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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Teke
    Would Alston be back as a depth LB?
    Why, did the Raiders cut him?

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by tx
    Not a big Avery fan. Saw him play, wasn't that impressed
    Yea, but you don't like Hill either, so I'd say your talent evaluation skills are a little suspect.
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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    And everyone else's talent evaluation skills are great here? C'mon. I could say Joe Blow C at East North Central Louisiana State and at least 5 people on this board would say he was a great pickup. Look, I know the Rams will NEVER ask me for personel evaluation paperwork but ......

    Ah forget it. Maybe I just saw Avery drop 5 passes on a bad day against SMU. We all have bad days....even Tye Hill.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    Why, did the Raiders cut him?
    Oh, lost track of him after we released him. Probably not, I always thought he was better than we saw.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    And everyone else's talent evaluation skills are great here? C'mon. I could say Joe Blow C at East North Central Louisiana State and at least 5 people on this board would say he was a great pickup. Look, I know the Rams will NEVER ask me for personel evaluation paperwork but ......

    Ah forget it. Maybe I just saw Avery drop 5 passes on a bad day against SMU.
    Hey don't knock Blow. That guy has mad run blocking skills. And don't sell short the program up at ENCLSU. The Fightin' Swamp Farts of ENCLSU are a top tier program and 4 time Bayou South Conference champions.

    Come on, tx.......I'm just pickin' with you.
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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    I know...but the one game I did watch Houston play against SMU AVery dropped 5 passes. He's short but fast. What about Jordy Nelson from KSU?

    Oh wait, I'm derailing a thread talking about others. Sorry Av.....

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    I know...but the one game I did watch Houston play against SMU AVery dropped 5 passes. He's short but fast. What about Jordy Nelson from KSU?

    Oh wait, I'm derailing a thread talking about others. Sorry Av.....
    I wouldn't have a problem with Nelson in the 3rd. He and Avery are two completely different receivers, and Nelson doesn't give us a true vertical threat, but he could be a solid possession receiver for years to come.

    Or maybe something in between like Jerome Simpson.
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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    To address a few points made in the thread:
    • I like Joe Flacco, but the Rams can't afford to take a QB on Day 1, when he'll almost certainly be taken. Ainge impressed me in the Senior Bowl. He was very calm and collected, which is a good trait for a QB. I'm not a Colt Brennan fan.
    • Donnie Avery is my choice because of his vertical speed, but there will be a lot of decent prospects at WR in the 3rd Round.
    • I like Caulcrick because of his history. Read up on him. He sounds like a guy who'd run through a brick wall to succeed.
    • There's no question that there would be weak spots in this lineup. That's a reality that can't be avoided. But I think this list gives the Rams some decent depth in some key areas.
    • This was not intended to be the whole roster. There are some reserve and specialist (long snapper, holder) roles not addressed, but I think we've got those roles filled with current players.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    I think that not having some experience as a backup OT is a mistake. Not knowing Pace's health makes this too risky. Bell has only played a couple of games at OT and is better suited for G. And Carl Nicks may be good but he's a rookie. We can't afford to have Bulger pounded again this year. The idea of Hartwig at center is good but I don't know that putting Incognito at center and Setterstrom as the starting G and then picking up some experience at OT would not be better. But, then we've had so many injuries in the Oline that it is hard to say who will be healthy this year.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    That looks like as good as any i've seen! I was wondering if anyone has looked at Chris Johnson in 2 or 3, this guy is a playmaker that plays rb/wr/kr, ran a 4.24 40 and I was thinking (that's my problum sometimes) That guy is just what we're needing! I also think that Dennis Dixon in 5 might be a good value! Learn from TG&MB in a few years we might have a qb that knows what to do when the pocket breaks down? Maybe run?
    I like these two because (1) they're the fastest at there position (2)They're playmakers!!
    What do you fans think?
    CHRIS JOHNSON - Pros: Will be fastest rb in this draft. Incredible open field runner. Great return skills. Has been a very productive in the passing game should serve him well in a third down type rb role. Very good running outside the tackles, and on draw plays.
    Cons: Lacks ideal size probably best suited for a backfield by comittee team. Blocking will be a big question for johnson, he is strong enough to do it just has never really been pressed upon him like it will be at the next level. Does not break alot of tackles but with his speed does he need too?
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    Chris is probably one of the more interesting prospects in this draft. Un-like most speed players chris has abilities in several facets of the game. He is a dynamic return threat as well as being extremely effective in the screen/passing game. Chris uses his speed to his advanatage by getting to the sideline and turning on his 4.3 jets. If Chris can get to a playing weight of 210 without losing quikcness he will be a valuable asset to which ever team selects him in early round 3. If not durability could come into question. If he does break 4.3 at the combine(which is specualted he will) he will most likely go round 2, we know how front office guys tend to drool over 40 times. If Chris were to hit it big in the NFL, he would be a Willie Parker Tiki Barber kinda of back.
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    "07 conf usa speacial teams player of the year. '07 2nd team all conf-usa running back. '06 conf usa 1st team return specialist.

