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This is the problem with the Falcons drafting these short DBs. Lets take a look at Tampa's roster of WRs and TEs. And New Orleans roster is much the same also. So why would we draft a corner that's 5'9????

Crabtree TE 6'4

Myers TE 6'3

Seferin-Jenksins TE 6'5

Stocker TE 6'6

Wright TE 6'4

Burks WR 6'3

Dawson WR 5'9

Evans WR 6'5

Hawkins WR 5'11

Herron WR 5'9

Jackson WR 6'5

Murphy WR 6'2

Owusu WR 6'0

Page WR 5'10

Patton WR 5'9

Shepard WR 6'1

Streete WR 6'5

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Most Cb's are about 5'10. You cant look at a revievers hight and try to say that they are going to dominate Cb's. Yea Taller guys have the height advantage but the reason 90% of NFL Cb's are short is because taller CB's lack the abdominal fluidity to mimick and readjust to the opposing WR route. Its rare to find tall cbs who can play at an nfl level. Yea SEA & SF did it, and a couple other teams but overall smaller guys are simply more agile and can ball hawk and jump routes more. Not to mention their change in direction is much better.

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Most Cb's are about 5'10. You cant look at a revievers hight and try to say that they are going to dominate Cb's. Yea Taller guys have the height advantage but the reason 90% of NFL Cb's are short is because taller CB's lack the abdominal fluidity to mimick and readjust to the opposing WR route. Its rare to find tall cbs who can play at an nfl level. Yea SEA & SF did it, and a couple other teams but overall smaller guys are simply more agile and can ball hawk and jump routes more. Not to mention their change in direction is much better.

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This isn't 3 flies up. Its the NFL where you have to run other routes besides streaks. Smaller DBs are agile and can stick with receivers and position themselves to between the ball and receiver making it extremely difficult to complete a pass.

Mind blowing I know.

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Strengths

Good athleticism and fluidity. Plants and drives with urgeny and shows good closing burst. Flashes playmaking ability (returned four of 13 career INTs for TDs). Active and energetic. Durable four-year starter. Team captain with solid personal and football character.

Weaknesses

Undersized -- at a physical disadvantage vs. bigger receivers. Limited press and tackle strength. Eyes get stuck in the backfield -- vulnerable to quarterback manipulation and double moves. Average transitional quickness. Allows too big of a cushion. Intermittent run supporter.

Bottom Line

Short, lean-framed, battle-tested corner with physical limitations. Lacks exceptional traits, but is athletic, competes and flashes enough ball skills to compete for a reserve CB job.

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Let me know when ANY receiver catches most of their receptions above their head, let alone a tall one.

Furthermore, since it's such a big deal let's just go get a 6-10 basketball player that couldn't make it in the NBA and stick him at WR or CB. There's more to it than just being tall.

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Was Randy Moss a great receiver because he was 6' 4" or was it because he ran the 40 in 4.25 and mooned opposing fans?

He was the complete package. Most of these tall WRs run in the 4.5's or slower. Any good DB should be able to lock them down.

The special one's rarely get shut down by anyone.

(BTW, I still remember watching Randy play at Marshall. Does that make me old?)

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I didn't hear many people complaining about Trufant or Alford's height last year. Also, tall CBs tend to be less athletic and are forced to play press man since that's the only way they can keep up. We opt for quicker, more athletic corners, they just happen to be be an inch or two shorter.

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Assuming that every ball thrown by every QB was perfectly placed and perfectly timed, the argument that short CBs cant defend taller WRs would hold water, but every ball is not perfectly placed and perfectly timed. Smaller guys that bump at the line and can position themselves equalize their chances of coming down with the ball every time its in the air.

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Other than Drew Brees, there isn't a QB in our division that we will play against that can consistently put the ball over the head of the receiver and still make it catchable. Even if they did, their receivers won't last long catching balls over their head when Willy Mo breaks 4 of their ribs cause they are catching the ball in traffic with their hands up.

I'm not worried about the height of a cornerback.

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