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  1. Not much, how are you?

  2. According to one of my sources, who speaks with scouts regularly, this kid is projected as a 5th to 7th rounder, right now. He's a Washington State transfer, so he has a nice arm. It will be hard for him to rise much, though, because both Blesto and National Scouting listed him at barely 6' 2" coming into the season. He's got talent, but he's not a small school freak, who can make aa easy jump into the early rounds.
  3. While Mamula is held up as the symbol for the biggest DE bust ever by the media, he started every game as a rookie and he did have a 3 sack game against Willie Roaf and a two sack game against Jumbo Elliot (both stars at the time) back in 1995. Those were his only 5 sacks as a rookie, but at least he saw the field. Gholston had only 5 tackles all season and rarely saw the field in key spots. That said, as bad as things look, you never know, he might bounce back a bit? He definitely has no where to go but up...I hope?
  4. BTY, I'm a big fan of his half brother ColecoVision Smalls, who, I believe, tried out for the New York Dragons in the spring of 2004.
  5. Yea, here in Connecticut you can opt out of jury duty for 3 years after appearing. While at the courthouse yesterday a 50'ish year old women was told by the clerk she could leave yesterday because she served in 2007 and responded with "can I please stay, I love serving"....she did get the call. Also, a 60-something year old women sitting a few rows in front of me told another lady she did this before and it was "a lot of fun".... I'm thinking these women are abberations. I bet I'd swing towards Green DNA's response if I ever made it onto a jury -- I'd get so bored, that I'd want to leave as soon as possible?
  6. I was wondering if anyone here ever served on a jury? Coming out of college, I was summoned to jury duty and made it into the courtroom to be questioned by the lawyers in a civil case. But I provided to many "candid answers" and was politely told to hit the road less than 2 minutes after leaving the witness stand -- Plantiff's lawyer thought I was way too biased, because I suggested, among other things, that "it's possible" his client was faking a injury from and basketball fight and I also noted I would not mind being sucker punched if it meant a 2 million dollar payout (or even a fraction of that amount). A cynic could suggest I was trying to get out of doing jury duty with these replies, but I was told to give only honest answers and I did. Only a mindless drone would not believe someone wouldn't fake an injury in a lawsuit? Yesterday I was summoned again to Superior Court. I sat for three hrs. in the court rooms new, spacious lounge filling out forms and reading news papers, but only 32 of 71 people were selected for questioning and I wasn't one of them. Now, I won't complain at all, because I sort of fear the economic impact on me if I had to stop working for a long period of time due to jury duty. But another part (small part) of me wonders what it'd be like to serve on jury? .
  7. It's a great move -- right where Joba belongs!
  8. Nothing will improve the team, until they fire Zeke....
  9. It's been an amazing run for the Rockets.
  10. Exactly SE, speed can be very important, but it can't be the only factor.... Also, I guess I was lashing out a bit some media types. You know the type that are beat writers for the Daily News, Newsday, The Post, ect... Like trained Seals, they'll constantly say and write things like the Jets (or any team) need more speed at linebacker!.......or the Jets need more speed in the secondary....or the Jets need more speed at wide receiver....or the Jets need more speed wherever? But can these stoodges tell me where all these talented fast players are, when the N.F.L. hand picks the top 30 college cornerbacks and they average 4.51 (handtimed) at the Combine? Granted, some of the slower Combine players will be weeded out and will never make it....but if the N.F.L. shunned every receiver that ran a 4.6 or worse, over 60% of the wide outs in the league would be gone. ******** Gibbon, no doubt, size is important to note when looking at a players speed. Particularly at linebacker.....Tony Dungy and the Colts found out the hard way a few years ago that having "fast linebackers and small, nimble DT's" was a good way to make draftniks drool, but how can 220 pound linebackers (i.e. Cato June, Gilbert Garner) and 275 pound DT's effectively stop the run? Colts basically stayed afloat in those days (and even prospered) because their offense could put up 38 points a game against anyone? ********* Fla Green is correct, Lav. Coles was very fast coming out of college....the amazing part, was his teammate Peter Warrick ran about a 4.6 40 @ about 5' 9" and was the 4th overall pick.... I can remember, back then, thinking Coles was the better prospect -- better size and speed.....but Coles' off-field issues muddled things a bit for him, back then. ***** Bit, no doubt, it seems the best young linebackers in football were "about" 4.8 types at the Combine.....David Harris was not fast......Patrick Willis had "slightly dissapointing times"......Lofa Tatupu ran almost 5.0 flat @ 5' 10".....Greenway and Pozlusny, who showed a lot when they have played, ran close to 4.8's....the list can go on and on. As Charles Davis of the NFL Network noted, if a 4.5 linebacker has poor instincts and takes the wrong first step, he becomes 5.0 flat linebacker.....but if a 5.0 linebacker has great instints and takes the correct first step, he becomes a 4.5 linebacker? ***** Don't have Coltson's official times, but I thought his official times were lower than 4.55.....the mediocre 40 time likely explains why he was like the next to last player picked in 2006, a few months after absolutely dominating the East-West game and causing a huge buzz.....basically all them omentum he had built up at Hofstra and in all-star games was wiped in 4.7 seconds?
