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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Wesley Woodyard would be a good one in the middle rounds. Hes fast and a playmaker but undersized and may not be able to succeed in our defensive system - he is more of a Cover 2 fit. Marcus Howard ...

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Old 03-23-2008, 05:21 PM   #11
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Re: LBs Not Named Rivers?

Wesley Woodyard would be a good one in the middle rounds. Hes fast and a playmaker but undersized and may not be able to succeed in our defensive system - he is more of a Cover 2 fit. Marcus Howard from Georgia is projected to play LB in the NFL and would be a good situational pass rusher or blitzer. J Leman from Illinois has limited upside but would be a solid backup and situational player that we could in a the late rounds.
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Old 03-23-2008, 05:53 PM   #12
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Another ILB that is flying way under the radar is Vince Hall. Adibi was the more athletic one of the two but Hall was the leader and the one that held the defense together. He missed some games due to injuries this last season but they were a completely different team when he was playing. He is another tackling machine, 100 tackles in 2007 besides missing four games and 404 for his career. He really excels against the run but with work can get better against the pass. I think that if he is available rounds 5-6 we should take a good look. He could be a steal.
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Another ILB that is flying way under the radar is Vince Hall. Adibi was the more athletic one of the two but Hall was the leader and the one that held the defense together. He missed some games due to injuries this last season but they were a completely different team when he was playing. He is another tackling machine, 100 tackles in 2007 besides missing four games and 404 for his career. He really excels against the run but with work can get better against the pass. I think that if he is available rounds 5-6 we should take a good look. He could be a steal.
Exactly. I may be a little biased because I live in VA about an hour near VT, but these two are the real deal. I wouldn't put it past him to be a first day prospect if he didnt mess up his wrist. Adibi can step in immediatley and Hall can learn to play MLB. If we used our 1st on a DT or CB, get Adibi in the second, 3rd get the opposite of first, BPA 5th, hall in 6th, and a K in the 7th Id be escatic
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Old 03-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #14
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There is no way that Xavier Adibi will fall to the second day, he's just way too good. He might not even be on the board for us in the second but if he is I say pull the trigger. He's not the biggest guy in the world but we need a WLB and he would be a perfect fit. He's great in coverage and he has the speed to blitz off the edge. He would provide instant playmaking ability to our D.

I don't see Highsmith falling to round 5. I think he goes no later than mid 4th. I'm sure that some scouts and GMs are very happy that Ali ran so slow at the combine because now they might be able to get a guy they had targeted later than expected. Anyone who has seen Highsmith on video knows that he has superior game speed. With some players you just have to throw out the 40 time and just watch game tape. And while you're watching the game tape keep in mind that he was playing in the SEC, not in some rinky dink Pac 10 or slow as syrup Big 10. He has as much burst to the football as any LB in the draft. With proper coaching I think Highsmith will excel at every aspect of the LB posistion.

I was reading an article today from LSU's combine saying that the scouts weren't impressed about Highsmith's workout and the he could possibly not even get drafted!!
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