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jake long

t, michigan

war room analysis

strengths: is massive. shows rare strength, competitiveness and aggressiveness. when using hand punch aggressively, can jolt defensive ends backward. does a good job of pass blocking with leverage, and adjusts well in tight spaces. works well with others to negate line stunts and blitzes. is an excellent down blocker, driving defensive linemen down the line. reaches head-up defensive ends quickly, and shows the strength to turn them out of plays.

weaknesses: is somewhat of a 'tweener -- has the height and build of a tackle but the athleticism and quickness of a guard. lacks the quickness to slide outside to protect the corner from explosive edge pass rushers. struggles to adjust to double moves. does not consistently use his hands well in pass protection, leaving his chest exposed. tends to stop moving his feet after initial contact in pass protection, and thus gets beaten by secondary pass-rush moves. on in-line run blocks, tends to bend at waist and lean to maintain blocks.

bottom line: long is one of the most hyped prospects in years, and he almost entered the '07 draft before wisely going back to michigan for his senior season. he lacks the athleticism to play left tackle in the nfl but with improved technique could become a fine right tackle, a la the browns' ryan tucker. long certainly will be drafted much higher than we have him rated because nfl coaches tend to fall in love with tough, smart linemen. still, we feel he is not an elite prospect and that he projects only as a solid right tackle or guard.

it surprised me how much they didn't like long.

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some other ot profiles from tsn:

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king dunlap

t, auburn

war room analysis

strengths: is extremely tall with long arms and surprising athleticism. bends knees to pass block with good leverage, enabling him to slide and shuffle to counter pass-rush moves. consistently slides outside to cutoff speed rushers, and can slide back inside to neutralize double moves -- is especially adept at handling spins moves. as an in-line run blocker, locks up head-up defensive linemen and turns and seals them out of the play. is a good down blocker, consistently driving his man down the line. flashes the ability to make short pulls around tight end to block the linebacker.

weaknesses: must learn to use long arms to his advantage; keeps hands low and grabs outside defensive ends' shoulders, leaving his chest exposed. does not use an aggressive hand punch in pass protection, and thus bull rushers get into his chest and jolt him backwards. on straight-ahead run blocks, does not use consistent leverage and aggression and thus struggles to move the pile. lacks the quickness off the snap to effectively reach block defensive linemen or consistently get through the line to block linebackers. on in-line run blocks, tends to bend at waist and lean and thus gets defeated by quick arm-over moves.

bottom line: dunlap stepped up since he took over for the chargers' marcus mcneil, a second-round pick in 2006. dunlap has rare height and long arms but must learn to use his hands more effectively to reach his potential. dunlap certainly has the talent to be a good nfl starter at left tackle or right tackle but would be best suited to spend a season as a backup while improving his technique.

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gosder cherilus

t, boston college

war room analysis

cherilus is tall with the strength, long arms and competitiveness to consistently eliminate his man from the play once he locks up on him. he isn't a fleet-footed tackle who consistently slides out to the corners to cut off explosive speed rushers, but he knows how to get his hands on pass rushers quickly enough to offset some of his lacking quickness. cherilus' size, strength, competitiveness and aggressiveness make him a strong run blocker who consistently gets on defensive linemen quickly, moves well and eliminates his man. gordon has the tools to become a great nfl right tackle but considering the league's dearth of good left tackles, he has enough ability to be the rare one who significantly helps his team's rushing attack.

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sam baker

t, usc

war room analysis

strengths: is tall and athletic with the quickness and long arms to be an effective pass blocker. slides out easily to cutoff edge rushers, and shows the agility and footwork to move back inside to cutoff double moves inside. when aggressive with hand punch, can jolt pass rushers and stop them in their tracks. is aggressive on down blocks, consistently driving his man down the line. gets out of his stance and set quickly. reaches the second level quickly to block linebackers. is instinctive, working well with others to stymie stunts and blitzes.

weaknesses: tends to block upright and straight-legged, and struggles to move and maintain his block when he does. too often stops moving his feet after contact in pass protection, getting beat way too easily by secondary moves. does not use hands aggressively in pass protection, allowing bull rushers to get into his chest and drive him backward. struggles to get around shaded defensive linemen to execute reach blocks; tends to bend at the waist, overextend and fall off his blocks.

bottom line: baker, the son of afl commissioner david baker, has received more than his share of publicity. the reality is he is nowhere near as good as he should be on the field. he reminds us of the raiders' robert gallery only not as athletic or as productive, and gallery has struggled mightily in the nfl. in the end, we are confident that baker can become a solid nfl starter but nothing more. because of his size, long arms and athleticism, baker is sure to be drafted higher than we have him rated but he will struggle to live up to a lofty draft status.

