Sometimes I feel like posting something draft related, but don't want to put in the insane hours to make it "publisher worthy" at SDB. That's why I really like posting stuff here in the draft forum sometimes. Today, I just wanted to share some very quick early thoughts on some big names in the 2013 draft. I figured I'd do this a few players at a time, and maybe down the road when I can do full scouting reports I'll publish something on SDB in greater detail. This post is more about hashing out some early thoughts and impressions.
Today Rob had a nice post that covered 50 players to watch for. Here are some of my thoughts on a few of those players (I'm going to avoid players I've already talked about: Ogletree, Jordan, etc):
Damontre Moore (DE, Texas A&M): Doesn't strike me as a future 1st round pick, certainly not for Seattle. His field speed and short area quickness are college average. He's a guy that relies more on poor blocking than playmaking to get sacks. Closest comparison for me would probably be Everson Griffen- who was initially a 1st round prospect but fell into the 4th round. Griffen has been a solid pro, but his fall out of the 1st round does appear justified. The 1st round should be the homerun round, and I don't see homerun potential when I watch Moore.
Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri): This is another guy that doesn't wow me much. He can shed a block, but rarely does it quickly. His field speed is nothing eye-popping. His snap recognition and first step are average at best, which is huge in my book for a DT. Looks like a non-1st round pick to me. Like Moore, the "wow" factor just isn't there, which is saying something because he does appear to be giving effort.
Matt Elam (S, Florida): Matt Elam would be perfect for Seattle. Just one problem. He's 5'10" yet plays extremely physical like a rookie Kam Chancellor. If Seattle is willing to overlook height, Elam could be a good fit for a nickle safety- he's actually very similar to Jeron Johnson who holds the job currently. One reason I hesitate on Elam though, he looks like a future injury magnet the way he throws his relatively small body into hits. Jeron Johnson has been no stranger to injuries and he's not as fast or as reckless as Elam is. I'd pass on Elam in rounds 1-2, mainly because Seattle has shown they can get results with later picks. He's still a player worth keeping an eye on if he falls far in the draft though.
Zach Ertz: Finally, a player with some "wow" factor. Ertz is a strong, tenacious blocker. He's got surprisingly good speed firing off into his routes, and he has good size (6'6" 258 lbs.) and soft hands. Reminds me a lot of Zach Miller. I like Ertz as an NFL prospect more than I liked Fleener last year. Miller's contract situation could potentially push Seattle more in Ertz's direction.
Bjoern Werner (DE, Florida State): This is a guy worth keeping an eye on. Werner is a rare breed- a white DE speed rusher. I'd compare him to Shea McClellin but honestly I think Werner's field speed is even faster than McClellin's was. He's more Bruce Irvin than Shea McClellin- right down to the seeming cluelessness in run defense. Remember that (per JS on Sirius radio) McClellin was rated very highly on JS's board, almost as high as Irvin. And of course, Irvin was near the very top of JS's board and was the eventual 1st round pick. Unlike Irvin though, I think Werner has the physical potential to become a solid run defender and a justifyable 3 down player. Whereas Irvin did not have the build of a run defender, Werner is bulkier and stronger, he just lacks good two gap technique and needs to keep his head up. He'd be an excellent candidate to replace Clemons and as far as I'm concerned it's never too early to start looking, especially in a draft where the team is making luxury picks early.
Brandon Coleman (WR, Rutgers): Against UCONN he caught a routine pass over the middle and outran the defense for a long TD like he was playing a high school team. I don't like his seeming apathy about fighting for the ball- he's pretty much the exact opposite of Doug Baldwin. Sometimes he'll drop a catchable ball just from not trying hard enough. He's not a natural born competitor, and that's a big consideration for Carroll. I guess what's exciting about Coleman though is that he's not a raw player yet he still has a lot of room for improvement if he's paired with quality coaching. If motivated and well coached, he could be a nice weapon in Seattle's offense. There are a lot of 1st round options I'd draft before Coleman, but I think he makes sense and should be a player to keep an eye on, especially if Patterson opts to go back to school.