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    Mario Williams did little to remove himself from my heirarchy of defensive ends during the Meineke Car Care Bowl (why must George Foreman hawk car care? What does a boxer know about oil changes that I don't?) against South Florida. Williams has put the effort into shedding the "inconsistent" label and now appears to play both the run and the pass with equal vigor. He had little trouble with both single and double team coverage, and outside of one 3-1 play, where he let Hall out of his clutches, he was a force on his side of the ball. While Hall did record a 100 yard game rushing, please note that NC State flashes a deep line for the college ranks, and likes to rotate ends in and out of the game. Two big runs of note occured without both Lawson and Williams on the field, not to take anything away from Hall, and I'll get to him in a minute. Williams flashes rare change of direction for a man his size, but his frame remains fairly slender, and he likely won't get much bigger in the pros. He closes better than most defensive ends and he is a powerful tackler. Can rush both insde and outside, and shows a decent variety of pass rush moves. Williams will also drop into coverage on zone blitzes, but I have yet to see him in need of making a play when doing so. Williams is a rare breed that doesn't come around very often. He will be the first 4-3 end off the board.

    His sidekick, Mario Lawson, will not be an end in the pros. His build is very slender, and he lacks the backside to put more weight on. He does have the height for the position, but he likely is playing at 235, which is more in line with 3-4 OLBs. On the field, he may be the fastest end in college football, and it shows. He's basically a one trick pony, but it's like having a Billy Wagner 101 mph heater type trick, you don't need much else. Lawson beats all tackles with his first step, and can keep enough separation to turn his rush back towards the line of scrimmage if the QB gets flushed back in the pocket. His production compares favorably with the best linemen not named Dumervil, but he loses publicity to his stellar teammate. Lawson has the chance to steal the show at this year's combine, and he easily could rocket into the upper/mid first round to a team looking for a rush end with serious speed. I liken him to Demarcus Ware.

    On the South Florida side, Andre Hall turned in his best performance of the year against a quality opponent. As far as projectability, he looks to me like a poor man's Charlie Garner, capable of carrying and receiving the ball 10-15 times a game, but cannot carry the offensive load at tailback. His speed is playable, but it doesn't appear to be an elite tool. He has a bit of wiggle in the open field, but his best running attribute is his balance, which allows him to break arm tackles and shots without wrapping up. As a receiver, his route running was pretty suprising for a back, and he could be used out wide or checked out of the backfield, ala the third down back. I think Hall is better than your average third down back, and could fit well in a job share with a bigger back, but he looks so much like a Gruden or Reid tailback because of his receiving ability, which could be enough to entice either of the two to take him. I wouldn't be suprised if he stayed in the state of Florida, with Gruden taking him at the start of the second day.

    Although I didn't see the game in its entirety, Marcedes Lewis is a shaky first round pick for a tight end. You cannot deny his potential as a receiver, but he has poor game speed, which keeps him from gaining separation downfield. He also is far too slender to make an impact right away in the running game, which could make him a sub package player to start his career. In due time, Lewis will be a solid player in the NFL, I just don't see him maing an immediate impact due to his strength and speed. If you are looking for an immediate impact at the position, Vernon Davis is the draft's elite TE.

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    Very nice analysis.

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    • #3
      lawson doesnt have enough power IMO. hes fast but hed need to bulk up a bit and keep that speed. that being said i wouldnt mind him with our 1B pick.


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      • #4
        Originally posted by OrangeShadow
        lawson doesnt have enough power IMO. hes fast but hed need to bulk up a bit and keep that speed. that being said i wouldnt mind him with our 1B pick.
        I wouldn't like that unless we are moving to 3-4, and I'm not going to get into that right now. Lawson's power will suffice for a 3-4 outside linebacker.

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        • #5
          same with dummervill which a lot of people are high on


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          • #6
            Originally posted by OrangeShadow
            same with dummervill which a lot of people are high on
            He's looked very average thus far today, and the one game I watch of his extensively, Pitt, he was shut down by Charles Spencer, who also happens to be quite good. I'm willing to give Dumervil a fair shake in these offseason games and workouts, but against major competition, he has yet to impress me.

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            • #7
              I agree that Dumervil has looked average at times. You also can't ignore his knack for getting to the QB. I think he will go late first round because he will not have the best measurables.

              As far as super mario. I agree with your concerns about the lack of consistent motor. I guess he will run the 40 in the 4.5 range and will be seen as the next freak. I would be surprised to see him drop out of the top 10. I also think there are other DL that come out with these questions and good coaching helps in this area alot. His stock is not so low in my book. !st or 2nd DE off the board. Probably at pick 8-10. That is my hunch without seeing any measurables yet.

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              • #8
                Also I agree with you on Lewis and Lawson.

                Lawson reminds me alot of Leonard Little and would be a great pass rush specialist.

                Lewis has some serious upside but I would not draft him near Vernon Davis. I think if Pope (Georgia) comes out Lewis and Pope will fight it out at the bottom of the first round and top of the second round.

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