Join Date: May 2004
Re: What's your rankings of WRs in this draft class?
Originally Posted by 76Texan
The Cougars and the Bears offense are not all that diifferent, especially in the passing game.
Many of the same formations.
TCU (Dalton) and Okl. St. (Weeden) are also quite similar.
Keenum had played under Art Briles as well as one of the co-OC Jason Philips (who was a receiver.)
They all start with the shotgun spread.
They all could have one or two, sometimes 3 backs (besides the QB) in the backfield.
The money is still made out of the spread.
And by spreading, I mean spreading the field horizontally, not vertically.
The Coogs also incorporated some of Dana Holgorsen's Air Raid (Texas Tech) into their playbook (Holgorsen also spent time at Okl St.)
Klif Kingsbury who played QB at TT joined the Coogs in 2010 as a co-OC with Jason Phillips.
Klingsbury will follow Sumlin to A&M as the OC; Phillips will go to SMU.
So perhaps next year, you can call A&M offense as the run and shoot if you're so inclined.
Baylor and TCU will go under Center from time to time, but mostly to run in short yardage (obviously to make it work, they have to mix in the pass once in a long while.)
Edwards can do very well in NE; he can also do well in Houston with the Texans.
He's not bad at all in run blocking.
A spread receiver still has to do a good share of blocking.
I even saw Edwards throw a CB into the ground.
I saw him engaging in some pretty good fights.
(David Anderson was pretty good for his size, too.)
I haven't really focused on Wright's blocking, but I don't think he was bad either.
In summary, I think I know your point, but I'm not quite sure;
it seems like you leverage a few things I point out to make a better case for your points (which is all good).
My point is that even as a Coogs homer, I still have to balance out Edwards size/skill sets and try to see (as objectively as I can) whether he can have a good future in the NFL. Even as I've seen him many times and I know what he can do, I still have to try to study him as a scout, rather than as a homer.
I have to consider his physical limitation; whether he can compensate for his size by doing this and this and that.
I did the same for Avery; I had my reservation about where he was drafted.
I was glad for Avery as I was glad for Routt (another Cougar) when he got the big contract from the Raiders (Routt ran some 4.29 if I recall it right). You haven't heard me saying that Routt is the best CB out there, have you?
A few years back, I did note that Routt was the one who chased down Jacoby Jones on a return and stopped him a hair from a TD.
I knew he (Routt) has speed; you never heard from me that he was a great CB.
This is a good example of why NFL teams have scouts spread across the country to cover specific areas, they become expert on talent within that area. 76 has the makings of a very good scout, if he could leave
out of it?
2012 Draft was Mercilus