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    With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, Ill.

    Rams find talent at tight end, discuss!

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Let's hope he doesn't turn out like Brandon Manumaleuana.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Well, there is the tight end people were screaming about. Best name on the team since Mamliamamliamula left town. Nick, help please!!

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Dorin Dickerson?? Whats Up With Him?

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    To me, this guy seems more like a blocking TE instead of a faster, more athletic TE.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Quote Originally Posted by RockinRam View Post
    Let's hope he doesn't turn out like Brandon Manumaleuana.
    Seriously, another tight end with a name I can't pronounce! Let's hope that is where the similarities end.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Mike Mayock:

    132 -- Rams -- TE Michael Houmanawanui

    Nicknamed "oh-oh", he's an inline blocking specialist at 6-3 1/2, 264. The Rams desperately need TE depth, and I think they could use a verticle pass threat too. Oh-Oh is a better blocker than receiver, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Rams came back and look for a verticle TE later.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Finally find someone who can replace Brandon Manumaleuna!

    EDIT: Rockin, you beat me to the punch while I was trying to figure out how to spell it

    I suppose this is a good pick, will help move the rock with S Jax
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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    He's probably excited to play with an accurate quarterback for a change.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    I hope we also grab Dorin Dickerson with our other 5th round pick. Get a vertical TE to compliment Hoomana.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Overview
    The Hawaii native's last name is pronounced "huh-oh-muh-NOW-uh-noo-ee" but his coaches nicknamed him "Uh-oh," as defenders would exclaim that when they saw the big tight end heading their way as a blocker or receiver. In his true freshman season, Hoomanawanui was primarily a blocking tight end and special teams contributor. He caught five passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games (five starts) as a true sophomore in 2007 before becoming an all-around threat in 2008, earning honorable mention all-Big Ten honors with 25 catches for 312 yards and two scores. Unfortunately, an ankle injury prevented him from being 100 percent most of the 2009 season; he started only five games, playing eight, catching 10 passes for 114 yards. When healthy, "Uh-oh" can be a devastating blocker and solid receiver who is tough to bring down in the open field. If teams can get past his durability issues, they will consider taking him in the fourth or fifth round.



    Analysis
    Release: Lacks elite acceleration off the line from three-point stance and won't separate downfield, but has just enough speed to press linebackers then cut to the sideline. Uses flexibility to get under the SAM linebacker's shoulder and get into his route down the seam.
    Hands: Capable, but not exceptional, as a receiver. Catches the ball in front of his numbers when facing the quarterback, though he will fight it a bit. Better going down to get low balls than getting up for the high ones.
    Route running: Looks to be lumbering downfield but manages to get open and has better feet in and out or his routes than expected. Uses arms to get separation from linebackers. Effective sitting in holes between linebackers to move the chains. Sells the block before heading downfield or in the end zone.
    After the catch: A bit of agility with the ball in his hands, but mostly a bull who lowers his pads and keeps his legs churning until two or three defenders drag him down. Secures the ball with two hands in traffic. Blocking: Excellent blocker on the line and in motion, aggressive and strong. Good quickness off the snap, stays low and punches defenders. Sustains throughout the play whether anchoring in pass protection or moving with his man downfield on run blocks. Extends or pushes the man to the ground to finish the block. Takes on defensive ends one-on-one and makes to second level to negate linebackers. Intangibles: Durability is a major concern, though toughness and work ethic are not. Team leader by words and example.


    2009 SeasonPlayed in eight games, starting five Had one catch, but it was his career-long, a 30-yarder in the season finale against Fresno State Returned to play against Cincinnati, but did not record any catches Missed the Northwestern, Minnesota and Michigan games with an ankle injury Had two catches for 18 yards at Purdue Returned after missing two games with an ankle injury to start against Indiana, but didn't record any catches Missed three quarters of the Penn State game and the Michigan State game with an ankle injury Had two catches for 13 yards at Ohio State Caught three passes for 51 yards against Illinois State Had one catch for two yards in the season opener vs. Missouri.


