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  1. Colts showing interest in Ezra Cleveland

    I do think he would last because there are some questions about his playing strength and his desire/work ethic. Now granted, I don't know if there is any validity to the desire/work ethic but I could tell by watching him that his play strength is not at NFL level. His bench press shows that it is not a lack of strength but more a lack of getting his whole body working together to create that play strength. Some coaches will take him off their board because of that (mainly man blocking schemes) and some coaches will think they can teach him that.
  2. Saw a tweet on the .com forum about Ezra Cleveland. I have been looking at him since I saw his combine numbers and watching as much game film (not highlights, full games) as I can find. here are my thoughts. I will say, his athleticism is every bit as good as you would expect by seeing his running numbers (40, SS and 3cone). He moves really well, at all levels, even saw him chase down a LB or DB after a fumble in the FSU game (the guy stumbled) but he was close enough to take advantage of the stumble. He also does a great job of working with his guard to pass off defenders and get to a target at the 2nd level. The thing about his numbers that is misleading is the 30 reps on the bench press. He does not play strong at all, does not extend and lock out his arms when engaged and lacks the strength to redirect edge rushers with just his arms. To make a comparison to a Colts player, he reminds me a lot of Le"Raven Clark. Some may consider that a bad thing, but he is another that, when he came into the league he had all the athleticism and agility in the world but lack the sand in his pants to stop an NFL rusher. But last year during the preseason and in the 1st few games of 2018, Clark, IMO, showed he has learned how to do that. All that being said he is an excellent 3rd or 4th round prospect and he may be able to fill in for a few plays but I think it will take a year or two of coaching for him to learn how to translate his immense physical gifts into leverage and strength on the playing field.
  3. Saw a tweet on the .com forum about Ezra Cleveland. I have been looking at him since I saw his combine numbers and watching as much game film (not highlights, full games) as I can find. here are my thoughts. I will say, his athleticism is every bit as good as you would expect by seeing his running numbers (40, SS and 3cone). He moves really well, at all levels, even saw him chase down a LB or DB after a fumble in the FSU game (the guy stumbled) but he was close enough to take advantage of the stumble. He also does a great job of working with his guard to pass off defenders and get to a target at the 2nd level. The thing about his numbers that is misleading is the 30 reps on the bench press. He does not play strong at all, does not extend and lock out his arms when engaged and lacks the strength to redirect edge rushers with just his arms. To make a comparison to a Colts player, he reminds me a lot of Le"Raven Clark. Some may consider that a bad thing, but he is another that, when he came into the league he had all the athleticism and agility in the world but lack the sand in his pants to stop an NFL rusher. But last year during the preseason and in the 1st few games of 2018, Clark, IMO, showed he has learned how to do that. All that being said he is an excellent 3rd or 4th round prospect and he may be able to fill in for a few plays but I think it will take a year or two of coaching for him to learn how to translate his immense physical gifts into leverage and strength on the playing field.
  4. Colts sign former Viking CB Xavier Rhodes

    I'm a bit surprised by this move,. Actually both the Desir and Rhodes moves. I figured Desire would lose his starting job to Tell but that he would be a solid backup. Maybe that's why they released him, he didn't want to be a backup. Maybe Rhodes agrees to be a back-up/mentor like Mike Mitchell was a couple of years ago (even though mitchell became the starter because of injuries and played well.
  5. By Position

