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DFK, since when do rookie WR have an impact? They usually don't.
DeSean will start in the slot and at KR. I would have rather taken Sweed but.. I am really happy with DeSean
Laws will be the 3rd DT and get alot of playing time. DT was a need, both our backups aren't true DTs they should be playing DE on a 3-4 team and I think that a rotation of Bunkley, Patterson and Laws has potential to be amazing.
I like Jackson's explosiveness just fine. I think he will be a consistent PR/KR, and he can be a nice decoy. The guy can flat out ball and put up good numbers in the Pac 10 this year. I would have much preferred Sweed over DJax, but he wasn't a bad pick. My #1 WR in this class is James Hardy. A little upset that they didn't go get him ahead of Buffalo.
I like Laws quite a bit. The dude can flat out penetrate, and he has an awesome motor. He will be a great addition in the DT rotation.
Throw in the fact that the Eagles added Booker to solidify the RB group, got another #1 pick next year, and they have even more ammo tomorrow, and I like this day.
Positives: Has a shorter-than-ideal frame, but has a thick bone structure with long arms, large hands, wide waist and hips, thick thighs and calves, very good chest, shoulder and arm muscle development ... Has outstanding strength, evident in his hand punch, and excels at using his upper-body power to slap away reach blocks on a consistent basis ... Physical bull rusher who plays with a non-stop motor ... Has a sudden burst off the snap and is constantly working his hands to gain position in attempts to split double teams ... Plays at a low pad level, showing the lateral range to make plays down the line ... Has the functional speed to pressure the pocket and takes good angles to close once he gains penetration ... Despite his size, he would be a nice fit for the three-technique due to his natural quickness flowing to the ball, hand placement and lower-body strength that he uses to get off the snap to collapse the pocket ... Showed marked improvement as a pass rusher, using a quick swim move to gain advantage over the outside shoulder fo a lineman ... Quick enough to slant and has a nifty spin move when locked on ... Has the functional strength to anchor and is combative vs. combo blocks (just needs to keep blockers off his body to have success) ... Showed better ability at left end than inside in attempts to get in the gaps and disrupt the pocket ... Plays quick, not fast, but does a good job of reading and reacting to blocks and movement when he is on the move than when anchoring inside ... When he locates the ball, he will flash good reaction and urgency to close on the play ... Better playing on the move than when sitting and reading ... Has the functional burst to catch ballcarriers from behind ... As a "three" technique, he is much better controlling inside action when he keeps his pads down ... Can split the double teams from the B-gap, but will struggle some in the A-gap ... Uses his hands effectively to control and shed (when blockers latch on to him first, he will get washed out of the play) ... When he chases from sideline to sideline, he refuses to give up on a play ... Has some problems getting through traffic, but gives good chase from the back side ... Does best on twists and games as a pass rusher and can generate a surge on the pocket ... Does a nice job of getting his hands up to deflect passes or block kicks ... Showed as a senior that he has learned how to throw a lot of motion at blockers to get a push off the snap ... Likes to power through blocks, but has improved a bit with his attempts to maintain separation and get rid of the blocker with arm-over action on the pass rush ... Takes dead aim on the quarterback once he beats the blocker off the line and has the burst to bend and close coming off edge (will struggle when having to shoot inside gaps and is better when on the outside shoulder of the blocker). Compares To: Kelly Gregg-Baltimore ... Like Gregg, Laws was a standout wrestler during his prep days and uses that physical nature and active hands to compensate for a lack of size. He will struggle to penetrate from the A-gap, but is a disruptive defender with a good feel for blocking pressure. He has the strong anchor to stack and shed and with his upper-body strength, he has become very good at driving the ballcarrier back through the rush lane. A classic overachiever, size limits Laws as a gap player, but he has the lateral range and good concept for taking angles to be disruptive once he slips into the backfield.
