AJ:Texans draft watch: RB Ben Tate

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  1. Wolf

    Wolf 100% Texan

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    http://www.examiner.com/x-778-Houston-Texans-Examiner~y2010m2d17-Texans-draft-watch-RB-Ben-Tate
     
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    If I'm not this guy's biggest fan then I don't know who is. He seems to have all the skills we look for in a back for our system, plus he goes a muscular 214.

    He can block, he can catch, he is hard to tackle, he runs well up the middle, and he even has decent speed to the outside.

    I don't think he is gonna be a home run threat, but if you want three or four yards every time you run the ball then this is your guy.
     
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    That would be me!
     
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    I think he will be a good mid round selection, but Anthony Dixon just seems head and shoulders above Tate, and currently can be had in the 3rd round or so.
     
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    Anthony is a solid 2nd. pretty close to = value @ Texans slot. actually like him a little more than Beanie Wells.

    Ben Tate to me gets a solid 3rd rd. grade not a 4th as some people think because he has complete RB skill set. This versatility gives him an edge to a team like the Texans.

    I would be happy with either or both :good:
     
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    ^^^^^^

    This!
     
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    Both, please.
     
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  9. Wolf6151

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    I'd love to have Ben Tate and have been pimping him in the my mocks in the 3rd round. He's not great at anything but he's good at almost everything. He's got good speed, not great. He's got good power, not great. He's a downhill runner who runs with authority and is difficult to bring down and blocks well. I'm not sure about his pass catching ability and think that we should take him in the 3rd, he won't be available in the 4th at our pick.
     
  10. beerlover

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    if there is such a thing as a system rb who fits Kubiaks style he's it.
     
  11. HuttoKarl

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    I am a firm believer that we should grab two RB's in the draft and pass up the FA crew (unless Chester Taylor would be willing to come down for a decent deal).
     
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    And that is your opinion. I think he is a solid 3rd. I guess we will just have to see how the teams rank him.
     
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    Regarding the 2nd rd. grade, I gave Shonn Greene a 2nd rd. grade last year & he was taken in the 3rd however that 3rd was the first pick in the 3rd, this happens all the time, first rd. talent slips to 2nd, 2nd slips to 3rd and so on. If the Texans graded him accordingly or Barwin was off the board the Texans should have selected him with that 2nd rd. pick. This draft the Texans are picking later in each round, so if a player fits in a specific round (this case 2nd) you better take him cause at some point he becomes the highest rated player on another teams board, they may even trade up (Shonn Greene) to address their need because the value justifies the move.

    Same thing with Tate, the Texans should have a realistic shot at him in the 3rd. but if they take another player because he is rated higher on their board when that pick comes I would not expect him to hang around until the Texans pick again. maybe they move up when the value justifies the cost like the Jets did last year to get Greene.

    Anthony Dixon is a tough yardage between the tackle prototype sized NFL franchise back with above average skill set. 2nd rd. grade

    Ben Tate is also a tough yardage, between tackle RB with a low center of gravity, one cut downhill, solid built but not elite sized or spectacular in any one area other than great picking up the blitz & pass protection. 3rd rd. grade
     
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    I have Dixon in 2nd also and hopefully for me, pushing my guy Gerhart down to us. I still have TG in 2nd for my mock. Have not watched Tate but has good rep and decent size/speed combo. I like OKlahoma's Chris Brown more because I have watched him. I have him slipping to 6th. 5'10" 202lbs 4.47 speed and an insurance policy for Slaton.
     
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    Good points, and a great post my man. The only difference I see (And this is my opinion) is that Greene was 2nd round material that slipped. Dixon is 3rd round material, and if he slips you might see him at the top of round 4.
     
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    no problem we can agree to disagree but what we both seem to have in common is a sense who the Texans should target that fit in Kubiaks system. :ahhaha:
     
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    Honor is due. I wasn't expecting that kind of time out of him. either a move back in the first or the fifty two, he'll work for me.
     
  18. beerlover

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    you know the ole' saying you can led a horse to water but you can't make him drink :bender: sometimes you just have to see it for yourself. most of my draft analysis is based off tape anyway, its nice he surprised people, well kinda don't want to see him get over drafted out of Texans reach, but I've known since watching games he is a tough, strong lower trunk built, competetive downhill one-cut pile driver who blocks like his life depends on it. Now I'm not sure where to rank him in 3rd? Texans pick so late I fear he'll be gone just like Greene last year.....
     
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    Me too. I missed on Ulatoski....I hit on Newhouse. Now whether or not Newhouse will be there for the third round pick, whether or not they are as concerned over the young guards as I am....I don't know.
     
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    When looking at Tate's numbers you also have to be aware that Auburn had a different offensive coordinator every year that Tate was there. I expect that has to set back the entire offense to some degree.
     

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