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Falcons Sign DB Tyson Graham, DT Garrison Smith and DT Justin Zimmer


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Saints defensive lineman Justin Zimmer got lost in the shuffle, but he’s an athlete on par with the best

https://www.canalstreetchronicles.com/2017/3/28/15094894/new-orleans-saints-justin-zimmer-sheldon-rankins-nick-fairley-david-onyemata

Zimmer was one of the last Saints cuts last year, comes from a small school so not very well-known, but might be one of those hidden treasures floating around.

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Justin Zimmer 2016 Draft Analysis

6'3" 292

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/justin-zimmer?id=2556350

Analysis

Strengths

Incredible upper body strength. Crushed out 44 reps at his pro day. Can expose blockers with core strength issues quickly. Uses pad level and hip snap at point of attack to generate leverage and pop when 2­-gapping. Carries his weight well across his muscled frame. Can power through a blocker's edge as pass rusher. Three year starter with booming production spike as a senior. Highly intelligent.

Weaknesses

Tests out more athletically than he plays. Plays with some stiffness in his lower body which limits his bend and suddenness. Inconsistent anchor. Average pursuit range and quickness when forced to move laterally. Was able to dominate his level of competition with pure power over skill. Will need develop a go-­to move and counter as a pass rusher.

Bottom Line

Muscular strong­man in the middle with the physical measurables to catch the attention of teams. With a little better bend and leverage, Zimmerman could become a more consistent anchor in the middle, but he might not have the athleticism in his playing style to translate all of that senior season production into anything more than a back-­end roster spot. -Lance Zierlein
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Garrison Smith 2014 Draft Profile

UGA

6'1" 310LBS

 

Overview

2013: Started in all 13 games he played in. Had 63 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks. 2012: Played in 14 games, making eight starts. Totaled 57 tackles, two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. 2011: Played in 14 games with two starts, making 22 tackles and three tackles for loss. 2010: Appeared in seven games.

Analysis

Strengths

Versatile -- lined up as a three-technique, played some nose tackle and base end. Flashes some strength and agility to keep working to come free.

Weaknesses

Short, squatty and undersized. Marginal athletic ability. Makes few plays laterally and is late to arrive. Struggles to control blockers. Is late to locate the ball -- does not feel blocking pressure and stays blocked. Motor runs hot and cold. Very limited closing speed. Minimal pass-rush potential.

Draft Projection

Priority free agent

Bottom Line

Tough, try-hard, slow-footed plodder. Make plays at him, but does not distinguish his play in any way. Offers some versatility and will have to fend for a job in a rotation.
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8 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

Well this changes the draft strategy 

3 players with virtually no stats between them changes strategy?

Seriously, go type Tyson Graham stats and Justin Zimmer stats into the google bar.  A fat goose egg comes up.

And Smith, as much as I loved him at UGA, has a whopping 11 games played, no starts, and 7 tackles in 4 years.

Camp bodies, bro.  Chance of any of them making the 53 is slim.

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21 minutes ago, Beef said:

3 players with virtually no stats between them changes strategy?

Seriously, go type Tyson Graham stats and Justin Zimmer stats into the google bar.  A fat goose egg comes up.

And Smith, as much as I loved him at UGA, has a whopping 11 games played, no starts, and 7 tackles in 4 years.

Camp bodies, bro.  Chance of any of them making the 53 is slim.

you thought I was serious?

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2 minutes ago, BoomGoesTheDynamite said:

So are these good signings or.......?

Well, they're good in the sense that we need to get the roster to 90 players before OTAs and camp.  Pretty much no risk and all fairly young, so not bad.

Garrison Smith is probably the most significant as I'm reading comments from 49er fans that he played well for them in the preseason, and he's actually played snaps in the NFL before.

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7 minutes ago, PK Manley said:

Well, they're good in the sense that we need to get the roster to 90 players before OTAs and camp.  Pretty much no risk and all fairly young, so not bad.

Garrison Smith is probably the most significant as I'm reading comments from 49er fans that he played well for them in the preseason, and he's actually played snaps in the NFL before.

Thanks for the info!

Might try to go to youtube for some vids about Smith later.

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56 minutes ago, Beef said:

They're bringing these guys in because we literally can't even field a complete DL front in OTA's right now, we are that slim on DT's.

This is the absolute truth. I'm sure TD and Quinn has a plan, but if that plan doesn't work out I guess this is what we have.. Maybe they have 3 or 4 plans, idk

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