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2010 Pre Combine Defensive Draft

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Posted 02-23-2010 at 06:18 PM by hagan714
Updated 02-28-2010 at 05:53 AM by hagan714

Round 1

Sergio Kindle, Texas, SLB/DE, 6-4, 254, 4.54

This is the player to target in the 2010 draft for the Saints. Now I believe the Saints must find away to move up in the first to get him. I do not see him getting past the Patriots at 22 if the Falcons pass on him at 20. So I am going to play with him being there at 32. The Saints have a ton of WLB on the roster and it is time to get Scott a back up. Forget about the 2009 season as a DE. I look at the 2008 hen he played OLB at Texas. Stand him up and he is a nightmare. Talk about a nasty demeanor to go with a great explosion, speed, strength, athleticism and size are off the charts, how can I not love this player.

As a DE

Kindle will beat most tackles off the ball and use his power to rag doll blockers. He has great strength and speed and combines them to be one of the most violent tackler in the 2010 draft. He is a relentless attacker that holds the point versus the run. His great arm length allows him to wrap up and stop plays at the line of scrimmage. As a pass rusher, he uses that awesome first-step quickness to put the tackle out off position. He turns the corner well and has a nice shoulder dip. This allows him to take angles that most pass rushers cannot. He closes quickly and aggressively on the quarterback. He can also bull rush and will overrun backs in blitz pick-up. Does a good job knocking down passes and getting his hands up.

Troubles as a DE

He has trouble disengaging from blocks and must learn to use his strong hands to prevent getting locked up with blockers. He does loses sight of the ball too often and falls back in pursuit or in other words he is late to react at times. He must learn to do a better job of using his hands to keep tackles and guards off of him. He tends to try to outrun blockers and can be described as wreck less as a pass rush. He must develop more moves and be coached up on his fundamentals.

As an OLB.

He has elite-level speed and closing quickness. He is athletic and fast enough for coverage responsibilities. He can run with most receivers, tight ends, backs and has no trouble running them down. He is quick adjusting to pass plays- gets to the flats in a hurry when given pass responsibility.
Troubles as an OLB

The major knock is he is very raw and doesn't always diagnose plays cleanly. In other words he is a little slow reading and reacting to the quarterback as a OLB. Or can be tricked by misdirection and relies on his speed and strength to much instead of reading the offense. He does have limited experience in coverage.

OVERVIEW

Kindle has the skills to become a playmaker and has improved from game to game. With tremendous upside and him testing off the charts at the Combine I see his stock climbing. Has proven that he can play as a defensive end in the 4-3, or an outside linebacker in either the 3-4 or 4-3. He is more instinctive at OLB in my opinion because he is at his best when able to freelance and make plays in the open field. So I think 43 OLB would work well for him under Williams and with Scott as a mentor the sky is the limit for Kindle.

Why he maybe there:

Nagging injuries during Kindle’s first two seasons and well some off-field issues. Kindle actually drove his truck into an apartment in Austin. No charges were filed. Sorry that one made me LMAO.

How does he fit in with the saints?

Instant impact for special teams coverage jumps out to me in year one. His flexibility makes for a lot playing time for him and gives the saints some roster flexibility at SLB and DE.

Round 2

SS, Myron Rolle, Florida State, 6014, 214, 4.59

I can hear everyone right now, "What the heck" but hear me out here. I will be surprised to see him here in the second in the first place. Granted his contract will have a ton of clauses in it and he has been out of football for a year I think the Saints would not pass on him here. The NFL already knows what Rolle can do and now the question is whether or not he can do it after being away from the game for a year. Myron Rolle is best known for winning the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship after graduating in 2 1/2 years at Florida State, for those less knowledgeable; the Rhodes is often referred to as the Academic Heisman. He chose to skip his senior season of football and went to study at Oxford instead. He still aspires to an NFL career and participated in intense workouts during his stay in England. Rolle was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl and made a big impression on NFL coaches with his conditioning, body type and work ethic.

Senior Bowl invitee. Measurements - arm: 33.0" hand: 9.25" Notes: Athletic build, muscular, clearly he was lifting more than books while away.
Rolle has first round talent, but he will need to have a decent NFL combine and show everybody that there is no rust.

Rolle is as smart on the field as he is in the classroom, which is pretty smart. He understands the game and its nuances. He has great instincts and always seems to be around the ball, but his best assets are a little easier to notice. Rolle has prototypical size, at 6-2 and 218 pounds and strength. He is versatile and can play any backfield position, perhaps even corner. He can fill the enforcer role and he hammers people when he has the clear shot, but knows when to wrap. Myron can cover pretty well too. He defends the pass extremely well and has the quickness to cover the field sideline to sideline.

