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pappy
05-10-2014, 04:02 PM
leaves me blue:rake:

alphajoker
05-10-2014, 04:05 PM
You're my boy Blue!

rmartin65
05-10-2014, 04:07 PM
Can't say I know a lot about him. I am a little surprised that we did not go ILB or DB. Seems like a decent pick though.

xtruroyaltyx
05-10-2014, 04:07 PM
I actually like Blue...SOlid down hill runner...Catches the ball well...Gan get tough yardage and can knock out some big gains if he gets space...

He's just a solid grind it out player.

He was a fan favorite at LSU.

There isn't a pick so far we've made that I don't like including this one. Not the greatest measurables, but I like how he plays football.

JMO.

The Pencil Neck
05-10-2014, 04:07 PM
Not who I expected or who I would have picked.

I'm withholding judgment.

GuerillaBlack
05-10-2014, 04:08 PM
Getting on these threads quick

Btw, john mcclain going absolutely crazy right now on twitter. Calling him alfred boo and saying rick smith should be fired for passing on Seatrunk.

76Texan
05-10-2014, 04:10 PM
The third - down bruiser with some speed when healthy.
He's gonna finish runs for ya'

Thorn
05-10-2014, 04:12 PM
McStupid should be ignored. As far as 6th round picks go, this guy is just fine.

Edit - the McStupid thing was meant about McClain. Since everyone is so damn defensive around here lately, I just though I'd say that before I started another flaming war.

The Pencil Neck
05-10-2014, 04:12 PM
Oh, wow. I misread something.

I thought this guy was a LOT smaller than this. He's a hoss.

GuerillaBlack
05-10-2014, 04:13 PM
McStupid should be ignored. As far as 6th round picks go, this guy is just fine.

Its pretty damn funny though. Meltdown is fun to watch.

Marshall
05-10-2014, 04:13 PM
Getting on these threads quick

Btw, john mcclain going absolutely crazy right now on twitter. Calling him alfred boo and saying rick smith should be fired for passing on Seatrunk.

Size matters to OB. 6'3" beat out 5'9".

Or was that 9 5/8 beating out 9 1/4 ?

Rules 1 through 10 for running backs.

DON'T DROP THE BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thorn
05-10-2014, 04:15 PM
Size matters to OB. 6'3" beat out 5'9".

Well, that confirms it. We all knew sized mattered a long time ago. :)

Playoffs
05-10-2014, 04:19 PM
Dan Shonka's scouting report...
Played in 40 games with seven starts in four years. Played in a three back rotation including Jeremy Hill this past year. Carried the load in the first game of 2013 versus TCU when Hill was suspended. He rushed for 89 yards on 19 carries. A big downhill I-formation back who runs with power and strength. Hits the whole hard and drives his legs. A developing prospect with size and draftable qualities.



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Thorn
05-10-2014, 04:20 PM
Pick Analysis: "Blue is described as a very good receiver coming out of the backfield." -- Gil Brandt

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/tracker?icampaign=nfl_drafttracker_nav-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-team/dt-by-team-input:hou

kiwitexansfan
05-10-2014, 04:26 PM
I wonder which of the three RB profiles Blue was drafted for?

I don't like drafting RBs as a principle.

Nothing against this guy though seems talented and to be a system fit.

JCTexan
05-10-2014, 04:30 PM
I knew nothing about him before the pick. I like what I'm reading about him though. Solid downhill runner that catches the ball out of the backfield, he's built like Adrian Peterson & he doesn't fumble the football. He has had injury concerns and was never the main back at LSU, but for a 6th rounder: I like the pick.

JB
05-10-2014, 04:32 PM
http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/tracker?icampaign=nfl_drafttracker_nav-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-team/dt-by-team-input:hou


That's funny since he only caught 5 passes this past year... 16 in his career

Thorn
05-10-2014, 04:34 PM
That's funny since he only caught 5 passes this past year... 16 in his career

Hey, I just quote the information. LOL

I watched some highlights of him on ytube, and he looks nice in his films. But I don't seem to remember any highlights of him catching a pass now that I think about it.

