Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
Have you actually seen film on this guy, or have read numerous draft reports? -Small arms, horrible in pass-protection, gives up too easily, injury-prone, it just goes on and on. -It'll take the f**king ghost of Bobb McKittrick to possess this guy's body to repair his shortcomings.
-And no I don't think we should have drafted a BIG-NAME flop OG in the second, in fact we were supposed to get an underrated/pro-ready prospect Gino Gradkowski, who the Ravens ended up taking #98 overall cause Baalke lacked the balls to trade up ahead of big brother Harbaugh (the anger was all over the war room cam that day).
Sorry, just not drinking the homer gatorade on this one, won't be convinced until we see how it turns out, not sold on this being another 4-star draft.
His pass blocking needs to improve, definitely, but the guy is very aggressive, great at pancake blocking defenders, he has quickness, active hands, yes his arms are on the shorter side but that hasn't been a problem. He needs to be coached up in terms of getting proper leverage but if not for the injuries he suffered, this guy would have been gone in the first 3 rounds easily. A lot of potential, has the size, quickness and strength, simply needs proper coaching. If I thought this was a crap pick, I'd say so but this guy brings a lot of good things to the table, additionally he's a leader by all accounts, a very fiery guy but has good character and is a team-first kind of player.
You can look at every guard in the draft and find negatives about them, Looney happened to be one of the highest ranked, take away the injury and he would have been ranked even higher. I also don't know what you mean by injury prone, he one injury earlier in his career and a freak injury at the Senior Bowl but otherwise the guy has been healthy and started a lot of games throughout his career.
He needs some work, but he's not nearly as far away from being an NFL starter as you claim. He's been working with Jeremy Newberry in the offseason to work on his weaknesses and by all accounts has made improvements to his game and will only continue to do so.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Apr 28, 2012 at 21:49:51 ]