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« Reply #230 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 16:29 »

The thing I liked about Davis is he was very, VERY productive in college. I always thought Zo was a zero in college (and the combine) and was only picked because Cowher "Liked the twinkle in his eye" or something like that.  
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« Reply #231 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 17:45 »

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The thing I liked about Davis is he was very, VERY productive in college. I always thought Zo was a zero in college (and the combine) and was only picked because Cowher "Liked the twinkle in his eye" or something like that.
Agreed.  My point of comparison is UCLA DE Dave Ball, likewise productive (30.5 career sacks), projected round 2-3, went in 5, has bounced from the Bolts to the Titans, not much showing in the bigs.  Two inches taller and about 20# heavier coming out may have hurt, rather than helped.  Ball is stuck as an undersized motor guy, DE in a 4-3, where he'll likely stay.  Ball was a 5.07 speed type end, whereas Davis ran 4.78 at Indy.  Smaller, faster.

BTW, Davis is second to Ball on the UCLA sacks list (29.0), and his 42.5 tackles for a loss are close behind Ball's 43.5.  Carnell Lake had 45.5 to hold that Bruins stat record.

Ball was never gonna have the 3-4 OLB mobility, though.  

Let's compare another guy.  Came out as a DE.  6'2" 266#, ran a 2.74.  25 sacks but 50.5 TFL.  That would be Davis's bookend at OLB, Lamarr Woodley.  Bigger, same timed speed, but Davis looks to play faster.  Good weak side fit to Wood's SS.  

James Harrison is 6'0" (maybe), 242#.  Might run 4.7~ish, or might be higher.  Great motor.  Davis, another motor guy, 6'3", 252#, and could add some easily.  

In a way, it's not like Davis would be the speed to Wood's power, it's more like he's a slightly trimmer, zippier version, but still pretty big.  Bigger than Harrison.
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« Reply #232 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 17:47 »

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Re: DL, wasn't Dallas shopping Marcus Spears in February?  Certainly better than Kirschke and Eason.  

Maybe a 4th rounder?
They could use another WR and didn't draft one.  TO, Crayton... Terry Glenn?  

Nate for Spears straight up?  OK, I'd let them talk me into throwing in a sixth rounder too.
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« Reply #233 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 17:56 »

I just looked in an old Steelers Media Guide and Zo had 23 sacks and 33 TFL at FSU, so he was a little better than I thought. But, most of that came in his final season at FSU...Davis' last two years were both excellent in terms of production, so he had a slightly better track record from year-to-year.

Zo was also measured in at well over 260, closer to 270.
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« Reply #234 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 23:50 »

I hate the day after the draft.   All the analysis and excitement gone into three more months of nothingness.  Cant wait to see what rookie FA gets cut first.  Bring it on.
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« Reply #235 on: Apr 28, 2008 at 23:52 »

The sooner they cut Colbert, the better, IMHO.
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« Reply #236 on: Apr 29, 2008 at 11:19 »

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The sooner they cut Colbert, the better, IMHO.
It appears that Colbert subscribed to the HarryAway dartboard method for making picks on Day Two.

It's the only possible explanation for overlooking the obvious need at TE.
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« Reply #237 on: Apr 29, 2008 at 12:30 »

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It's the only possible explanation for overlooking the obvious need at TE.
But at least he addressed it with UDFA Dezzzz Sherrod, AJ.  That's better than worryin' about nonconsequential spots like OL, DE, & NT depth.
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