    Thanks for the work. I agree with most, so I will just post the few things I disagree with. I don't think Hooker is a top safety, I think Hooker is very mediocre and will not be extended after his rookie contract and it will be interesting to see if the tam exercises their 5th year option. So I will not be surprised to see a safety drafted early, especially if someone like Jeremy Chinn or Ashtyn Davis is available at pick 44. One, I think the Colts know who they want to draft at QB and if I were to guess right now, I'd say it's going to be Jalen Hurts and probably at pick 34 and a lot of fans will cry that it's way to early. After that I think it will be BPA with with a focus on skill position in 2,3 and 4 and then oline in 5 and 6. There are some great lineman, IMO, that will be good replacements for Haeg and Andrews. Throckmorton is a guy that has already played all 5 positions along the line and Runyan Jr. could play anywhere along the line. Then you have a couple of good guard prospects that could take over for for Glow in 2021, guys like Dotson from Louisiana (not LSU) who plays with an aggressive streak like Big Q and Onwenu, whom I think is a sleeper in this draft, is a massive guard who is surprisingly athletic. Needs technique work though, he has a slow hand punch and lazy arms but if he can get a consistent punch off the snap, I think he has the potential to be a great guard in the NFL. Lastly, if the Colts come out of this draft without drafting a WR I will be a bit disappointed because there are a couple of WRs whom I think would be great for the Colts, but I won't be surprised. I a firm believer that young players develop and get better and that is what I think will happen with Fountain and Campbell. I didn't want to buy the hype last year about Fountain because I thought he looked really, really bad as rookie, not just the miss in the playoffs but even in the preseason. But for as bad as I thought he looked as a rookie, he looked that good last year in his one and only preseason game and it was against the 1s and 2s. He showed a good feel for routes, the ability to know when to get open and soft hands. With Campbell I saw a player who needs to learn the nuances of being a WR and how to read coverage but, with him I saw a very good route runner and the speed and quickness we expected based on his combine. Combined with Hilton and Pascal I think the Colts have a good group of WR. Adding a guy like Claypool or Mims would be icing on the cake, IMO.
  6. Eric Ebron signs with Steelers

    I have to admit, I thought the Ebron signing was a great signing as soon as it happened and 2018 seemed to justify that feeling. But then in 2019 his lack of dedication to the game became apparent when he was not putting up career numbers. Sad that a player with so much talent doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to become great.
  7. With the Next Pick Series II

    I really liked this series last year. Its great seeing the behind the scenes stuff, the comment about "I've seen better hands on a snake" is great. I just wish the editing staff would slip up and allow some information about the player they are talking about.
  8. Colts to sign former 49ers DT Sheldon Day

    I've seen some mixed reports on him. Some say he only had two starts but I read somewhere else that he started after another DT went on IR after week 11. And he did start in the playoffs and SB. The Colts needed someone to rotate in with Stewart, whom I think was very good last year but to keep Stewart effective he needs to be limited to about 60-65% of the defensive snaps. Definitely the time, though, to start adding those players the team thinks are ready to make that jump to another level of play or they think have been under utilized to this point in their career.
  9. OT Joe Haeg signs with Buccaneers

    That's too bad. he was a solid backup at 4 spots along the line.
  10. My word, that would be great if the Pats traded a pick for JB.
  11. Colts sign QB Phillip Rivers (One year, $25 M)

    There are a lot of things to like about Eason, no doubt. When he throws the ball you think, that is the way a football is supposed to be thrown. The only thing I don't like about him, when I watched all his games in 2019, he kept doing the same bone headed things over and over again. The biggest was turning his back to the D and spinning left to try to avoid the rush. I also tracked and he only had one incomplete pass when he did a play action pass after starting from under center. I know that is very specific thing to look for, but considering that as an NFL QB he will be under center a lot more and run a lot of PAP, that is a definite plus for him.
  12. Hi! Introduce yourself to the Colts forum

    Thanks and I really try not to be a rule breaker.
  13. Colts sign QB Phillip Rivers (One year, $25 M)

    Not sure how to react to this. Rivers has been a great QB for most of his career, but he has beaten the Colts too many times for me to be ecstatic about this. But he is better than JB. And look for the Colts to draft Fromm or Gordon in the 3rd/4th round.
  14. 49ers trade Buckner to Colts

    I don't think it will happen because, as you say, he has been more of a trade back/acquire picks. I'm just thinking back to last year where he said in the draft they had a few blue chip prospects and Ya-Sin was one of them. So, if a blue-chip prospect is there and they get word there is a good chance the Chiefs or Bengals will draft that player, they can call of SF and remind them they just took Buckner's money off the books for them and work out a pretty good deal. #44 and swap 4th rounders.
  15. IMO, running between the tackles is the best way to counter the current defensive philosophy of edge rushers and smaller, faster coverage Lbers, etc. But like @KingOfTheDot stated football is still about balance. You have to have a QB that can complete the pass when they need to complete it. No matter how good of a running game a team has, they are going to find themselves in 3rd and long, 4th and 5 where you have to throw the ball and the teams need a QB who can do that. You need a QB that is going to throw that 12 yard pass on 3rd and 11 and not dump it off and hope the RB or receiver can make someone miss and pick up the first down.
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