    DENNIS DIXON - Pros: Shows elite athleticism and big-play ability. Shows great speed to run away from defenders. As a runner, shows the vision to locate holes and cut on a dime to change directions. Shows strong leadership skills. Has good accuracy on the deep throws and deep outs.
    Cons: Lacks patience in the pocket. Occasionally shows poor decision-making skills, throwing balls to covered receivers. Needs to get more touch on short throws. If shifted to wide receiver, will have to learn all the routes and prove he has the hands to catch passes. May choose Baseball career
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    Among the most dynamic and explosive players in the country in 2007. His season ending injury took Oregon from #2 to an average team. Despite all Dixon's great skills and athleticism, there are a good amount of question marks. Will he bypass the NFL and make baseball a priority? Can he play quarterback within a disciplined NFL offense? Would he be willing to move to wide receiver? And if so, would he be able to catch the ball? Dixon might well need a year or two of seasoning as he transitions to a new position, but he well could prove to be a solid NFL wide receiver and a late-round steal in the '08 Draft. We will adjust his projected round as more info on his future becomes available.
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    Maxwell Ward Finalist 2007 Davey O"Brien Award Semifinalist2007 Unanimous Pac10 player of the year 2007 Unanimous All Pac 10 first team 2007 2nd Team Academic All Pac10 2006

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan View Post
    And everyone else's talent evaluation skills are great here? C'mon. I could say Joe Blow C at East North Central Louisiana State and at least 5 people on this board would say he was a great pickup. Look, I know the Rams will NEVER ask me for personel evaluation paperwork but ......

    Ah forget it. Maybe I just saw Avery drop 5 passes on a bad day against SMU. We all have bad days....even Tye Hill.

    There it is HUb....Cheers

    I like the list AV has put together.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    What happened to the roster spot for Richard Owens, the great studly blocking tight end/fullback that was so fantastic that we had to waive Hedgehung to make room for him?

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    I don't really like Ainge. I watched him play a lot, and he's only an average QB in all aspects of the game. His arm is not that great (notice how many 10-15 yard passes he would make, many times with wide open WRs). He can be horrible under pressure (see the Alabama game from this year) as well.
    I would actually like to see Berlin stay with us.

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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keenum View Post
    I don't really like Ainge. I watched him play a lot, and he's only an average QB in all aspects of the game. His arm is not that great (notice how many 10-15 yard passes he would make, many times with wide open WRs). He can be horrible under pressure (see the Alabama game from this year) as well.
    I would actually like to see Berlin stay with us.
    There's certainly questions around Ainge, but I don't know that arm strength is one of them. As a percentage of completions greater than 15 yards, he actually rates well compared to other national level QBs......

    Tim Tebow - 47%
    Brian Brohm - 42%
    Sam Bradford - 41%
    Eric Ainge - 36%
    JD Booty - 36%
    Chad Henne - 35%
    Colt Brennan - 35%
    Matt Ryan - 33%
    Chase Daniel - 32%
    Andre Woodson - 32%
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    Re: Too many holes to fill? Let me give it a shot.

    I sort of agree with that HUb and I can sympathize with Keenum. When you just look at the stats, he's ok but when you watch him, he misses on several key plays in the game. Look at the Vandy game and you'll see.

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