Run Blocking ~ Raw but Rapidly Improving. Still Developing Drive Power, but doing so at a dizzying Pace.
Pass Blocking ~ Ditto. He's learning and building himself up rapidly. His Potential is extraordinary.
One of my favorite Aspects of the Draft is watching early Favorites get Sold Off as Evaluation Fatigue sets in.
To hear it now ~ and the Reports tend to be approximately accurate, which is remarkable, considering that it's not in any Team's interest to divulge their Assessments ~ Kyle Long is generally looked at as having a much longer road in front'f'm to reach the point of being ready to play Offensive Tackle than was generally considered to be the case, just two short months ago...and in fact is considered by many to be destined for Offensive Guard
I don't list Processing Speed as an especially important Attribute for Offensive Tackles, but it's important at every position, frankly, and let me tell you that Kyle Long's Processing Speed is phenomenal. His transition from Starting Pitcher to Defensive End to Offensive Guard would've put most men in a Restraining Jacket...but this guy rapidly embraced the multiplicative nuances of Offensive Tackle, this past Year, and is rocketing towards Excellence.
Mind you: He's still Raw as Hell, and made many mental mistakes during his first year on the Edge, as one'd expect.
But the Art of the Draft is Projection, of course...
And I see Kyle Long's Potential, considered in light'f his chances of attaining his Potential...as extraordinary.
2 ~ FD Jon Bostic ~ Florida Gators @ #50 ~ Reach. Gave'm a 3rd/4th Round Ranking.
I didn't write a Scouting Report on Jon Bostic, but if I had, I would've expressed serious concern about'is Processing Speed. I have intensive doubts about'is ability to Read & React Rapidly enough to succeed at The Next Level. However, if he plays a more confined Role on the Flank, I'd say he has a chance to be pretty good.
3 ~ FD Khaseem Greene ~ Rutgers Scarlet Knights @ #117 ~ Strong Pick. Gave'm a 2nd/3rd Round Ranking.
Run Defense ~ Greene, a former Safety who's been playing MidFielder for two years, now, boasts incredible Lateral Agility & Range. However, he tends to be a beat late off the Snap on far too many Plays, and this enormous disadvantage is compounded by mediocre Core Strength and Paw Power, which costs him a lot of Tackles.
Pass Defense ~ Greene commands awesome Verticity in Man Coverage, Flipping Hips with a serpentine Agility, and he showcases amazing Lateral Agility & Range in Zone. His Processing Speed is far more decent in Pass Coverage than in Run Defense, which is odd, because he's always dealt with both Aspects of the Game.
Pass Rush ~ Greene does have terrific Closing Speed. As a Will in a 434, though, this won't matter that much.
Intangibles ~ Greene displays nightmarishly slow Processing Speed, especially in Run Defense.
There's definitely a place for Khaseem Greene at The Next Level.
He covers a lot of ground quickly, both in Run Defense and, most admirably, in Pass Coverage. His horrifically slow Processing Speed will likely prove to be an enormous hindrance at The Next Level, though, and, compounded with lack of Core Strength and Paw Power, will probably prove fatal to'is chances of sustained success in Run Defense.
He's got the Range to play Mike in either the 434 or the 344, but lacks the Processing Speed to call the Plays.
And he lacks the Core Strength & Paw Power to play the Sam in the 434 or the Ted in the 344.
Yes, his best bet is definitely as a Will Flanker in the 434, where he'd have a narrower zone of responsibility and where his tremendous Pass Coverage skills and Range should allow him to flourish.
Furthermore, while I have said unflattering things about'is Processing Speed ~ which is neither an insult nor an horrible thing: I suffer from hideous Processing Speed, myself!! ~ I strongly suspect that, with a narrower field of responsibility at Will Flanker, it won't be very long before his reaction time speeds up considerably.
I thought the back to back Flank Defender Picks were amusing, of course: Swap places and they're precisely where I graded'm. However, it seems as if the Bears intend to give Bostic first crack at replacing Brian Urlacher in the Middle, and I have serious doubts about that being a good idea: I think he'd be far better suited on the Flank.
All in all, though, a solid Draft. And Bostic wouldn't be my first Mistake ~ not by a long shot!!
New EngLand Patriots ~ B-
Buffalo Bills ~ A
Miami Dolphins ~ D
New York Jets ~ C
PittsBurgh Steelers ~ D-
CleveLand Browns ~ B+
Cincinnati Bengals ~ B+
Baltimore Ravens ~ A
OakLand Raiders ~ A+
San Diego Chargers ~ D
Kansas City Chiefs ~ B
Denver Broncos ~ D
Planet Hoosten ~ B+
JacksonVille Jaguars ~ B+
Tennessee Titans ~ C
Indianapolis Colts ~ A+
Philadelphia Eagles ~ D-
Washington RedSkins ~ B+
Dallas CowBoys ~ C
New York Giants ~ D
Detroit Lions ~ B+
Minnesota Vikings ~ F-
Chicago Bears ~ B
Green Bay Packers ~ A
Seattle SeaHawks ~ A
San Fransisco Miners ~ A+
Saint Louis Rams ~ A-
Arizona Cardinals ~ B
Atlanta Falcons ~ C+
Carolina Panthers ~ C-
New Orleans Saints ~ A-
Tampa Bay Buccaneers ~ C-