Positives: Lacks bulk on his lean frame, but shows good muscle tone, adequate bubble, good arm length, natural hands and tapered thighs and calves ... Split high with good leg length, as his lower body looks and runs like a sprinter's ... Has just adequate strength to fight for tough catches, but shows the sudden burst to elude in the open field ... While he has sprinter's speed, it is not like that of a normal track man, as he has a rapid stride with quick feet and the lateral agility to get in and out of a crowd with his flexible torso and hips that lets him adjust on the move ... Highly motivated and intense player who works to finish and is not afraid of contact, but needs to tone down his emotions (gets caught up in trash talk and is taken out of his game when he spends too much time jawing with an opponent) ... Gives a good effort in the training room and is an intelligent athlete who knows how to game plan for his upcoming opponent ... Can be a vocal leader when he needs to and can handle tough coaching ... Shows outstanding explosion off the snap with excellent get-off speed ... Quick-twitch type who might struggle vs. a strong press, but has the lateral agility to set up the defender and get the opponent out of his backpedal earlier than desired ... Has a good rolling burst to his break point, doing a nice job of lowering his pads throughout the route's progression ... When he sinks his pads, he is very fluid accelerating out of his breaks ... Runs posts and slants cleanly and has a good understanding for stems, sticks and leverage (must improve transition) ... Avoids defenders and works back to the pocket when the quarterback needs to scramble ... Finds and sits in soft areas, waiting for the reception and has the rare speed to close the gap on off-man coverage, as he does a good job of extending and gaining a step for the over-the-shoulder grabs ... Very creative on the move with fluid hips. He needs work on his transition cuts, but he can run past defenders on deep routes ... Has good ability to extend and pluck the ball outside his frame, especially on off motion and swing routes ... Will round routes at times, but has the ability to create separation after the catch ... Holds on to the ball after the collision and, while he will not hesitate on routes coming inside, he will lose focus when he hears the defender's feet ... Is a true threat to challenge the deep secondary, but in 2007, Cal quarterbacks could not get the ball to Jackson consistently ... Has the body control to make adjustments to the ball in flight due to his torso flexibility and adjusts fluidly to off-target throws ... Slides to catch the ball within the framework of his body and has good body control to adjust to off-target throws ... Has the ability to make the hard plant, allowing the defender to slide by and then burst around his opponent to gain extra yardage after the catch ... Does not back down and can drop his weight in front of a defender, but is just a marginal blocker. Compares To: Steve Smith-Carolina ... Some experts compare him to Santana Moss, but he is much more explosive in his drive off the ball to the break point and brings much more value on special teams. Others liken him to Devin Hester, but he is not in that class yet as a returner and, because of size issues, he has never really taken to the kickoff-return role. Jackson is a better deep threat with better hands as a receiver than Hester. He is a few inches bigger than Smith, but both have a combination of explosive burst, quick change-of-direction agility and cutting ability to threaten the deep secondary consistently.
An OK first day. I like the Laws pick but I guess I'm just annoyed with the Jackson pick. Of all the receivers I felt he was the one that fit the team the least. Maybe it's the punt returner stigma Jackson has hanging over his head. I guess safety isn't that much of a concern, or the team feels the better value is on sunday. I do really like the fact that the team will have two picks in next years first round. Maybe they tuck away those picks and use them on a safety (someone like Myron Rolle) and OT next year.
Well the team has nine picks left. You would think that Reid would whittle that number down to 6 or 7 before days end, right? Here are my questions going into tomorrow:
I'm not sure which direction the team could go in order to address safety, if they're going to in this draft. Maybe Reggie Smith or DaJuan Morgan?
If they're going to address OT do they take a look at projects Carl Nicks, Anthony Collins or Oneil Cousins?
The team made a concerted effort to acquire a play making, red zone target WR through trades and FA but ended up taking DeSean Jackson who, for all intents and purposes, looks like a second round punt returner at this point. Can he make that catch in the corner of the end zone? Can he go across the middle consistently? Or is he just another Kevin Curtis in terms of his WR skills? Is the team still looking for a big, red zone target at WR?
Will the team add depth to an already young LB position?
I guess those are my main questions. I'm sure the team will be just as busy tomorrow as they were today.
I honestly don't care if Laws can penetrate better. Just I would never draft a player in the 1st 2 rounds if there would be a 0% chance that he will EVER start for my team. Bunk played very well in his 2nd year and he's going to be one hell of a player. Bunk was a top 10 talent that slipped to us at 14. Patterson was 3rd in the league in tackles for a DT and still being very young. I'd want my young DT's playing as much as possible. And it's not like these guys can't rush the passer or push the pocket.
I like the depth but not for our 1st pick of the draft.
We have no good depth at DT. And I think he was good he has a non stop motor on passing downs. He will play since we like to rotate our DTs. Bunk is good against the run, but he can't alway get through on pass plays for sacks.