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: April 13, 2011, 01:01:03 AM

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Which prospects will end up getting too much love come draft day? Wes Bunting
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A look at who I see as the drafts most overrated prospects.


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Kerrigan is stiff when asked to breakdown.
DE Ryan Kerrigan: Purdue (6-4, 267)
I like Kerrigan as a pass rusher. The guy is relentless, he displays violent hands and has the short-area quickness to disengage and work toward the passer. However, in my mind hes simply too stiff to stand up as a 34 OLB and isnt nearly the type of anchor player many make him out with his hand on the ground. I think eventually he can mature into a solid three-down defensive end, but in my mind I dont ever see him as an impact 10-plus sack guy in the NFL.

DT Muhammad Wilkerson: Temple (6-5, 310)
Wilkerson is another guy I like as an athlete. Hes long, displays an explosive get off at the line and possesses some natural suddenness to his game when asked to shed and close. However, hes simply not there yet. Hes raw as a pass rusher, allows his pad level to get too high and will likely need to play inside as a three-technique at the next level in order to be most effective, so there will also be a major learning curve. Therefore, I like the talent, but there is simply too much of an unknown in my book to take Wilkerson in round one, which is where I think he ends up going on draft day.

OT Nate Solder: Colorado (6-8, 310)
The guy definitely looks the part, as hes a great athlete for the position and is still dripping with upside. However, Solder is a narrow framed lineman who struggles with power, isnt as rangy off the edge as his athletic skill set would indicate and will get overextended when asked to mirror because of it. Hes a prospect who in my mind is going to need to be brought along slowly and given plenty of time to mature as a reserve before being ready to start in the NFL. Therefore, taking him in the top half of the first round seems just a bit too high in my view.

OL Orlando Franklin: Miami (6-6, 316)
In my mind, Franklin just doesnt have a real natural position in the NFL. Hes not athletic/rangy enough to reach speed off the edge as a left tackle and hes not flexible enough to consistently create leverage for himself inside as a guard. Therefore, by default, I can only see him playing as a right tackle in the NFL. But because of his high pad level I again think he will struggle creating a consistent push in the run game. Franklin looks more like a reserve only who does offer some versatility to an offensive line as a potential swing guy, but not nearly as the second-round pick many are making him out to be.

DB Aaron Williams: Texas (6-0, 204)
Its tough to be considered an elite cornerback prospect when you play high, are stiff out of your breaks and struggle to turn and run, which is exactly the case for Williams. Now, I know some talent evaluators are looking at him as a free safety prospect only. However, I dont see the type of awareness and/or overall instincts to his game on tape needed to quickly step in and start in a center field type role. I do agree safety is a better spot for him at the next level, but he still looks more like a potential starter only and more of a 3rd round value.

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#1 : April 13, 2011, 01:21:09 AM

To me, Watt is the one that comes across as "stiff".

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#2 : April 13, 2011, 01:23:53 AM

I hope Kerrigan is over rated. That way we can get him at 20 no problem.

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#3 : April 13, 2011, 01:32:23 AM

I am not in love with Kerrigan like a lot of peeps on here.  So we will have to see how it plays out.

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#4 : April 13, 2011, 08:17:40 AM

I actually agree with him on Kerrigan. I really don't see him being a guy that can produce 12-14 sacks per year. However, his 7-8 sacks per year is better than any one this roster has to offer so he's definitely okay at #20. A trade up though? Pass.

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#5 : April 13, 2011, 09:49:27 AM

Kerrigan is the best pass rusher in the draft. PFT has been pumping out the BS this offseason. Wes Bunting is a tool.


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#6 : April 13, 2011, 09:54:25 AM

but he completed a 2 week on-line coarse on how to be a GM.  The guys an expert.


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#7 : April 13, 2011, 09:58:48 AM

lol


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#8 : April 13, 2011, 10:02:38 AM

There are probably going to be six edge rushers picked in the 1st round (Miller, Bowers, Quinn, Kerrigan, Smith, and Houston) and history tells us only two, at best three, are going to be any good.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#9 : April 13, 2011, 10:15:08 AM

Kerrigan is the best pass rusher in the draft. Jdub is currently pumping out the BS.

wow, just wow. Kerrigan is the best DE in the draft? I fixed it for you.



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#10 : April 13, 2011, 10:26:39 AM

We'll see Tat. I'll keep this thread bookmarked and we can revisit it next off season. I'm confident I will not be eating any crow.


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#11 : April 13, 2011, 10:36:47 AM

but he completed a 2 week on-line coarse on how to be a GM.  The guys an expert.


He was trained by Russ Lande, who is a former NFL scout


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#12 : April 13, 2011, 11:46:22 AM

Heck even 8 to 9 sacks a year i'd take, but I think Kerrigan can produce 10 a year.

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#13 : April 13, 2011, 11:49:31 AM

We'll see Tat. I'll keep this thread bookmarked and we can revisit it next off season. I'm confident I will not be eating any crow.

Since we are bookmarking and I have regularly said I would take Ayers over Kerrigan, it's only fair I call my predictions.  Personally, I think Kerrigan will be a productive LDE, but as for best pass rusher, I have Quinn and his brain tumor, Bowers and his melting knee, Watt and his stiff hips and the unrefined Cameron Jordan all ahead of him.  Not saying he isn't 1st round material or that I would be upset if we pick him, but I don't think he is the best pass rusher in the draft.  Time will tell. 

I do think it's funny though, how every "expert" was clamoring about this being one of the best crops of DE's in a long time and as the draft nears, the same experts seem to be tearing down almost all of them.  It's almost as if they are being fed a load from NFL execs or something....lol.  By my count, Kerrigan is next in line so I am sure there will be a report soon about his lack of speed stemming from an rare achilles tendon mutation or that his motor and drive are due to a grossly enlarged heart.  April is the funniest month to be an NFL fan.  The crap is flying and we all start second guessing and getting worked up.  Damn you NFL.

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#14 : April 13, 2011, 01:13:37 PM

JDouble, you do this a lot --it's NFP, not PFT.
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