Open thread Saturday

November 5th, 2016 | Written by Rob Staton

Who are you watching? Let us know and comment in the open thread.

I’ve just finished watching Florida @ Arkansas. The Gators were banged up on defense — losing both Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone to injury during the game. Arkansas dominated on the ground but Caleb Brantley (DT, Florida) still had a productive game.

Elsewhere, Carl Lawson (EDGE, Auburn) got another sack against Vanderbilt. That’s 8.5 for him now this year. Dawuane Smoot (EDGE, Illinois) also had a good day — getting his third sack of the season against Michigan State. He totalled 2.5 TFL’s in the game.

Jehu Chesson (WR, Michigan) had his best stat line of the year with 112 yards and a touchdown vs Maryland. If he lingers in the draft due to a lack of production — keep an eye on him. He’s a terrific athlete with major special teams value. He’s also a really good blocker in the run game.

69 Responses to “Open thread Saturday”

  1. Kenny Sloth says:

    Continuing on the SDB meet-up idea from the last thread.

    Let’s aim for a Sunday viewing party at a bar near the Stadium. It’s a 1:25 game against the Bills.

    We could do a College Saturday instead.

    If anyone has a suggestion for a rad Hawks bar downtown. One that might not be too rowdy/packed (lol, I know).

    Rob, I was unsure if you were attending both games that weekend Sea/UW.

    All are welcome, just holler so I have an idea of how many will show up.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Hi Kenny — yes I am attending the Washington vs Arizona State game and the Seahawks vs Eagles game. Not sure what we’ll be doing before/after game but might be able to arrange a quick meet up. I will be in Seattle from Thursday to Sunday.

      • Kenny Sloth says:

        If you’re planning on leaving Sunday maybe Saturday would be cleaner?

        Might be nice to have a full slate of games available to you, live.

        Have a little scouting sesh haha

    • Ed says:

      Bills game is Monday night 5:30pm, not 1:25pm

    • Volume12 says:

      Hawks Nest, Pyramid Ale House, Sluggers.

      And then Collins and Fuel House are about 7-8 blocks from the Clink.

      Not sure if Hit it here cafe is a Hawks bar, but I’d imagine they would be.

      • Kenny Sloth says:

        Maybe something a little away from the stadiums.

        I’m gonna tentatively choose Fuel House because it sounds bigger haha.

      • Ed says:

        Hit it here is the Safeco field bar for Mariners. Don’t think it would be open, but you never know.

        The Lodge is pretty swanky sports bar by The Link
        Buckley’s in Belltown old school.
        Gordon Birsch has a good amount of TV’s and decent food

        The Ram by Husky Stadium

  2. Rob Staton says:

    So much NFL talent on the field in this Alabama vs LSU game.

  3. Volume12 says:

    Rob, what do you think LSU’s Ethan Pocic is at the next level?

  4. Volume12 says:

    This corner for LSU, #13 Dwayne Thomas, is damn ‘Seahawky’.’ Wanna see some ball skills though!

    • RealRhino2 says:

      How can you? Alabama’s QB can’t throw. Amazed we have two top-tier college teams with such bad QB play. Oh, and Alabama’s RBs are bad, too. Scarborough is big. Great.

      This game has reinforced for me my concerns about Fournette. Looks great on a toss sweep with a huge hole and a head of steam. Doesn’t create without that. Where are the broken tackles? The moving pile? Against a safety in space he’s killer. Rarely do you get to a safety in space in the NFL. And if you say it’s because the Alabama DL is so good, well, relative to the Seahawks OL, ALL NFL lines are that good.

      Interested to see what scouts ultimately think of Dural and Dupre. Running routes for exercise out there.

      • Volume12 says:

        Bit harsh, but OK.

      • Aaron says:

        Like Dupre over Dural… Think both are good-great.

      • James says:

        The Alabama – LSU game is proof positive why the RB position is so devalued. Fournette is a “generational” talent, but got 31 yds last year, and 37 yds this year against the Bama defense. Lesson: don’t draft the RB, draft the guys who held him to 31 yds. Jalen Hurts, the frosh QB, ran rings around Fournette, because that is the way the game has evolved.

      • Rob Staton says:

        King Kong would’ve struggled for a five yard gain in that game.

        LSU’s O-line is pathetic, the QB can’t throw, Alabama has arguably the best defense we’ve seen in CFB in a decade and they not only smothered the OL but they made a concerted point to defend the run. People expect Fournette to be able to run??

  5. East Side Stevie says:

    Is Alabamas DT #94 Payne catching anyone’s eye? Besides the penalty of course, man he is nasty and productive!

