the Early Returns Are In....
And it appears that once again, we have had an outstanding draft.
Granted, we haven't even seen these guys in live game action, but all of the early indicators are looking good on every one of these guys. There is no talk of someone being a disapointment, or playing catch up, etc.
Here's a brief look on some of what I have seen/heard/read on each of these guys -
Duane Brown - early reports are that he appears light and nimble on his feet, with good quickness. Most importantly, he seems to be more than holding his own as a pass protector, which is job one. Might be a litle behind in the run blocking, but no reason to think he can't improve there. I don't know if he will start at Pitt, but expect him to be the starter around the quarter mark myself. We'll see.
Antwaun Molden - From multiple sources, appears to be having an exceptional camp. If he keeps it up, I could also see him pushing Reeves early in the season, and he will get plenty of PT as a rookie. Could be a 3rd rd steal.
Steve Slaton - Looks like he could be a poor mans Reggie Bush without the prima donna part. Not in his league as a pass catcher at this point, but a speed guy who seems to like to get the edge. Look for big things on 3rd down this yr.
Xavier Adibi - By all accounts, quick agile and active. Per Kubiak has very good instincts. Seems to be a nickel/dime guy at the moment who will star on ST, but I expect him to push Greenwood hard by the end of the year.
Frank Okam - Per John McClain, having an excllent camp and looks like he is totally motivated and ready to create havoc. Again, if he keeps this up, he will push for PT early on and don't be suprised if he starts at some point. Could be another steal.
Dominque Barber - I expect him to go on the practice squad, but early reports have been positive and he looks like a player too. Just think there is too much depth at safety for him to break on the 53 man roster this yr.
Alex Brink - Still the one pick that's a total head scratcher, but might be grooming him as the #2 in the likely event of Sage's departure. He seems to have some tools, and we'll see if he develops.
If any of you guys that have been at camp have anything to add, let's hear it. This way all of our rooks are in one thread and a good place to read up on them in one place.