John Murphy on Thomas v. Brown

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  1. Errant Hothy

    Errant Hothy Hypermediocrity

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    Good read:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_y...=jm-prosconstackles041807&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

    I know I'm one of the few here who think Brown should be the pick at 10, but the more I read about Thomas the more I think he's going to be more like Gross and Gallery then Pace. Or is this all "so close to the draft nit-picking"?

    Also Murphy's blog about the Texans:
    http://nfldraftbible.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2007-04-17T06%3A36:00-05:00&max-results=7

    Edit: Can I get a typo corrected in the title, please? Thanks texasguy346!
     
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    These are my two favorites as well, although I would like to trade down, and hope one or both are there. I don't really understand the Staley and Levi Brown bashing I see alot. And, yes, Bowe would have me pretty excited as well.
     
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    Typo fixed.
     
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    Jeez, the NFL draft is insane.
    First someones up, then they're down.
    First Thomas was #2 prospect in the draft, then he was way down.
    Then he put in the best combine numbers I've ever seen a 300+ guy put up, and he was #2 again
    Now he's down again?

    Im sorry but all this analysis is stupid if you ask me.
    He runs fast. He's quick. He had a successful collegiate career.
    Overanalyzing is what causes boneheaded draft moves.
     
  5. Errant Hothy

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    So did Robert Gallery and Jordan Gross, and neither of them is their team's starting LT yet players picked after them are starting LTs...one of them was a Pro-Bowl LT last year.
     
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    I heard John Murphy say on SR610 Tuesday morning that the Texans could find good WR talent in this Draft in the 3rd round.
     
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    I hate the idea of Bowe at 10.

    Brown I can live with, one of the top CB's of FS's definitely.... but not WR at 10. There is a whole bunch of WR's who are much of a muchness and none of them are worth the 10 in my books.
     
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    I was hpoing somebody else would have noticed this, but I'll go ahead and point it out. People keep saying that Thomas is the better LT prospect then Brown because he, Thomas, is a better athlete; and I don't think that's true.

    We all know be know that Thomas ran a faster 40 then Brown, 4.92 to 5.32 (nearly half a second); but then again the 40 time for any O-lineman is a useless stat. The 10 yard splits were 1.81 for Thomas and 1.84 for Brown, essentially the same. So yes Thomas is faster over 40 yards, but over 10 which is about the most a OT will run they are the same. Moving on to the times for the short shuttle, Thomas ran it in 4.85 while Brown ran it is 4.82. Once again essentially the same. The two young men were as egaully quick in the 3 cone, Brown running it in 7.81 and Thomas in 7.88. Now Thomas does hold an advantage in the vertical, 33" versus 28.5"; but Brown is moving an additional 17 pounds. This brings us to the size issue, Brown is a bigger man with a more protypical body for a NFL LT. He has bigger hands then Thomas, 10 1/4 versus 9 3/4, and longer arms 34 3/8 versues 32 1/2 (this is where the biggest seperation betwwen the two is in my view). Balancinig all this, and the fact that both were highly lineman in college (but once again Brown gets the edge being a 4 year starter) in my view Brown will be the better pro.

    I don't think either guy has high a ceiling as D'Brickashaw from last year, but I do think that Brown's ceiling is higher then Thomas'; and I also think Brown's floor (which would be a dominate RT) is higher then Thomas' (which would be a Robert Gallery clone).
     


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    "Winston’s short arms (32 ¼”) and average upper body strength make him susceptible to bull rushes."
    http://www.houstonprofootball.com/draft/2006/picks/winstone.html
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    Good stuff H-B ! You make a very persuasive argument for Browns equality and even superiority in important measureble components.
    But what jumped out at me in particular was Thomas's arm length, a measureable that many NFL people seem to attach a lot of importance to for OT prospects, atleast some players like our guy Eric Winston who is an immaterial 1/4 " < than Thomas.
    I dunno, but how come Thomas gets a pass on this obvious deficiency ?
     
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    I don't know why nobody is bringing up Thomas' short arms, but then again few brought it up about Gallery and Gross.

    From Gosselins break down today:
    These are things that get me fired up. I know everybody thinks it's cool that Thomas is going fishing with his dad on draft day as is their tradition (I think it is cool to). But Levi seems to be the one developing a chip on his shoulder and it seems to be motivating him. I really think that as of now Levi Brown will be a better pro then Thomas!
     

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