2009 RB Ryan Mathews vs 2008 RB Donald Brown?

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  1. RT22

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    Question is Ryan Mathews a better running back prospect than Donald Brown was last year coming out?

    Ryan Mathews 5'-11.5" 218 NFL Combine Results
    40-Yard Dash 4.53
    Bench press 19
    Vertical jump 36.0
    Broad jump 10'01
    20-yard shuttle 4.33

    Donald Brown 5'-10" 210 Combine Results
    40-Yard Dash 4.51
    Vertical jump 41.5
    Broad jump 10'5
    Three-cone drill 6.93
    20-yard shuttle 4.10
    60-yard shuttle 11.30
     
  2. Lucky

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    NFL.com has Mathews running his 40 in 4.45 seconds. And why are the combine numbers the baseline for who is a better prospect, anyway? Brown can be a good RB, but I haven't seen anyone describe him as the type of rugged, explosive runner that Mathews is. Brown is a shifty back who likes to dance in the backfield. Mathews is a straight ahead, no nonsense back that's perfect for the Texans offense.

    That's why it really doesn't surprise me that Rick Gosselin of the DMN has Mathews going to Seattle at #14 in his mock draft, once I realized whom the Seahawks new O-line and running game guru is. Alex Gibbs ring a bell?
     
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    Yes.

    And even though he didn't have the greatest year, Donald Brown was picked 27th overall.

    Ryan Mathews will probably be gone by the time we pick.
     
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    Didn't he rush for 2,000+ yards his last season with UCONN?
     
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    think Pencil was refering to his rookie season with the Colts, heaven help us all if the same thing happens to the Texans if they where to draft Ryan Mathews & he has an extensive injury history too. the more I think about it when it comes to RB's I want them really clean with no past majors. Then you need to evaulate how fast they recover, do they work hard to move rehab date up stuff like that. I don't think durability should be discounted.
     
  6. HuttoKarl

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    It wouldn't really surprise me at all. Heck...maybe they take Spiller, we take Mathews and while we sleep on Thursday night, the two teams swap RB's and a pick here and there....

    and maybe I'll win the lottery...

    All I know is I wish tomorrow was draft night.
     
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    I was referring to his year with the Colts. He only had a 3.6 ypc. I knew he wasn't going to get a ton of touches with Addai in the backfield with him but I expected more from him.

    He did have that "God dammit, Donald!" play with Peyton and that was pretty priceless. :clown:
     
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    Not me. I finally made the switch to Direct TV from cable so I can watch the draft and NFLN. It won't be installed until Friday
     
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    I'll give you that. Carry on.:splits:
     
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    Heh, that was pretty dadgum funny. It would've been funnier if Peyton had gotten slobber-knocked.
     
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    Donald Brown never struck me as a first-round value and I have no idea why the Colts used such a high pick to select him ?
     

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