For all of the D'Brick and O-lineman fans...

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  1. Porky

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    For those of you who keep insisting that the Texans use high picks on offensive lineman, HPF has an excellent analysis of the last 11 Bronco drafts. As it relates to offensive lineman, this is how it breaks down:

    C: 1st: 0, 2nd: 0, 3rd: 0, 4th: 1, 5th: 1, 6th: 1, 7th: 1
    OG: 1st: 0, 2nd: 1, 3rd: 1, 4th: 0, 5th: 0, 6th: 2, 7th: 1
    OT: 1st: 1, 2nd: 0, 3rd: 0, 4th: 2, 5th: 0, 6th: 0, 7th: 1


    True to their reputation for building top lines primarily from late-rounders and undrafted free agents, the Broncos only used three first-day picks on offensive linemen: first-round OT George Foster in 2003, second-round OG Lennie Friedman in 1999, and third-round OG Dan Neil in 1997. They also only selected 13 O-linemen total during the 11 drafts, which is not many at all considering that there are five line positions. So Kubiak probably will not try to solve the offensive line problems that have plagued the Texans throughout the franchise’s history with a lineman-heavy draft.


    Think about that people. THREE picks in the first 3 rounds in 11 years time. All of you "must draft olineman high" people. Prepare now for disapointment Saturday. :stirpot:
     
  2. kiwitexansfan

    kiwitexansfan Site Contributor

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    I'm sorry are we the Broncos now, did Kubiak make draft decisions in Denver or does that take into account the BPA at their pick in those drafts.??

    Denver does not equal Houston. :brickwall
     
  3. Double Barrel

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    Hopefully Sherman can coach the players we've got to be a much better unit next season. I think a lot of it comes down to coaching leadership and implementing schemes that utilize the players' strengths, something the previous regime seemed to be sorely lacking.
     
  4. Porky

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    Well, since he was the OC in Denver those 11 yrs, you would think he would have some pull in who was drafted in the line. Since we will be using the same exact line technique and style, I think you can draw some parellels. It's a matter of finding prospects to fit the system, not neccesarily where they are drafted. It's going to be hilarious on this board come Saturday if no Olineman are taken, which would not shock me.
     
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    At one time, I was saying we should use high picks on linemen, but I stopped feeling that way when we got Kubiak. It's his show.
     
  6. Goatcheese

    Goatcheese Nightmare Over

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    They drafted depth on the second day and molded them into solid players over the course of years. There was also a heafty dose of luck in finding good players. You can't pin the future of your franchise on the chance of an undraft LT becoming Matt Lepsis. For every undrafted guy who becomes AVERAGE there are hundreds or thousands who wash out and end up working at McDonalds. The line needs to get better now. Not in 3 years when Carr is a quad. We need to draft atleast 1 starter this year, and a few players to develope behind Wiegert, McKinney and Flanagan.

    The type of players the Broncos needed for their line have also become more valuable. Teams have seen their success and started to use their scheme. It wasn't that long ago that 3-4 teams could get ideal DE/OLB tweeners in the later rounds. Now we have seen Suggs, Merriman and Ware go at 10 and 11. Denver showed that undersized linemen can be effective and it has driven their stock up. Greg Eslinger would have been a late round pick a decade ago, and now he's likely to go in the 3rd or 4th.

    Denvers line is also over rated. They are very good at run blocking in the zone scheme, but in pass protection they use Plummers mobility to avoid sacks. Look at the Steelers game in the playoffs. If not for Plummers mobility they gave up 5+ sacks. David Carr has decent speed, but is nowhere nere Plummers agility and escapability. We need a line than can hold up. If you are hoping to find those guys on the second day or in the undraft pool... Lets just say the odds are against success.
     
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    It is his show, well hopefully, Casserley is still saying it is his show.

    We will begin to see from this draft on exactly what our attitude to the draft will be.
     
  8. RBforRB

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    I just don't get this arguement completely. Sure the broncos have done well with a 7th rounder in Nalen and an undrafted Lepsis, but isn't left tackle the most critical position for pass protection and doesn't their one 1st round pick play that position? I just don't see how you can say Kubiak won't want to use a high pick for an OL simple because they drafted Foster in the first. If at #33 a quality LT like Winston is available, why wouldn't they look at him as an option? They may not take OL in the 2nd, but it's a possibility.

    with a quick look up:
    Broncos OL:
    Foster - 1st round
    Carlisle - 4th
    Nalen - 7th
    Hamilton - 4th
    Lepsis - UD

    Texans currently:
    Wand - 3rd
    Pitts - 2nd
    Flanagan - 3rd
    McKinney - 4th
    Wiegert - 2

    Wade was a second, but doesn't look to fit the system.

