Analyzing The Draft From Front to Back

04.29.15 3 years ago 66 Comments

This is a nice guest post from @ohholybutt and @trillballins

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JARED ALLEN – DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – CHICAGO BEARS – #69

Jared Allen is the kind of player we’re looking for when we put together our draft board. A guy who isn’t afraid to get down and dirty. You talk about a player who will stick his nose right back in somebody else’s business when they stick their nose in his. Somebody who gets punched in the mouth and loves it.

Jared Allen started his career up in Minneapolis, but wasn’t afraid to go a little down south to get the job done. He thrived in the favorable conditions of the dome, but you can tell the windy and wet environment of Chicago is natural for him.

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BRETT BOYKO – OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – UNLV – #69

Brett Boyko is a name not a lot of people have heard, but you can clearly see his whole family exudes greatness. Nice lineman who knows how to flip his opponent upside down when the time is right. Has always shown an ability to find that secret spot on defensive linemen that really makes them weak. Strong hands. Such strong hands. Oh God his hands are so strong.

Boyko thrived in the shadow of the Las Vegas strip, and quickly made a name for himself for his ability to use his size and strength to deliver a load to opposing defensive linemen. Boyko has the coveted ability to open up gaps for his teammates to plow through, and creates opportunities for those around him to score. Boyko is known for his blue-collar work ethic, and isn’t afraid to get soaked while his teammates party. An oasis of talent in a very dry UNLV desert.

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JOHN SHEPERDSON – LONG SNAPPER – CAL – #69

You may not think a long snapper is worth an early round draft pick but that’s why we get paid the big bucks to evaluate this stuff. Here’s a guy who should go in the top three or four rounds because he can fill a hole that not all teams have filled. Definitely not afraid to get his hands dirty.

Shepherdson has exceptional ball control and produces a tight spiral for his holder to eagerly catch. He will not allow a man to go over him when attempting a punt block, preferring to stay on top. One downside is Shepherdson’s footwork, specifically in rainy, wet conditions: he tends to struggle in the mud and may not enjoy it as much as his peers. Shepherdson is a straight shooter off the field, but has struggled with temper issues during games. Even back in high school, he was a liability to shoot off at a referee or opposing player especially early in the game.

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THOMAS TEAL – DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – NC STATE – #69

Nice player. We see Teal as the kind of guy who can take a lick while giving one right back. Forceful, but delicate when he needs to be. You talk about a guy who plays unselfish. A guy who is willing to put in the work to make sure the whole team sees results and achieves success. Has seen success in multiple positions. Low maintenance guy who doesn’t require a lot of support, just put him in the trenches and let him eat. Downside though is he has a tendency to get tunnel vision.

Teal was known for his ability to enter a game and bust it wide open. You’re looking at a guy who can use his strong, meaty hands to penetrate a wide open gap. While he can close the gap from the front, he can also close it from the side. This may seem unconventional, but he’s had great success and coaches should keep an open mind. He can be a force to be reckoned with, especially when playing in a loaded box.

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BROCK HEKKING – DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – NEVADA – LOOKS LIKE A 69

Decent player with the potential to be really, really nice. Hasn’t quite gotten there yet but he’s a hard worker who looks like he’ll make sure whoever picks him is satisfied. Probably a guy who could go both ways if he wanted to.

This guy probably loves to fuck.

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