerback prospects at the top of the draft. If Thomas runs his 40 in the low 4.4s or 4.3s, he would help convince teams he could make the conversion. There are certainly some talented NFL safeties who don't have a lot of size. The Colts' Bob Sanders, Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu and Baltimore's Ed Reed come to mind. All three of those players, however, were sidelined with injuries this past season and Reed is contemplating retirement. Said Rang of Thomas: "Durability is absolutely something teams have to consider."
[ Edited by ninertico on Feb 19, 2010 at 09:16:20 ]