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  • Momentum
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    He's better than Dizon.

    And he would solve our kick coverage problems.

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  • MindField
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    Anybody want him?

    Not me...undersized and over-rated is a bad combination.

    He is too much like Ian Gold...all athlete, and not enough football player, and at times absolutely disappears in games.

    Pass...

    Now, Miami's Tavares Gooden on the other hand, is looking more and more to me like a brilliant solution to the strong-side OLB position.

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  • pipes
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    Originally posted by BroncosTX77 View Post
    He aint just whistling Dixie either. Down here in Houston we were fed LSU games almost every week, and Highsmith is the real deal. Gold and Ali may be the similar height weight, but what Ali brings that Gold can't is the ability to TACKLE and COVER. He is also a hitter and has speed.

    Only pitfalls is his size, just an ok Blitzer, and he might compete with Vince Young for worst Wonderlic score....


    The Wonderlic test is a joke.....who really gives a crap about that thing anyway?

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  • BroncosTX77
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    Originally posted by Max Power View Post
    I would wait until his official weigh-in at the combine before passing such judgement. And Highsmith is a very good LB, anybody who watched LSU this season knows that.
    He aint just whistling Dixie either. Down here in Houston we were fed LSU games almost every week, and Highsmith is the real deal. Gold and Ali may be the similar height weight, but what Ali brings that Gold can't is the ability to TACKLE and COVER. He is also a hitter and has speed.

    Only pitfalls is his size, just an ok Blitzer, and he might compete with Vince Young for worst Wonderlic score....


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  • Max Power
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    Originally posted by stnzed View Post
    Nope! I've had enough of how tiny and weak the Broncos are, and he's listed at 6'-0"/221......That makes him smaller than Ian Gold......
    I would wait until his official weigh-in at the combine before passing such judgement. And Highsmith is a very good LB, anybody who watched LSU this season knows that.

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  • pipes
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    Originally posted by beastlyskronk View Post
    He's not weak. He's probably stronger right now than Ian Gold ever was. The fact that he is being compared to Derrick Brooks is amazing in itself. It's not like he'll get blocked 20 yards downfield like Ian Gold or Nate Webster.
    Yeah and Harold Minor was supposed to be the next Michael Jordan.

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  • Gr3yStreet
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    Originally posted by stnzed View Post
    Nope! I've had enough of how tiny and weak the Broncos are, and he's listed at 6'-0"/221......That makes him smaller than Ian Gold......
    Were not "tiny and weak". Our linebackers are supposed to be quick and athletic, and capable of making plays all over the field. Effective in run defense AND pass defense.

    When theres actually lineman who can get push and clog the middle, it allows of faster, quicker linebackers on the outside to flow laterally, so they can seal the edges off, and put pressure on the QB. If our DT's didn't get shoved back into DJ every play, he would be able to actually make tackles at the LOS because hes strong, but hes faster than most Mikes (the BIG guys I think your talking about) so he can be more effective in coverage.

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  • beastlyskronk
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    Originally posted by stnzed View Post
    Nope! I've had enough of how tiny and weak the Broncos are, and he's listed at 6'-0"/221......That makes him smaller than Ian Gold......
    He's not weak. He's probably stronger right now than Ian Gold ever was. The fact that he is being compared to Derrick Brooks is amazing in itself. It's not like he'll get blocked 20 yards downfield like Ian Gold or Nate Webster.

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  • stnzed
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    Originally posted by beastlyskronk View Post
    Anybody else want him?

    Nope! I've had enough of how tiny and weak the Broncos are, and he's listed at 6'-0"/221......That makes him smaller than Ian Gold......

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  • Gr3yStreet
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    Originally posted by beastlyskronk View Post
    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...ghsmith?id=254

