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Two Reasons not to take Jake Long with our first pick


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If we can get either of these two guys late in the first (if we trade down) or early in the second, I will be ecstatic. Personally, I like Chris Williams' attitude...which he had to develop against Vandy's SEC schedule. But, if we're going to be a run heavy offense, Cherilus might be the way to go. I just feel that it's easier for a pass-blocking OT to be a better run-blocker, than it is for a run-blocking OT to be a better pass-blocker...if that makes any sense to you.

P.S. - The DT from Texas A&M was looking pretty feisty too...if we don't pick up Ellis or Dorsey with our first.

Chris Williams - OT - Vandy

http://www.nfl.com/videos;jsessionid=7CA83...9000d5d806330fc

Gosder Cherilus - OT - Boston College

http://www.nfl.com/videos;jsessionid=CF5B7...9000d5d80627724

I couldn't find any tape on Sam Baker. So what do you think?

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1) At this point, I think Chris Williams is closer to a top 10 pick than a second round pick. The only reason I don't see it as a lock that he goes in the top twelve of the first round is that Clady will go before him. I expect that Long will as long. As such, it's unusual for three OTs to all go in the upper half of the first round, albeit not unprecedented.

2) Gosder Cherilus is a RT if not an interior lineman. He's a plodding player who is far too stiff to lock down the blind side. I like him as a prospect, but he does not fit the position of need for us.

3) Baker's stock is plummeting because he got injured as a senior. This is great for us, as he's the best pure pass blocker in this draft. Some folks even believe he might slide into the third round. Every bit of bad news that comes in about him helps us, because he'll be one of those guys where everyone looks back in a few years and wonders how they slid on Draft Day. The madness of the process helps us in our pursuit of Baker.

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Falcon Forever (2/4/2008)
If we can get either of these two guys late in the first (if we trade down) or early in the second, I will be ecstatic. Personally, I like Chris Williams' attitude...which he had to develop against Vandy's SEC schedule. But, if we're going to be a run heavy offense, Cherilus might be the way to go. I just feel that it's easier for a pass-blocking OT to be a better run-blocker, than it is for a run-blocking OT to be a better pass-blocker...if that makes any sense to you.

P.S. - The DT from Texas A&M was looking pretty feisty too...if we don't pick up Ellis or Dorsey with our first.

Chris Williams - OT - Vandy

http://www.nfl.com/videos;jsessionid=7CA83...9000d5d806330fc

Gosder Cherilus - OT - Boston College

http://www.nfl.com/videos;jsessionid=CF5B7...9000d5d80627724

I couldn't find any tape on Sam Baker. So what do you think?

With us supposedly wanting to be come a run 1st, power running team, and with Jake Long being the absolute best run blocking OT in the draft, wouldn't it make sense to draft him in the 1st? Bring in Long in the 1st with Cherilus in the 2nd, and add in a guy like Robert Felton at RG in the 4th and we've upgraded our OL 1000%, and we've got an OL like our staff supposedly wants.
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