Snohomie wrote:Funny, Kearly. I saw the exact opposite between Austin and Thomas - I feel Austin is noticeably slower than Thomas (in fact, I didn't think much of Austin's explosiveness until I stopped comparing him to Thomas). Now, I think Austin made more explosive plays last year, but in terms of football (and track) speed, I'd give the edge to Thomas. Also not sure where the 5'6 came from, I've seen actual measurements at 5'8.5. I am not sure what will happen with Thomas' draft stock... he's a 2nd round talent (unless he takes huge leaps forward as a WR, which seems unlikely since he'll be getting more time at RB this year) a few years ago, but today's NFL is putting a premium on space players with speed, and that's DAT. He looks bigger this year, too, but often some of that is bulk weight that gets cut before the season begins.
I think, ultimately, Mariota will go very high. If he can put on some pre-combine weight (not unreasonable) and get to Tannehill's size (223), he's a superior prospect to Tannehill in basically every way with only a few more starts at QB (if he leaves after this year). I absolutely love how he doesn't get flustered by the rush. He's got the goods, the real key will be adding size and looking a little more comfortable out there (very mechanic setup and reads) - not sure if that is due to being a rFr or just who he is. I like the Kaepernick comparison.
I don't totally disagree about sub 300lb tackles, but both Carp and Matt Kalil played at roughly 300lbs their last seasons. Some guys are really able to pack on weight in the few months before the combine - my suspiscion is that this is because colleges don't always do a good job on the nutritional end, and the combine training is often geared to raise that number.
Well, I'm basing it off highlights, which is never perfect, but I remember watching an Austin highlight package then switching to a DAT highlight package and being surprised how much less explosive Thomas looked (I figured it would be a dead heat). You are correct on the height. Not sure where I saw that but I can't find it now. I probably saw 5'9" and my memory flipped it to 5'6".
Completely agreed about Mariota. I'm more turned off by his mechanical tendencies than most, but yeah, he's still very young and deserves the benefit of the doubt for now.
Kalil was close to 300, true. 306 officially but I do remember him playing at sub-300 (IIRC). Carp was always big though. Officially 321 and he always looked pretty beefy out there at Alabama.