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Old 02-01-2010, 10:37 AM   #11
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Gotta say I am liking Ciron Black as good value in the 3rd round to play RT or Guard. I still dont think he has the feet to play LT, but uses his big frame and arms well. Kind of like Loadholt did last year.
Good comparison. He came in looking a little top-heavy and was carrying a little extra fat. He showed at practice he can move people, but he can't move his own feet very well. His lateral footwork isn't very good and would be a much better fit at RG or RT. Personally, after what I saw at practice all week, I'd keep him on the interior of the line. He's a liability against pass rushers on the outside.
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Good comparison. He came in looking a little top-heavy and was carrying a little extra fat. He showed at practice he can move people, but he can't move his own feet very well. His lateral footwork isn't very good and would be a much better fit at RG or RT. Personally, after what I saw at practice all week, I'd keep him on the interior of the line. He's a liability against pass rushers on the outside.
I watched Black closely last year and while some had him a top prospect, I saw the same feet that would not make him an elite LT. But, he uses his long arms and has really good technique in sitting down, kick sliding and punching to ride speed rushers wide, without turning his shoulders to let them counter with an inside rip.

I think he is tough to bull rush and big enough that any outside rush is a long run for the DE. I personally think he would make a solid RT at the next level.

Several guys disappointed me at OT. Scott got flat footed a lot. Ducasse is sloppy and plays too high, Sam Young I hoped would be a good RT, but is looking tall and slow like Garrett Reynolds. Kyle Calloway and Mike Tepper looked better than Young at this point.

I think the best OT's that I saw last week were Black and Capers.
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:46 AM   #13
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good now we can draft a defensive player, i still think we can get kyle wilson or earl thomas heck or even both at 18's and they could cherish at the position.
I would love those 2 guys on our defense!!!!
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Sam Young has the weirdest looking build I've seen in a long time. 6'8 but barely over 300 pounds. Almost looks more like a center or power forward in basketball than a tackle.

Capers didn't really impress me, though I wasn't looking too closely and he had the "joy" of trying to deal with Graham, but I don't know why they had him at LT. Played RT at WVU and I can't imagine him moving over in the pros. Not quick enough.
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Capers didn't really impress me, though I wasn't looking too closely and he had the "joy" of trying to deal with Graham, but I don't know why they had him at LT. Played RT at WVU and I can't imagine him moving over in the pros. Not quick enough.
On the contrary. Capers is a former TE with excellent feet, but from what I saw, he plays too high and still has trouble anchoring against the bull rush. A lot of the converted TE's dont have big enough of a lower body to withstand a bull rush and end up leaning too much.

Hall of Fame DE Bruce Smith always had trouble with Patriots LT Bruce Armstrong and Smith said the guy was tough to move because "he had a big muffin on him". Both Capers and Young need some sand in the pants to help their games.
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So why is Capers at RT? Is it because he's so bad in those other mechanical issues you mentioned? I know that he was a much better prospect, but Jason Smith was a TE turned LT. I think that was the case with Jason Peters (I know he was once a TE but don't know for sure if he played LT).
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So why is Capers at RT? Is it because he's so bad in those other mechanical issues you mentioned? I know that he was a much better prospect, but Jason Smith was a TE turned LT. I think that was the case with Jason Peters (I know he was once a TE but don't know for sure if he played LT).
Capers has good feet, but not sure why at RT instead of LT. I think he played primarily RT at WVU, so maybe he just isnt used to working from the left side. Maybe there were a lot of other guys that had played LT.

WVU used to and I think still does run a zone block system, so it requires athletic linemen. I dont think Capers is a good fit for the Steelers, but he is a good athlete for a big man. I personally didnt see a lot of guys at the Sr. Bowl that would be a good NFL LT for the Steelers.
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if the guy was better suited at tackle, wouldn't you think he would have been playing tackle in college ?
I've had that same thought. Does Idaho run a lot of power traps or something?
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I've had that same thought. Does Idaho run a lot of power traps or something?
They always had Iupati pulling a lot. He pulled on a lot of traps and sweeps and tosses. I'm assuming they wanted their best blocker picking up a lot of the trash on those plays. He's really quick in that sense and has a lot of momentem when he's pulling. I would think playing tackle, he's be sealing off ends a lot more and not being used to his full potential.
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Iupati is good, and he's more of a mauler which is what fills the bill here. The only thing is that he's being hyped as being a 1-2 round player and he's not that. He wouldn't break the lineup of a good passing team for a couple seasons. My humble opinion is that he'd be great value in the 3rd or 4th.
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