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Joeyjr09
03-19-2008, 11:19 AM
"There is currently talk that Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston could potentially go 1st Overall to the Dolphins. Gholston had a great private workout with the Dolphins and is a Bill Parcells type of guy. Remember, when Parcells coached the Giants, he had Lawrence Taylor. He reportedly thinks that his next LT could possibly be Gholston. They still really like Chris Long, however. Overall, Gholston has really raised his stock in the last month and is looking like could be off the board within the first two picks, as St. Louis is also very high on him."

I can't post the link since it came from another draft site and that could potentially get me banned. However it's a pretty interesting read so PM me if you want the article.

I would love for us to land Gholston. At this point, I think he has a good lead on being my favorite choice for our number 1 pick.

thebow305
03-19-2008, 12:51 PM
I said he would be our pick a while back, and most people called it way too much of a reach. But look where we are now. I have cooled off on the stance since, because of all the Chris Long hype and connections that seem to be there for him, working in his favor. But I could start climbing back onto the VG 2 Miami bandagon as it gets closer to the draft.

I hate all the Jake Long and Matt Ryan talk as well, forget about them... neither one will be our pick and I just wish people will start realizing that! It will be either Chris Long or Vernon Gholston, period!

Joey, if you could pm me that link please, that would be great, i'd love to check it out!

BigBlueCrew56
03-19-2008, 02:42 PM
I still like Jake Long to be the pick. Just as much as you like Gholston to be the pick. You have your argument I have mine. The caption you posted was from a Blog at draft headquarters. While listenting to 790 the ticket today it was confirmed that the Dolphins brass (Meaning everyone) have scheduled private meetings per there agents with Chris Long,Matt Ryan, and Jake Long. Now Paul Pasqualoni did have a private dinner meeting with Gholston but from what I hear he was the only one present at that meeting. If the Phins are interested in drafting him shouldnt Ireland,Sparano, and Parcells have been present at this dinner meeting. And why wouldnt they bring him in again for another private workout in front of the full brass much like the two Long's and Ryan. Gholston has even been quoted as saying he might be a better fit with his hand down in a 4-3. The knock on him is stiff hips and might not be a viable coverage guy in the 3-4. His measurables look like a 3-4 OLB but his play correlates more into a 4-3. I know he prefer's the 4-3 but I have also seen where he has stated that if he had to make the move to a 3-4 then he would do it. I actually think he would be a great fit for the Rams at #2 who run a version of a 4-3 hybrid defense.


March 7: Ohio State

Vernon Gholston comes off a strong Combine showing and will be a headliner for the Buckeyes’ workout in Columbus.

Gholston’s play in 2007 didn’t warrant mention as an elite prospect, but he stunned observers at the Indianapolis workouts and got a major boost in his draft stock.

Most teams using 4-3 defensive schemes see Gholston as an end; 3-4 teams see him as a rush linebacker. Gholston prefers to play end but must prove his athleticism and intelligence during linebacker workouts. This will be a crucial day for his draft stock, especially if he wants to stay high on 3-4 teams’ draft boards.

"I love playing defensive end. I love getting after the quarterback and affecting the game that way."

"I know how big the defensive line is (to teams in the NFL)," Gholston said. "If you got a front four that can control the game you're destined for championships. That was proven (in the Super Bowl). The way (the Giants) were able to take advantage of their speed and get to the quarterback (proved it)."


This is from an article posted today from realfootball365

"Facts and Myths about the Miami Dolphins"

5. Miami has scheduled private meetings with all of the top candidates in the draft. MYTH. To date, Miami has scheduled private meetings with Ryan, Chris Long and Jake Long. According to their agents, no such meetings have been scheduled with McFadden, Vernon Gholston, Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis.

Quagmire
03-19-2008, 04:07 PM
"There is currently talk that Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston could potentially go 1st Overall to the Dolphins. Gholston had a great private workout with the Dolphins and is a Bill Parcells type of guy. Remember, when Parcells coached the Giants, he had Lawrence Taylor. He reportedly thinks that his next LT could possibly be Gholston. They still really like Chris Long, however. Overall, Gholston has really raised his stock in the last month and is looking like could be off the board within the first two picks, as St. Louis is also very high on him."

I can't post the link since it came from another draft site and that could potentially get me banned. However it's a pretty interesting read so PM me if you want the article.

I would love for us to land Gholston. At this point, I think he has a good lead on being my favorite choice for our number 1 pick.