  6. Kenny Sloth says:

    John Ross III is a first round talent

    Davis Webb has an helluva arm

  7. rowdy says:

    Uw bds are getting abused right now

    • Volume12 says:

      Sidney’s overrated. He’d be great in a scheme like Seattle’s, KC’s, Atlanta’s.

      Don’t get me wrong, he’s very good, but not a top 20 talent like many sites or NFL media say he is.

      Kevin King is a freak athlete with size and length, but will probably need a year to get acclimated. 4th rounder for me.

      • C-Dog says:

        Sidney got punked by Hansen, but I agree he’d do well in Seattle’s D. I think Kevin King could be a nice development project.

      • Rob Staton says:

        IMO Sidney’s dinky. My expectation of him at the next level is a guy who makes nice plays, probably has 3-5 picks a year but is also bullied by bigger WR’s and could be a liability as much as he looks really good.

  8. CharlieTheUnicorn says:

    John Ross….. NFL future slot WR baller

  9. Volume12 says:

    Damn, those 2 LB’s/EDGE guys, whatever, for Alabama were fantastic tonight. Just eatin’ all night long.

    Tim Williams has that quick twitch, aggressive, dip/bend, speed, decent power.

    Ryan Anderson is flat out violent. Powerful hands, runs a much better arc than I thought, and has the kind of attitude and competitiveness his team feeds off of. He might be a better athlete than originally thought.

    • C-Dog says:

      It’d be nice for Seattle to grab a bonafide SAM prospect at some point. If Anderson tests well enough, could be a prospect to consider bottom R2?

      • Volume12 says:

        I mean when Seattle says they wanna be the bully again and push people around, look no further than this cat.

        PC mentioned today how excited he was for recent addition Damontre Moore due to his motor. Did they spend a draft pick or capital on him? No. He had a pretty bad combine performance. They love high effort, try hard, first one in-last to leave types as you know.

        Point being, there will always be an outlier or two in every one of their draft classes. An exception, not the norm.

        So to answer your question, yeah I think it’s possible.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Give me one of these ‘Bama defenders. Don’t care which round. You can go to war with this group.

  10. Rik says:

    Malik Hooker with a pick 6 against Nebraska. Great run back, looked like a running back finding lanes through traffic. They showed some video of his high school basketball career – heck of an athlete. He’s gonna show an impressive vertical at the combine.

    • Trevor says:

      Love his game. The thought of the ground him and Earl could cover at Safety would be unreal. He will never get to the end of Rd #1 but if he did I would be running to the podium. He will be a game changer at the next level and the first player I have seen coming out of CFB who truly could replace Earl in our system because of his range and instincts.

    • Rob Staton says:

      Incredible talent. Nearest thing we’ve had to Earl in CFB since 2009.

  11. Greg Haugsven says:

    Watched Donts Foreman today, damn that dudes a beast!

  12. C-Dog says:

    As much as John Ross looks like a day one pick, Dante Pettis continues to impress me. I think he’s a bit underrated. Good size, decent moves and hands, can bring something to the return game. I think he has a personality that would fit in well with the Seattle locker room.

    • Volume12 says:

      Gives me a Kearse vibe. Ya know what I mean?

      • C-Dog says:

        Exactly.

        • Nathan W. says:

          He doesn’t seem to be the most amazing athlete, but every game I watched at Husky Stadium that I watched this year I’ve noticed that he just keep on catching everything thrown his way. Pretty nice value in the PR game too. Pettis, Ross, and McClatcher make a great WR corp.

  13. C-Dog says:

    Lavon Coleman is killing it was some tough physical second half running for Washington.

    • Nathan W. says:

      In an interview, Coleman spoke of the RB coach telling him to start running instead of dancing and getting cute. His physicality has really displayed itself this year.. especially when we carried the team to an OT win in the desert against the Wildcats.

  14. East Side Stevie says:

    Did Alabamas DT #94 last name Payne catch anyone’s eye? Besides the penalty of course, man he is nasty and productive! Anybody know much about him?

  15. Trevor says:

    Saban has had some amazing defensive units but IMO this is the best one yet. They play with the same discipline but this group looks much faster with more explosive athletes all over the field. That is the closest thing you will ever see to NFL defense in college F-Ball. Wow is all I can say. To do that to Fournette back to back years is unreal and shows once again how critical OL / DL play really is.

    • Nathan W. says:

      I think the LSU v ALA game really also drives home how important it is to have both good QB play and a powerful RB. They have a mutual relationship