There has never been any question about the talent or the physical tools with . He does rests on his laurels sometimes. Not the most instinctual player around, and that may be because he tends to over-analyze situations, tendencies, etc. prior to reacting. Not an elite hitter for his size. Book smart, but that may be an actual impediment. Sometimes looks a bit soft. Could be considered an athletic underachiever as a result of his play on the field. Never made as many impact plays as one with his ability should. His time away from the field could put a damper on his ability to contribute to a team immediately, as he will likely have to shake off some rust and get re-acclimated to the speed of the game.

Many may question his commitment to football, I don't. He is a talented player who is taking full advantage of his academic situation, as a result of him giving up his senior season to study at Oxford. He's going to be a huge PR asset for any team that drafts him, and front office folks may push him up draft boards some as a result. He's a guy who could be drafted anywhere from the late second to the late fourth rounds in the 2010 NFL Draft. I say he does solid at the combine.
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    Round 3

    Robert Johnson, Utah, FS, 6021, 236, 4.52


    Here is my mid round sleeper that is a classic centre fielder with a ton of upside. Johnson is big, strong; agile and better-than-average closing speed. He is a ball hawking, big play making FS with a flare for the dramatic. The EX-WR has sure hands and has good instincts on where he should be and the ball. There’s a price to pay when you come over the middle with him at FS. He breaks up passes with superb hits and the range to get over to the sideline. Plays the ball in front of him well. Very rarely misses tackles or takes a bad angle. Fills the alley fast with a bang in the box against the run. Good work habits. Energetic and vocal. Good football IQ. A leader.

    Johnson needs to learn consistency and better technique. He is maybe too stiff and high cut. Has trouble changing directions without slowing down. Tends to bite too much on play fakes. Needs to refine his coverage skills. Can get caught peeking into the backfield. Late a time or two getting over the top.

    He might not run as fast as Taylor Mays come combine day, but as a football player I like Johnson better. Ok Jenkins takes over the nickel for good next year and Gay is bumped to dime. Johnston will make an immediate impact on special teams in year one.

    Round 4


    DT, Linval Joseph, East Carolina, 6-6, 322, 5.27

    Linval Joseph is an under the radar DT from ECU. He is a mammoth DT who should see plenty of action in obvious run-down situations. At 6'6 325 pounds Joseph is a big force with good athleticism. He had 60 tackles, 13 for losses, 3 QB sacks. and 1 kick blocked (2 in 2008). He moves well for his size and is a great run stuffer. He can generate a bit of a push as a pass rusher, too. At 6'6" he does not need much of a push. He has also been used in "Refrigerator" Perry FB role.

    Could stand to be in better condition. Has a ways to go as a pass rusher.

    I know after the combine he will most likely rise out of reach here and we will have to be faced with a choice at the bottom of round three if we are to get a shot at him. I would have to pass in the third. But for now here is where most think he will go.

    Round 5
    Philadelphia from New Orleans - 2009 NFL Draft trade

    Round 6

    OLB/DE, Danny Batten, South Dakota State, 6023, 248, 4.68

    The Missouri Valley's co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Ruffin in '09, you got to be kidding. Here me out here. The 6'2/250-pound rusher was successfully tried at both outside and inside linebacker during February's Texas vs. Nation all-star event. Also asked to drop into coverage frequently after slimming down to the 245-pound range in 2009, Batten will appeal to teams that value versatility. He has the versatility to play either defensive end or outside linebacker should up his draft stock. Batten has a non stop motor

    Batten (6’3, 252, 4.61) has interesting measurable as he brings great speed but lacks the size that scouts look for during the draft. He will have to bulk up but shows promise due to his ability to drop into coverage, get to the quarterback, and make plays. He is limited athletically but has a high motor to make up for it. Over the last two years he has produced 26.5 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks.

    I think he will be an immediate help on special teams.


    Round 7

    New England from New Orleans - TE David Thomas
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    OK... Mickey Hagan ... not sold on those yet ... still kinda early... but it's a nice start. Rolle could be good maybe in the third. How about the DT from Penn St in the first?
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    2 DE/OLBs, 2 Safeties, and only 1 DT?
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    Lets see what the combine brings. then the predrafts I look at may have some DTs rising or falling to us.
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