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    SC fans, Just Wondering....Can he play SLB? how good is he in coverage?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Bootland27 View Post
    SC fans, Just Wondering....Can he play SLB? how good is he in coverage?
    He's pretty well a WLB. Of course you could play him at SLB but it would be a huge waste of his talent.
    And proud of it!!!

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    • #3
      Just throwing this out there, when I was going to Lake Mary High school I had the honor of watching Keith Rivers play high school football here in Lake Mary, Florida. The guy was a freaking beast among boys watching his highschool games.

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      • #4
        Put him at SS and be done with it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crow View Post
          Put him at SS and be done with it.
          From the little i have see of him he has great size to play SS as well as the speed for it. How are his coverage abilities, hands, hips and instincts? Just wondering how easy the transition it would be for him if some team did want to do that with him.

          "When it's third and ten, you can take the milk drinkers and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."

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          • #6
            6-4 250 lb safeties now?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Babylon View Post
              6-4 250 lb safeties now?
              Unless he's bulked up ALOT in the last 3 months (and grown an inch), he's closer to 6-3 and 220 lbs.
              http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-...s_keith00.html
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              • #8
                yaa, i was under the assumption that he was playin around 6'2 220ish. If hes 6'4 250 than i definately don't think he should be playin safety.

                "When it's third and ten, you can take the milk drinkers and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."

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                • #9
                  why doesn't he add around 10-20 more pounds and more to MLB? he will be around 6'1 230-240.

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                  • #10
                    I don't think that Rivers is quite fluid enough in coverage to be a strong safety except is very specific schemes. He's definitely not for every position of every scheme, but I like him as a Cover 2 weakside linebacker as much as I liked Ernie Sims.

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                    • #11
                      I was being a wiseass, really.

                      He's definitely a lightweight LB, though. He can probably add 10 pounds of muscle between now and the '08 season without losing anything, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue. Definitely a WILL, though.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paranoidmoonduck View Post
                        I don't think that Rivers is quite fluid enough in coverage to be a strong safety except is very specific schemes. He's definitely not for every position of every scheme, but I like him as a Cover 2 weakside linebacker as much as I liked Ernie Sims.
                        Good point!!!
                        And proud of it!!!

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                        • #13
                          I wouldn't be surprised if Keith Rivers dropped to the top of the 2nd round.


                          He is a little undersized (like many other prospects), and doesn't have blazing speed, dominant pass rush skills, huge production numbers or huge strength at the point of attack which makes him stand out against the other LB prospects. Plus he plays on the stacked USC defense.


                          Pass rushers have alot higher priority on draft day.

                          The depth of the LB class will likely mean many teams will consider adding a LB in later rounds.

                          These are the junior LBs I am expecting to declare:

                          James Laurenaitis, Erin Henderson, Geno Hayes, Marcus Freeman. (I know Melualuga and Cushing have said they are staying in school, but I wouldn't be surprised if they change their mind)

                          I expect the LB breakdown will be something like (including DEs as 3-4 OLBs):

                          Derrick Harvey (3-4 OLB): 5-15
                          James Lauenaitis: 10-20
                          Vernon Gholston (3-4 OLB): 10-25
                          Quentin Groves (3-4 OLB): 15-25
                          Dan Connor: 20-25
                          Ali Highsmith: late 1st
                          Shawn Crable (SLB/3-4 OLB): late 1st

                          Keith Rivers: late 1st/top 2nd
                          Erin Henderson: late 1st/early 2nd

                          Beau Bell: 2nd
                          Geno Hayes: 2nd
                          Philip Wheeler: 2nd
                          Travares Gooden: 2nd
                          Ezra Butler: 2nd/3rd
                          Marcus Freeman: 2nd/3rd
                          Xavier Adibi: 2nd/3rd
                          Last edited by Big_Pete; 12-07-2007, 10:24 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Interesting breakdown there Big Pete.

                            I agree that Rivers may slip. I like him a lot, and I think he's a player, but the nature of the position often leads to solid guys falling. I could definitely see him getting "Demeco'd" to an extent.

                            My current LB (OLB/MLB/edge) breakdown would go more:

                            Vernon Gholston - Top 10
                            James Laurinaitis - Top 15
                            Geno Hayes - Top 25
                            Chris Ellis - Late First/Early 2nd
                            Erin Henderson - Late First/Early 2nd
                            Derrick Harvey - Late First/Early 2nd

                            Keith Rivers - Late First/Early 2nd

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                            • #15
                              Where does Crable fall on your list, toonster?
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