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tony hills

t, texas

war room analysis

strengths: is big, tall and strong. shows good athleticism. shows the power to dominate defensive ends when using good technique and being aggressive. shows the quick footwork to slide outside and cutoff edge rushers. once locked up, eliminates his man. can drive defensive linemen down the line on down blocks, and shows the strength to lock up and turn head-up defensive linemen out of the play when being aggressive. reaches the second level quickly to block linebackers easily when under control and maintaining good balance. is surprisingly nimble for a big man; can hurdle fallen bodies without losing his balance.

weaknesses: is raw. must greatly improve technique -- must bend knees and block with more consistent leverage and use hand punch much more aggressively in pass protection. lacks experience at tackle, and does not communicate well with the guard to neutralize line stunts and blitzes. when blocking in the open field, tends to stop moving his feet and fall off the block. tends to pass block upright, hindering his ability to slide side to side to adjust to quick pass-rush moves; especially struggles to negate inside pass-rush moves.

bottom line: hills is an interesting and promising prospect. he was a top-flight tight end in high school but switched to offensive tackle at texas and didn't become the starter until 2006. so, he still is learning the nuances of the position. based on his play as a junior, hills has a long way to go to play in the nfl. he reminds us of the colts' tony ugoh, a second-round pick in '07 who struggled mightily as a junior before greatly improving as a senior. we project that hills will follow a similar path and greatly improve his technique and fly up draft boards around the league. hills is a future nfl left tackle.

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heath benedict

t, newberry

war room analysis

benedict is the most interesting of the upcoming class' offensive line prospects because he clearly is a top-level athlete with the physical tools to become either a great tackle or a great guard in the nfl. he started his college career at tennessee but couldn't make the grade and ended up at a small school in south carolina where he is a man among boys and often is a dominant blocker. despite being superior athletically and strength-wise to every defensive lineman he goes against in ncaa division ii, he remains highly competitive and blocks with an aggressive, attacking temperament that few offensive linemen use.

benedict also is raw, especially in pass protection, which is why he does sometimes get beat by players who won't play football after college. he is a very intriguing prospect with whom some team will fall in love because of his natural athleticism and competitive style, but he will need some time to develop and improve before having a chance to be the player his nfl team will hope he will become.

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jeff otah

t, pittsburgh

war room analysis

strengths: is huge with long arms and a thick lower body. bends knees and sinks hips to pass block with good leverage. shows good quickness to slide outside and cutoff speed rushers, and can slide back inside to adjust to secondary pass-rush moves. has the size and strength to be an effective positional run blocker;

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thanks for posting this wink.gif

this is interesting indeed. i havnt wanted to take an ot in the first round of the draft with all the depth that will

be there. i just think its a wiser move to take 1 or even 2 with our 2nds...

from reading their analysis it looks like tony hills and king dunlap/gosder cherilus would be great 2nd round picks...

have you got analysis on ryan clady?

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that is the first thing i have seen about hills. that is why pro-scouts and gm get the big $$$$$. they have to tell who really is good and who isn't with lots of conflicting info. from this post, hills=potential stud ot, long=mediocre ot/og.

while nfldraftcountdown has long way ahead of hills. of course, scouts and gms don't pay much attention to the stuff we as fans have to rely on.

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some espn info:

jake long

ot | (6'7", 309, 5.3) | michigan

scouts grade: 97

flags: (d: durability) player that can't stay healthy

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strengths: an experienced, technically sound ot prospect with great size-potential. is versatile; has experience at left and right tackle and could play either/both in the nfl. also has proven capable of performing at a high level in a power-run scheme and new zone-blocking scheme. possesses excellent height, adequate bulk and the frame to get bigger if necessary. he has a massive wingspan with long arms and big hands. a natural knee-bender; he gets set quickly in pass pro, plays with good body lean and rarely gets caught lunging. he shuffles his feet quickly and can get back inside to defend a double move. uses long arms and powerful punch to jar defenders and run them wide as pass rushers. shows excellent awareness in pass pro; consistently gives inside help and does a great job of picking up stunts, twists and blitzes. he takes very good angles as a run blocker. has adapted very well to zone-blocking and shows the mobility to execute in a similar scheme in the nfl. he has good upper-and-lower body strength as a run blocker. also works hard to sustain and shows a good mean streak. great intangibles. a leader and hard worker on-and-off the field. good student in the classroom and intelligence carries over to the field, where he picks up techniques, schemes and assignments quickly.

weaknesses: lacks elite mobility for an elite ot prospect. has enough quickness and balance to perform at a high level in the nfl, but he is not as nimble as former top ot prospects such as orlando pace (rams), jonathan ogden (ravens) and d'brickashaw ferguson (jets). lacks ideal bulk for his frame. depending on the scheme, he may need to add some weight in the nfl. durability is somewhat of a concern after he missed the first seven games of the 2005 season with an ankle/foot injury.

