Originally Posted by jppaul
Fair enough on the evaluations but the question (again) was who is on YOUR first round board and may (has a decent chance) be available at 27.
The problem is I always find it very difficult to evaluate players without accurate knowledge of the things I want to know.
The first thing is injury.
With Cyprien, for example, I likes his tapes, but when he tested, his forty time and his 20SS time are not to my liking.
Then I read that he had a hamstring issue sometimes around combine time.
Was he fully recover at his pro day? We don't know, because with hamstring, if we recall the situation with AJ in 2011 and JJo in 2012, it's hard to tell how long it lasts and how much it affects the player.
What if I had missed the fact the he was injured and knock him for his speed.
But then again, he might have fully recovered, and what he showed at his pro day are true.
Take another player like Allen who has never been timed in college, when he works out on April 9 (I believe), can we trust that what he shows are true measures of his capability?
A different situation is a guy like Cornellius Washington who had a great combine and pro day, but mediocre tapes. We don't know why without investigating deeply into the matter. I notice that he didn't play much in some games, besides being in a rotation. But what happened to his production last year? It decreased significantly. Besides the sack numbers, the number of QB pressure also dipped from 29 to 13 despite playing 2 more games.
His tackle total were fewer than his back-up who came in early and not just in garbage time. What might be the reason(s)?
Also, as I'be said many times in the past, I'm not comfortable giving opinion on a guy without watching at least 8 games against good opponents (preferrably - otherwise, I will have to project - or discount a certain game altogether.)
The last few years, I concentrated mostly on the receivers, looking to find a replacement for AJ and Walter/Jones.
It's a position I have the most knowledge of (but still lacking information about injury among other things.)
With that base, I don't have to spend as much time on them this year so I was able to watch the safeties and a few CBs.
By watching the receivers, I was also able to learn about the QBs.
Those are the positions I feel most comfortable with, but when you ask me about other guys, I don't know that much except for a few guys I think the Texans might draft (but I still don't watch enough tapes to really "rank" them.)
For example, I still don't know if I prefer Hankins, Short, Jesse, or Williams.
There's still some time left though.