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DHB= Troy Williamson.....

 

Thats what I am worried about. I remember Troy having exactly the same knocks and very similar looking numbers although I believe DHB was a little more consistent than Troy.

 

However, its a risk I would love to see us take. He could easily turn into the deep threat we need. How many times did we see Mark Clayton get oh so close to some of those long bombs from Flacco. DHB would have simply run under those and it would have been 6.

 

A season under the route running tutelage of Mason could also be a blessing. What vet WRs did Troy have to show him the ropes - wait wasn't it Travis Taylor that went to the Vikings around the same time? Oh dear.

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Thats what I am worried about. I remember Troy having exactly the same knocks and very similar looking numbers although I believe DHB was a little more consistent than Troy.

 

However, its a risk I would love to see us take. He could easily turn into the deep threat we need. How many times did we see Mark Clayton get oh so close to some of those long bombs from Flacco. DHB would have simply run under those and it would have been 6.

 

A season under the route running tutelage of Mason could also be a blessing. What vet WRs did Troy have to show him the ropes - wait wasn't it Travis Taylor that went to the Vikings around the same time? Oh dear.

 

Yes, Williamson and Ashlie Lelie are certainly the projected downside of DHB. However, DHB has an upside of an Andre Johnson/Marcus Robinson (prime)-type receiver. I completely agree with you on the ever-so-close deep balls to Clayton which would have been touchdowns to someone like DHB. This is why we need DHB.

 

I think DHB gets a really bad rep for being a raw receiver who cannot run routes and was inconsistent in college. While DHB does let the ball hit his body and will drop some catchable balls, he has progressed during his time at Maryland as a route runner. DHB is a big, physical guy, he is not soft (put up 16 reps on the bench press), with some more technique training, he will become very difficult to jam. DHB's best football is ahead of him.

 

As for the inconsistency, look at the Terp's QBs the past three years. Not only the QBs, but DHB's fellow receivers. Teams would double DHB all day. Put him in Cam's offense, give him a couple of reverses, screen passes, and we are in business.

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DHB is a much better physical presence and scarier one on one threat then Lelie or Williamson was. Both of them were very quick and fast, but tiny and easy to knock around, I dont see that with DHB. I will be happy with him or Nicks (who probably dropped a couple spots with his 4.5 40).

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DHB is a much better physical presence and scarier one on one threat then Lelie or Williamson was. Both of them were very quick and fast, but tiny and easy to knock around, I dont see that with DHB. I will be happy with him or Nicks (who probably dropped a couple spots with his 4.5 40).

 

Actually, Nicks probably solidified his spot in the first round with his 4.5-flat 40-yard dash. People were expecting him to come in around 4.55-4.6 Kenny Britt is another guy who might have moved into the first round as well with a 4.49 40-yard dash. In relation, Jeremy Maclin ran a 4.46 and Percy Harvin ran a 4.41. This is going to be a very competitive group of receivers leading up to the draft, especially factoring in the Crabtree injury. Hopefully we can end up with DHB.

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As much as I love Heyward-Bey, Nicks, Maclin, and Harvin... I still think I'd rather come out of the first round with a top corner, just so I know we're going to address the position. Depending of course on how free agency goes, at the very least we will have Clayton, Mason, Demetrius Williams, and Figurs back on offense. At corner, the best-case scenario that we're looking at right now is Fabian, Frank Walker, and a group of younger corners who may or may not even be able to play in this league. I suppose you can throw Samari into that mix if he's still around come draft time, but I'm assuming that he'll be gone.

 

My best-case-scenario right now is for Vontae Davis to fall to us. Of course, that probably isn't realistic, so I'd like to at least grab the best available corner (the guys from Wake Forest, Vandy, or UConn come to mind.)

 

If I knew for a fact that we - 1) could and 2) would - select one of these guys in the second round, then I'd be fine with going with DHB, Maclin, or Nicks in the first. But I don't know if we're going to have the luxury of having one of these top-flight CB's fall to us in the second.

