Branch Pro-Day!

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  1. beerlover

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    anyone see what he did @ Michigans Pro-Day?

    Branch ran the short shuttle in 4.81 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.50. Kansas City defensive line coach Tim Krumrie worked Branch hard during the position drills, and the scouts there said Branch did not look like he was in very good shape.

    I think he falls out of the Top 10 not Adrian Peterson or Brady Quinn.

    sorry all you dreamers :cry2:
     
  2. YoungTexanFan

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    Falls out? Since before the season was even over I've been screaming that this tub of worthlessness wasn't a top 10 talent. In the power ranking I put out WELL before the combine, he is in like the thirties or something talent wise. Feel free to look that one up mods.
     
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  3. beerlover

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    I was interested until the Rose Bowl where he got schooled by the much smaller Ryan Kalil :tearup:

    its hard to imagine how people can think that Peterson/Quinn fall to #8 when a projected top 10 pick like Alan Branch just does'nt show up to workout & in fact is the one to fall. reminds me of Gabe Watson (another Michigan DT last year) who was projected early as a late 1st/early 2nd yet showed up out of shape & wound up dropping to the 4th rd. (#107 Arizona).
     
  4. HuttoKarl

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    Sweet...maybe we can get Branch in the second. :elmo: :joker: :elmo:
     
  5. nunusguy

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    I taped that game and haven't got around to watching it, but really am looking forward to it now that this is guy on our radar, in spite of what
    others are saying. Who knows how the Texans have him ranked on their own
    Board ?
    On another player but a DLineman, I watched the tape again of the
    Wisc-Arkansas bowl game, and Jamaal Anderson is defininetly the real deal !
     
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    since the Wisc-Arkansas game is fresh in your mind whats your analysis of how Joe Thomas blocked against Jammal Anderson?
     
  7. nunusguy

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    Unfortunatly that match-up didn't occur very often because Anderson was
    on the other end of the line playing stronside DE for Ark, while Thomas is
    of coures a LT.
    I've only watched the first half, but Anderson picked up 2 sacks in just that half. But what's interesting is that he was so active, with much success, that
    they did move Thomas to RT on a few plays apparently to go up against
    Anderson. Just a few plays, not enough to draw any real conclusions.
    But if the Texans had a chance to take this guy at the #8 dunno how they'd
    feel about taking another DLineman who's college position was strongside DE
    like Mario ?
     
  8. awtysst

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    Question, how did JT do at RT. Many people believe he falls to the Cards and my main disagreement point was that he was a LT and that a RT could be found cheaper elsewhere. How did JT play on the right side? Did he play well, or did he seem out of place?
     


  9. Vinny

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    I don't see how they pass on him under any circumstance. His skills suit a weakside end just fine since he is tall lanky and explosive, so I don't see why you would be concerned.
     
  10. keyfro

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    it's really unforunate about branch...i think he really could be something along somebodies d-line...he just can't fall into the same habits that jonathan sullivan did...it's ok if your 6'5'' and 330lbs if you're going to stay in shape but you gotta keep your weight under control...showing up to camp out of shape and 360lbs is what killed sullivan's career and if branch doesn't get serious about what he's doing he'll end up the same way
     
  11. BattleRedToro

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    I see what you are getting at with Leinart being left-handed, but to clarify things better it should be called Strongside Tackle, ST, and Weakside Tackle, WT, because that is how they will lineup. Whether the QB be left-handed or right-handed that will only determine which side will be Strong or Weak and then the Offense will set up accordingly. In other words, Joe Thomas will lineup at the RT spot if drafted by Arizona or any other team with a left-handed QB and LT for any other team with a right-handed QB. Against a RT as Weakside alignment most defenses will place their elite pass rusher at Left Defensive End, LDE, instead of the normal Right Defensive End, RDE. Likewise RDE and LDE should be refered to as SDE and WDE to curtail any confusion just as LB's are refered to as SLB and WLB and not LLB and RLB.
     
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    As I said, Thomas played primarily LT and I my focus was on the other side of the line where Anderson played on the theory that realistically we wouldn't have a chance to draft Thomas, but Anderson very easily could still be in play
    at #8.
    BTW, I understand what you're saying about Thomas being a LT but Arizona needing a RT to protect lefty Leinerts blind side. But I would imagine Arizona will put Thomas at RT and he will be on "an island" since they may have a dominant left-handed formation where the TE would play next to the LT. Others may have thoughts on that ?
     
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    Far better and more comprehensive than I put it.
    Excellent !
     
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    If Anderson were available at 8 by some miraculous twist of fate, I'd LOVE to get him and move Weaver to DT predominantly. Then look hard for secondary help in the second.
     
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    I dunno, but isn't this player what we really expected Mario to be ?
     
  16. kastofsna

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    amazing!

    branch is top 10 talent, there's no question about it. a man-child. he's had games where he completely brutalized everyone in his path. but...just needs to keep it together.
     
  17. Vinny

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    After watching Mario play I never considered him a weakside end. Mario is more Richard Seymore than Bruce Smith in the fact that Seymore is a good all around player but not a great pass rusher. Anderson is more of a pure pass rusher but can hold up against the run...we would have great bookends.
     
  18. HuttoKarl

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    All I know is that pairing him with Mario and putting Weaver inside would be scary for O-Linemen.

    Before complaining about Mario's production, I want to see him play without the plantar fasciitis...he was starting to throw people around before it became a big issue.
     
  19. Blake

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    Wow, I cannot understand how some of you think.

    Branch is an amazingly nimble 6'6" 330lbs defensive lineman. The term dancing bear could be used on this guy.

    I think that he has a very good chance to slid to #8 due to the Smith's being signed for the browns d-line, which gives them a clear shot at Peterson. I still think that a QB is worth more than a WR, and I still think that the Lions want a franchise QB in the worst way. Thats why my top 8 looks like this...

    Oakland: Russell
    Detroit: Quinn
    Cleveland: Peterson
    Bucs: Johnson
    Arizona: Thomas
    Washington: Jamaal Anderson (Might Be Adams)
    Minnesota: Gaines Adams (Might be Anderson)
    Houston: LaRon Lanry or Alan Branch

    And I am fine with either.
     
  20. keyfro

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    yeah it would be scary our two D-ends would be 6'6'' and 6'7''...with talent and size that would be scary...not sure who would emerge has the better overall d-end
     

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