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colmax
03-25-2007, 11:56 AM
By Gil Brandt:


Willis (6-1, 237 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 and 4.38. He also had a 4.37 short shuttle and 7.10 three-cone drill. He stood on his numbers from the Combine for the rest. He had a phenomenal workout and clearly made several seven-figure increments in his rookie contract.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/analysis/individual_workouts#olemiss

From Football's Future:


Linebacker Patrick Willis wowed scouts with a 4.37 40-yard dash during Mississippi's Pro Day. Willis, already a first round lock, could see his stock rise even further after this performance. He'll be given serious consideration by some teams in the top ten spots on draft day.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/news/2007/03/patrick-willis-runs-437-40-yard-dash.html

He should get serious consideration, IMO, when Miami picks. Miami is not necessarily young at LB, nor does Miami have great depth. Obviously, he is not the sexiest pick at 9, but DAMN that's fast for an already awesome LB!

TotoreMexico
03-25-2007, 12:06 PM
I wouldn't be mad if we pick him, he could be Zach's replacement

Frayser
03-25-2007, 12:23 PM
I have been expecting him to crack the Top 10 ever since I heard about those 40 times. He and Crowder would really solidify the LB spots for the indefinite future.

Stitches
03-25-2007, 12:26 PM
At this point I will be happy with any of the following at 9: Willis, Carriker, Hall, Ginn, Brown.

colmax
03-25-2007, 12:33 PM
The Lions are reportedly very high on Willis, though, not at the 2nd spot. Some believe they will trade out of that spot for picks, although, we've known that for awhile now.

Frayser
03-25-2007, 12:39 PM
At this point I will be happy with any of the following at 9: Willis, Carriker, Hall, Ginn, Brown.

Agreed although I am still not sold on Ginn Jr. I would just as soon reach for Greg Olsen who I think would have just as much of an impact on our offense.

phinsfan1221
03-25-2007, 01:02 PM
we dont need to reach at #9, it would be a bad way to start off the draft, hopeing theres a good pick here or trade out

TotoreMexico
03-25-2007, 01:11 PM
we dont need to reach at #9, it would be a bad way to start off the draft, hopeing theres a good pick here or trade out

Willis is not a reach at #9 in my book

finfan54
03-25-2007, 01:13 PM
Willis is not a reach to me at 9 and to me, he leapfrogs Alan Branch and Okoye because he is such a good LB and MLB are leaders of defenses. That makes his value better than the others. To me he is in the landry area for sure.

I think this is where needs come into play. I know the theory is BPA but some postions require emphasis if all else is equal. That means even though Willis or Landry may be better prospects at 9 than Brown, Brown takes a little presedence because of the position (supply and demand). Zach will be our ILB and rarely does he get hurt and if he does, we have Pope. I would not scream at gettin Willis though at 9 for sure. I think Buffalo would love him and If we started to talk Willis, Buffalo would give up some picks to assure getting him IMO.

Brown42000
03-25-2007, 01:16 PM
Willis would be a great pick at #9 and if he slips by us Buffalo will likely take him. Also does anyone know what Jason Taylors main position will be this season because if he plays more of a linebacker role Miami could possibly take Amobi Okoye.

musphinzfan
03-25-2007, 01:19 PM
I cant see him falling past 15....Its either the Bills,Rams or Steelers...If he falls past 15 i give up.

Montella
03-25-2007, 01:20 PM
Willis is not a reach at #9 in my book

:yeahthat:

the 49ers or bills might look at him at #11 or #12 too...:wink:

finfan54
03-25-2007, 01:20 PM
we dont need to reach at #9, it would be a bad way to start off the draft, hopeing theres a good pick here or trade out


1221, I think we tend to get rapped up in these mock drafts and take them at face value. Big mistake because every team is changing their views on players every day and their boards are changing, therefore, you have to look at what teams are salivating over this guy right now. I certainly would. He is a MLB for crying out loud! He is great sideline to sideline and 4.35 speed. Great instincts.

That to me is not a reach.

I would find out what teams are really salivating over him and start talking the guy up when on the phone with these teams. I am thinking there are many teams in the 11-20 area that are just dying to get him. We talking trade down? Here is one way to achieve that.

Frayser
03-25-2007, 01:28 PM
The thing that makes the 40 times so impressive is that his best quality is his instincts. When you combine good initial instincts with a 4.37 40, you have the making of a GREAT player. He is also good off the field as I have heard he does a lot of community service work.

Montella
03-25-2007, 01:29 PM
1221, I think we tend to get rapped up in these mock drafts and take them at face value. Big mistake because every team is changing their views on players every day and their boards are changing, therefore, you have to look at what teams are salivating over this guy right now. I certainly would. He is a MLB for crying out loud! He is great sideline to sideline and 4.35 speed. Great instincts.