    By comparing draft rounds, we look better or equal in all but LT and LT has been our biggest line problem. If we improve our LT quality, we can spread some of the other talent to other positions. Wiegert is injury prone. I'm not saying OL in the 1st, but 2nd or 3rd likely. Hopefully whoever we select can start off working under Wand at LT and provide depth under Wiegert if he gets hurt. If our draft pick proves a better option at LT than Wand, could Wand play RT? Upgrade?

    I don't really care where we get the talent. I just want the line to be solid, but don't see why we should just plan on finding late round gems. In Kubes we trust......
     
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    Good points Goat, very insightful.
    But there are only 'bout 3 - 4 teams that use full time Zone Blocking schemes,
    which tends to use smaller OL because that scheme places more emplasis on
    speed and athleticism than bulk and strength, which the more traditional power schemes ephasize. And while the popularity of the 3-4 D is growing,
    can we say with accuracy the same thing about the use of ZBs by offensive lines ?
    One thing is for sure though, ZB has nothing to with pass blocking, and that's
    why teams will pay big premiums for steller pass blockers, especially LTs.
     
  10. Scooter

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    stats are fun.

    Denver Broncos, over that same span ...

    RB: 1st: 0, 2nd: 2, 3rd: 1, 4th: 2, 5th: 1, 6th: 2, 7th: 4
    QB: 1st: 0, 2nd: 0, 3rd: 1, 4th: 1, 5th: 0, 6th: 0, 7th: 3

    the broncos havent used a first rounder on an RB or QB since '92 when they took tommy maddux, and i cant find them using a first on a runningback since steve sewell in '85. neither of which were during kubiak's tenure.

    i also have the current champ's listings if you'd prefer to see the contrast in drafting. outside of that, i couldnt have said it any better than goatcheese already has.
     
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    how many rb's have they drafted in the first round?
     
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    Well, looking at the same kind of break down hpf did:

    1995 Terrell Davis 6th
    1996 Detron Smith 3rd
    1996 LT Levine 7th
    1998 Curtis Alexander 4th
    1998 Chris Howard 5th
    1999 Olandis Gary 4th
    2000 Mike Anderson 6th
    2002 Clinton Portis 2nd
    2003 Quentin Griffen 4th (wanted DD here)
    2003 Ahmad Galloway 7th
    2004 Tatum Bell 2nd
    2004 Brandon Miree 7th
    2005 Maurice Clarett 3rd

    Looks like 13 picks (to fill two positions instead of 5) and 4 from the 1st day of the draft.
     
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    Had some good/great hits, and some pretty bad misses.
     
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    Congratulations on acknowledging the o-line as the coaches have been running it in the weeks they've had the team together. Many posters ignore or write off the report as an "experiment". The experiment must be going well since they haven't tried any other combination yet.

    It would be an exceptional 2nd or 3rd rounder who could step in and start on the line and improve it, especially at LT. There is a learning curve that might be painful to watch. We'll see how training camp goes.
     
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    I wasn't trying to suggest that I believed whoever we drafted at OL in the 2nd or 3rd would beat the current starters. I agree it would be very unlikely for them to step in and start. I see it as a long term upgrade. This is why I believe they are trying Wand again at LT. To give him a new chance with a new coaching staff to prove himself as well as hold the spot for a drafted OT to learn. The general consensus here is that Pitts is good, but he might be a better fit at G or RT. Would our future look better having Pitts at LT or moving him to a position he might be better and drafting someone with better potential to compete and adjust to the LT position?

    I don't believe the staff's "expirement" at OL is a ringing endorsement for Wand at LT, but a belief that Pitts will be a better gaurd and the availabilty of draft picks to fill LT in the future. My question still is, if we draft a LT to learn this year under Wand, in the following year will Wand make a good RT? I know LT is usually more difficult, but not all LT's make good RT's. Could Wand make this transition? I haven't seen anything about him as a possibility at RT and I'm trying to get an outlook on the future of the line.
     
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    http://www.houstonprofootball.com/draft/

     
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    makes me wonder if we will try to get Mcneal out of A&M as a project if he is available late on 2nd day :hmmm:
     
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    That would be nice, but then again why did we sign Sage Rosenfiels and Dave Ragone
     
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    How long is Ragone signed for? Nealy would be nice in the 6th.
     

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