Joe,

At this point, a lot of misinformation is out there. I would hope that they consider him because he is the guy who I think can make the biggest impact for them. Tuna and crew have closed lips so right now I do not believe anything...

I have felt for a while that Gholston would move up the board post-combine and it appears that is the case. I just wish there was a way to move down a little bit and still get him. You never know. 38 days til we find out....

Quagmire
03-19-2008, 04:10 PM
I still like Jake Long to be the pick. Just as much as you like Gholston to be the pick. You have your argument I have mine. The caption you posted was from a Blog at draft headquarters. While listenting to 790 the ticket today it was confirmed that the Dolphins brass (Meaning everyone) have scheduled private meetings per there agents with Chris Long,Matt Ryan, and Jake Long. Now Paul Pasqualoni did have a private dinner meeting with Gholston but from what I hear he was the only one present at that meeting. If the Phins are interested in drafting him shouldnt Ireland,Sparano, and Parcells have been present at this dinner meeting. And why wouldnt they bring him in again for another private workout in front of the full brass much like the two Long's and Ryan. Gholston has even been quoted as saying he might be a better fit with his hand down in a 4-3. The knock on him is stiff hips and might not be a viable coverage guy in the 3-4. His measurables look like a 3-4 OLB but his play correlates more into a 4-3. I know he prefer's the 4-3 but I have also seen where he has stated that if he had to make the move to a 3-4 then he would do it. I actually think he would be a great fit for the Rams at #2 who run a version of a 4-3 hybrid defense.


March 7: Ohio State

Vernon Gholston comes off a strong Combine showing and will be a headliner for the Buckeyes’ workout in Columbus.

Gholston’s play in 2007 didn’t warrant mention as an elite prospect, but he stunned observers at the Indianapolis workouts and got a major boost in his draft stock.

Most teams using 4-3 defensive schemes see Gholston as an end; 3-4 teams see him as a rush linebacker. Gholston prefers to play end but must prove his athleticism and intelligence during linebacker workouts. This will be a crucial day for his draft stock, especially if he wants to stay high on 3-4 teams’ draft boards.

"I love playing defensive end. I love getting after the quarterback and affecting the game that way."

"I know how big the defensive line is (to teams in the NFL)," Gholston said. "If you got a front four that can control the game you're destined for championships. That was proven (in the Super Bowl). The way (the Giants) were able to take advantage of their speed and get to the quarterback (proved it)."


This is from an article posted today from realfootball365

"Facts and Myths about the Miami Dolphins"

5. Miami has scheduled private meetings with all of the top candidates in the draft. MYTH. To date, Miami has scheduled private meetings with Ryan, Chris Long and Jake Long. According to their agents, no such meetings have been scheduled with McFadden, Vernon Gholston, Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis.

Blue,

Right now I think they are playing games with trying to get a buzz going for the pick. Better to show interest in some guys, even if they have no intention of making that pick to try and drum up trade value.

My preference is for Gholston, but unlike some others on the BB, I am not drastically opposed to Jake Long. I would still prefer Gholston, but for me, the 2 Longs are a virtual tie at this point. By draft day, I might even lean towards Jake.... Hell, maybe I lean towards McFadden!!!

Joeyjr09
03-19-2008, 04:14 PM
I'm not drasitically opposed to Jake Long at all. I just don't feel he is as good a pick as Gholston or Chris Long at this point. Jake is number 3 on my board behind Vernon and Chris.

I don't think there is a way to trade down and get Gholston, I think whoever gets him will need to stay at number 1 to nab him because I think St. Louis is taking him at number 2 no questions asked.

Quagmire
03-19-2008, 05:23 PM
I'm not drasitically opposed to Jake Long at all. I just don't feel he is as good a pick as Gholston or Chris Long at this point. Jake is number 3 on my board behind Vernon and Chris.

I don't think there is a way to trade down and get Gholston, I think whoever gets him will need to stay at number 1 to nab him because I think St. Louis is taking him at number 2 no questions asked.

Joe,

No offense meant by what I said.. Just pointed out that you and some others are more opposed to J. Long than most. We all want the same thing which is success for this team..... I totally agree about Gholston, not totally sure about C Long for me.....

thebow305
03-19-2008, 06:25 PM
Joe,

No offense meant by what I said.. Just pointed out that you and some others are more opposed to J. Long than most. We all want the same thing which is success for this team..... I totally agree about Gholston, not totally sure about C Long for me.....

I'm not totally opposed to Jake Long as a possible pick. Just not at number 1. IMO, he just is not worth that at all and I would much rather have Gholston or Chris Long, who are far less likely to be busts I feel.

If the situation arose that we traded with Atlanta to #3, and they happened to take Gholston by surprise, then St. Louis took Chris, I wouldn't mind taking Jake at all.

For the record, this is how my list goes as for my order of who I like with the #1 pick:

1) Vernon Gholston
2) Chris Long
3) Jake Long
4) Sedrick Ellis
5) Darren McFadden

BigBlueCrew56
03-19-2008, 06:43 PM
I am not apposed to Gholston either and I am not going to differ with anyone's opinion on him because you may be spot on with him. I like Jake Long not because I am an overall huge fan of him but that he fits such a glaring hole on this team. As the #2 rated player on most expert and scout player rankings and our desperate need for an offensive lineman I see him making the most sense at this time. With only one viable starter in Carey we are going to need to draft more then one lineman. I dont see us having the luxary in waiting until the second round and hope that Baker,Collins, or Nicks are the answer. Just my opinion though of course.

Jake Long would give us a solid young offensive line and a leader in the trenches to bookend with Carey. I would be down on him if the scouts gave me a reason to be down on him but I have heard nothing but rave reviews about him. If it's justifiable by many for the Rams to take him at #2 then is it really a stretch to predict him going one more slot ahead???? I love the potential of both Chris Long and Vernon Gholston but I think at this time we really need to focus on protecting our QB's with the best offensive lineman we can get our hands on.

We cant afford to grab a project in the second round and hope he pans out. We need a sure thing to plug in from day one. We all are assuming that Taylor is going to be dealt but he is still currently on the roster, so if that is the case then Porter plays on the other side. We also have some youth projects already on the roster to back them up. It really isnt necessarliy a position of need as is getting more ILB for the 3-4then OLB. I could live with Porter and Taylor for another year and draft one next year.

We could even trade Taylor at the deadline if a player like Quentin Moses surprises behind Taylor. Looking over many rosters and it will be hard for anyone to find a 3-4 OLB that has been taken really high. Most sucessfull 3-4 OLB's in the NFL have been taken in the later rounds because they are labeled tweeners. They play DE in college but are too small to handle it in the pros but makes them very valuable on the outside. Look at how succesfull teams like the Steelers and Patriots have been without drafting a 3-4 OLB in the upper rounds. Okay I am done ranting hope you guys atleast enjoy the blog fodder wether good or bad.

Joeyjr09
03-19-2008, 08:00 PM
BBC, I don't think many on here differ on how we view Chris, Jake or Vernon as players. I'm sure we would everyone here would love to have any of them.

Where we differ is on what direction the team should take. You want Jake because he fills the biggest need. I want Vernon or Chris because I think they are the best player. I would mind having Jake but I don't think he's the best player in the draft. I think Vernon and Chris are the 2 best. When picking number 1 give me the best overall talent. We need as much of it as we can get. And it's not like we don't need help at every position on the field.

Not to mention there are solid OTs later in the draft but outside of Gholston and C Long all you have is Groves and Avril and that's about it.

Joeyjr09
03-19-2008, 08:04 PM
Looking over many rosters and it will be hard for anyone to find a 3-4 OLB that has been taken really high.

The 3 best, Merriman, Ware and Kameron Wimbley were all top 15 picks. The really good 3-4 OLB do get taken at fairly high slots because they have such a unique skill set that it is hard to find. You can get a bunch of average ones in the late rounds but to find a real stud 3-4 OLB you have to draft one high because the good players at that position are a premium and get taken early.

BigBlueCrew56
03-19-2008, 09:39 PM
The 3 best, Merriman, Ware and Kameron Wimbley were all top 15 picks. The really good 3-4 OLB do get taken at fairly high slots because they have such a unique skill set that it is hard to find. You can get a bunch of average ones in the late rounds but to find a real stud 3-4 OLB you have to draft one high because the good players at that position are a premium and get taken early.

I was going more towards top 5 but those guys that you mentioned are bad assesss.

BigBlueCrew56
03-19-2008, 09:48 PM
Hey Joey I am also starting to waver on the idea of taking a QB high with that second round pick. With everything that I am hearing about Beck I think we really need to give him a shot. Have McCown and him battle it out. Maybe take a late round flyer at QB like Erick Ainge to be a 3rd stringer.

OT Jake Long
OG Branden Alberts
ILB Curtis Lofton
TE John Carlson

This is looking like what I want with our top 4 picks barring no trades. Reminds me of the 1990 draft we when took Webb and Sims.

LT Jake Long LG Branden Alberts C Samson Satele RG Justin Smiley RT Vernon Carey

That line would be sooooo sick!

JT Jag
03-19-2008, 10:01 PM
Personally, I hope it happens.

I've expressed my view previously that I want Gholston to go to Miami and Long to go to the Rams.

I think both players would have the most success in those respective systems (a hybrid 3-4 in Miami and a traditional 4-3 in St. Louis).

Joeyjr09
03-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Hey Joey I am also starting to waver on the idea of taking a QB high with that second round pick. With everything that I am hearing about Beck I think we really need to give him a shot. Have McCown and him battle it out. Maybe take a late round flyer at QB like Erick Ainge to be a 3rd stringer.

OT Jake Long
OG Branden Alberts
ILB Curtis Lofton
TE John Carlson

This is looking like what I want with our top 4 picks barring no trades. Reminds me of the 1990 draft we when took Webb and Sims.

LT Jake Long LG Branden Alberts C Samson Satele RG Justin Smiley RT Vernon Carey

That line would be sooooo sick!


I've love to get 2 OL out of our top 4 picks. But with that said, I don't think there's any way we leave round 2 without a QB. Beck will be given a shot but it's been reported a bunch of times that McCown isn't given a shot to start. He is strictly a backup. Supposed we are looking at both Henne and Flacco in round 2. That's what I'm hearing.

Anyway, I agree I'd rather wait to see which QB falls to our low round 2 pick as I think it's safe to say Henne will likely be around then and there's still a chance Flacco falls althought that's doubtful. Henne is definately 3rd on my list of QBs in the draft behind Flacco and Brohm. I'm not a Matt Ryan fan at all. I think he's the 4th QB in the draft.

Anyways I'd be thrilled if we went like this:

1-Vernon Gholston, OLB
2a- Sam Baker, LT (really think he could be a Marcus McNeill but I'm not sure Tuna like him)
2b- Chad Henne, QB
3- Eric Young, LG

Leaving our OL:
LT- Sam Baker
LG- Eric Young
C- Samson Satele
RG- Justin Smiley
RT- Vernon Carey

Very solid young OL for us and we still get what is IMO the drafts best player and our defense rock for the next 15 years. Plus a QB to battle it out with Beck. Between Beck and Henne, one is bound to work out and settle the position for a bunch of years.

Then in round 4 we can look at CB. And with our last 4 picks I'd go with another 2 more OTs, a NT, and a developmental WR.

Problem with your picks are that Branden Albert is a lock 1st rounder and will never drop to number 32 overall. And Curtis Lofton is 6 foot even. I'll check the records but in his entire career in the NFL, Parcells has never ever drafted a LB that short. He'll be looking at Erin Henderson, Jonathan Goff and maybe a Tavares Gooden if the other guys are gone.

thebow305
03-20-2008, 02:06 AM
I've love to get 2 OL out of our top 4 picks. But with that said, I don't think there's any way we leave round 2 without a QB. Beck will be given a shot but it's been reported a bunch of times that McCown isn't given a shot to start. He is strictly a backup. Supposed we are looking at both Henne and Flacco in round 2. That's what I'm hearing.

Anyway, I agree I'd rather wait to see which QB falls to our low round 2 pick as I think it's safe to say Henne will likely be around then and there's still a chance Flacco falls althought that's doubtful. Henne is definately 3rd on my list of QBs in the draft behind Flacco and Brohm. I'm not a Matt Ryan fan at all. I think he's the 4th QB in the draft.

Anyways I'd be thrilled if we went like this:

1-Vernon Gholston, OLB
2a- Sam Baker, LT (really think he could be a Marcus McNeill but I'm not sure Tuna like him)
2b- Chad Henne, QB
3- Eric Young, LG

Leaving our OL:
LT- Sam Baker
LG- Eric Young
C- Samson Satele
RG- Justin Smiley
RT- Vernon Carey

Very solid young OL for us and we still get what is IMO the drafts best player and our defense rock for the next 15 years. Plus a QB to battle it out with Beck. Between Beck and Henne, one is bound to work out and settle the position for a bunch of years.

Then in round 4 we can look at CB. And with our last 4 picks I'd go with another 2 more OTs, a NT, and a developmental WR.

Problem with your picks are that Branden Albert is a lock 1st rounder and will never drop to number 32 overall. And Curtis Lofton is 6 foot even. I'll check the records but in his entire career in the NFL, Parcells has never ever drafted a LB that short. He'll be looking at Erin Henderson, Jonathan Goff and maybe a Tavares Gooden if the other guys are gone.

I agree about Lofton and Albert, but Sam Baker? Not a knock at all on the player because I like him a lot. But if we were to draft him, it would almost certainly be to play at LG for us, not LT. He will be a guard in the NFL, unless he was to go to a zone-blocking scheme like Denver or Houston. He is not big enough, strong enough or stout enough at the point of attack, nor does he possess the nasty demeanor it takes to be a successful OT in the pros, let alone a LT. And everything I have read about him leading up to this point, as well as what I have watched of him, leads me to that point. And let's not forget, even though you are comparing him to McNeill (I think the comparison you are making is that he could be a steal for us like McNeill was as a pro Bowler in the 2nd round), MM was a HUGE OT with just as much experience as Baker, playing against better competition in the SEC, and all the measurables and tools that he needed to be a success in the pros (6'9", 340 lbs, and vines for arms) but he just had concerns about his back and the abilityto stay healthy. Baker is a mere 6'5" 305 lbs, that would certainly be a OG for us, but he would probably make a very good one for a long time for us. That's where your steal argument comes in better if you plug him inside, not outside. Those are my thoughts on that.

Also, I do agree with you on waiting for a QB. I do not want to take one at 33, that is way too early, and we know way too little about Beck to be giving up on him that soon. We MUST wait at least until the 57th (or 58th, not sure) to take one if we do. I'm actually with BBC on the QB thing from the standpoint that I would rather give Beck his shot this year, let McCown be the primary backup, and draft a later round guy. If we could get someone like Erik Ainge in the 4th, it would be perfect, although i really don't want to take a QB at all if I had my choice, but they most likely will anyway.

This is how I would like our draft to go at this point:

1) Vernon Gholston, OLB
2a) Devin Thomas (If he's there)
2b) Chilo Rachal, OG, or Sam Baker, OG (whomever is available)
3) Justin King, CB
4) King Dunlap, OT (now, I think he could be the next McNeill with the right coaching, which we have, he's less of a finished product though for sure)
6) Kellen Davis, TE (hopefully he's here)
7) Jason Shirley, NT

And this way, our future Oline would look like this:

LT: King Dunlap
LG: Chilo Rachal/Sam Baker
C: Samson Satele
RG: Justin Smiley
RT: Vernon Carey

That would be a dream scenario for me this year. Then next year, to fill the ILB void, we could draft either Brian Cushing or Rey Maualuga!

BigBlueCrew56
03-20-2008, 07:02 AM
I am keeping my fingers crossed that some how some way that Alberts falls to us with that top pick in the second. I know he has been rumored to the Steelers but what if the Steelers take Gosder Cherilus instead. It will be rather interesting. Atleast we all agree not to take a QB with the top pick in the second round. I say we hold teams ransom with that pick and trade to whom ever wants Flacco or Brohm. (Bears,Falcons, and Ravens might all be burning the phone lines)

BigBlueCrew56
03-20-2008, 07:13 AM
I can tell you guys that at this point I am favoring Gholston over Chris Long. I just see more Patrick Kerney in Chris Long then I do Kevin Greene. In Gholston I defintely see where the LT comparisons could come into play. I know it sounds crazy guys but I think the best fit at the 3-4 OLB in this draft when it is all said and done is Quentin Groves.

Joeyjr09
03-20-2008, 07:39 AM
I am keeping my fingers crossed that some how some way that Alberts falls to us with that top pick in the second. I know he has been rumored to the Steelers but what if the Steelers take Gosder Cherilus instead. It will be rather interesting. Atleast we all agree not to take a QB with the top pick in the second round. I say we hold teams ransom with that pick and trade to whom ever wants Flacco or Brohm. (Bears,Falcons, and Ravens might all be burning the phone lines)

Albert could go at number 19 to Philly, 21 to Washington, 23 to Pittsburgh, 25 to Seattle, 26 to Jacksonville, 27 to San Diego, 29 to San Francisco, or 31st to New York. Not to mention Minnesota or Houston could reach for him at 17 and 18.

Those are all teams that will be looking for a player such as Branden Albert. He is a lock 1st rounder. That chances he falls to our pick are closer to none then they are to slim.

thebow305
03-20-2008, 10:55 AM
Albert could go at number 19 to Philly, 21 to Washington, 23 to Pittsburgh, 25 to Seattle, 26 to Jacksonville, 27 to San Diego, 29 to San Francisco, or 31st to New York. Not to mention Minnesota or Houston could reach for him at 17 and 18.

Those are all teams that will be looking for a player such as Branden Albert. He is a lock 1st rounder. That chances he falls to our pick are closer to none then they are to slim.

I agree... Almost no way he falls out of the first. :(

thebow305
03-20-2008, 10:56 AM
I can tell you guys that at this point I am favoring Gholston over Chris Long. I just see more Patrick Kerney in Chris Long then I do Kevin Greene. In Gholston I defintely see where the LT comparisons could come into play. I know it sounds crazy guys but I think the best fit at the 3-4 OLB in this draft when it is all said and done is Quentin Groves.

And that's who I want if we do end up with Jake Long in the first, hopefully Groves will be there at the top of the 2nd. Much rather have Chris Long or Gholston at the top of the 1st though.

Quagmire
03-20-2008, 11:47 AM
I can tell you guys that at this point I am favoring Gholston over Chris Long. I just see more Patrick Kerney in Chris Long then I do Kevin Greene. In Gholston I defintely see where the LT comparisons could come into play. I know it sounds crazy guys but I think the best fit at the 3-4 OLB in this draft when it is all said and done is Quentin Groves.

Blue,

I am in the Gholston over C Long camp. For me, Long scares me as a lack of upside guy as compared to VG or J Long. You know I have been touting Groves all along as a guy who I think will be an impressive 3-4 OLB. Don't see him lasting to rd 2. I really think top 20 for Groves and I would not be shocked if he went fairly high in this draft.....

thebow305
03-20-2008, 02:53 PM
Blue,

I am in the Gholston over C Long camp. For me, Long scares me as a lack of upside guy as compared to VG or J Long. You know I have been touting Groves all along as a guy who I think will be an impressive 3-4 OLB. Don't see him lasting to rd 2. I really think top 20 for Groves and I would not be shocked if he went fairly high in this draft.....

It would absolutely shock me to see Groves go in the top 20 of the draft. Not saying it won't happen, but I really doubt it. Late 1st, early 2nd is where I have him projected, as well as many others. I could possibly see the Niners taking him at 29, but other than that, he should be there for us at 33 if we need him, IMO.

Finsfan79
03-20-2008, 10:27 PM
Hey Joey I am also starting to waver on the idea of taking a QB high with that second round pick. With everything that I am hearing about Beck I think we really need to give him a shot. Have McCown and him battle it out. Maybe take a late round flyer at QB like Erick Ainge to be a 3rd stringer.

OT Jake Long
OG Branden Alberts
ILB Curtis Lofton
TE John Carlson

This is looking like what I want with our top 4 picks barring no trades. Reminds me of the 1990 draft we when took Webb and Sims.

LT Jake Long LG Branden Alberts C Samson Satele RG Justin Smiley RT Vernon Carey

That line would be sooooo sick!


I would love that draft if that was our first 4 picks. Specially if Phillips doesnt drop to us in the 2nd. I am a fan of alberts.


I want a dominating offensive line that will scare folks to play against us because will beat them into submission. We havent had that in a long time. We need a bob kuechenberg type of player (whom btw was there for all of our superbowls).

This game is won in the trenches defensive or offensive. Since Webb we have not had a star offensive lineman upon this team and since Dwight we havent had a HoF type lineman.

We have a ton of money invested into a back that has been running behind a broken patchworked online for the past few years. Because of that he has been getting beaten up himself. Now it is time to build a line to protect him, protect a QB (whom I think we will get in the top 5 next year, hopefully not a certain gator) and build a crushing ball control offense with the ability to explode as well when needed.


Now I understand the like for Chris long but still personally feel he is far too hyped and people are drawing too many lines for him to be the pick. I feel we are adding to what is still for a few more years a position of strength and can be addressed easier in what is a pretty deep draft there just like OT. Now if I can have a 3-4 DE or a LT for the next decade even if both are pro bowlers, I will take the Left tackle.

