Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day

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Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:07 pm
  • Was mentioned at the Seattle Times.

    The Volunteers have five draftable offensive linemen this year: T Antonio Richardson, T Juwaun James, G Zach Fulton, G/C Alex Bullard, C James Stone. The two tackles are viewed as day two picks, while the interior guys are day 3 picks. It is possible that all five could be drafted. Rob mentioned yesterday that Cable worked out specifically with the two tackles, Richardson and James.

    Richardson has some microfracture injury scares that will hurt his stock, but you can see the resemblance he has to the big lumbering types Cable likes such as Carpenter, Bowie and Bailey. James is a pretty big dude too.

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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:13 pm
  • James is a favorite of mine
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:45 pm
  • Kearly, got a question for ya I'm struggling to answer. What position do you think is the biggest need heading into the draft: RT or LG?

    I know some people would say to draft a guy who can play both RT and LG (like Bowie) but I'd rather see them go after a guy who is more a pure tackle who can play either left or right side.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:32 pm
  • I'm not too concerned about left guard, though an upgrade would be nice. Carpenter is good against power rushers and is good in the power running game. And if he shows up this summer in shape for a change, he might actually turn into an above average player. Not holding my breath, but I don't see LG as a glaring need, especially if they slot Bailey there.

    Tackle is a different story. Bowie doesn't look ready to handle top drawer pass rushers in our division and we don't have a viable backup for Okung either. Actually, we do, but Seattle doesn't seem keen on playing Bailey outside just yet.

    Despite all this, I'm betting we still go WR with our first pick. We are one Harvin injury away from being neutered on offense. And Harvin has always found a way to miss games every season. Moving down won't be easy but this is a great draft to move down in for teams targeting WR and OL.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:38 pm
  • ... you can see the resemblance he has to the big lumbering types Cable likes such as Carpenter, Bowie and Bailey.

    That would seem to be is his modus operandi. Showing an interest in more of the same doesn't surprise me. For me, a feeling of resignation has settled in.

    In fairness, I should acknowledge that complete confidence in and understanding of Tom Cable continues to allude me.

    Thanks, for the update and video.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 3:50 pm
  • James & Richardson -- big dudes with long arms.

    That's kind of what we look for at tackle.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:12 pm
  • theENGLISHseahawk wrote:James & Richardson -- big dudes with long arms.

    That's kind of what we look for at tackle.


    Why the preference for Bowie over Bailey ... by Cable? Bailey looked more fluid to my eye. Didn't understand that choice.

    P.S. I'm not sure Bailey "lumbers" as obvious as Carpenter or Bowie.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:02 pm
  • I think they maybe protected Bailey on purpose. He was outstanding in pre-season. He might leap forward in camp. I think Bowie was ready to start at tackle. Bailey ended his Arkansas career at guard.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:32 pm
  • Well ..... they had their reasons for holding off on Christian Michael as well. So ... guess we can look forward to seeing more of Alvin Bailey in 2014.

    Since Tom Cable is the run offense coordinator, maybe he has just been setting up the opposition by sandbagging talent. Maybe that is a factor I am missing.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:01 pm
  • He was probably just looking for another late-round defensive lineman he can try to convert.
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Re: Tom Cable at Tennessee Pro Day
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:48 pm
  • kearly wrote:I'm not too concerned about left guard, though an upgrade would be nice. Carpenter is good against power rushers and is good in the power running game. And if he shows up this summer in shape for a change, he might actually turn into an above average player. Not holding my breath, but I don't see LG as a glaring need, especially if they slot Bailey there.

    Tackle is a different story. Bowie doesn't look ready to handle top drawer pass rushers in our division and we don't have a viable backup for Okung either. Actually, we do, but Seattle doesn't seem keen on playing Bailey outside just yet.

    Despite all this, I'm betting we still go WR with our first pick. We are one Harvin injury away from being neutered on offense. And Harvin has always found a way to miss games every season. Moving down won't be easy but this is a great draft to move down in for teams targeting WR and OL.


    Thanks for the response. My thoughts are similar. I feel better about the LG position than RT, but I admit, I am hesitant to say I'm unconcerned. We've talked a lot about the importance of continuity with offensive linemen, yet Cable and Carroll still felt the need keep changing players at the LG position, even starting Bowie over Carp in the playoff game against the Saints! His first start of the season there, IIRC.

    Kearly, what positions do you think Bowie and Bailey are best as? I ask thinking there might be a chance they view Bowie as a better LG than RT and Bailey still a development player, so leaving a big hole at the right tackle position for the draft.
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