That to me is not a reach.

I would find out what teams are really salivating over him and start talking the guy up when on the phone with these teams. I am thinking there are many teams in the 11-20 area that are just dying to get him. We talking trade down? Here is one way to achieve that.

i like the idea of trading down too, it would help us alot to get some additional draft picks! :cooldude:

colmax
03-25-2007, 05:17 PM
Willis is not a reach to me at 9 and to me, he leapfrogs Alan Branch and Okoye because he is such a good LB and MLB are leaders of defenses. That makes his value better than the others. To me he is in the landry area for sure.

I think this is where needs come into play. I know the theory is BPA but some postions require emphasis if all else is equal. That means even though Willis or Landry may be better prospects at 9 than Brown, Brown takes a little presedence because of the position (supply and demand). Zach will be our ILB and rarely does he get hurt and if he does, we have Pope. I would not scream at gettin Willis though at 9 for sure. I think Buffalo would love him and If we started to talk Willis, Buffalo would give up some picks to assure getting him IMO.


Zach is one of my fave players of all-time, BUT he is getting up there in age. I think we as fans forget how injuries happen, esp. at a position where you are hitting someone every play. Zach's days are limited and he will be a hard replacement. Willis is so talented, he can play OLB until Zach retires. Willis played OLB in his Fr./So. years at Ole Miss.

Willis is about as close to a sure thing in this year's draft....

Sean
03-25-2007, 05:32 PM
WOW Patrick is fast, but i wish we could get him, but we don't need a LB.

retarmyfinfan
03-25-2007, 05:33 PM
Willis is not a reach to me at 9 and to me, he leapfrogs Alan Branch and Okoye because he is such a good LB and MLB are leaders of defenses. That makes his value better than the others. To me he is in the landry area for sure.

I think this is where needs come into play. I know the theory is BPA but some postions require emphasis if all else is equal. That means even though Willis or Landry may be better prospects at 9 than Brown, Brown takes a little presedence because of the position (supply and demand). Zach will be our ILB and rarely does he get hurt and if he does, we have Pope. I would not scream at gettin Willis though at 9 for sure. I think Buffalo would love him and If we started to talk Willis, Buffalo would give up some picks to assure getting him IMO.

You can't predict injuries nor will Zach be here indefinitely. If we picked Willis at the 9 spot I would not be upset.

Frayser
03-25-2007, 05:44 PM
WOW Patrick is fast, but i wish we could get him, but we don't need a LB.

In the 3-4, there is almost never a time that a team doesn't need a LB. Of our four LBs, three are over 30. One injury, and we are in tough shape. Any LB prospect that can play multiple positions and give Zach, Jason, and Joey periodic rests when they are tired or get dinged up is a HUGE attribute.

PJack
03-25-2007, 06:26 PM
We have several needs so I would go BPA at 9 unless we trade up for a QB. Willis along with Landry and Okoye are the three that strike me as having the best ability and most likely Pro Bowl type players. I just don't get that feeling from some of the other guys mocks have us taking like Brown, Branch, Hall or Ginn. All these guys have good talent but I personally love these three. Another guy that I would love to see slip is Gaines Adams but that's unlikely. I wish BPA was on offense but I just don't see it (Ginn is wildcard).

colmax
03-26-2007, 08:47 AM
In the 3-4, there is almost never a time that a team doesn't need a LB. Of our four LBs, three are over 30. One injury, and we are in tough shape. Any LB prospect that can play multiple positions and give Zach, Jason, and Joey periodic rests when they are tired or get dinged up is a HUGE attribute.

:yeahthat:

Minibull
03-26-2007, 09:21 AM
In the 3-4, there is almost never a time that a team doesn't need a LB. Of our four LBs, three are over 30. One injury, and we are in tough shape. Any LB prospect that can play multiple positions and give Zach, Jason, and Joey periodic rests when they are tired or get dinged up is a HUGE attribute.

I still don't see LB as big a need as many other positions, but Willis is not only a great physical player, he has had a very very rough life and turned out to be a very solid person off the field also. High character guys who can also play at a high professional level are hard to come by...

Minibull
03-26-2007, 09:25 AM
Okay, go to this link and tell me this guy would not be a quality player to have in the locker room...

http://www.sportsline.com/collegefootball/story/9857361/1?SPID=737&SPSID=12787&DB_OEM_ID=2600

bert
03-26-2007, 09:57 AM
I still don't see LB as big a need as many other positions, but Willis is not only a great physical player, he has had a very very rough life and turned out to be a very solid person off the field also. High character guys who can also play at a high professional level are hard to come by...
very very true.i would rather have brown or quinn.but willis woudnt be a bad pick.i watched him a few times.what caught my eye was his closing speed within 3-5 yards.but like you said he is physical,he just drives though people and tackles them.