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Ronald Blair-DE-Appalachian State-142nd Overall Pick

Originally posted by DonnieDarko:
I had him rated as a 1st round talent. Great selection.

Originally posted by hondakillerzx:
Hes 280, maybe they're gonna have him slim down to 265 and edge rush from the olb spot.in a 3-4 one of the lbs comes up to the line most of the time anyway

He's best suited to be at DE, and there will be plenty of snaps for him I imagine.
A third down pass rush specialist?
Originally posted by fanmusclecars:
A third down pass rush specialist?

No, he is very strong against the run. Just an all-around 3-4 DE prospect that should be able to rotate in and out, get a lot of snaps.
Originally posted by hondakillerzx:
Hes 280, maybe they're gonna have him slim down to 265 and edge rush from the olb spot.in a 3-4 one of the lbs comes up to the line most of the time anyway

Not sure if edge rushing is really his strength. This is actually a good article on him, GIFS included:

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2016/04/08/detroit-lions-film-study-ronald-blair/82794538/

(Although I feel a little bad since it's a Lions guy that wanted the pick doing the film study)
I don't understand how guys like this fall so far in the draft.

Blair is strong and plays blue-collar football. He's not a great athlete but is the type of player Mike Mayok would label as a "good football player" and at 6'2", 284lbs, he's close to being an NFL-sized DE.

Love this pick!
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Looks like the kind of guy Seattle would pick.
Originally posted by doc_brown_:
I don't understand how guys like this fall so far in the draft.

Blair is strong and plays blue-collar football. He's not a great athlete but is the type of player Mike Mayok would label as a "good football player" and at 6'2", 284lbs, he's close to being an NFL-sized DE.

Love this pick!

he played at a small school. Small school=weak competition.
Originally posted by pahlerbj:
Originally posted by pdizo916:
Originally posted by doc_brown_:
I don't understand how guys like this fall so far in the draft.

Blair is strong and plays blue-collar football. He's not a great athlete but is the type of player Mike Mayok would label as a "good football player" and at 6'2", 284lbs, he's close to being an NFL-sized DE.

Love this pick!

he played at a small school. Small school=weak competition.

Hmmm not sure I agree with that theory about competition.

he played at a clown school bro
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Baalke is killing this draft, love it

Originally posted by valrod33:
Baalke is killing this draft, love it

lol
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The combo of some sort of lineup consisting of Buckner, Armstread, Carradine, Lynch, Dial, Brooks, Blair, and Harold in a 4-2-5 scheme is exciting. Lots of potential.
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Originally posted by DonnieDarko:
Originally posted by valrod33:
Baalke is killing this draft, love it

lol

I'm being serious.
I like the pick. We needed better depth along the d-line. Blair is a disruptive player. Very productive against the pass and run. Leap in competition to the NFL, but he is a legit NFL athlete.
Seems like an inside guy in the 3 and/or the 4. This pick is growing on me.
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