Pass Rush ~ Extraordinary. Awesome Launch Velocity, Burst, & Paw Power. Needs some Moves, though.
Run Defense ~ Adept. Outstanding Core Strength, Vision, Instincts, & Discipline. Dubious Agility & Range.
Pass Defense ~ Not Applicable. He'll stay at Defensive End.
Intangibles ~ Phenomenal Command of the Game & amazing Processing Speed. Questions about'is Motor.
Bjoern Werner is such a brilliant Tactician that I can't help but wonder if what seems like an inconsistent Motor to most of us is simply a reflection of'm being a cool calculator who rapidly calculates the Speeds & Angles of himself, his TeamMates, and the BallCarrier, and deduces that his chances of Impacting the Play have become marginal, and that he would therefore serve the Team best by conserving'is Energy for the next Play.
I'm not saying he should take that approach...but my Gut is telling me that this amazingly cerebral Prospect ~ one who takes a Disciplined, Focused Approach to the Game ~ is not even remotely unmotivated, despite appearances.
In any case, there's no Question in my mind that his Pass Rushing skills in College will translate to the Next Level. He'll need to develop his Moves, but I have complete and utter Confidence that he will rapidly assimilate what his Coaches tell'm, and quickly become one'f the most dangerous Pass Rushers in the entire Game.
And his Run Defense, unlike that of the vast majority of Pass Rushers of his extraordinary Ilk, is Strong, Quick to the Ball despite pedestrian Athleticism, and incredibly Reliable & Disciplined.
In a word: Awesome.
I must admit some amusement at watching this early Favorite tumble down the Rankings, of late, as Pundits flail about, trying to explain and justify it!! As always, it's the same: Exposure Fatigue. No more than that.
2 ~ OG Hugh Thornton ~ Illinois Fighting Illini @ #86 ~ Awesome Pick!! Gave'm a 1st/2nd Round Ranking!!
Run Blocking ~ Raw but flashes Greatness. Outstanding Fluidity, Lateral Agility, & Range. Exceptional Drive Power.
Pass Blocking ~ A relentless, mauling Scrapper. Strong Mechanics. Excellent Core Strength. Awesome Athleticism.
I'm really intrigued by Hugh Thornton as an Offensive Guard Convertible.
He got messed up by Datone Jones at the Senior Bowl ~ who didn't?? ~ but in my opinion this was as a result of him being aligned at his most recent Position ~ Offensive Tackle ~ which I don't believe to be his best Position.
When he was actually playing FootBall, this Year, he displayed an absolutely outstanding fusion of Core Power, Core Strength, Fluidity, and phenomenal Lateral Agility. In short, he looked like a very complete Offensive Guard!!
Thornton's Lateral Agility is so remarkable that, combined with'is other commendable Traits, he could probably make a very serviceable Offensive Tackle at the next level...But with'is length, I side with the majority and suggest that he should move inside, where I believe he will develop into an outstanding Offensive Guard.
3 ~ XB Kerwynn Williams ~ Utah State Aggies @ #230 ~ Phenomenal Pick!! Gave'm a 2nd Round Grade!!
Kerwynn Williams is a bit too much Hit or Miss: He'll gamble and Try To Take It To The Corner Too Often, when he approaches congested Traffic, when what he should be doing is Taking What He Can Get.
Even so, he's got Potential as a Runner: Mediocre Core Strength, but outstanding Agility and tremendous Speed.
What makes'm special, though, is his phenomenal Potential as a Receiver at The Next Level.
Among HalfBacks ~ and Williams is most decidedly a FlexBack ~ he has absolutely no equal in this Draft Class.
Truly, Kerwynn Williams has the Potential to become one of the very deadliest Weapons in the League.
4 ~ TE Justice Cunningham ~ South Carolina GameCocks @ #254 ~ Awesome Pick!! 2nd Round Grade!!
This is why I love The Draft.
Justice Cunningham has a total of 50 Catches in 4 Years with the Cocks, and a total of 1 TouchDown.
Ergo, he's 18,000 miles Under The Radar, based entirely on not being employed as a Receiver by Coach Spurrier.
Justice Cunningham is an outstanding Blocker ~ I would say the 2nd most adept Blocking Tight End in the Draft, behind Travis Kelce. And even though he's got lousy "40" Time ~ as if I give a rat's ass ~ the fact is that when they actually throw it to'm, he Releases reliably, Routes surprisingly well, can get open quite consistently, and is an adept and actually somewhat athletic Receiver who can break a Tackle or three.
In other words: whether he's blocking or receiving, he'll kick ass, and he'll Move The Chains.
That, need I repeat it, is what Championships are ultimately made of.
They came into this with late Picks in all Rounds, and no 2nd Rounder at all...and walked away with no less than FOUR Top 64 Picks, by my Rankings!! I am intensely impressed by the Work they've done, the last two Years!!