Lucky
05-10-2014, 04:36 PM
That's funny since he only caught 5 passes this past year... 16 in his career
Blue caught the ball well at his pro day. Which we now know is what's most important.

The1ApplePie
05-10-2014, 04:37 PM
Can he return kicks?

Errant Hothy
05-10-2014, 04:38 PM
The start of the interchangeable RBs era. All about the same size, same spewed and all can catch.

TexansSeminole
05-10-2014, 04:39 PM
Should get plenty of play time. He doesn't have a lot of mileage and was productive, good size and good enough speed.

Every single one of our picks except Savage is going to play early and often.

nut
05-10-2014, 04:39 PM
Getting on these threads quick

Btw, john mcclain going absolutely crazy right now on twitter. Calling him alfred boo and saying rick smith should be fired for passing on Seatrunk.


mcclain is a huge Baylor cubbie fan. he is an idiot also.

NCTexan
05-10-2014, 04:43 PM
26th RB according to Dane Brugler. No write up in his guide.

CloakNNNdagger
05-10-2014, 04:43 PM
From Rotoworld:


NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah notes LSU senior RB Alfred Blue "is a smooth, gliding runner with excellent hands."

Speaking of Blue, Jeremiah observed the running back "lacks ideal stop/start quicks but he finishes every run."

Bulls on Parade
05-10-2014, 04:48 PM
Injuries were the norm for him at LSU.

If healthy, we're potentially looking at the next Eddie George.

Not expecting much out of him for 2014. Third-string back at best behind Arian Foster and Andre Brown. I think Alfred Blue can beat out Dennis Johnson for the third-string spot.

Future could be bright for Alfred Blue. Should have been a high first-round pick if his college career at LSU wasn't so disappointing. The kid is a beast and can play at a high level if healthy.

That's the thing guys. We have Foster, Brown, Blue. All three are amazing when they're healthy. Key word: Healthy. None of them will do us any good if injured.

LikeMike
05-10-2014, 04:57 PM
I find it kinda funny when people are freaking out over 6th round picks. All of the prospects at this time have question marks and for most there is a reason why they slipped. Right now I only look at position and strengths and weaknesses and trust our coaches and scouts with the rest. They've probably watched a ton of tape and might even have worked out with them in person.

A powerful runner that can catch the ball? I am in...

Texn4life
05-10-2014, 05:02 PM
mcclain is a huge Baylor cubbie fan. he is an idiot also.

McClain is in fact an idiot, but I like Seastrunk better in this offense as well as a compliment to the backs we have right now. I guess they feel comfortable with Dennis Johnson as a change of pace back if he's kept on the roster.

The Pencil Neck
05-10-2014, 05:04 PM
McClain is in fact an idiot, but I like Seastrunk better in this offense as well as a compliment to the backs we have right now. I guess they feel comfortable with Dennis Johnson as a change of pace back if he's kept on the roster.

We really don't know what "this offense" is, yet.

Thorn
05-10-2014, 05:06 PM
We really don't know what "this offense" is, yet.

Excellent point.

HuttoKarl
05-10-2014, 05:17 PM
McClain is in fact an idiot, but I like Seastrunk better in this offense as well as a compliment to the backs we have right now. I guess they feel comfortable with Dennis Johnson as a change of pace back if he's kept on the roster.

Isn't Seastrunk kind of a dipstick? For some reason that name rings a bell in a bad way.

Goatcheese
05-10-2014, 05:18 PM
Getting on these threads quick

Btw, john mcclain going absolutely crazy right now on twitter. Calling him alfred boo and saying rick smith should be fired for passing on Seatrunk.

Who calls for the GM to be fired over a 6th round pick? As if McNeckroll scouted 500+ players.

Even most draftniks generally don't know much outside of the 150-200 most high profile prospects, and McLizardneck is certainly not anything close to a draftnik.

Honoring Earl 34
05-10-2014, 05:26 PM
We really don't know what "this offense" is, yet.

I think O'Briens hope is versatility .

The Pencil Neck
05-10-2014, 05:27 PM
I think O'Briens hope is versatility .

It's starting to look like it's brutality.

mussop
05-10-2014, 05:39 PM
It's starting to look like it's brutality.