    Analysis
    Positives: Has a shorter-than-ideal frame, but he has a well-defined upper body with a thick chest, broad shoulders, big back, tapered quadriceps and hamstrings, along with good thickness in the calves and thighs...Has the long reach and timing to combat for the pass at its high point...Outstanding competitor with the functional upper body strength to shed (when he keeps his hands inside his framework)...Does a great job of using his speed to give long pursuit and shows crisp cutting ability coming out of his backpedal to make plays on the ball in pass coverage...Very precise with his change-of-direction agility, showing above average flexibility in his pass drops, so much so he could even line up at strong safety and cover in the deep zone...Has an outstanding burst that he combines with excellent ability for making his reads and reacting to the ball...Doesn't get caught out of position vs. the run and shows good awareness in coverage, quickly reacting to the ball in flight...Plays with natural linebacker's instincts and is a classic overachiever who does not let his size stop him from being a solid player...Shows very good effort in pursuit and the coaches cite his leadership and work ethic as the best of any player on the team...Rare to see him caught out of position, as he will generally make quick reads and excels at tracking the ball...Instinctive mover who recovers quickly when he out-runs the play...Solid downhill tackler who shows good urgency attacking the ball at the line of scrimmage, keeping his hands active while working hard to shed...Despite his size, he shows good ability to strike and create separation, as he uses his hands well vs. lead blockers...Will get engulfed by the bigger offensive linemen, but it is rare to see them rock him back...Consistently inverts tight ends and backs in the short-area passing game, doing a very good job of jamming and rerouting receivers. He controls most of the smaller blockers with good hand usage...Has the speed and change of direction agility to get outside and close on the ball vs. the run, as he has the range to make plays from sideline to sideline...Light on his feet doing a nice job of flattening and closing with a sudden burst...Possesses good quickness and agility and outstanding athletic ability to play over the tight end...Does a solid job of avoiding cut blocks while scraping to the outside and has the necessary speed, quickness and agility to get to the ball while in pursuit...Can stop and redirect in an instant, doing a nice job of catching the runner from behind...Needs to refine his angles, but is a sure tackler with valid explosion and strength to drop and strike backs with good pop on contact...Solid face-up striker who explodes with his hips behind his hits...Shows good change-of-direction to make tackles in the open field and has more than enough quickness to drop back in man coverage...Has good hip flexibility and does a good job of not allowing wide receivers to separate, looking smooth and athletic in his pass drops...Peddles and turns with supple hip moves for a linebacker, getting depth quickly and easily...Knows how to open his hips and flip them in his pass drops down the middle...Shows good route awareness, as well as a sudden burst to break on the ball...Displays good speed and power on blitzes, as he counters speed rushes with a good bull rush...Sudden off the edge and redirects well on the move, especially when blitzing...Has the soft hands to look the ball in away from the frame and can athletically scoop for the low ball (just has not had many interception chances)...Has played on punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units while at LSU, showing the speed, athletic ability, toughness and demeanor to be a solid special-teams player at the next level.



    Negatives: Has a well-developed frame, but lacks the height and bulk you look for in a linebacker...Must improve his lower body strength, as bigger blockers have had some success in blowing him off the line of scrimmage...Active with his hands, but when they get too wide outside his framework, he struggles to shed...Gets engulfed by the offensive linemen trying to shed in tight quarters...Gets a bit reckless in his pursuit and lacks ideal stop-and-go action, resulting in him leaving his feet and lunging at ballcarriers in attempts to get back into the play...Decent blitzer, but must refine his pursuit route, as he is prone to taking poor angles...Explodes behind his hits, but must get into better position as he will sometimes take a side and try to deliver arm tackles rather than wrapping to secure...Gets washed out of the play vs. stronger pulling guards and lacks a strong anchor to split double teams...Shows very good timed speed, but there could be future medical issues as he has had to have bone spurs removed from both ankles in successive seasons... Must generate a stronger hand punch and better placement taking on blockers at the line of scrimmage (does show good placement in attempts to reroute and mirror in pass coverage)...Has valid field instincts, but his low Wonderlic score (7/13) in a concern.



    Compares To: DERRICK BROOKS-Tampa Bay...Smart, instinctive, smaller-than-ideal, but with a big heart are ways to describe these two. Highsmith is not the patient tackler Brooks is, but he has great range to close on the ball and would be even better if he can grasp the concept of taking better angles in pursuit. He has the rare speed needed to force the outside running game back inside and does an outstanding job of reading and reacting to the ball in flight. The next Derrick Brooks? With his ability to defeat cut blocks and scrape to the outside, he's as close as you will find to the Bucs' perennial All-Pro.


    Injury Report
    2006: Missed most of the Arkansas game (11/24) after he suffered a left high ankle sprain in the first quarter...Sprained his left ankle vs. Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl (1/03), undergoing surgery on both ankles after the season to remove bone spurs.

    I've been liking this kid more and more. I wonder if he could really play some strong safety because that would be fing sweet. Anybody else want him?
    Eh. He sounds like Jordan Dizon only less skilled. Just got more press because he played for a better team in a fancy conference outside the forgotten timezone.

