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    Take Your Pick (Senior RB Edition)

    Take your pick of the back you'd prefer in each of the following matchups. I've paired up backs of similar skillsets. Of course, it's likely that you may not have even seen some of these backs unless you watch an incredible amount of college football.

    Kenjon Barner or Andre Ellington

    Montee Ball or Stepfan Taylor

    Miguel Maysonet or Cameron Marshall

    Orwin Smith, Marcus Curry, or Theo Riddick

    Ray Graham or Robbie Rouse

    Dennis Johnson or Zac Stacy

    Johnathan Franklin or Mike Gillislee

    Latavius Murray or Christine Michael

    Mike James or Rex Burkhead

    Onterio McCalebb or D.J. Monroe

    Kerwynn Williams, Chris Thompson, or Curtis McNeal

    Zach Line, Lonnie Pryor, or Shawn Alston

    Montel Harris or D.J. Harper
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    Wow.

    Andre Elington is all we need lol.

    But honestly, dont know half those guys. So my opinion is useless in this thread.



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    okie dokie...

    Ellington
    Ball
    Marshall
    Riddick
    Graham
    Stacy
    Franklin
    Michael
    Burkhead
    McCalebb
    Williams
    Pryor
    Harris
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    Kenjon Barner or Andre Ellington

    Montee Ball or Stepfan Taylor

    Miguel Maysonet or Cameron Marshall

    Orwin Smith, Marcus Curry, or Theo Riddick

    Ray Graham or Robbie Rouse

    Dennis Johnson or Zac Stacy

    Johnathan Franklin or Mike Gillislee

    Latavius Murray or Christine Michael

    Mike James or Rex Burkhead

    Onterio McCalebb or D.J. Monroe

    Kerwynn Williams, Chris Thompson, or Curtis McNeal

    Zach Line, Lonnie Pryor, or Shawn Alston

    Montel Harris or D.J. Harper

    I love Mike James and I'm not saying that just because I'm a Canes fan. I watched this kid for 4 years, he runs hard, runs with good pad level, makes yards after contract, excellent pass blocker, underrated pass catcher and a high, high character kid. If he goes undrafted we need to jump on him ASAP.
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    Slimm,

    Theo Riddick is someone who has impressed me every time I have watched ND. Despite his size, he has shown a willingness to run between the tackles, has shown the ability to pass protect, and given his position switch from WR, his pass catching abilities are obvious. In a league dependent on matchups, this is a guy I would love to look at in the mid-rounds. His versatility is something that any offense should covet. He really put on a show against USC, and he was the difference maker in that game. What is the cap on how high you would draft him? Personally, I wouldn't mind spending our 4th round pick on him, and adding him to Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bootang25 View Post
    Slimm,

    Theo Riddick is someone who has impressed me every time I have watched ND. Despite his size, he has shown a willingness to run between the tackles, has shown the ability to pass protect, and given his position switch from WR, his pass catching abilities are obvious. In a league dependent on matchups, this is a guy I would love to look at in the mid-rounds. His versatility is something that any offense should covet. He really put on a show against USC, and he was the difference maker in that game. What is the cap on how high you would draft him? Personally, I wouldn't mind spending our 4th round pick on him, and adding him to Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller.

    I thoroughly agree with you on everything in bold here and I think his versatility is very unique in this draft... essentially to the point that I'm not even sure if I like him better as a RB or a WR. He plays both pretty well. I'd also agree with you that beginning around the 4th round area is where a player like him should start to become valuable.'

    I'd say the same thing about Orwin Smith and Marcus Curry that I say about Riddick in terms of being unsure as to whether I like 'em better at RB or WR. There's two backs in this draft that stand out in the passing game in terms of yards/reception for their careers.... Orwin Smith and Marcus Curry...but there's an explanation.

    Paul Johnson's double wing offense at Georgia Tech allows both the wing backs to function as what amounts to slot receivers. He can have his backs run the same routes that a slot receiver would run from a traditional 2X2 formation. Orwin Smith averages 17.1 yards/reception for his career, while Marcus Curry averages 18.1 yards/reception for his career... both far and away the highest yards/catch average in the RB class.

    The correlation is Marcus Curry played in Paul Johnson's double wing offense at Navy prior to transferring to Texas St.... except he played under Ken Niumatalolo, who is a Paul Johnson disciple that took over the head coaching job at Navy when Johnson left for Georgia Tech.

    Curry has played in a more traditional offense at Texas St. under Dennis Franchione, at least compared to Paul Johnson's double-wing. It's essentially the same offense Ladanian Tomlinson played in at TCU under Franchione.
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    [QUOTE=TedSlimmJr;1064511895]I thoroughly agree with you on everything in bold here and I think his versatility is very unique in this draft... essentially to the point that I'm not even sure if I like him better as a RB or a WR. He plays both pretty well. I'd also agree with you that beginning around the 4th round area is where a player like him should start to become valuable.'


    Riddick is one of those guys who are valuable week in, week out, in terms of gameplan and attacking an opponents weakness. If you are playing a team like the Saints or Raiders, with bad run fits, and poor tackling, Riddick's ability to make one guy miss and make a house call is very valuable. In those situations, I primarily try to use him out of the backfield. If you are playing the Dolphins, and can get him matched up on a Koa Misi or a Jimmy Wilson, you line him up in the slot. He gives you value on jet sweeps and end arounds.

    I really hope he is chosen to play in the Senior Bowl, as it would really help give us an idea how the pro scouts view his best position depending on how he is used that week. We have the guys that move the chains, give us dependable catches. What we need are guys who are great at the RAC part, who can really open things up for our already formidable short/intermediate game. You build to a QB's strengths, and we have all seen now Tannehill is very good at putting it in spots where guys can get YAC. I would LOVE to come out of the draft with Stedman Bailey and Theo Riddick, as their versatility opens up numerous possibilities for our entire offense.
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    Slimm,

    Another prospect, although not a senior, whom I have really liked what I have seen when healthy has been Raijon Neal of Tennessee. I would think he would benefit from going back to school another year, but with the upcoming revamp, he may elect to toss his hat in this draft. He is similar to Riddick in his ability to line up all over the formation, and is equally adept at running and catching the football. Also, there have been numerous big plays where he has really helped Bray with pass protection. Has he caught your eye? Given his relative obscurity due to lack of production, position switches, he is a guy I think could be had late or as an UDFA if he were to come out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bootang25 View Post
    Slimm,

    Another prospect, although not a senior, whom I have really liked what I have seen when healthy has been Raijon Neal of Tennessee. I would think he would benefit from going back to school another year, but with the upcoming revamp, he may elect to toss his hat in this draft. He is similar to Riddick in his ability to line up all over the formation, and is equally adept at running and catching the football. Also, there have been numerous big plays where he has really helped Bray with pass protection. Has he caught your eye? Given his relative obscurity due to lack of production, position switches, he is a guy I think could be had late or as an UDFA if he were to come out.
    To be quite frank, I've never been very impressed with Neal. I believe Marlin Lane to be the better back, although he's only a sophomore. He's the kid that catches my eye in Tennessee's backfield if I'm being honest.
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