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  • #31
    glad to hear that they're bringing in mason foster for a visit. i love his versatility, and i think he could even be a good fit at mike for us. on the other hand, i really hope that we don't take marvin austin. he reminds me of nick fairley, except without a ridiculous season to his credit.
    Now the only ones I take are the ones that I wear
    Ain't takin no shorts no more

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    • #32
      Originally posted by njx9
      i don't think we need a TE from this draft, but if we take one, i think it'll be in that 6th round area, as that's where fox has usually gotten his guys. yes, i know he's not the gm here.
      It would seem this may not be far from the truth. The team worked out one of my Hokies, Andre Smith, who's a very good blocker but isn't going to put up big numbers as a receiver.

      I wouldn't be at all surprised to see us work out Lee Smith from Marshall as well... another guy with decent hands who really shines as a run blocker.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by njx9
        you're a VT guy? no kidding... i love that campus
        Yeah, despite being a mountain boy now, most of my extended family are in ACC territory and we've had representatives at pretty much all the schools (I think Miami and NC State are the exceptions). My cousin studied at VT while in the army and I enjoyed visiting Blacksburg.

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        • #34
          Both Dareus' and Peterson's status upgraded to "Team Visit":

          http://twitter.com/johnelway/status/57526359236427776

          We'll have 13 more draft prospects visiting us over the next 10 days, including DL Marcell Dareus and CB Patrick Peterson.
          So that puts our team visits at:

          * QB - Colin Kaepernick - Nevada (team visit)
          * QB - Cam Newton - Auburn (team visit)
          * RB - Daniel Thomas - Kansas State (team visit)
          * WR - Edmond Gates - Abilene Christian (team visit)
          * DT - Nick Fairley - Auburn (team visit)
          * DT - Marcell Dareus - Alabama (team visit)
          * DT - Marvin Austin - North Carolina (team visit)
          * DE - Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson (team visit)
          * LB - Von Miller - Texas A&M (team visit)
          * LB - Casey Matthews - Oregon (team visit)
          * LB - Akeem Ayers - UCLA (team visit)
          * LB - Mason Foster - Washington (team visit)
          * CB - Patrick Peterson - LSU (team visit)
          * FS - Jaiqwan Jarrett - Temple (team visit)

          That's a pretty lopsided distribution... I don't think anyone needs to be worried about us not drafting defense early and often.

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          • #35
            Where are all the TEs? Where is Kyle Rudolph????

            WELCOME REALITY

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            • #36
              Originally posted by jCut View Post
              Where are all the TEs? Where is Kyle Rudolph????
              Forget about Rudolph. Look for someone late who is a solid blocker with decent hands.

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              • #37
                Apparently Kenrick Ellis visited yesterday. First page updated with Ellis and a few other workouts.

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                • #38
                  John Fox never seemed to put a premium on Pass catching TEs. I think Lee Smith might be on their radar. He is the best blocking TE in this draft.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by SolidGold View Post
                    John Fox never seemed to put a premium on Pass catching TEs. I think Lee Smith might be on their radar. He is the best blocking TE in this draft.
                    Yeah, I agree... see a few posts up about him and Andre Smith from VT.

                    A big target with good enough hands to play safety valve is sufficient for our scheme. We don't need a TE-as-WR kind of guy.

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                    • #40
                      I was definitely being sarcastic, haha. I have built up a hatred for Rudolph by constantly reading the mock drafts. Lee Smith would be perfect in the 6th round, though.

                      WELCOME REALITY

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by jCut View Post
                        I was definitely being sarcastic, haha. I have built up a hatred for Rudolph by constantly reading the mock drafts.
                        I think we're all getting tired of that one. If we don't bring him in for a visit, it isn't happening. Fox seems quite happy with late-round TE's and we've got some relatively unproven guys already who could still turn out to be effective with the benefit of a more consistent offensive approach.

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                        • #42
                          Bump for more visits - Gabbert, some RB's and OL.

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                          • #43
                            Updated list of team visits:

                            * QB - Blaine Gabbert - Missouri (team visit)
                            * QB - Colin Kaepernick - Nevada (team visit)
                            * QB - Cam Newton - Auburn (team visit)
                            * RB - Daniel Thomas - Kansas State (team visit)
                            * RB - Jay Finley - Baylor (team visit)
                            * RB - Mikel Leshoure - Illinois (team visit)
                            * WR - Edmond Gates - Abilene Christian (team visit)
                            * OT/OG - Benjamin Ijalana - Villanova (team visit)
                            * DT - Nick Fairley - Auburn (team visit)
                            * DT - Marcell Dareus - Alabama (team visit)
                            * DT - Marvin Austin - North Carolina (team visit)
                            * DT - Kenrick Ellis - Hampton (team visit)
                            * DE/DT - Allen Bailey - Miami (team visit)
                            * DE - Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson (team visit)
                            * LB - Von Miller - Texas A&M (team visit)
                            * LB - Lawrence Wilson - UConn (team visit)
                            * LB - Casey Matthews - Oregon (team visit)
                            * LB - Akeem Ayers - UCLA (team visit)
                            * LB - Mason Foster - Washington (team visit)
                            * CB - Patrick Peterson - LSU (team visit)
                            * FS - Jaiqwan Jarrett - Temple (team visit)

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                            • #44
                              Bump for updates - 2 new guys, 2 old guys upgraded to "team visit" status.

                              Looking at the visits in particular, it is quite clear that the team is considering the following:

                              1. options at QB
                              2. power RB's
                              3. big, strong DL
                              4. fast linebackers

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                              • #45
                                Screening out the workouts, it looks like we've got info on 26 of the 30 team visits allowed:

                                * QB - Blaine Gabbert - Missouri (team visit)
                                * QB - Colin Kaepernick - Nevada (team visit)
                                * QB - Cam Newton - Auburn (team visit)
                                * RB - Kendall Hunter - Oklahoma State (team visit)
                                * RB - Daniel Thomas - Kansas State (team visit)
                                * RB - Jay Finley - Baylor (team visit)
                                * RB - Mikel Leshoure - Illinois (team visit)
                                * RB - Johnny White - North Carolina (team visit)
                                * WR - Edmond Gates - Abilene Christian (team visit)
                                * OT/OG - Benjamin Ijalana - Villanova (team visit)
                                * OG - Danny Watkins - Baylor (team visit)
                                * DT - Nick Fairley - Auburn (team visit)
                                * DT - Marcell Dareus - Alabama (team visit)
                                * DT - Marvin Austin - North Carolina (team visit)
                                * DT - Kenrick Ellis - Hampton (team visit)
                                * DE/DT - Allen Bailey - Miami (team visit)
                                * DE - Da'Quan Bowers - Clemson (team visit)
                                * DE - Aldon Smith - Missouri (team visit)
                                * DE/LB - Dontay Moch - Nevada (team visit)
                                * LB - Von Miller - Texas A&M (team visit)
                                * LB - Lawrence Wilson - UConn (team visit)
                                * LB - Casey Matthews - Oregon (team visit)
                                * LB - Akeem Ayers - UCLA (team visit)
                                * LB - Mason Foster - Washington (team visit)
                                * CB - Patrick Peterson - LSU (team visit)
                                * FS - Jaiqwan Jarrett - Temple (team visit)

                                I'm not 100% sure on the Watkins one, so maybe 25/30. I keep hearing that Bruce Carter (OLB - North Carolina) visited without having any source to link - he certainly fits what John Fox wants from a LB. Another guy I've heard about is Anthony Costanzo (OT - Boston College), but again, no source.

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