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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:36 am 
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Connor Williams

- Honestly I think Williams is really good like top 10 good. He is the right size, has plenty of strength, moves exceptionally well, aggressive, and technically sound. Other then a MCL injury he is almost unblemished. iI don't see how people rate him as a late first.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:50 am 
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definitely has the talent to go high.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:54 am 
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I'm starting to wonder if we are thinking swing OT/future RT with our 2nd round pick...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:32 am 
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Since everybody is so obsessed with trying to cut Josh Sitton, what aboot C/G?

James Daniels, C, Iowa
Daniels is a very athletic and technically proficient center. In the run game, he's extremely quick and effective on reach blocks and second-level blocks. I'm amazed by his ability to stay attached with his hands while he re-works his foot positioning. In pass pro, he plays with outstanding knee bend and balance. He shoots his hands quickly and can anchor against power as well as redirect vs. counters. He's very aware. Daniels is one of the best center prospects I've evaluated in the last five years.

Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
Wynn was an undersized left tackle for the Bulldogs; he projects as a starting guard at the next level. In the run game, he is sudden out of his stance and can roll his hips on contact, generating movement at the point of attack. His hand strength is outstanding. He's very effective as a puller because of his ability to redirect and cover up linebackers in space. In pass protection, he keeps his hands tight and he's a natural knee-bender. He will lunge and whiff on rare occasions, but he's usually patient and stays on balance. He is very aware of blitzers (see: him vs. Minkah Fitzpatrick in the national title game). Wynn has some previous experience at guard and I believe he has Pro Bowl ability at that position.

Billy Price, C, Ohio State
Price was a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He played both guard and center during his career. He was a very dominant run blocker while lining up at center in 2017. He has quick feet and a very powerful base. He latches on and flashes the upper torque to rag-doll opposing defenders. He isn't a great knee-bender, but once he gets his hands on you, he stays attached. He does struggle with balance at the second level. He gets overly aggressive and ends up on the ground too often. In pass protection, he can anchor easily against power rushers and he's very aware vs. twists and stunts. Overall, I love his strength, toughness and position flexibility. He's not an elite athlete, but he's a Day 1 starter at either guard or center. — Daniel Jeremiah

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
Four-year starter at left guard and the most highly-decorated offensive linemen in UTEP history. Hernandez possesses a rare combination of power, balance, and athletic ability. He is a plus run blocker with the anchor and footwork to handle himself in pass protection as well. Though he lacks height and length teams would like, it shouldn't hurt his stock much. Hernandez should be able to step in as an immediate starter with a high ceiling — Zierlein


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:32 am 
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mmmc_35 wrote:
Connor Williams

- Honestly I think Williams is really good like top 10 good. He is the right size, has plenty of strength, moves exceptionally well, aggressive, and technically sound. Other then a MCL injury he is almost unblemished. iI don't see how people rate him as a late first.

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His measurements at the combine are going to be critical to his draft stock. Lance Zierlein seems to think that Williams has short arms and would likely need to move inside. Others think he is light in the ass end.

After watching every snap he played at Texas the last three years - including starting Day 1 as a true freshman - I think he's an incredible technician with a mean streak that OL coaches pray for.

He's going to be a great player for someone.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:53 am 
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I certainly wouldn't be averse to taking someone on Day 2 to play inside, but I believe the Bears want to give Jordan Morgan every opportunity to compete at LG. (He's got the work ethic and football character to improve, and bringing in Harry Hiestand to help him develop is a Good Thing [tm].) So I'm guessing any addition inside would be a Day 3 value pick — someone who slides to Round 4 or 5 that they feel is too good a value to pass up.

I do like several guys at OT — Martinas Rankin, Tyrell Crosby, Jamarco Jones — that appear to be good Day 2 value. However, these guys often get pushed up in the draft due to scarcity. While I personally wouldn't take an OT in this draft at #8, I'd be open to them from about pick #20 on. If one falls to #39, I'd certainly be happy.

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I certainly wouldn't be averse to taking someone on Day 2 to play inside, but I believe the Bears want to give Jordan Morgan every opportunity to compete at LG. (He's got the work ethic and football character to improve, and bringing in Harry Hiestand to help him develop is a Good Thing [tm].) So I'm guessing any addition inside would be a Day 3 value pick — someone who slides to Round 4 or 5 that they feel is too good a value to pass up.


i forgot all about, jordan morgan. did we keep him on our practice squad last year because i don't remember seeing him there?


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he got red shirted on IR.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:24 am 
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On some level, it would make sense to draft a RT (or Nelson if you think he can play there) high, insert him into Sitton's LG spot for a year and see what happens with Massie when his contract runs out and the end of the year. That way, you already have a replacement in the program with game experience and you can move him to his more appropriate spot if Massie leaves. Now OTs don't necessarily make good OGs, but sometimes it works and we have a hole there.

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