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  • beastlyskronk
    started a topic Ali Highsmith

    Ali Highsmith

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...ghsmith?id=254

    Analysis
    Positives: Has a shorter-than-ideal frame, but he has a well-defined upper body with a thick chest, broad shoulders, big back, tapered quadriceps and hamstrings, along with good thickness in the calves and thighs...Has the long reach and timing to combat for the pass at its high point...Outstanding competitor with the functional upper body strength to shed (when he keeps his hands inside his framework)...Does a great job of using his speed to give long pursuit and shows crisp cutting ability coming out of his backpedal to make plays on the ball in pass coverage...Very precise with his change-of-direction agility, showing above average flexibility in his pass drops, so much so he could even line up at strong safety and cover in the deep zone...Has an outstanding burst that he combines with excellent ability for making his reads and reacting to the ball...Doesn't get caught out of position vs. the run and shows good awareness in coverage, quickly reacting to the ball in flight...Plays with natural linebacker's instincts and is a classic overachiever who does not let his size stop him from being a solid player...Shows very good effort in pursuit and the coaches cite his leadership and work ethic as the best of any player on the team...Rare to see him caught out of position, as he will generally make quick reads and excels at tracking the ball...Instinctive mover who recovers quickly when he out-runs the play...Solid downhill tackler who shows good urgency attacking the ball at the line of scrimmage, keeping his hands active while working hard to shed...Despite his size, he shows good ability to strike and create separation, as he uses his hands well vs. lead blockers...Will get engulfed by the bigger offensive linemen, but it is rare to see them rock him back...Consistently inverts tight ends and backs in the short-area passing game, doing a very good job of jamming and rerouting receivers. He controls most of the smaller blockers with good hand usage...Has the speed and change of direction agility to get outside and close on the ball vs. the run, as he has the range to make plays from sideline to sideline...Light on his feet doing a nice job of flattening and closing with a sudden burst...Possesses good quickness and agility and outstanding athletic ability to play over the tight end...Does a solid job of avoiding cut blocks while scraping to the outside and has the necessary speed, quickness and agility to get to the ball while in pursuit...Can stop and redirect in an instant, doing a nice job of catching the runner from behind...Needs to refine his angles, but is a sure tackler with valid explosion and strength to drop and strike backs with good pop on contact...Solid face-up striker who explodes with his hips behind his hits...Shows good change-of-direction to make tackles in the open field and has more than enough quickness to drop back in man coverage...Has good hip flexibility and does a good job of not allowing wide receivers to separate, looking smooth and athletic in his pass drops...Peddles and turns with supple hip moves for a linebacker, getting depth quickly and easily...Knows how to open his hips and flip them in his pass drops down the middle...Shows good route awareness, as well as a sudden burst to break on the ball...Displays good speed and power on blitzes, as he counters speed rushes with a good bull rush...Sudden off the edge and redirects well on the move, especially when blitzing...Has the soft hands to look the ball in away from the frame and can athletically scoop for the low ball (just has not had many interception chances)...Has played on punt, punt return, kickoff and kickoff return units while at LSU, showing the speed, athletic ability, toughness and demeanor to be a solid special-teams player at the next level.



    Negatives: Has a well-developed frame, but lacks the height and bulk you look for in a linebacker...Must improve his lower body strength, as bigger blockers have had some success in blowing him off the line of scrimmage...Active with his hands, but when they get too wide outside his framework, he struggles to shed...Gets engulfed by the offensive linemen trying to shed in tight quarters...Gets a bit reckless in his pursuit and lacks ideal stop-and-go action, resulting in him leaving his feet and lunging at ballcarriers in attempts to get back into the play...Decent blitzer, but must refine his pursuit route, as he is prone to taking poor angles...Explodes behind his hits, but must get into better position as he will sometimes take a side and try to deliver arm tackles rather than wrapping to secure...Gets washed out of the play vs. stronger pulling guards and lacks a strong anchor to split double teams...Shows very good timed speed, but there could be future medical issues as he has had to have bone spurs removed from both ankles in successive seasons... Must generate a stronger hand punch and better placement taking on blockers at the line of scrimmage (does show good placement in attempts to reroute and mirror in pass coverage)...Has valid field instincts, but his low Wonderlic score (7/13) in a concern.



    Compares To: DERRICK BROOKS-Tampa Bay...Smart, instinctive, smaller-than-ideal, but with a big heart are ways to describe these two. Highsmith is not the patient tackler Brooks is, but he has great range to close on the ball and would be even better if he can grasp the concept of taking better angles in pursuit. He has the rare speed needed to force the outside running game back inside and does an outstanding job of reading and reacting to the ball in flight. The next Derrick Brooks? With his ability to defeat cut blocks and scrape to the outside, he's as close as you will find to the Bucs' perennial All-Pro.


    Injury Report
    2006: Missed most of the Arkansas game (11/24) after he suffered a left high ankle sprain in the first quarter...Sprained his left ankle vs. Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl (1/03), undergoing surgery on both ankles after the season to remove bone spurs.

    I've been liking this kid more and more. I wonder if he could really play some strong safety because that would be fing sweet. Anybody else want him?
    Last edited by beastlyskronk; 02-21-2008, 07:59 PM.
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