overall: long was redshirted in 2003. during his first three seasons (2004-'06) he appeared in 30 games, making 14 starts at right tackle (2004-'05) and 13 starts at left tackle (2006). long missed the first seven games of the 2005 season after suffering a foot injury during fall camp. long missed more than half of the 2005 season with an ankle/foot injury but returned to form as a fulltime starter last year. he could have been a top-10 pick in the 2007 draft but he elected instead to return to ann arbor for his final season of collegiate eligibility. long has outstanding experience to go along with his massive frame and quick feet. while he doesn't possess elite mobility, he clearly has enough physically and mentally to quickly emerge as a solid starter in the nfl and remain one for years to come. another healthy and productive campaign in 2007 should land long a spot near the top of next year's nfl draft.

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ryan clady

ot | (6'6", 317, 5.15) | boise state

scouts grade: 95

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overall: clady has experience at both right and left tackle and in my opinion has the feet and frame to develop into a starting left tackle in the nfl. michigan's jake long, usc's samuel baker and boston college's gosder cherilus headline a strong group of senior offensive tackles, but clady has the skills to challenge for a first-round spot if he can develop his technique in pass protection and cut down on the false start penalties that have plagued him so far as a junior.

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gosder cherilus

ot | (6'6", 312, 5.1) | boston college

scouts grade: 93

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strengths: is big enough to engulf undersized defenders, can wear them down over the course of a game and has the frame to add even more weight. rarely takes false steps, is efficient and generally gets into sound position. drives legs once in position, shows above-average lower body strength and is a powerful run blocker that can get movement in short-yardage situations. plays with good motor, stays under control when gets into space and is an effective downfield blocker. efficiently gets into pass set and uses long arms to ride pass rushers past the pocket. moves feet well for size, stays balanced and flashes the ability to counter double moves. keeps head up, shows good awareness and can pick up the blitz as well as line stunts.

weaknesses: isn't explosive and could have problems preventing elite edge rushers from turning the corner. though gets good hand placement and rarely loses battle once locked on to the defender, doesn't deliver a powerful initial punch, lack a mean streak and shouldn't knock many defenders back at the point of attack. while big enough to hold ground most of the time, bends at the waist rather than the knees and powerful bull rushers should have some success pushing back into the pocket.

overall: cherilus was redshirted in 2003 and then went on to start 37 consecutive games at right tackle over his first three seasons (2004-'06). gosder doesn't have elite explosiveness and he needs to work on staying lower to the ground but he is a three-year starter who possesses a rare blend of size and mobility. he projects as a late-first or early second-round pick heading into his senior season.

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michael oher

ot | (6'5", 323, 5.2) | mississippi

scouts grade: 91

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overall: oher remains too much of a raw talent and will need lots of polish should he leave early for next april's draft. still, he has outstanding size, good natural strength and adequate quickness for such a big man. he has experience at guard and both tackle positions, but unless he makes huge strides in terms of his feet and pass-pro technique oher projects best at right tackle.

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christopher williams

ot | (6'6", 315, 5.35) | vanderbilt

scouts grade: 84

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strengths: possesses a massive frame; is tall with long arms, big hands and adequate bulk. still has room on his frame to get bigger. displays good overall mobility for his size. has decent quickness in his pass pro set and does a very good job of using his long arms to ride pass rushers wide while he's still getting set. he can engulf bigger defenders once he's in position and engaged. he works to finish his blocks and he shows good upper body strength to keep separation. displays versatility with experience at guard and tackle. he has be

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i still like gosder cherilus for our ot draft pick. if the value falls in line with the pick i hope we go ot, qb, dt & rb with our first 4.

1) glen dorsey, brian brohm or darren mcfadden

2) gosder cherilus, jonathan stewart or frank okam

2) eric ainge, mike hart or tony hills

i like experience and consistancy in my ots and qbs over high ceilings and raw potential.

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thanks for posting this wink.gif

this is interesting indeed. i havnt wanted to take an ot in the first round of the draft with all the depth that will

be there. i just think its a wiser move to take 1 or even 2 with our 2nds...

from reading their analysis it looks like tony hills and king dunlap/gosder cherilus would be great 2nd round picks...

have you got analysis on ryan clady?

i just wonder if their king dunlap analysis was done before or after he lost his starting job to a freshman?

