Datone Jones will be a Force at the Next Level, I believe: He commands such a terrifying combination of Launch Velocity Off The Snap, Incredible Drive Power, and such an extraordinarily advanced Repertoire of Pass Rush Moves that he's gonna rack up the Sacks at an high level for several Years!!
He's not a very effective Run Defender, and will be a Liability until he fixes that...but he does have the Core Strength and the Motor to do so, if he can learn to channel his considerable reserves of Energy!!
And in the meantime, I see him making an enormous Impact as a Pass Rusher from Day 1!!
2 ~ HB Eddie Lacy ~ Alabama Crimson Tide @ #61 ~ Strong Pick. Gave'm a 2nd Round Ranking.
Gotta love this guy: Eddie Lacy is a classic PowerBack who leverages his phenomenal Core Strength & Drive Power to bash his way through Defenders on every single Run, barreling DownField relentlessly and hammering Defenses.
What I find flat out astonishing ~ even having watched'm ~ is that Eddie Lacy ~ a true PowerBack, mind you ~ forged an higher YPC Average at Alabama than either Mark Ingram or even Trent Richardson ~ 6.8!!
He's not Quick to the Edge, mind you. Acceleration & Explosiveness is not his Game. But on Stretch Runs, he is exceptionally Savvy at picking the right Hole to cut forward into. And of course he's a Freight Train, up the Middle.
And he's remarkably Agile in Open Field, as well...and startlingly Sinuous in tight quarters.
Between his Beast Mentality, his phenomenal Core Strength, and'is light Mileage, Eddie Lacy has everything you need in a Feature Back. Mind you, I think that deploying a Feature Back is a ridiculously stupid way to go: You'll get much better results if your HalfBacks aren't constantly battered and bruised. It's the most punishing Position in the entire Game, as evidenced by the notoriously short Shelf Lives of HalfBacks ~ especially Feature Backs.
As such, it makes no sense to me to have less than 3 reasonably capable HalfBacks to share the Load.
After all: That's about 400-500 Tackles they need to absorb, each Year.
Nobody's asking any "Wide Receivers" to absorb 400 Tackles a Year, last I checked!!
And most of those are at the hands of 200 Pound CornerBacks, not 300 Pound Gorillas!!
And as it's quite obviously best for the Team to split up the Carries, it stands to reason that most HalfBacks simply don't warrant 1st Round Investments...with some few notable exceptions!!
3 ~ OG Joe Tretter ~ Cornell Big Red @ #122 ~ Outstanding Pick!! Gave'm a 2nd Round Ranking!!
Run Blocking ~ Phenomenal Athleticism, Intelligence, and Motor. Developmental Drive Power.
Pass Blocking ~ Phenomenal Athleticism, Intelligence, and Motor. Developmental Core Strength.
Joe Tretter is a fascinating Prospect. He's a former QuarterBack & BasketBall Star in High School who converted to Tight End at Cornell, and after two years on the Bench, converted again, to Left Tackle...And who is almost certainly going to convert yet again at the next level, to Offensive Guard!! I've even read Center mentioned as an idea, and I think he'd be a good Prospect!! In either case, converting to the Interior is a very good idea, considering his Length.
Tretter is raw, naturally, and he still has work to do on'is Core Strength, as it was only two years ago that he made the move to Offensive Tackle, before which he weighed 250 Pounds!! But the Frame is there to build on, and he's already proven that he'll do whatever it takes to succeed. The Motor on this kid is phenomenal.
What he already brings to the table is outstanding Lateral Agility, a terrific Burst off the Snap, startling Diagnostic Capacity and Processing Speed ~ considering his inexperience ~ and both the Frame to develop not only adequate but exceptional Core Strength and Core Power and a fanatical Work Ethic that assures me he will do precisely that.
Tretter will need to develop, of course, but if he gets the right coaching, I don't think it'll take anywhere near as long for'm to develop into a Starter as most folks seem to think...and I'm betting that he becomes a very good one.
4 ~ HB John Franklin ~ Los Angeles Bruins @ #125 ~ Tremendous Pick!! Gave'm a 2nd Round Ranking!!
John Franklin is a great pleasure to watch, because he combines the capacity to break Big Plays with the Wisdom and the amazing Processing Speed to see ~ in time ~ that a Big Play isn't there to take, but that a Small Play is...and the Grit and Love For the Game to squeeze every last possible Foot out'f it!!
John Franklin is a passionate, enthusiastic Work Horse. He'll consistently Move The Chains for you, he'll do so as a Runner, Receiver, or Blocker, and when there's a chance to blast one, he'll see it before it's there and he'll seize it!!
I also loved the pick of SE Charles Johnson of Grand Valley @ #216 ~ raw but with awesome athletic Talent!!
They managed to amass ~ in my historically unqualified opinion ~ a borderline Top 10 Pick, no less than 3 2nd Round Prospects, and netted 3 additional Picks, all while starting off near the very bottom of each Round.
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-