Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Jimmie Ward had a really good week, somewhat undersized but very fluid, has drawn rave reviews and was moved all over the field and still succeeded, he could be a guy to keep an eye on. Pryor is basically Goldson 2.0, huge, monster hitter, does some dumb stuff, takes some dumb penalties, gets caught out of position in coverage at times.
Huge fan of this guy. He is more of a FS, which is fine, as I like thought of Eric Reid at SS anyway. Back to Ward, he has lots of experience covering slot WRs, and would be a great FS option for us.
No way I move Reid from FS; he's doing too well. I actually want us to take a guy at FS and convert him to SS. I want someone physical enough to be a SS and stop the run but yeah have the experience of covering and playing center field. In today's NFL coverage has become more important than run stopping. Of course I want a guy who can still stop the run but he better be able to cover.
As for Ward I see 11 career INTs. Of course not as great of competition but I like guys who produce over guys who have great potential but don't produce. If you aren't getting int's in college odds are you won't in the NFL. Not saying it can't happen but I like to see guys who just have a knack for the ball. Some guys just end up in the right spot at the right time. Some times it skill. I compare it to before we had Aldon we had guys who would get pressure but couldn't capitalize on sacks or finish a sack. Well Aldon came in and he just has a knack for it... he finishes sacks, he is relentless he doesnt quit and gets sacks. Anyways, most SS are more of run stoppers and aren't ball hawks but ideally I want a guy who can cover and get int's. Whitner is one of those 1-2 int a year guys. He doesn't have a real knack for the ball although he is a great run stopper and he brings a physical presence.
Edit: Another thing I look for especially in CB's (S as well) is how fluid are their hips? Do they play high and stiff (not much bend...cant change direction quickly)? You want to see a guy who can break on the ball, change direction quickly. Can they play center field, can they track the ball in the air, are they going to be physical enough to tackle a TE but still be fast enough to cover one? And this isnt directed at you oldman or Phoenix, you guys are good at evaluating, I'm just saying in general to all.
And for the record might sound like I'm against Bucannon and it's not that he'd be near the top of my list although that doesn't say much because I'm not liking this SS class. Right now I'd put them as Clinton-Dix, Ward, Pryor, Bucannon, Dixon. I'm not sure I'd take Clinton-Dix in round 1 over Gilbert/Verrett/Matthews/etc. The other guys I'd take in the 2nd at the earliest but nobody has stood out to me and would make me feel comfortable if they had to start day one. As for Ward I think I'd have him bulk up to 200, he can cover but he needs to get stronger and bigger to handle the run game/physical WRs/TEs.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Jan 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM ]