View Full Version : Who are this year's "tough guys"?

04-22-2009, 05:49 PM
Who are the guys who's effort makes them a better player than their talent allows? I'm not talking about late round guys, but guys who will be highly coveted in the first 4-5 rounds because of their grit, motor and football smarts.

04-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Rashad Johnson - Former walk-on.

Roy Miller.

04-22-2009, 05:58 PM
Clay Matthews, Mitch King. The first 2 to come to my mind.

art vandelay
04-22-2009, 06:00 PM
Mitch King is the epitome of this question.

the decider13
04-22-2009, 06:01 PM
Definately Rashad Johnson, guy is a really hard worker to go from walk on to 1st day pick

04-22-2009, 06:02 PM
Scott McKillop

JT Jag
04-22-2009, 06:03 PM
Rashad Johnson. Former walk-on. Had problems keeping bulk on. Pretty fast but not a great pure athlete.

Real, real smart. Natural leader. Fantastic ball skills.

04-22-2009, 06:13 PM
Matthew Stafford
Jason Smith
Brian Cushing
Louis Delmas
Robert Ayers
Rey Maualuga

04-22-2009, 06:16 PM
Matthew Stafford's effort outshines his talent????

art vandelay
04-22-2009, 06:20 PM
Pretty sure those were all sarcastic.

04-22-2009, 06:22 PM
Michael Johnson.

04-22-2009, 06:23 PM
Willie Williams.

04-22-2009, 06:24 PM
Pretty sure those were all sarcastic.

Not at all, maybe i didnt read the question right but the thing that stood out to me about Stafford was his ability to get up off the canvas and get back to the line of scrimmage. He took some real hits this year and showed me a lot of leadership by example. The other guys are just tough guys i wouldnt want to meet in an alley.

04-22-2009, 06:25 PM
Stephen McGee!

04-22-2009, 06:26 PM
Rashad Johnson is the first name that comes to mind...

04-22-2009, 06:28 PM
Alex Mack, C, CAL

04-22-2009, 06:30 PM
Your boy Frantz Joseph

04-22-2009, 06:35 PM
Rashad Johnson
Mark Parson
Brandon Gibson

04-22-2009, 06:36 PM
Michael Johnson.

Yeah she's a tough one.

04-22-2009, 06:37 PM
Clay Matthews and definitely Brian Cushing. Take your pick.

04-22-2009, 06:43 PM
Agree with Mitch King from above.

How about Deon Butler? Former walk on DB who left PSU as the all time leading receiver. That takes a whole lot of effort.

04-22-2009, 06:45 PM
herman johnson

04-22-2009, 07:58 PM
Matthew Stafford's effort outshines his talent????

First off i think you can give great effort and be a tough guy and be good too. Like i said i was impressed with his ability to take hits and not take himself off the field. I know this wasnt quite the intent of the thread but to me these guys i mentioned are tough guys.

A Perfect Score
04-22-2009, 08:02 PM
Jason Phillips from TCU...dude is a ******* warrior

Don Vito
04-22-2009, 08:13 PM
Jason Phillips from TCU...dude is a ******* warrior

Very, very true. He is not going to be an NFL DB but former Ole Miss safety JaMarca Sanford is really tough. He will make an impact on special teams for sure.

Texas Homer
04-22-2009, 08:31 PM
DT Roy Miller Texas.

He was a team leader for Texas last season that was said to threaten to whip anyone on the team that he didn't think was pulling their weight and giving their max. He is a MAX effort player. His father is in the military so Miller has a military background.

04-22-2009, 08:52 PM
Jason Phillips from TCU...dude is a ******* warrior
You're not giving him enough credit. That dude is tough as nails.

A Perfect Score
04-22-2009, 09:00 PM
You're not giving him enough credit. That dude is tough as nails.

He is a ******* warrior who is TOUGHER then nails...

yeah, see what I did there? you said tough as nails, but I said tougher...you get it

04-22-2009, 09:05 PM
see what I did there?
No... ZING!

04-22-2009, 09:15 PM
Jasper Brinkley is a good one...he was playing on that torn acl for a little while after it occured. Extremely hard worker with great work ethic...he's as tough as they come.

04-22-2009, 09:18 PM
Your boy Frantz Joseph

amen to that

A Perfect Score
04-22-2009, 09:21 PM
No... ZING!

pffft read the rest of my post

04-23-2009, 12:09 AM
He is a ******* warrior who is TOUGHER then nails...

yeah, see what I did there?

****** up then/than? Yeah, I see it.

04-23-2009, 02:53 AM
Jason Phillips from TCU...dude is a ******* warrior
Ah yes.... Good one.

04-23-2009, 07:42 AM
Brian Cushing. To me he's blue collar.

04-23-2009, 09:17 AM
Eric Wood - C - Louisville

The epitomy of blue collar.

04-23-2009, 10:45 AM
Rashad Johnson, SS -- He is paramount b/c he's from my alma mater so I've watched him for 2 yrs. become the most feared hitter in the SEC, a Roman Harper clone who preceded him in the position at Bama. Has great ball skills & not a coverage liability who won't surrender the deep middle of the field. Odds-on fave for DRotYr. & great 2nd rd. value as an impact rookie who starts for some lucky team.

Jason Phillips, ILB -- From that same Hornytoad program that gave us one underrated defense after another & the Schobel Bros. too.

Laurence Sidbury, DE -- A Div. II player will have to be one who tries harder for his roster spot on an NFL defense.

Alex Mack, C -- Opened those gaps between OG & C for a series of Cal RBs going back to Marshawn Lynch to get the cutback lanes against the grain that are Tedford's offenses' signature, very smart & called the Golden Bears o-line blocking schemes, could be a rookie starter in the NFL straight from camp.

Race for the Heisman
04-23-2009, 11:17 AM
To throw out some offense guys:

Cedric Peerman - RB - Virginia - According to the combine he's actually one of the more physically gifted running backs this year, but I'd still include him for just how hard he goes every play; maybe Tashard Choice-like.

Brian Robiskie - WR - Ohio State - He's universally considered the safe, low-ceiling receiver of the draft, but there a potential for a boom if he can replicate his college performance and be the guy who "all he does is catch touchdowns."

04-23-2009, 01:20 PM
I think Shonn Greene deserves mention. Never goes down on first contract and runs hard on every snap. The guy was delivering furniture or something before he got to Iowa.

Paul Kruger is also plays like the dickens... excels way beyond his god given talent.