So the technical problems are finally solved. Let’s celebrate.
Great to have you back man! Really enjoyed the last hang out with field gulls and all your articles for that matter. I never realized how hard it was to original insight into the Hawks til the past month.
Mike Iupati is the one guy we should steal from SF. Hands down.
I agree, i wanted him when he was coming out of Idaho, now we gotta see how he comes back from this injury first tho
Welcome back, Rob! Not sure how much longer we could have gone without losing ourselves on the road to perdition with no way home. I fell so far as to succumb to Bleacher Report slideshow pablum, lord help me.
Based on some earlier posts, here is a discussion point: if I told you that two of the following newbies, redshirts and rookies, will each be named to at least two All-Pro first teams over the next five years, which two do you guess it would be: from Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Jesse Williams, Christine Michael, Benson Mayowa, Tharold Simon, Korey Toomer, Spencer Ware, Paul Richardson, Justin Britt, Cassius Marsh, Kevin Norwood, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jimmy Staten, Eric Pinkins, Kiero Small, Jackson Jeffcoat, Garry Gilliam or Dion Bailey?
John and Pete have assembled this promising crew, from whom at least 6 or 7 will probably prove to be solid starters, but which two are most likely to be the next “home run” pick a’la Sherm, Russ or Kam.
My guess is Jesse Williams (based on dominant talent, compared to the rest of the league, assuming he is healthy) and Korey Toomer (because Pete seems to have hinted multiple times over the past couple of weeks that he is the latest sparq-steal)…. although I would love it to be Justin Britt, for an All-Pro RT would be of huge benefit to Wilson’s good health and the continuing success of the running game.
I’d go for Christine Michael to start with. Incredible talent and over five years if he eventually replaces Lynch as the main guy he should have a great chance to put up some numbers in this offense. After that I’d put my money on Cassius Marsh. The more I watch of him post-draft the more I like. He can do it all. And with a pro-weight programme and the ability to dedicate himself fully to football — I think by the end of 2015 we’ll be looking at a very productive all-round defensive lineman.
Michael’s skill set has a ceiling that opens up sky-high, and if he is the bell-cow runner in this offense, that kind of recognition should follow. The coaches were almost giddy after watching Cassius for only three days of rookie OTAs. When you see someone with inside pass rush skills, it is immediately obvious. Strange as it seems, with Marsh probably playing at 6-4, 265, he still could be the other DT in the 3rd down package, along with Bennett, with Avril and Mayowa/Irvin at Leo. That guy only needs to have enough heft to not be engulfed by OGs, which Cassius does, but the key is the inside rush skills, with his quickness, to provide a mis-match…..can definitely see this happening.
There are two other guys on your list whose talent is still unknown but who may have an opportunity to play after the upcoming season and you need both talent and opportunity; Kevin Pierre-Louis and Eric Pinkins. The potential loss of Malcom Smith, K.J Wright and Byron Maxwell to free agency after next season will open up starting spots. A year of indoctrination in the system from Kris Richard and Rocky Seto might be enough for Pinkins And a year of development from Ken Norton might be enough for KPL. In the meantime, I expect them both to blow up some guys on special teams this year.
Good to have you back Rob….
I’m just glad to have the situation sorted. It’s a quiet time for the NFL and the draft right now so I’ll dip in and out. Still need to make the most of family time now before we ramp things up again in the fall.
Rob great man to have you back! Fellow disciples our lord and savior is back lol
Rob what do you think about the nfl moving the draft date again next year?
Personally I’d like to see it in early April. That’s ideal. There’s a really flabby part after the combine that just seems unnecessary.
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