Originally posted by quicksilvr:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:.This. I don't understand what the deal is. The guy was a ROOKIE last year. He was picked in the SIXTH round. Gee whiz, people. Give the guy a freaking chance. He's way, WAY better than Omon, and Omon's in his 4th year. Dixon has power that he can use if he chooses too. Just watch some of his games from college where he was dragging tacklers 10-20 yards down the field en route to a TD. His problem is, being a big back, he doesn't think he can fit in the holes and so he tries to bounce it outside.
Quote:He has exceptional mobility for a big man and is a great #3 who makes a nice 1-2-3 punch with Gore's all-around attack and Hunter's speed. I am super surprised people are acting like he's been around forever and is some awful player. Give him a chance. Geez.
Agreed with everything except the way WAY better than Omon part. Omon is faster and has better vision. You don't put up 7000 yards and 98 touchdowns in college (at any level) and be mediocre. Omon is a better true RB than Dixon. Better size, better speed, better vision, better hands.
BTW, the only player that put up those kind of numbers the same time Omon did was a little guy named Danny Woodhead. And he played in an even weaker conference. Look what he's doing now for the Patriots.
That's simply not true. You could argue even that Joique Bell is as good or better. Bell -- who is battling for a spot with the Saints -- came from Division II playing for Wayne State and crushed Omon's numbers. Bell rushed for 2065 yards and 22 TDs as a freshman and 2084 yards and 29 touchdowns as senior year en route to capturing the Harlon Hill Trophy. He rushed for 6800 yards and had 100 total TDs in his career.
Now, as you mentioned, Omon played for Division II Northwest Missouri State and put up those numbers. Anthony Dixon played in the SEC against arguably the toughest defenses in the nation and rushed for 4000 yards in his career with 46 Total TDs.
Those DII abilities do not always transfer to the NFL. There are plenty of small-school RB's who put up huge numbers who come to the NFL and don't do much. Woodhead is a great success story, but there are many like him who haven't done anything -- like Omon, who in his 4th year has yet to be anything more than a practice squad player or 3rd RB at best in the NFL.