I love it. I want to see us run the ball down other teams throats. Ground and pound em. On defense swarm to the ball, create havoc.

Thorn
05-10-2014, 05:41 PM
I love it. I want to see us run the ball down other teams throats. Ground and pound em. On defense swarm to the ball, create havoc.

It certainly seems that's the direction we are going in. I'm not complaining a bit considering the QB situation.

Honoring Earl 34
05-10-2014, 05:42 PM
It's starting to look like it's brutality.

A good stiff jab sets you up for the knock out punch .

Playoffs
05-10-2014, 07:21 PM
Cut-ups...

Alfred Blue vs Washington 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu7jTBd59xY

Alfred Blue vs North Texas 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEs_K5T3Gl0

infantrycak
05-10-2014, 07:43 PM
Belated poll.

Seegara
05-10-2014, 09:01 PM
Kind of runner we need to quit being pitiful on the goal line. Grade A.

Texn4life
05-10-2014, 11:18 PM
We really don't know what "this offense" is, yet.

True, but O'Brien has said he likes to be able to do different things on offense and be multiple. I'm not complaining about the pick, but for the sake of versatility I think Lache could have been a better option. He is kind of arrogant and a knucklehead, but he's pretty damn explosive too.

drs23
05-10-2014, 11:34 PM
True, but O'Brien has said he likes to be able to do different things on offense and be multiple. I'm not complaining about the pick, but for the sake of versatility I think Lache could have been a better option. He is kind of arrogant and a knucklehead, but he's pretty damn explosive too.

Exactly the kind of guys O'Brien steers clear of and is on record of saying "Smart and team" since day one. Arrogant and knucklehead need not apply.

htownfan32
05-10-2014, 11:39 PM
Blue is a great pick. I've seen enough LSU football to be able to tell you that. I love love love this pick at this round.

76Texan
05-11-2014, 12:39 AM
Blue is a great pick. I've seen enough LSU football to be able to tell you that. I love love love this pick at this round.

I like this pick. Blue is somewhat a hard nose runner like Tate.
He can complement Foster well.
We've already have several smaller backs on the team.

Big Lou
05-11-2014, 12:46 AM
I just hope he changes his first name to Deep and middle name to Steel......

htownfan32
05-11-2014, 03:11 AM
I like this pick. Blue is somewhat a hard nose runner like Tate.
He can complement Foster well.
We've already have several smaller backs on the team.

Yes, it'll be nice to have a bigger bruiser. I think he will help in goal line and short yardage situation and hopefully keep some mileage off Foster.

Wolf6151
05-11-2014, 03:39 AM
When you consider Lache Seastrunk was still on the board and we took a low mileage rotational depth player, I SMH at this pick.

IDEXAN
05-11-2014, 11:11 AM
So I have no idea what to think of this pick, except a lot of people besides John Mcclain seem to think the Baylor RB would have been a better choice ?

Honoring Earl 34
05-11-2014, 11:20 AM
So I have no idea what to think of this pick, except a lot of people besides John Mcclain seem to think the Baylor RB would have been a better choice ?

Lache caught zero passes out of the backfield whereas Blue is a good receiver out of the backfield .

bhsman
05-11-2014, 11:21 AM
Blue showed a lot of promise in 2011 as part of a rotation and was great for red-zone carries as he's a huge dude already and picks up a lot of momentum going forward (and is hard to stop when he's at full speed; the lack of quick-start/stop ability comments by scouting reports don't surprise me but I'm not upset by them, either). As an aside his house actually burned down in 2011 just before the Kentucky game IIRC but he came in and played well, garnering 72 yards (again, as part of a rotation of backs when Spencer Ware was the go-to guy).

In 2012 he came in and was talked up as being the 3-down back (while still making use of Ware and the other backs as part of a rotation) and had some good games but injured his ACL. The LSU running game sputtered until they decided to start Jeremy Hill who blew up against South Carolina, at which point Blue became buried on the depth chart.

When Hill was suspended for the start of 2013, Blue took up the role of traditional back whereas Terrance Magee was used as a more traditional halfback, and Blue ran well. As soon as Hill was back, Blue again fell behind on the depth chart. On the other hand, this also means he doesn't have a lot of wear-and-tear compared to other running backs coming out of college.

