Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Originally posted by D-Money:
Ansah at 43? No way.
Eifert at 5? WOW.
I don't know if you're trying to make a statement, but both of those projections are horrid.
Excluding those two spots, everything looks fair enough.
Nevermind, Fisher is one of top players in the draft. I'm losing faith on your ability to see talent. Sorry MD.
Big ups to Alford at #25- gonna be a gamer and we should be able to get him with our own 2nd round pick.
Ansah is as raw as sushi, and I think he is older than he claims. Looked completely lost during Senior Bowl week. Played a good game, but matched up against some pretty bad RT's. To me, second round value.
As for Eifert, I think he is a Pro Bowler within two years. I think that highly of him.
As for the LT's, I have them all bunched together really tight. I love that Joeckel is a smooth player and seems to understand the game very well. He is ready to play today and at a high level. Then again, Fisher has that excellent height, and may end up the better player in the long run. He needs to anchor better, as I see him driven back a bit too often by power rushers. Finally, Johnson, in my opinion, has the greatest upside to his game, and is the most athletic of the bunch. The last time an OT ran as well as he did, before this year, was Trent Williams, who ended up going number 4 and making the Pro Bowl team and Bruce Campbell, who has been a mess physically even before entering the draft.
In the end, I could easily flip flop the order in the next few weeks, and if so, I believe Johnson would be my number one OT. All of this being said, I'd take both Cooper and Warmack over any OT.
MD, I don't know if we are necessarily talking about talented South American baseball players here. I don't know where you got the age thing from on Ansah, but his age is almost irrelevant with his size, SPEED, and strength. I have been reading your posts for years now in regard to the draft and its' prospects, and know how much you value the senior bowl practices and games. However, he made a lot of plays when he was lined up inside and was able to take great angles and cut off the runner in the backfield. For obvious reasons, he will start off slow; only 2 years of playing football, not a powerhouse college, and probably didn't have the support system most other players have in Family or former players who can share their experiences of the process. But with his size, speed, and lateral movement skills he is threat to make plays from numerous positions.
Fisher has the best feet I've seen in an OL in a long time. He does need to bulk up, but this game is about speed and he shut down all d-lineman throughout senior bowl week. All while the competition was pushed up another level for him. He was extremely impressive and has a chance to be the first pick in the draft for obvious reason. Warmack and Cooper are good but Fisher is going to be a stud and should be ranked above them.
I have to disagree about Eifert, although he is big and has strong hands, his YAC is very unimpressive. I see him being very comparable to another former ND player, Kyle Rudolph. Good but not great. Ertz is the better TE in this draft, he runs crisp routes, has soft hands, and is a touchdown machine. He gets faster when he sees the endzone.
I still think you do a great job overall and put a lot of effort into your work, and that I can appreciate. As always, good luck on your picks.