 

This may just be one of those cases where we need to fill out the defensive starting roster more than we can afford to take fliers on offensive firepower.

 

Of course, I'll be happy no matter which way we go, and can't wait to see who slips to 26.

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As much as I love Heyward-Bey, Nicks, Maclin, and Harvin... I still think I'd rather come out of the first round with a top corner, just so I know we're going to address the position. Depending of course on how free agency goes, at the very least we will have Clayton, Mason, Demetrius Williams, and Figurs back on offense. At corner, the best-case scenario that we're looking at right now is Fabian, Frank Walker, and a group of younger corners who may or may not even be able to play in this league. I suppose you can throw Samari into that mix if he's still around come draft time, but I'm assuming that he'll be gone.

 

My best-case-scenario right now is for Vontae Davis to fall to us. Of course, that probably isn't realistic, so I'd like to at least grab the best available corner (the guys from Wake Forest, Vandy, or UConn come to mind.)

 

If I knew for a fact that we - 1) could and 2) would - select one of these guys in the second round, then I'd be fine with going with DHB, Maclin, or Nicks in the first. But I don't know if we're going to have the luxury of having one of these top-flight CB's fall to us in the second.

 

This may just be one of those cases where we need to fill out the defensive starting roster more than we can afford to take fliers on offensive firepower.

 

Of course, I'll be happy no matter which way we go, and can't wait to see who slips to 26.

 

I see your point. There could certainly be a good receiver for us in the second round (Nicks, Britt, or Robiskie?), however the same might not be said about corner (could Butler or Sean Smith drop?).

 

I think Alphonso Smith would be an excellent fit for us. However, what gets me about DHB is his pure speed. Speed, size, and receiving ability like that do not come along very often. If we have the opportunity to get such a player, I believe you kind of have to pull the trigger. The mismatches he would create on offense would be worth it alone. There is not another receiver (outside of Harvin and Maclin) with that type skillset in this draft, and we desperately need a deep threat. With the weak WR free agent class, if we do not grab DHB, then we will have to wait another year to get a deep threat. This could mean another year of being shutdown by a great defense such as the Steelers.

 

So while we might not be able to nab an elite corner in the second round, I have confidence in Ozzie that he could get guys who are good fits for our system in the second and third rounds (i.e. quick-twitch corners who can turn and run with receivers). Lets see what happens in free agency first though. I have a feeling Ozzie will pick up a quality corner or two.

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why are you so confident in Newsome's ability to find good corners in the later rounds? Has he ever found one?

 

I do not consider the second and third rounds later rounds, which is definitely where we would be targeting corners if we took a WR (or anything other than a CB) in the first round. After Cmac the only corners we have drafted in the first three rounds are Baxter and Pittman. Baxter was solid for us, Pittman was a bust. That is hardly a ground to judge Ozzie on, you cannot fault him for 5th and 6th rounders not panning out. The bottom line is that we were so fortunate to have Cmac the past eight years that corner was never a big priority for us to take one in the early rounds. Ozzie has also been pretty solid with free agent CB pickups relative to the amount of money he has invested.

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why are you so confident in Newsome's ability to find good corners in the later rounds? Has he ever found one?

 

Giving a 4th round pick for a first rounder in Washington, thats just pure brilliance..

 

Good CB's are not going to be found in Rds 4 on, but theres no reason to go CB first, CB's are onlly as good as the front seven, we maintain pressure up front, we could have 2 Deron Jenkins' back there that would make the pro-bowl. We were 4 minutes from making the SB Trophy OURS, the glaring need was WR, the last play the pick 6, Mason was triple covered..That wont happen again with a legit WR to complement Mason and Clayton..Throw in a DHB with Clayton & Mason..Scary Good

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I think we will go WR in the first round, grab a Corner in the 2nd, and pickup a decent Nickel CB in FA, this of course if we keep Rolle. If we let Rolle go, we probably go after a starting Corner in FA, have him and Washington start, with the 2nd rounder, Ivy and Walker backing up. I'm fine with that secondary.

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