Friday Night (Hi)Lights #2

Here we go with our Second of many Highlights of the 2012 Draft Class.  I present to you three First or Second day draft picks (Late First to the Early Third Round) who can step in right away and help our team perform to its highest standards.  And we are off!

Donnie Fletcher, CB Boston CollegeRay Ray Armstrong, S Miami (fl)Nigel Bradham, OLB/MLB Florida State

 Donnie Fletcher, CB/S Boston College



Donnie Fletcher is one of those players that draws the best Jaguar comparison to me.  He reminds me a lot of Rashean Mathis coming out of college.  A tweener Defensive Back who can play either Corner or Free Safety.  Donnie excels in zone coverage but is not shy to get himself up close to the line.  Donnie can be a starter his first year in the league, but would placed into the nickel spot until Mathis is gone, then will take over his side of the field.  

 

Donnie Fletcher, CB/S

Specs:
6’0 200 pounds 4.53 40
 
Stats:
2008- 36 tackles 3 int
2009- 49 tackles 1 int
2010- 56 tackkles 5 int

Breakdown:
Pros
*Elite Size
*Elite speed
*Above average pass recognition
*Above average tackler
*Above average in zone
*Has played every game for Boston College (no injury history)

 

Cons
*Plays smaller than he is
*Could be asked to play safety
*Bites easily on misdirection
*Bites easily on play action
*Gets lost in coverage
*Weak in man to man
*Opposing wide receivers will jam him
**What ever team does decide to go with him, they get a tweener who to me, watching most of his 2010 games, maybe 2008/2009 will be different but he seems better fit for the Free Safety spot, he just looks out of position most games**

 

 

Ray Ray Armstrong, S Miami(fl)

Ray Ray is built in the Miami (THE U) mentality of what a Safety should play like.  He is a hard hitting Safety with a nose for the ball.  Raw and inexperienced, he is looking for a breakout this year, and is already drawing comparison to the other great Miami Safeties.  Ray Ray fits into what we are looking for in a Safety since we lost Donovan Darious many moons ago.  He plays best in a zone type of system, but can also shadow the Slot Receiver or Tight End.

 

Ray Ray Armstrong, S Miami (fl)

Specs:
6’4 215 pounds 4.54 40

Stats:
2009- 14 tackles
2010- 79 tackles 3 int 1 td

Breakdown:
Pros
*Elite Speed
*Elite tackling ability
*Elite playmaker
*Above average to elite shedding blocks
*Above average to elite size
*Good coverage ability

Cons
*Risk taker
*Inexperienced
*Raw
*Poor in man to man
*Can get lost in the play

Nigel Bradham, OLB/MLB Florida State University

My personal favorite heading into this draft class is Nigel Bradham.  He is able to play all over the field and play all three positions with above average technique and skill.  I call him an Outside Linebacker by pure position in College, but watching game tape, he also plays the role of Middle Linebacker, where he can help lead the Defense and is a freak athlete in the zone coverage game, but is not afraid to but his head on a helmet.

 

 Nigel Bradham, OLB Florida State

Specs:
6’2 240 pounds 4.61 40

Stats:
2008- 29 tackles 1.0 tfl
2009- 93 tackles 5.5 tfl 1 int 2.0 sacks
2010- 98 tackles 5.5 tfl 5.0 sacks

Breakdown:
Pros
*Above average size
*Above average tackling ability
*Average in coverage, speed makes up for it
*Above average football IQ
*Mostly plays the MLB “coverage” position
*Sure tackler
*A little raw, in a good way
*Defensive leader for the second year
*Reminds me of Chad Greenway coming out of college, great at a lot of things, not elite, but knows how to play the game

Cons
*Difficulty shedding blocks
*Over peruses
*Gets out of position easily and relies on speed to make up for it
*When moves to MLB in certain sets is late of the ball
*Gets eaten on the line when he pass rushes when stuck on the OT
*Gets jammed at the point of attack

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