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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; When will people start to learn that size is not the end all. If a guy goes out there and plays big, who gives a damn how big he actually is. Time after time the smaller guys end up being ...

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Old 04-11-2004, 09:40 PM   #11
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When will people start to learn that size is not the end all. If a guy goes out there and plays big, who gives a damn how big he actually is. Time after time the smaller guys end up being the better than some big guy that was drafted before them.
That sounds like a quote from the Mike Ditka Draft Handbook. Draft these guys:

a. With heart.
b. With no measurables from a winning college program.
c. With no measurables from a big college program.

On other words, I can teach a monkey to play a slot machine but he has to be able to reach the coin slot.
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Old 04-12-2004, 07:48 AM   #12
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In this case, weight is a non-factor. Vilma only needs about 20 more pounds to be considered legit, and with any NFL program, he can do that within two years. He\'s got the frame to add the weight. Weight should almost be a non-issue (be more concerned with how much weight can be added rather than how much is there now).
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Old 04-12-2004, 08:33 AM   #13
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Vilma was 6\'-1\", 232 lbs.
Why does everyone think this is small?
Many quality MLB in the NFL are about this size.


Starting NFL Middle Linebackers
5-11, 230 Zack Thomas, MIA
6-1, 225 Shelton Quarles, TB
6-0, 234 Mark Simeneu, PHL
6-0, 229 Robert Thomas, STL
6-1, 230 Mike Peterson, JAX

And the best middle linebacker in the NFL,
Ray Lewis 6-0 245 (came into NFL @ 225 lbs)

[Edited on 12/4/2004 by Danno]
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Old 04-12-2004, 01:38 PM   #14
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Amen to that Danno. I seem to remember a fierce LB from up around my way by the name of Singletary who was pretty fierce as a smaller guy... and lest we forget the best LB to ever wear black and gold. They called him the field mouse, and if you don\'t know then you don\'t know.
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Old 04-12-2004, 04:30 PM   #15
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yeah and huge linemen used to be 265 too. vilma would have been great if he\'d been playing with butkus. and if i had a nickle for every time i seen zach thomas get run over the last couple of year, i\'d be havin dinner at commander\'s every night.
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Yeah, I\'d bet all the money in the world that Mills could still be a great linebacker, even in \"today\'s\" NFL.
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Damn right.
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OK...here is what i dont get...If all of you are pretty much dead set that Hall and Robinson and gonna be gone when we pick and you all believe that Vilma is gonna be there...then why would you be upset if the Saints would draft one of CB\'s over Vilma? If Vilma were as good as rAGE says he is...he would be a top 5 pick. I like Vilma, i really do, but the guy is not Ray Lewis and i dont like the comparison. Until he wins the SuperBowl, wins defensive MVP awards...establishes his mark of dominance...and stabs 2 or 3 people...I dont want to hear the argument. I think Hall and Robinson are safer picks than Vilma and you must too because you think they will be gone and Vilma will still be there. Who is to say that Keyaron Fox wont be better than Vilma and that Keith Smith wont be better than Hall and Robinson. None of us know and i cant wait for the draft so i can stop hearing about Vilma. rAGE should be the guy\'s agent because he does a good job of talking him up but i am still not sold on him. I wouldnt mind him in black and gold but hearing all this is making me dislike the guy already.

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Old 04-13-2004, 09:50 PM   #19
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I seriously doubt that Vilma will be there past 12. He is a stud and will be a great LB in the NFL.

There are a lot of different senerios and they change every hour... but take a look at our (B&G Mock Draft).

[Edited on 14/4/2004 by Euphoria]
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OK...here is what i dont get...If all of you are pretty much dead set that Hall and Robinson and gonna be gone when we pick and you all believe that Vilma is gonna be there...then why would you be upset if the Saints would draft one of CB\'s over Vilma? If Vilma were as good as rAGE says he is...he would be a top 5 pick. I like Vilma, i really do, but the guy is not Ray Lewis and i dont like the comparison. Until he wins the SuperBowl, wins defensive MVP awards...establishes his mark of dominance...and stabs 2 or 3 people...I dont want to hear the argument. I think Hall and Robinson are safer picks than Vilma and you must too because you think they will be gone and Vilma will still be there. Who is to say that Keyaron Fox wont be better than Vilma and that Keith Smith wont be better than Hall and Robinson. None of us know and i cant wait for the draft so i can stop hearing about Vilma. rAGE should be the guy\'s agent because he does a good job of talking him up but i am still not sold on him. I wouldnt mind him in black and gold but hearing all this is making me dislike the guy already.
He\'s not a top 10 pick because of his size. If he was 10lbs bigger, he would be a top 10 lock and possibly even a top 5 lock (with the redskins or lions probably taking him).

I think the corners will be gone first because there are teams who need them more than they need a MLB. Corners are NEVER safer picks than LB\'s. Actually corners are about the biggest risk you can take in a draft. The only thing that comes close are WR\'s and QB\'s.
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