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: December 31, 2006, 12:34:06 PM

Personally Id rather take Lorenzo Booker at the end of the 2nd, but then again Im aa FSU homer. I think Lorenzo Booker will be a better pro than Leon Washington, which would give us a damn good 3rd down RB and maybe more.

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#1 : December 30, 2006, 12:58:45 PM

We all know Gruden likes to utilize a smaller, shiftier back in his WCO (he wanted to resign Dunn, brought Garner over from OAK, and wanted to draft Westbrook) so why not consider Garrett Wolfe from Northern Illinois?  Although very small (5'7" 177 lbs) he has been probably the most productive running back in the NCCA the last 3 years and is a great pass catcher.  In his first season on the field in 2004, Wolfe ran for 1,656 yards and 18 touchdowns, along with 10 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns through the air. In just nine games in 2005, Wolfe ran for 1,580 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, and added 20 receptions and 222 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield. Wolfe closed out his career by leading the nation in rushing with 1,928 yards and 18 touchdowns, while adding 249 yards and a touchdown on 28 catches.  Could make a good change of pace/ 3rd down back and maybe even as a kick returner.


Here's some scouting reports on him:

By Robert Davis(Football's Future)
Garrett Wolfe is a very versatile running back. He has fantastic quickness and agility, and the speed to break off long runs with ease. He wastes no steps when he sees a hole, and immediately jumps right through it and takes off. He’s not afraid to run between the tackles and always finishes his runs. Wolfe can also be a threat out of the backfield. With his speed and big play ability, he could be a factor on special teams as well.

The obvious knock on Wolfe’s game is his size. He is extremely small, and it will keep him from being an every down back in the NFL. His body will not hold up with the amount of carries a feature back needs, and he does not pack enough punch because of his small frame.

If it weren’t for size, Wolfe would be one of the elite backs in the draft. His size is a major drawback, and it hurts his potential and draft stock. He could be a great change of pace back and return man in the NFL though.


By Scott Wright Draft Countdown
Strengths:
Was extremely productive and excelled against big time opponents like Ohio St. and Michigan...Explosive big play threat with great speed, quickness, acceleration and a burst...Has great instincts and vision...Has good balance and can cut on a dime...Very elusive and hard to tackle...Has solid hands...Tough pound-for-pound.

Weaknesses:
Vastly undersized and has neither the height or bulk you look for...Durability is a major concern...Has very little, if any, experience as a return man...Did not always play against top competition...He will more than likely be limited to a role as a 3rd down back and special teamer...Intelligence issues?...Doesn't have much upside.

By GBN
Arguably the most explosive back in the country, NIU’s Little Big Man is on pace to shatter the 2,000 yard mark for the season; a big-play waiting to happen, Wolfe has great vision and quickness to the hole; also has fluid hips and an explosive first step; can find the crease and has enough speed – he runs the 40 in the 4.45 range - to take it all the way when he breaks clear; patient, instinctive runner who does a nice job setting up blocks; elusive back who makes people miss in the open field; also a very good receiver with soft hands; also a willing blocker but because of lack of size can be overrun. Indeed, there are major concerns about Wolfe’s lack of size, as well as durability questions. Wolfe is generously listed at 5-7, 170 and while he has good strength and toughness for a player that size he just isn’t that physical at the point of attack and likely will never be a prototype between-the-tackles runner at the next level; also has a lengthy injury history: missed three games in 2005 with a sprained knee and missed spring practice this year after having surgery to repair a shoulder which kept popping out; also has never been used much in the return game at NIU. Summary: Super productive college back, but lack of size means he likely won’t be drafted until late in the first day and will have to find a role as a 3rd down back, situational runner and return man.








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#2 : December 30, 2006, 01:01:41 PM

Eh 3rd/4th for a guy who hasn't done special teams is a little stiff honestly, maybe 6-7 (remember Andre Hall was amongst the leading rushers and went undrafted.)

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#3 : December 30, 2006, 01:08:46 PM

my thoughts exactly rigo.  little backs need to bring something extra to the table to compensate for their size.  that's why SD chose Sproles and Jax took Jones-Drew.  They were very productive college return men.  why would we burn a day 1 pick on a little guy from a small school just to be a 3rd down specialist?  we already have Pittman for that. if you are going to draft another RB, especially on day 1, he needs to have more upside than Pittman or Graham as a RB and be an upgrade in the return game.  Wolfe doesn't give you that.   

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#4 : December 30, 2006, 01:20:34 PM

I don't think Caddy will ever be a back you want to leave in on 3rd downs because he can't catch or block.  Pittman is in his 30's and neither he or Graham  have the shiftiness or speed Wolfe has to really excell in Gruden's offense.  And while not experienced, he has the athletic talent to be a superb return man.  Worth a mid round look IMHO.




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#5 : December 30, 2006, 01:23:39 PM

The difference between Wolfe and MJD, RPC, is that Drew was packing the pounds. Wolfe not so much.

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#6 : December 30, 2006, 01:34:34 PM

I would say yes to drafting Wolfe as a third down back but taking him in the third, fourth, or even the fifth is a reach.

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#7 : December 30, 2006, 02:25:27 PM

Fifth round is a gamble, sixth round is about right.

I like the guy that blocks for him...I can't remember his name, but he is a better prospect than Wolfe is, IMO.


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#8 : December 30, 2006, 02:27:52 PM

I think Doug Free is his name, he is a O-lineman.


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#9 : December 30, 2006, 02:57:57 PM

I think Doug Free is his name, he is a O-lineman.

Free is a decent LOT prospect, but his stock dropped quite a bit this year.  He played most of the year with a foot injury, and didn't perform well.  And he got seriously owned in his bowl game.  Hard to say how far he has slipped, but he'd be a very good value on the 2nd day.


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#10 : December 30, 2006, 07:20:00 PM

Im sorry but theres no way in hell we will spend any picks on a RB with the ones we have right now. We have far too many holes across the board to spend picks on positions where we actually have good depth.

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#11 : December 30, 2006, 08:53:46 PM

I can see your point with our 31st ranked offense and stellar return game.  Wolfe could be a more productive player than most other mid to late round picks.  Drafting only to fill holes and not taking the best available talent is what bad teams do.


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#12 : December 30, 2006, 09:03:18 PM

I am a huge NIU fan and I have season tickets.

1st of all, Free was terrible last year. He had a broken foot, but he was awful.

I love Garrett, and I would love to see the Bucs get him. I would say he'll go anywhere from the 3rd to 6th depending on his senior bowl and combine.  Wolfe is a fantastic value pick from the 4th on.


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#13 : December 30, 2006, 09:40:09 PM

We have way too many needs to even think 3rd down back in the third or fourth round as we need to go OL, DL, LB, CB and Safety (not in this order) even before we consider any other position.

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#14 : December 30, 2006, 09:42:47 PM

Funny how you mentioned Gruden wanting to bring Dunn back, Dunn is probably more than likely hitting FA, sooo why not bring him back now?



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