  11. Exactly SE, speed can be very important, but it can't be the only factor.... Also, I guess I was lashing out a bit some media types. You know the type that are beat writers for the Daily News, Newsday, The Post, ect... Like trained Seals, they'll constantly say and write things like the Jets (or any team) need more speed at linebacker!.......or the Jets need more speed in the secondary....or the Jets need more speed at wide receiver....or the Jets need more speed wherever? But can these stoodges tell me where all these talented fast players are, when the N.F.L. hand picks the top 30 college cornerbacks and they average 4.51 (handtimed) at the Combine? Granted, some of the slower Combine players will be weeded out and will never make it....but if the N.F.L. shunned every receiver that ran a 4.6 or worse, over 60% of the wide outs in the league would be gone. ******** Gibbon, no doubt, size is important to note when looking at a players speed. Particularly at linebacker.....Tony Dungy and the Colts found out the hard way a few years ago that having "fast linebackers and small, nimble DT's" was a good way to make draftniks drool, but how can 220 pound linebackers (i.e. Cato June, Gilbert Garner) and 275 pound DT's effectively stop the run? Colts basically stayed afloat in those days (and even prospered) because their offense could put up 38 points a game against anyone? ********* Fla Green is correct, Lav. Coles was very fast coming out of college....the amazing part, was his teammate Peter Warrick ran about a 4.6 40 @ about 5' 9" and was the 4th overall pick.... I can remember, back then, thinking Coles was the better prospect -- better size and speed.....but Coles' off-field issues muddled things a bit for him, back then. ***** Bit, no doubt, it seems the best young linebackers in football were "about" 4.8 types at the Combine.....David Harris was not fast......Patrick Willis had "slightly dissapointing times"......Lofa Tatupu ran almost 5.0 flat @ 5' 10".....Greenway and Pozlusny, who showed a lot when they have played, ran close to 4.8's....the list can go on and on. As Charles Davis of the NFL Network noted, if a 4.5 linebacker has poor instincts and takes the wrong first step, he becomes 5.0 flat linebacker.....but if a 5.0 linebacker has great instints and takes the correct first step, he becomes a 4.5 linebacker? ***** Don't have Coltson's official times, but I thought his official times were lower than 4.55.....the mediocre 40 time likely explains why he was like the next to last player picked in 2006, a few months after absolutely dominating the East-West game and causing a huge buzz.....basically all them omentum he had built up at Hofstra and in all-star games was wiped in 4.7 seconds?
