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2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State/5b) JARED ABBREDERIS!

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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal
Posted: May 10, 2014, 10:20 AM Post
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Richard Rodgers
-Separation - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Routes - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Receiving - Starter Caliber (5/6)
-Elusiveness - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Ball Handling - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Balance - Starter Caliber (5/6)
-Blocking - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Vision - Committee Caliber (4/6)
-Power - Starter Caliber (5/6)

Comps: Jordan Reed, Garrett Graham.

Rodgers has been a 270-pound in-line tight end and a 245-pound slot receiver during his career at Cal. He’s a junior who confounded some observers with his decision to enter the draft early. There are moments where Rodgers looks like a potential NFL player, especially in the passing game. These flashes
don’t come often enough, but it will earn him no worse than an invitation to a training camp. If he makes the most of his potential, he can become a starting NFL tight end.

Rodgers has good burst off the line of scrimmage, which helps him get position downfield both as a blocker and a short zone receiver. He displays good footwork and hand work to release at the line of scrimmage and will avoid or work through contact. He has the quickness to make defenders miss with spins and dips, his agility approaching that of a running back.

He does have to refine his handiwork against press coverage. Rodgers gets jammed way too much on shallow routes by linebackers and has to learn to set up his opponents. I want to see Rodgers be more selective with the types of releases he uses based on the routes he runs. He has an arsenal of releases, but I’m not convinced he knows when best to use them.

As a ball carrier, he also has the strength to run through wraps to his legs and force defenders to gang tackle him. With his strong lower body, Rodgers can maintain balance while gang tackled and still push the pile. His turns on short routes have the suddenness of a veteran NFL tight end. If he can learn to make sudden stops at the top of his stems, Rodgers will have a lot to offer an NFL team as a route runner because he does a good job working to the quarterback. If he performs these skills on a consistent basis, Rodgers can get open at will against the average NFL defender.

Rodgers also has decent hand-eye coordination, but must develop more readiness with timing routes. He’s slow to get his hands up and head around on patterns with a hard and fast break like stops, outs, flats, and slants. He also has to display better concentration on routes that earn receivers starting jobs in the NFL: routes with his back to the quarterback; tight coverage; and patterns with defenders coming over the top to the path Rodgers is taking to make the catch. If he fails at these, he’s at best a reserve. If he can execute these plays with greater consistency, he can develop into a starter.

One thing that will help is his attack of the football. He catches the ball with his hands, but he doesn't always extend or attack the ball at the earliest window.

There’s additional promise as a blocker. Rodgers can deliver a punch as a blocker and there are plays where he displays good hand placement and the tenacity to sustain his hand position. I also like that he would work to the second defender as needed. He can improve by limiting his tendency to over extend when attacking his opponent. I don’t think Rodgers always has a clear plan in his head about where he's going. I was impressed with Rodgers’ skill at attacking his cut blocks with the required force and follow-through to drop larger defenders. He often attacked these defenders at the height one would see in a coach’s manual, but not often seen in a game. Rodgers misses some cut blocks because he has a tendency to drop his head early, giving defenders room to avoid him. If Rodgers can attain more consistency with cut blocks in the NFL, he’ll be a capable backside edge blocker even if he plays at his lightest possible weight. He plays with intensity to the whistle and the effort as a blocker is consistent. Rodgers sustained intensity as a blocker even in a huge loss where they were behind 49-13 in the early fourth quarter.

Depending on his weight, Rodgers has the strength, quickness, and balance to develop into a productive HBack or in-line tight end in the NFL. However, he’s a classic example of a prospect who does enough things well to earn a shot with a team, but has to prove he does them well often enough to stick.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal
Posted: May 10, 2014, 11:06 AM Post
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Carl Bradford sounds pretty good for a 4th rounder. CBS has him 54th, Matt Miller has him 90th. CBS says he projects best as an inside linebacker.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal
Posted: May 10, 2014, 11:18 AM Post
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Shocked Bradford was still there. Definitely among BPA; many had him mid-2nd to 3rd. 39 TFL, 20 sacks, 4 PBUs, 2 INTs, 6 FFs the last two years at ASU.

Rodgers got yanked around by bad coaching at Cal who couldn't figure out what to do with him. Lots of guys left Cal for the draft this year, not so much because they thought they would be drafted high but because they wanted out of Cal. Big hands, thick/strong lower body, coach's son so he has football smarts.

Speaking of Cal, I would have preferred DeAndre Coleman instead of Thornton. TT seems to draft shorter DL (Worthey, etc.) and these guys can't get their hands up very high to bat down passes. Coleman is 2" taller and his arms are 2" longer than Thornton, so that's four more inches of reach to tip/knock down passes.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal
Posted: May 10, 2014, 11:25 AM Post
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Interesting... all of their picks so far attended schools in warm-weather climates. How will they like GB and will they want to stay there?


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal
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So far, the players the Packers have taken sound pretty good. The only problem I might have is that everyone pretty much considers the 3rd rounders reaches, which means TT might have been able to get them later. I think 1st, 2nd, and 4th rounders were all very good picks.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St
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Bradford was a nice, disruptive player at ASU. Definitely seem to be focusing on power up front this year.


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Congrats to James White, going to the Pats in round 4. A great ambassador for the university in his 4 years here.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St
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I'd be perfectly fine with GB taking Abby in this round. Good value here.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) On The Clock!
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If anyone cares, Walter Football gave the Carl Bradford pick an A+.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
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Well, there's your C/G. 1st team all B1G, good strength, but just average size.

Probably not going to compete for the job this year, but a nice project/depth as they bulk him up.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
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I like when TT takes guys before their "consensus" draft round. Seems to mean he's quite confident in the player he's picking.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State
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Darn. I kind of wanted the Packers to get Aaron Murray, but only if he lasted to the 6th round.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State/5b) JARED ABBREDERIS!
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Love it. Couldn't be happier for Abby, and I think he's a steal at the end of round 5 for Green Bay


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Abbre-cadabra! Love the pick.


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WOW. They got Abbrederis. Noice.


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Sweet! Great value in that round. Can plug him in as a returner immediately.


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So the Packers actually do draft a Badger in 2014. Abbrederis should be a #5 WR and give return option for punts.


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If the two rookie WRs can play anything close to like they played in college, we could be back to having a sick, sick set of receivers.


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  Re: 2014 NFL Draft Thread- 1) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama/2)Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State/3a) Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss/3b) Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal/4) Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St/5a) Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State/5b) JARED ABBREDERIS!
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Our 6th is Demetri Goodson, CB, Baylor


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Well, we had a HOF corner named Woodson, maybe Goodson can be as Goodson as him.


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