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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by PeoriaRam View Post
    We have two Tight Ends. Is everyone happy now? This position is rather worthless for us typically, but now two picks have been burned to fill this perceived "need".
    If we actually had a good one, it wouldn't be a rather worthless position for us. It's been worthless because our personnel there hasn't been anything to write home about.

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    The guy is a project. But he is speedy, and seems to have good hands already. Probably going to be a practice squad player at this point though.
    I agree, big time project and probably spends a year on the practice squad at least. But you take a flier on a guy in the sixth with this kind of athleticism and cross your fingers.

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Id' follow this guy home at night to make sure he's always working hard. I'd get some skilled tight ends to work with the guy and make sure my tight ends coach is getting through to him. He seems to really like football so i hope it comes naturally.

    The Saints used a THIRD rounder on virtually the same guy who has only played about a season more of total football, if that. If both guys pan out our guy even more athletic and fast.

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    The thing is, you cant help but look at that Pro Day video he has and think that a sixth round pick is worth it. He might not make it in the league, but if you are going to take a project player, do it in the sixth or seventh. Much better than trying to convert QBs to Safety or WR when they are being drafted in the second or third round...

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by Bralidore(RAMMODE) View Post
    The Saints used a THIRD rounder on virtually the same guy who has only played about a season more of total football, if that.
    Yeah, the problem with comparing Graham with Onobun is that, while Graham doesn't have a big résumé either, he was still much more productive against better competition.

    You can look at Graham's measurables and compare them to what you see on tape. But how much tape is there of Onobun? The guy had two receptions in 11 games and was primarily a special teams player for a Conference USA school. There's your difference.

    If we're talking about how raw these guys are, Graham would be sashimi, and Onobun would still be in the cooler on the boat.
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    FENDI ONOBUN.......comon', what's not to like?

    The man was a decent power forward basketball player for a pretty competitive university <can't bring myself to write it>

    6-6 252, big soft hands, 34+ arms, big high jump

    I think this is more than just a project. He's a smart guy, very athletic and he has some speed, and more importantly, some suddenness. A lot of suddenness.
    This is a great big tall target in the red zone.

    I think he'll pick up the TE position, in time. The only question for me is; Can he block?
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    Re: FENDI ONOBUN.......comon', what's not to like?

    This guy is fast enough to play receiver and would instantly become the biggest one inf the league, not likely. This is just a case really of fans getting excited over a workout warrior; but boy i can say i hope he pans out because the pay-off would be ridiculous.

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    Re: FENDI ONOBUN.......comon', what's not to like?

    Blocking is what I wouldn't want him doing. The UH coaching staff knows he can catch the ball (they wouldn't have done all that work for a 1 year project) and his pro-day showed he is a great athlete who can catch the ball. Now he needs to focus on routes, reading defenses and the defensive players and catching skills. As long as you focus on him as a slot type receiver (the way Indy and Dallas utilize their TEs) and keep UhOh in as the blocker, it could possibly work. If you expect him to block, he'll never make it onto the field.

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    Re: FENDI ONOBUN.......comon', what's not to like?

    I expect to see him in the red zone a few times this year. Nothing too testing for him, maybe a flat route, a fade, a jump ball, maybe even a screen, he can used in many different ways as a rookie. All the other skills needed for TE will come with time.

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    I agree with most of the comments. This guy is built to dominate the back corner of the end-zone, a good (safe) spot for Bradford to throw. He has WR speed, and if he can learn the system, he might be a great slot player.

    He has to be considered a bit of a reach until he does something.
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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Looks good on video. Has potential on paper. Hopefully our coaches will do a good job in helping Onobun become a successful TE in the NFL.

    So far so good. But there's quite a way to go.

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    I love this pick!

    The potential is limitless. Over the years I've seen the Rams draft QB's to play WR in the third round. There is no way a LB can cover this guy and most safeties are to small.

    How many 6'-6" 252 LBS TE have you seen run a 4.45 and 4.50 in the 40 yard dash.

    The Rams have to find ways to get him on the field.

    A good WCO has to have a good TE and a receiving threat of a RB.

    I can't wait to see him play.

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Just commented this on the 'rookie numbers' thread, but thought id add it on here, more relevant.

    Could we see Onobun at the fullback position a few times this year? Obviously not for blocking, but send him out on the flat, give him a screen or something. Would be a hard man to stop with the ball in his hands!

    Jeez, maybe hes not NFL ready, but couldnt be too hard to run in a straight line and catch the ball

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    His best shot of getting on the roster soonest would be outstanding special teams play. Once he is active, who knows?

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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    If I'm Spags, I don't even pretend he's a true TE; put him with the receivers. Teach him a few routes (mostly red-zone packages), and let him live with the Special Teams coach.
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    Re: With the 170th pick of the NFL Draft, the Rams select Fendi Onubon, TE, Houston

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    If I'm Spags, I don't even pretend he's a true TE; put him with the receivers. Teach him a few routes (mostly red-zone packages), and let him live with the Special Teams coach.
    That sounds like a decent strategy for this year; but what about next and going forward? Does he ever develop as a TE or just remain a ST and specialist kind of player?

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