    2008 SeasonEarned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the media and coaches Played in all 12 games and started eight at tight end Caught two passes for 21 yards in the season finale at Northwestern Had two receptions for 13 yards against Ohio State Caught four passes for 45 yards against Western Michigan Had a 25-yard reception at Wisconsin Caught a one-yard TD pass against Indiana Caught two passes for 33 yards against Minnesota Had two receptions for 23 yards at Penn State Caught a career-high five passes for a career-high 74 yards against Lousiana-Lafayette Caught two passes for 24 yards against Eastern Illinois Had three receptions and a touchdown for 48 yards versus Missouri Also returned an 18-yard kickoff against Mizzou.


    2007 SeasonPlayed in 11 games, starting five at tight end Caught one pass for 20 yards against Northwestern Caught a three-yard touchdown pass at No. 1 Ohio State Caught one pass for 12 yards at Iowa Returned a kickoff 16 yards at the end of the first half against No. 5 Wisconsin Hauled in his first career touchdown pass at Indiana, a two-yard connection with Juice Williams Caught the first pass of his career at Syracuse, a 27-yard strike on third down.


    2006 SeasonPlayed in 10 games, starting three at tight end Caught a pass to convert a two-point conversion vs. Purdue Saw action against Northwestern, Purdue, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan State, Iowa, Syracuse, Rutgers and Eastern Illinois but did not record any offensive statistics.


    Injury Report2009: Limited to five start due to an ankle injury that bothered him most of the season.


    High SchoolChicago Tribune first-team All-State Chicago Sun-Times first-team All-State PrepStar All-Midwest Region Champaign News-Gazette All-State Bloomington Pantagraph All-State First Team All-Cornbelt Conference WJBC-AM Ron Smith Player of the Year Three-star recruit, ranked as the No. 40 tight end in the country by Rivals.com Made 50 receptions for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior Also, led team with 139 tackles and eight sacks on defense Lettered in basketball during freshman, sophomore and junior years High school coach was Bobby Moews Chose Illinois over Purdue, Northern Illinois and Oregon State.


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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Quote Originally Posted by general counsel View Post
    Well, there is the tight end people were screaming about. Best name on the team since Mamliamamliamula left town. Nick, help please!!

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    I'm deferring to Scott Wright on this one...


    Strengths:
    Good height and bulk with long arms --- Big, reliable hands --- Strong and Powerful --- Terrific Blocker --- Stout at the point of attack --- Gets a good push in the run game --- Able to fit in space --- Knows how to use size to his advantage --- Uses hands well --- Tough and can take a hit --- Runs hard after the catch and will break tackles --- Team Player.

    Weaknesses:
    Just average speed --- Not real explosive and lacks a burst --- Isn't a polished route runner --- Doesn't get much separation --- Not a vertical threat who will stretch the field --- Isn't very elusive --- Some issues with conditioning --- Was not very productive --- Upside is likely limited.

    Notes:
    Last name is pronounced "huh-oh-muh-NOW-uh-noo-ee" --- Was a three-year starter for the Fighting Illini --- Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in '08 --- From Illinois but is of Hawaiian heritage --- Father, Isy, played football at Illinois St. --- Missed some time with a sprained ankle in 2009 --- Was underutilized in the Illini's rather feeble passing attack --- A better blocker than receiver but can be an effective pass catching threat in the short to intermediate range --- Profiles as a #2 tight end at the next level and has the ability to excel in that capacity.
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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    I'm not very familiar with him, but my impression is that he's a guy with size who can block in the running game but also offers some decent skills as a short area receiver. If you want a guy who can do both rather than someone who specializes in one or the other, then "Uh-oh" is one of the better options left on the board.

    Dickerson may have been more highly regarded but isn't going to give you much in terms of blocking. Anthony McCoy reportedly failed his drug test, so he wasn't an option. I liked Colin Peek as well, but Michael Hoomanawanui seems well rounded.
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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    I like the blocking ability. Ultimately, that's a prerequisite to getting enough playing time to be a receiving target. He definitely does not sound like an Antonio Gates or Tony Gonzalez type vertical threat but could be a good target in the short passing game.

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    Re: With the 132nd pick in the NFL Draft, the Rams select Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, I

    Barring some other kind of move that we haven't seen yet, I think we can safely say Daniel Fells is going to be the frontrunner for our starting TE job.
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