Greg Eslinger signed to Practice Squad

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  1. dtran04

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    Anyone know anything new about this guy? Obviously he was very highly touted coming out but has been cut twice.
     
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    I remember him, surprised he didn't catch on with the Broncos.
     
  3. Errant Hothy

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    Honoring Earl 34 Hey Koolaid

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    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    All I can find on Kevis Coley is that he is an OLB who went to Southern Miss. who's 6'1" and 228 lbs.
     
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    infantrycak Mod. Staff Member

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    He has only been cut once. He was on IR in 2006 in Denver. Then they put him on the practice squad after playing in Europe. Cleveland signed him from Denver's practice squad in November. Sounds like a classic zone blocking guy.
     
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    If I recall correctly he was the second rated C behind Mangold last year. Out of Minnesota which, once again if I recall correctly, used a zone blocking scheme. It helped that they had Barber and Maroney in the backfield.
     


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    What type of offense does the Browns run?
    Why they cut Eslinger for Phillip?

    Maybe they want a bigger guy?
    Fraley was listed at 315, and Phillip 307.

    This could be a good signing for us, my initial thought.
     
  10. nunusguy

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    I dunno, but I think the prospects for resurrecting the Denver ZB shemes
    here in Houston are looking better all the time. That is if they have any
    potential long-term interests in this guy.
    Both Eslinger and Butler, the former U OT guy drafted by the Panthers in the third round and picked up by Rick Smith, are ZB profiles of the first magnitute.
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    "The ZONE Blockers
    Greg Eslinger, Minnesota, 6-3/290, Center: Eslinger played in a zone scheme at Minnesota, and may be ill equipped for even that in the NFL, with a three cone time of 7.59 at the combine. Don't be surprised to see him fall into the second day.
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    Rashad Butler, Miami, 6-5/293, Tackle: Extremely quick times and athleticism make him a solid bet for mid to late round clubs in need of a swing (left or right) tackle project with NFL caliber skill-set and pedigree."
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    http://www.draftdaddy.com/nfldraft/OLschemes.cfm
     
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    I believe you're right. We probably won't be looking for big guys unless they are also mobile, which is rare (Spencer).
     
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    powerfuldragon g'mornin to you

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    we have a greg now?
     
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    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    He was rated at #1 center in the pre-2006 draft by virtually all media...............Not going #1 was essentially due to his size.........Dang,
    it's H&ll being puny!!!!!

    ________________________________________________________________

    Positives:
    Whenever someone is speaking about Greg Eslinger it is always good. A blue collar guy with no ego or off the field issues, Greg is just a guy that truly loves to play football. He is an extremely gifted athlete, pulls on run plays and screens better than any guard or center prospect in the draft.

    He is not just an undersized offensive lineman who moves well. He drives defenders off the ball and into the ground. He is the best all around center in the draft he is smart, can move well in space, he can move the pile, and he has no ego. There is a lot to be said about that in this day and age.

    Negatives:Although there are no glaring weaknesses in Eslinger’s game he would be the first to tell you that he needs to work on everything. Probably the biggest knock on him is his size. I am sure he can add a little more weight but 290 is pretty stout especially at center. He could also improve his pass blocking. Against big nose guys he is subject to the bull rush. He will need to work hard to polish his game every day in practice.

    Overview:
    Greg Eslinger is flying under the radar. He is the top center in this draft. He is way above average in all phases of his game. He moves well, is an excellent run blocker, gets it done in pass protection, and is smart enough to handle the line calls in the NFL. He is a blue-collar offensive lineman who brings it on every single play. His college coaches rave about his toughness and non stop motor even in practice.[/SIZE]

    There is a reason why Minnesota has had one of the best rushing attacks in all of the country the last four years, and that reason is Greg Eslinger. I would look for him to move up the boards after the combine. A definite first-day pick.

    NFL Comparison: Tom Nalen, Denver Broncos
     
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    As Kaiser Toro mentioned Nick Mangold was the #1 ranked center that year, and so far he is living up to that hype (he;s been outplaying D'Brickashaw).

    But I agree that he has a chance to be a great ZBS C. I wonder if we're ditching all elements of the GB power running system now that Sherman is College Station bound? Eslinger and Butler would certainly fit that theory (and yes I know that Butler was signed before Sherman took the Aggie job, but maybe they know he would get a job...or atleast expected that he would).
     
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    This is huge. I was big on drafting Eslinger and thought he would be a great pickup. I think that he is our Center of the future and will be solid in that role. He likely wont play this season, but he just might crack the starting lineup week 4 next year.

    This is a great move for multiple reasons. First, it gives us our longterm answer at Center. Second, it gives us more depth at Oline. If we end up moving White to RG/C, we can get Studdard to be our backup LG/C. Third it means one less position we need to worry about in the draft or FA. Now we can focus on other positons of need in FA and the Draft.

    So our O line next year could look like this

    LT: from Draft, Salaam, Butler
    LG: Pitts, Studdard
    C: Flannigan, Eslinger
    RG: Weary, White
    RT:Winston, Frye, Butler

    This leaves Spencer to fill in and get his strength back before coming into one of the guard positions.

    Eventually it could be:
    LT: from Draft, Butler
    LG: Studdard, Pitts
    C: Eslinger, White
    RG: Spencer, Weary
    RT:Winston, Frye, Butler
     
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    I pretty much agree here, love the pick-up. was real high on him too, seemed like a perfect fit back then & even more a need now with McKinney & White down. great, under the radar screen signing, Rick Smith is awesome :)
     
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    Dang !
    Sandwiched in between Jammal Brown in 2004 and Joe Thomas in 2006,
    all this kid did was win the Outland Award in his junior year at Minnesota
    in 2005 ! And he was also 4-year starter there. He's gotta have something going for him, gotta have some kind of potential ?
    So the Broncos took him in the 2006 Draft before McNair hired Rick Smith so Eslinger is clearly one of Ricks boys, one of his Draft picks while still in Denver.

    http://encarta.msn.com/media_701500419/Outland_Award_Winners.html
     
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    Where is McKinney?

    And why is Weary on there? He was a FA after this season and his injury is Charles Spencer-ish.
     

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