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Old 02-25-2013   #1
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I'm really just getting in my draft mode lately and I'm beginning to waiver on my initial 1st round ILB pick. The more I've been learning myself up and watching the Combine (as if it means much), I'm starting to question whether any of the ILBs have 1st round talent. I was high on Minter, but now question his coverage abilities after watching a bit of video.

So, considering we'll likely be targeting a 2 down ILB I've begun looking at mid-rounders. I've got 3 thumper type guys I want y'all to 2nd guess for me.

Nico Johnson (Bama) - He's probably my top rated run stuffer. Plus, I love me some Bama backers


Kevin Reddick (NC) - 18.5 TFL's last season


And my longshot pick, A.J. Klein (Iowa St.) - He's a playmaker and has that Watt-type motor. I really like this cat for some reason. A 3rd or 4th pick would be a nice spot to grab him.


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http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profil...ore?id=2539220

I liked watching him do drills. He looks very smooth and fluid.
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I can only speak about Reddick, because I have seen him play quite a bit. He is a good player, not sure where he is projected to go at this point. He isn't anything overly special.

I really like Greene out of Rutgers. I have been watching him for some time and he is quite versatile. He can be an asset as a blitzer, a run stopper, and in some coverage situations. From what I have read, he is projected as a second rounder. I would imagine he will be off the board by the time our second rounder rolls around.
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I liked watching him do drills. He looks very smooth and fluid.
Isn't he projected as an outside rush type backer?

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I can only speak about Reddick, because I have seen him play quite a bit. He is a good player, not sure where he is projected to go at this point. He isn't anything overly special.

I really like Greene out of Rutgers. I have been watching him for some time and he is quite versatile. He can be an asset as a blitzer, a run stopper, and in some coverage situations. From what I have read, he is projected as a second rounder. I would imagine he will be off the board by the time our second rounder rolls around.
He looks intriguing. Heck of a two year stint. I'll check him out a bit more
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He looks intriguing. Heck of a two year stint. I'll check him out a bit more
Moore is projected to be an ILB or an MLB (most are leaning to ILB in a 3-4) but from what I've read he could do either ILB in the 3-4 or all 3 spots in a 4-3.
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Y'all both have good prospects. I found this posted on Twitter. Looks like all 3 of our guys are in the top percentile in coverage. Mine being my sleeper pick , Klein

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He looks intriguing. Heck of a two year stint. I'll check him out a bit more
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Moore is projected to be an ILB or an MLB (most are leaning to ILB in a 3-4) but from what I've read he could do either ILB in the 3-4 or all 3 spots in a 4-3.
Right now I like Moore a lot as a late round prospect.
I might even go 4th round on him.
Very versatile player who can play in or out.
Perfect as a compliment for Cushing, allowing Reed to move back to OLB.

He isn't bad in pass rushing, but I think his coverage skill is better than any one we currently have outside of Cushing.

The knock is his size.
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I think we need to take a look at the guy from S Miss.

Besides him, Moore is putting up great numbers so far.
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Right now I like Moore a lot as a late round prospect.
I might even go 4th round on him.
Very versatile player who can play in or out.
Perfect as a compliment for Cushing, allowing Reed to move back to OLB.

He isn't bad in pass rushing, but I think his coverage skill is better than any one we currently have outside of Cushing.

The knock is his size.
This is the first day I've ever seen Moore, he looked very good in the stack and shed drill that I watched so I looked him up. His combine numbers are really good though so he might rise more throughout this process.
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I think we need to take a look at the guy from S Miss.

Besides him, Moore is putting up great numbers so far.
Jamie Collins damn near jumped put of the stadium. 41 1/2" vert good lawd.

EDIT: I see Collins as more of a pass rusher though.
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I think we need to take a look at the guy from S Miss.

Besides him, Moore is putting up great numbers so far.
It appears he has everything except experience. He's another DB /LB tweener that might need a year or two before becoming acclimated to the NFL.

Southern Miss went 0-12 this past season. lol
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Welp, we might have to scratch Klein off my list. It sounds like he might've blown a knee out. Dadgum, hope it isn't serious

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Welp, we might have to scratch Klein off my list. It sounds like he might've blown a knee out. Dadgum, hope it isn't serious



http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...ry-at-combine/
I saw him do it. It looked more like an ankle honestly, and he limped off as if it weren't that serious. Hope he recovers.
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I saw him do it. It looked more like an ankle honestly, and he limped off as if it weren't that serious. Hope he recovers.
Whew! Thanks. Thought I might've jinxed him or something
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Well there goes my 4th rounder.
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Whew! Thanks. Thought I might've jinxed him or something
You can rarely tell how serious an injury is when you initially look at it, so he could have suffered a serious injury. I hope not because that is really tough for a guy like Klein.
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What are the thoughts on Zaviar Gooden out of Mizzou? His name keeps popping up amongst the top of most of the drills & from what I have read his college resume isn't that bad either. He seems a bit small but he seems to have what the Texans need w/ good speed & coverage skills having been a former safety. I kinda like what I've seen & read so far...thoughts??
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Well there goes my 4th rounder.
Okay badboy can now drop the panic mode:

UPDATE 4:49 p.m. ET: It sounds like the news is better than originally feared. Klein tweeted out that he avoided a serious injury and will finish up his workouts at a pro day on March 26.

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Sio Moore has just put himself on the radar.
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