That all said I would not mind gholston and even though I think he is getting hyped alot because of ware (whom was ab etter prospect and went lower) and they are looking and reaching or something to fit in this draft, he is a heck of a ball player and will be interesting to watch if he goes to the right situation.


I understand the Ryan talk too but personally I do not feel he is the right guy for the right time. If we dont draft a QB at all or till the 6-7 I will not mind it at all for this year. Even though Ryan I think is a nice prospect and could be a pretty good QB in the NFL

BigBlueCrew56
03-21-2008, 07:10 AM
With an offensive line like that we could play ball control all game and keep the defense off the field. Pound the rock and all we would need for our QB to be is a game manager.

Quagmire
03-21-2008, 11:18 AM
I would love that draft if that was our first 4 picks. Specially if Phillips doesnt drop to us in the 2nd. I am a fan of alberts.


I want a dominating offensive line that will scare folks to play against us because will beat them into submission. We havent had that in a long time. We need a bob kuechenberg type of player (whom btw was there for all of our superbowls).

This game is won in the trenches defensive or offensive. Since Webb we have not had a star offensive lineman upon this team and since Dwight we havent had a HoF type lineman.

We have a ton of money invested into a back that has been running behind a broken patchworked online for the past few years. Because of that he has been getting beaten up himself. Now it is time to build a line to protect him, protect a QB (whom I think we will get in the top 5 next year, hopefully not a certain gator) and build a crushing ball control offense with the ability to explode as well when needed.


Now I understand the like for Chris long but still personally feel he is far too hyped and people are drawing too many lines for him to be the pick. I feel we are adding to what is still for a few more years a position of strength and can be addressed easier in what is a pretty deep draft there just like OT. Now if I can have a 3-4 DE or a LT for the next decade even if both are pro bowlers, I will take the Left tackle.

That all said I would not mind gholston and even though I think he is getting hyped alot because of ware (whom was ab etter prospect and went lower) and they are looking and reaching or something to fit in this draft, he is a heck of a ball player and will be interesting to watch if he goes to the right situation.


I understand the Ryan talk too but personally I do not feel he is the right guy for the right time. If we dont draft a QB at all or till the 6-7 I will not mind it at all for this year. Even though Ryan I think is a nice prospect and could be a pretty good QB in the NFL

Finfan,

You make a good point about the OL. To me, this is about getting the best player. The team is full of holes....OT definitely fills perhaps a greater need than OLB right now, but I think it is about taking the best player. That might be J. Long. Although I happen to think it is Gholston. While Long is a very good prospect, I don't think he is a can't miss guy (Boselli, Ogden, Pace) who cannot be passed over. I will be happy with either guy, but I am rooting for Gholston, who I think can be a dominant OLB. I would take Jake over Chris as far as the Longs go..........

Finsfan79
03-21-2008, 12:01 PM
I can understand if someone feels that Gholston is better as long as folks want the player they feel will make the biggest impact in the long run I am happy for it as well.

BigBlueCrew56
03-21-2008, 12:11 PM
Agreed I cant complain with either Gholston or Jake. Both players will make a huge impact in making my sunday's sitting in the 100 degree heat better.

Finsfan79
03-21-2008, 12:26 PM
Something to consider

Which of these players would of gone in the top 10 last year for the draft?

mcfadden would of went behind peterson, Ryan wouldnt of been top 10 he would of went second round I bet or end of 1st at least, chris long would of most likely been around 8 where Jamaal Anderson went imo (gaines adams was a better prospect), Jake long really is the only one I think would be up there he would of been in the debate with Thomas but he definitely would of been before Levi Brown at number 6.


But I guess it is all opinion which is what makes the draft fun :)

Joeyjr09
03-21-2008, 05:56 PM
I think the only players you can safely assume would have gone in the top 10 last year are Chris Long, Jake Long and Vernon Gholston.

Matt Ryan would've been a 2nd rounder behind Brady Quinn and ahead of Kolb IMO.

Darren McFadden would have gone at number 12 overall to the Bills instead of Lynch IMO.

Jake Long would have gone at number 5 to Arizona Cardinals instead of Levi Brown.

Chris Long is just a notch below Gaines Adams and would have been right around the 8 range that Anderson got drafted at.

Gholston IMO would have graded out neck and neck with Gaines Adams for the drafts best DE/OLB but his workout would have put him over the top so I think Gholston would have gone in the 4 range.