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Old 04-20-2008   #1
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Question Branden Albert A Texan?

Should we take Branden Albert at the #18 spot? Would he be a good fit for us?







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Default Re: Branden Albert A Texan?

He would be a good pick but doubt he is still there. I like the fact that he has played against an individual talent like Chris Long practice after practice during his time in college. Long brings a lot of technique in his play so Albert has probably seen quite a few 'NFL' moves during his time playing opposite Long at Virginia.

I can't believe the draft is less than a week away. Probably my favorite NFL day other than Opening Day, Titans v Texans weeks, and the Playoffs. This year's offseason is moving along a lot faster than last years...at least it seems that way to me. Next thing you know the Texans are going to be in training camp. This year should be a great year and I love the fact that we seem to have addressed Center pre-draft.
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You might want to go over the 2008 NFL Draft forum and read all the Brandon Albert stuff. He has been discussed over there for a while now.
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Should we take Branden Albert at the #18 spot?
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With that said, he will probably get selected anywhere from #5 - #18, I don't see how he would slip past our pick.
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I think the only one of the top ol's who may drop to us would be Otah.
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I like him more than Chris Williams. But to answer your questions -- yes and yes.
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Albert's stock has definitely shot up during the past couple of weeks and some of the mocks on ESPN actually have him going as high as the 5th pick to the Chiefs.
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Default Re: Branden Albert A Texan?

Ive said in the other threads .... I think Albert is the best OL in this draft . I'd be doing backflips if the Texans could land him ..... But I dont see him lasting to 18
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Mike Mayock has him going at #5. IMO, I highly doubt that he will go that high, but I also doubt he gets to 18. I suspect we will need to be at about the 11-12 range to have a shot at either Albert or Williams. Would we do that...........not sure, but we all know we need an LT badly.
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Default Re: Branden Albert A Texan?

I wish he would fall to us, but i just don't see it possible.
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I wish he would fall to us, but i just don't see it possible.
He is an inch short of proto type size and his arms are a bit short. What he is is the most athletic o-lineman in the draft at that size. He can cover four of the five o-line positions. He moves like a cat. and he burries people on the second level when he executes blocks in space. If he is still on the board at the eighteen you kill yourself tring to get the card up as quickly as you can. No matter who is still on the board, you make the pick.
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With him shooting up the draft boards, it gives us at least ONE more chance at Chris Williams. Maybe a team like Chicago, Carolina or Denver will consider him before Williams. Maybe not.
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With him shooting up the draft boards, it gives us at least ONE more chance at Chris Williams. Maybe a team like Chicago, Carolina or Denver will consider him before Williams. Maybe not.
don't forget about New England, in my veiw depending on who is available the most likely to take him early. they like their linemen to be versatile & able to play more than one positon which is Alberts mo.
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With him shooting up the draft boards, it gives us at least ONE more chance at Chris Williams. Maybe a team like Chicago, Carolina or Denver will consider him before Williams. Maybe not.
Chris Williams could fall if what Lance Z says the word on the street about Williams is is true. Lance is pretty darn reliable.

14. Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
Z-Report Says: Word on the streets is that Williams has a back issue that could cause him to come off of some teams boards. If that is the case, he could fall.


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Chris Williams could fall if what Lance Z says the word on the street about Williams is is true. Lance is pretty darn reliable.

14. Chris Williams, OT, Vanderbilt
Z-Report Says: Word on the streets is that Williams has a back issue that could cause him to come off of some teams boards. If that is the case, he could fall.


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Boy, that's pretty much the definition of bitter-sweet news. I'd like to know what kind of back problems he's having.
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Not impressed at all with Albert as a football player...

Don't know if I caught the right highlight, but a zebra don't change it's stripes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0icSh...eature=related


The guy looks lost on the second level and a little soft...

Love the guys athleticism, but he's playing guard in these highlights and he's doing a lot of whiffing and playing patty cake with defenders...Guys he should cream he's not getting kill shots on...

Color me very un-impressed. I hope the Texand don't take this guy.

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Looks a little lazy to me too...
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Looks a little bit better here against Miami : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxgwa...eature=related

But overall, I'm not really impressed...

Not a very physical player...Will get physical on occasion, but for the most part not a physical guy..

Pass protection is really suspect...REALLY SUSPECT....

Not overly good at making blocks on the second level...Whiffs a lot...not real aggressive...

Don't see how this guy is a good fit for us at all...
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don't forget about New England, in my veiw depending on who is available the most likely to take him early. they like their linemen to be versatile & able to play more than one positon which is Alberts mo.
Thats true, but I think a more pressing need for Evil England is LB. Their LB corp outside of Thomas is old and brittle. A player like Keith Rivers would be a very good pick for them.
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a smart guy on the dolphins board on Albert:
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A few months ago I said that Branden Albert might be the best lineman PERIOD in the draft. I've been quiet on the forums for a month or so, checking and double checking and late night film watching and fast forwarding and re-winding and whilst I think Jake Long has the best overall skill set, I think the two linemen with the biggest upside are Jeff otah and Branden Albert. Every time I put on a tape to watch Chris Long, I ended up watching the Cavs on offense because big #71 was just absolutely dominant. Dominant. His mobility for a 6'7 inch, 309lber is phenomenal and at the point of attack....wow. You look at his base; it's perfect, he drives through his knees and his arm use is ridiculous. He was obliterating linebackers and defensive backs at the 2nd level. Against Virginia Tech down at the goal line, he abuses Cam Martin to spring a touchdown, pulls to the right and puts him on his keester. Another play, he pulls to the outside and he drives Xavier Adibi 20 yards down the field before shoving him into the safety and knocking them both on their butts. It was like watching an adult block a child. He slides like a left tackle and he played there twice this past season. I've read a couple of people saying he can play there in the pros and when you see him in pass pro and when you see him in space out in front, watching his feet, I'd have to say that they have a case, although I’d like to see him start his NFL career at his more natural spot. Albert himself thinks his long term future is at left tackle and so does Al Groh and you can see why he was so highly rated on the hard wood; sweet feet. I always think that you don't want a guy who's 6'7 clogging your passing lanes, but I'm telling you, when you concentrate on this kid on every snap......he's just an outstanding player. He's also a great kid, a Hargrave kid which means he's mature and he'll work like a pack horse. And talk about fitting the Sparano mentality, he loves it when teams pound the ball because it allows him to get physical and smack some people on their backs. There's a play that NFL Network ran of his, a little screen pass and the back is racing down the field and you take your eyes off the back and see this 6’7 inch monster out in front, literally signaling for the back to change angles and cut back inside. Astounding. He has good hips and uses his hands very well. I think he'll come off the board early and he's just a phenomenal athlete.
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