Texan4Ever
05-11-2014, 11:21 AM
He played well at LSU (or at least the games I watched). Needs to continue improving and is a bigger back (6'2" 220-lbs) but I suspect he's going to be our Kevin Faulk-type of guy.

WolverineFan
05-11-2014, 11:33 AM
Blue has great size and is a strong, downhill runner that can catch the ball. He's basically a young Andre Brown. I was somewhat surprised by the player, but not by the type of back that O'Brien went after. I wouldn't be shocked to see him take over for Brown as the bulldozer in this offense when his contract is up. Also, he plays special teams.

Also, for those of you who are angry that we passed on Seastrunk. The guy is a one-trick pony. He fell so far for a reason. He's a change of pace back who can't block and can't catch. Not a whole lot of call for that in the NFL.

CretorFrigg
05-11-2014, 12:10 PM
I saw him play TCU this year. Great rotational player, and will do what O'Brien asks of him. He's not going to be a star 3 down back, but he's the big, change of pace RB we're looking for.

Thorn
05-11-2014, 12:18 PM
I saw him play TCU this year. Great rotational player, and will do what O'Brien asks of him. He's not going to be a star 3 down back, but he's the big, change of pace RB we're looking for.

He has the potential to be what we all hoped Ben Tate should have been.

Playoffs
05-14-2014, 01:29 PM
Mark Berman ‏@MarkBermanFox26
LSU coach Les Miles on RB Alfred Blue, Texans 6th-round pick: "I love him. His nickname is Cheese....big smile."

LSU coach Les Miles on RB Alfred Blue, Texans 6th-round pick: "He was absolutely a steal & he will play special team snaps start to finish."

Les Miles on RB Alfred Blue,Texans 6th-round pick: "Two years ago when we started the season he may well have been the finest back in our conference."

BigBull17
05-14-2014, 01:34 PM
Watched some of his runs and the thing I liked was that the first hit rarely brought him down. He didn't pinball off of people but he turned a 1 yard run into a 3 yard run or a 4 yard run into a 6 yard run. Little things matter.

Playoffs
05-14-2014, 02:59 PM
Field Yates ‏@FieldYates
Texans sign RB Alfred Blue to rookie deal.

Look at how "heavy" his legs look. At 6'2.5" you'd think he weighs upwards of 240.

http://www.stateofthetexans.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/blue_alfred_2.jpg

Playoffs
06-04-2014, 02:56 PM
Tom Savage, Alfred Blue among impact players drafted on Day 3

Gil Brandt (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000355819/article/tom-savage-alfred-blue-among-impact-players-drafted-on-day-3)
Alfred Blue, RB, Houston Texans
Draft position: Round 6, No. 181 overall

Though Blue will be fighting for time as part of a position group that also includes Arian Foster and Andre Brown, he's exactly the kind of big, strong, quick running back that coach Bill O'Brien loves. He's got everything needed to be a successful ball-carrier, including good hands. Checking in at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 223 pounds, Blue cuts an imposing figure on the field. He did miss time after tearing his ACL early in the 2012 season; between that and the fact that LSU rotates backs, Blue did not get a ton of carries or starts at the college level. Still, he did gain 6 yards per attempt.

xtruroyaltyx
06-04-2014, 02:59 PM
I remember watching Blue play at LSU...Dude is a nice hard nosed grinding type player...

When he's healthy he's a dependable back that might not be super flashy but you know he's going to do something positive.

Seegara
06-04-2014, 07:10 PM
The Jerome Bettis of running backs. I like an offense that uses the FB as a runner, and a big strong RB is a pretty good substitute. Somebody we need on the goal line.

IDEXAN
06-04-2014, 10:49 PM
I remember watching Blue play at LSU...Dude is a nice hard nosed grinding type player...

When he's healthy he's a dependable back that might not be super flashy but you know he's going to do something positive.

But I'm hearing he's got a real burst to the hole, which is just the sort of thing that gives a back some flash. Haven't seen it with my own eyes, but that's what some who've gone to OTAs and seen him said.