  12. SE, I think there are so many more like Welker out there..... My theory is there is a percentage of N.F.L. players that are "no-brainers", in that they are so talented coming out, no one can hold them back and scouts simply can't miss them -- Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Carson Palmer, Antonio Cromartie, Mario Williams, ect... After that, there is next wave....that are close behind... But I honestly believe that the last 15 spots on most N.F.L. rosters can be occupied by many of the top players in the C.F.L., Arena League or more talented released street free agents and most fans could not tell the difference. Parcells and Belicheck, for example, realize this and make a point of constantly changing the bottom their rosters (even in season) in hopes of find a Wes Welker? ********* Max, Mike Mayock of the N.F.L. network said proper training in the mechanics of sprints can lower 40 times considerably...maybe even 1/10th of a second? Here's a story I don't remember happening (was too young) but have read from Gil Brandt: Back in like early 1979 Michigan State held it's Pro Day at the gym for it's "seniors"....N.F.L. scouts called out for the Spartans top junior WR, who was playing pickup hoops at the time.....Within a matter of seconds, he ran over to the track totally unprepared and blazed a 4.28 @ 6' 3" and 225 pounds in sneakers! That was Kirk Gibson, who re-buffed football and played baseball... I guess in this era, Kirk Gibson would train for 3 weeks, just on his 40 time alone, and ran even faster -- so maybe the newbies aren't faster, just better trained? P.S: Back in 1999, or so, when Randy Moss was totally dominating the N.F.L. I saw a scout tell Pro Football Weekly Moss was the "2nd best WR prospect he ever saw"....Gibson was number one -- to some who grew up watching him on the Tigers (including me) that's almost beyond belief, but probably true? *
  13. SE, I think there are so many more like Welker out there..... My theory is there is a percentage of N.F.L. players that are "no-brainers", in that they are so talented coming out, no one can hold them back and scouts simply can't miss them -- Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Carson Palmer, Antonio Cromartie, Mario Williams, ect... After that, there is next wave....that are close behind... But I honestly believe that the last 15 spots on most N.F.L. rosters can be occupied by many of the top players in the C.F.L., Arena League or more talented released street free agents and most fans could not tell the difference. Parcells and Belicheck, for example, realize this and make a point of constantly changing the bottom their rosters (even in season) in hopes of find a Wes Welker? ********* Max, Mike Mayock of the N.F.L. network said proper training in the mechanics of sprints can lower 40 times considerably...maybe even 1/10th of a second? Here's a story I don't remember happening (was too young) but have read from Gil Brandt: Back in like early 1979 Michigan State held it's Pro Day at the gym for it's "seniors"....N.F.L. scouts called out for the Spartans top junior WR, who was playing pickup hoops at the time.....Within a matter of seconds, he ran over to the track totally unprepared and blazed a 4.28 @ 6' 3" and 225 pounds in sneakers! That was Kirk Gibson, who re-buffed football and played baseball... I guess in this era, Kirk Gibson would train for 3 weeks, just on his 40 time alone, and ran even faster -- so maybe the newbies aren't faster, just better trained? P.S: Back in 1999, or so, when Randy Moss was totally dominating the N.F.L. I saw a scout tell Pro Football Weekly Moss was the "2nd best WR prospect he ever saw"....Gibson was number one -- to some who grew up watching him on the Tigers (including me) that's almost beyond belief, but probably true? *
  14. SE, 2004 was the first year we really started doing draft daddy and that was Wes Welkers' class.....I thought he ran even worse than that 4.58, which was a huge problem for me when trying to rank him. Wes was an absolute superstar @ Texas Tech (set several 1-a records), but mostly as do everything weapon -- played RB, WR, and special teams. I loved his talent, but how do you project a kid that's 5' 8" and runs a 4.6-something? You knew he was great back then, but would he even get a fair shot? Best thing Wes did, was "seize the moment" with Chargers as a undrafted free agent -- returning 2 kicks for TD's in his first pre-season...from there, the 40 times were slowly erased. Had he not returned those kicks because the opposing kicker had a stronger leg (touchbacks), he might be sitting on bar stool in Oklahoma telling everyone he could've been a N.F.L. star if he got a chance and his friends would probably all be lauging at him? ************** Max, I think you are correct in the sense that the "fastest" DB's, WR's and RB's are not getting any faster than they used to be back in Deione Sanders' era....but the "fastest" big men (particularly the DE's and TE's) are putting up better and better times each year -- i.e. Vernon Davis, Gohlston, ect... Some will say training schools (i.e Parisisi's in Jersey) could be the answer here. Why? The very fast guys like Deion Sanders, Don Beebe, Andre Rison, Willie Gault and many other WR's, DB's and RB's always knew how to run the 40 yard dash real fast, because they ran track in high school and college and know all the mechanics of running timed sorints.... but back in that era (pre-1996, or so) how many defensive lineman, linebacker or tight ends even knew how to set their feet and hands in an attempt to maximize their 40 times? Can't say for sure, but the training school theory seems like a reasonable theory as to why the "bigger guys" are running faster than then they used to...