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tony hills

t, texas

war room analysis

strengths: is big, tall and strong. shows good athleticism. shows the power to dominate defensive ends when using good technique and being aggressive. shows the quick footwork to slide outside and cutoff edge rushers. once locked up, eliminates his man. can drive defensive linemen down the line on down blocks, and shows the strength to lock up and turn head-up defensive linemen out of the play when being aggressive. reaches the second level quickly to block linebackers easily when under control and maintaining good balance. is surprisingly nimble for a big man; can hurdle fallen bodies without losing his balance.

weaknesses: is raw. must greatly improve technique -- must bend knees and block with more consistent leverage and use hand punch much more aggressively in pass protection. lacks experience at tackle, and does not communicate well with the guard to neutralize line stunts and blitzes. when blocking in the open field, tends to stop moving his feet and fall off the block. tends to pass block upright, hindering his ability to slide side to side to adjust to quick pass-rush moves; especially struggles to negate inside pass-rush moves.

bottom line: hills is an interesting and promising prospect. he was a top-flight tight end in high school but switched to offensive tackle at texas and didn't become the starter until 2006. so, he still is learning the nuances of the position. based on his play as a junior, hills has a long way to go to play in the nfl. he reminds us of the colts' tony ugoh, a second-round pick in '07 who struggled mightily as a junior before greatly improving as a senior. we project that hills will follow a similar path and greatly improve his technique and fly up draft boards around the league. hills is a future nfl left tackle.

man, i remember i wanted him a lot. tony ugoh in the 2nd round last year... i remember a lot of other people did too.

think this kid will be there in the 2nd though? richardson is falling like a rock from what im hearing...

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you guys are waisting your time studing 1st rd ol , it aint gonna happen . it will be a qb i'd say 90 % chance and 10 % dt

you're wasting your time telling us what to think with your self-aggrandizing sig and poor spelling. i like you draftnut but you are completely full of yourself.

that said, it is pretty obvious that the falcons will pick the one person of the 2 or 3 available at our pick that none of us want. it's been the case since we drafted hall and vick, and was the case for years before that. with our front office you can never rule anything out.

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you're wasting your time telling us what to think with your self-aggrandizing sig and poor spelling. i like you draftnut but you are completely full of yourself.

that said, it is pretty obvious that the falcons will pick the one person of the 2 or 3 available at our pick that none of us want. it's been the case since we drafted hall and vick, and was the case for years before that. with our front office you can never rule anything out.

say what you want , i'm just a fan who enjoys the draft more than most , just because you don't agree with me i can here your hate . sorry you feel that way. if we don't get a bigtime qb fa we will draft a qb in the first , imo, sure i could be wrong and have been plenty , i don't come on here to argue or cause people to get angry , just to talk some football and who we may take in the draft and who i would like , i can only speck for myself .

i will say this , i will not throw off on you just because you don't agree with me , i never have and never will . and i can spell a little better than you think i just don't correct my typing mistakes . it's more my typing thatn my spelling . but i wnat lose any sleep over that either .

ps , i'm glad you like me thou! laugh.gif

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i will say this , i will not throw off on you just because you don't agree with me , i never have and never will . and i can spell a little better than you think i just don't correct my typing mistakes . it's more my typing thatn my spelling . but i wnat lose any sleep over that either .

ps , i'm glad you like me thou! laugh.gif

looks like a grammar issue along with typing...lol

seriously though, you just say things in such a matter of fact way. it's just annoying. like i said, i do like you and appreciate your opinion and contributions to this forum, i just think you should ease back on the "this is what's going to happen so deal with it" kind of statements.

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looks like a grammar issue along with typing...lol

seriously though, you just say things in such a matter of fact way. it's just annoying. like i said, i do like you and appreciate your opinion and contributions to this forum, i just think you should ease back on the "this is what's going to happen so deal with it" kind of statements.

no , you just take it that way , i say what i think is a matter of fact and what i think will take place in the draft because of the needs on this team. and i think that you take this little side hobby to { seriously though } quote.

the only thing i take serious is my christian walk with god , i am a jail preacher and i've had the priveledge to see 10 men come to christ in the last 3 weeks , that is the only thing i take seriously because it is the only thing that will matter in a few years when we stand before god. and you are right , i do need to change my sig , it is not worthy of the spot , i've been meaning to change it for a while , i want to take some time and make it what it should be , somthing to uplift the savior. thanks for reminding me .

ps , you are totally right , i do have a problem with my spelling and typing , i was taught sight reading the first year it was used and that is the biggest mistake the public school system has ever made . i apologize for your inconvenience.

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you guys are waisting your time studing 1st rd ol , it aint gonna happen . it will be a qb i'd say 90 % chance and 10 % dt

i'd have to agree with that at this point, but you know some of the 1st round talent will fall to the 2nd (given how deep the position is). heck, from their description they think jake long is 2nd round material.

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