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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II Oh great. We've got a slow footed tackle and an undersized center. We need to sign or trade for a veteran. Ha! Way to crash the party Rugby. I kind of agree though. These ...

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Old 05-03-2016, 04:12 PM   #11
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Oh great. We've got a slow footed tackle and an undersized center. We need to sign or trade for a veteran.
Ha! Way to crash the party Rugby. I kind of agree though. These two will be working their tails off to make the practice squad.
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well his test will come against the panthers
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We run a zone blocking scheme. Nalen was an all-pro center and he was definitely undersized. Denver ran a similar blocking scheme. The kid may have a chance.
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We run a zone blocking scheme. Nalen was an all-pro center and he was definitely undersized. Denver ran a similar blocking scheme. The kid may have a chance.

Good point. Zone run blocking requires athleticism more than power. Allen does kinda fit that mold.
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Sure hope the kids better than some of the other kids! No kidding!
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If you can play they, will find you.
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Oh great. We've got a slow footed tackle and an undersized center. We need to sign or trade for a veteran.
It's not so much his measurables vs NFL norms, it's his size in the type of zone block scheme the Saints utilize could make his fit, well, problematic...

For Brees' Pocket Protection, Saints use a three man wedge/crenellation (castle battlement) using big long tackles to swing pass rushers out on longer arcs...

Don't see using a smallish center/guard working very well in that system; kinda why we traded Graham for a big All-Pro center in Max Unger...

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Old 05-05-2016, 10:00 AM   #18
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If you review the current Saints roster report JP has out, we have a added in a nice amount of competition for the Guard spot. I think one of the UDFA will emerge at camp (see below).

Top seven undrafted free-agent classes following 2016 NFL Draft - NFL.com

FWIW, NO is ranked #1 for UDFA class in 2016. A diamond in the rough awaits.
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Oh great. We've got a slow footed tackle and an undersized center. We need to sign or trade for a veteran.
But there are always those guys that conventional football logic and reason do not match up to on the field. He has a great shot at being one those players.
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He still has to make the team remember, give the guy a chance.
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