  15. SE, 2004 was the first year we really started doing draft daddy and that was Wes Welkers' class.....I thought he ran even worse than that 4.58, which was a huge problem for me when trying to rank him. Wes was an absolute superstar @ Texas Tech (set several 1-a records), but mostly as do everything weapon -- played RB, WR, and special teams. I loved his talent, but how do you project a kid that's 5' 8" and runs a 4.6-something? You knew he was great back then, but would he even get a fair shot? Best thing Wes did, was "seize the moment" with Chargers as a undrafted free agent -- returning 2 kicks for TD's in his first pre-season...from there, the 40 times were slowly erased. Had he not returned those kicks because the opposing kicker had a stronger leg (touchbacks), he might be sitting on bar stool in Oklahoma telling everyone he could've been a N.F.L. star if he got a chance and his friends would probably all be lauging at him? ************** Max, I think you are correct in the sense that the "fastest" DB's, WR's and RB's are not getting any faster than they used to be back in Deione Sanders' era....but the "fastest" big men (particularly the DE's and TE's) are putting up better and better times each year -- i.e. Vernon Davis, Gohlston, ect... Some will say training schools (i.e Parisisi's in Jersey) could be the answer here. Why? The very fast guys like Deion Sanders, Don Beebe, Andre Rison, Willie Gault and many other WR's, DB's and RB's always knew how to run the 40 yard dash real fast, because they ran track in high school and college and know all the mechanics of running timed sorints.... but back in that era (pre-1996, or so) how many defensive lineman, linebacker or tight ends even knew how to set their feet and hands in an attempt to maximize their 40 times? Can't say for sure, but the training school theory seems like a reasonable theory as to why the "bigger guys" are running faster than then they used to...
  16. Thanks for the reply, SE. You're wise and you are correct. Arizona has great receivers and none is a blazer....I think Boldin ran like a 4.79 @ the Combine. What made me think about this? A few days ago an agent of a small school superstar (WR Curtis Hamilton, Western Kentucky) sent his kids' Pro Day times to me at DD.com and showed Curtis ran 4.58. My first thought was "the kid is sunk" with those times.....but when I thought about it a little more, I figured as long as he ran on a reasonable track, 4.58 is actually "average" for a N.F.L. WR prospect, contrary to the media myth that all DB, RB and WR prospects run sub 4.5's. Now Hamilton is still a long shot, but 4.58 isn't that bad, in reality? P.S: Thanks Max....but just let everyone know you are just kidding....I love posting at JN, but DD.com eats up so much computer time, it's tough.....Also, one of the reasons I haven't posted much, is my computer is so fouled up, I can't enter JN from the front page -- (computer crashes), so I surf in from the baseball forum.....Also, don't worry about me abusing "smileys", they don't work for me here, either LOL .
  17. Most people on this board are savvy football fans, but I see a lot of physcopaths on other sites that kick and scream and boo if their favorite team drafts a RB, WR or DB that runs a 4.6 or higher or a linebacker that runs a 4.8, mistakingly thinking these are very poor times. Many only want safeties that run 4.45's or WR's that run 4.3's, even in round 7!.....Reality is most N.F.L. players don't have great "track speed", despite what the media tends to put forth.....So I just wanted to post some official Combine averages to show what more "realistic" expectations of prospects should be: Quarterbacks: Size 6032, 222 pounds.....40 Times -- 4.90 (hand timed) --- 4.87 (electronic time) Running Backs: 5104, 211.....40 TImes 4.57 (HT) -- 4.56 (ET) Wide Receivers: 6007, 203.....40 Times -- 4.58 (HT) -- 4.57 (ET) Tight Ends: 6045, 254 pounds.....40 Times: 4.8 (HT) -- 4.78 (ET) Defensive Ends: 6032, 263 pounds.....40 Times: 4.89 (HT) -- 4.88 (ET) Defensive Tackles: 6031, 303 pounds.....40 Times: 5.19 (HT & ET) Inside Linebacker: 6010, 238 pounds....40 Times: 4.79 (HT) -- 4.76 (ET) Outside Linebacker: 6011, 234 pounds....40 Times: 4.76 (HT) -- 4.74 (ET) Cornerbacks: 5108, 193 pounds.....40 Times: 4.52 (HT) -- 4.47 (ET) Free Safety: 5115, 204.....40 Times: 4.61 (HT) -- 4.57 (ET) Strong Safety: 6005, 212....40 Times: 4.57 (HT) -- 4.54 (ET) ***Prior to 2005, these numbers were actually a bit higher -- average strong safeties (for example) came in around 4.67....but Indy replaced it's old track with a new, faster track. ***Wide receivers: This should end the mainstream media's stupid theories that most WR's in the N.F.L. run sub 4.5's. ***Cornerbacks: That's a total of 31 players. It's weird, a bunch of players blazed the track, but quite a few ran high 4.6's and low 4.7's, which skewed everything upward? ***Strong safeties look faster than usual, but that's a small sample (6 prospects), skewed lower by 2 players.
  18. It looks like Rey Ordonez of the Mets....
  19. Notice how Arod is actually thinner than Jeter, it seems, in the photo above? He's much, much bigger now....Any theories on how this happened? LOL
  20. I stated I agreed with that in my first reply. There are probably a few more safeties that should've been ahead of him. I did, however, disagree with the idea that he's been a bust or "terrible" since he arrived Denver. That's not true.
  21. Lynch maybe on the decline (after 15 seasons that's expected) and probably did not deserve this Pro Bowl nod, but he hasn't been terrible for Denver. Two seasons ago he pretty much won/saved two big games with sacks on blitzes -- difference between making the playoffs for the BRONCOS. Lynch, I think, should regret the fact that he did not sign with the Patriots, after leaving Tampa. Belly wanted him on the team and he could've played in some Super Bowls to finish off his Hall of Fame career.
  22. You know, I was scanning the channels the other night and MSNBC was running a "To Catch a Predator" marathon for the 10 millionith time! Anyhow, I wondered when they were going get Perverted Justice (sp?) to do something on women that pray on teens....LOL I've read Ann Curry is a tall women, so she'd be perfect as the female Chris Hanson. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Curry
  23. He declared, then changed his mind and opted out....Oher was recently adopted by some former New Jersey Nets draft pick (Sean Tuohy-sp?), who is now an announcer for the Memphis Grizzlies and very rich.....word is Tuohy is pulling the "finish school angle"?
  24. Nice job, Matt...I agree with the majority of the picks. But I think, as I said, you are overrating a few of the junior WR's..... For example, the teen crowd that run most of draft sites and breaks no objective news, have made Malcolm Kelly a top 10 pick....they get starry-eyed when they see him, sort of the way Beavis & Butthead felt weak in the knees when they saw Todd Ianuzzi. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Ianuzzi But all the objective comments I've seen from actual N.F.L. scouts is he's a 2nd or 3rd round pick....Oklahoma coaches even warned him to stay, because he could be a 4th rounder, if he runs as they expect. I suppose if he shows up at the Combine and burns up the track, he'll be fine as a first round possiblity, but scouts doubt his speed. P.S: I think you are underrating Sam Baker. I realize he has the stigma of being a blue collar type, who is a better fit at RT, but teams like the Giants/Colts/Chargers/Packers and Patriots have built there offensives around lineman like that. P.S 2X: Again, good job.....Most of the picks can't be argued with. .
  25. Thanks Faba. I was reading another Jets board and some fans were suggesting the Jets use their first pick on safety to create a "super unit" at safety with Rhodes. Just my opinion, but there can be no such thing as a "super unit" in the secondary, if there is no pass rush...The Giants started two rookies recently at safety -- a 7th rounder (Johnson) and a FA (Dahl) -- and both looked fine with Strahan and crew bringing the heat....again, it all starts and up front. And to make matters worse, the Jets O-Line isn't much better D'Brick got totally manhandled by Vanden Bosh, leaving folks to wonder if the Jets even have a LT of the future? I guess the only positive (perhaps), is Vanden Bosh has been so hot recently, no one can stop him -- BTY, wasn't Denny Green brilliant, gluing Vanden Bosh to the bench during his tenure in Arizona, while the Cards lost game after game? .
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