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Blount Predicted Between 5 and 7th rounds

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  1. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    NEw Story on espnabout blount and it mentions he may go between 5 and 7. If he's there in the 7th he'd be a steal and way better than lendale white with fewer character issues... other than needing to buy a punching bag...


    "LeGarrette Blount tried to control his breathing, but the former Oregon running back struggled.

    His heart raced. His pulse quickened. His eyes darted into the stands inside Lucas Oil Stadium, where all those intense scouts waited for him to run the 40-yard dash at the recent NFL scouting combine. Blount had never felt such anxiety before this drill. Now he thought, One of these teams could pay me a lot of money, and I can't handle my nerves.

    Blount's jitters shouldn't have been surprising, and his disappointment with a respectable 4.62-second time was predictable. He was the most infamous man in Indianapolis that week, a player who had lost nearly all of his senior season after punching Boise State defensive end Byron Hout after a season-opening loss. Every other prospect at the combine was trying to showcase his speed. Blount was trying to create more substantial distance from that ugly night on Sept. 3, one that included his clashing with Boise State fans and needing security to escort him from the field.

    LeGarrette Blount file

    Blount Scouts Inc.: Aggressive runner who keeps feet moving after contact. Rarely goes down with the first hit. Needs to show more patience. Marginal instincts and doesn't appear to have a great feel for cutback lanes. Complete report Insider

    * Scouts: Blount's speed a concern Insider
    * McShay: Senior Bowl report Insider
    * Kiper: Top-five RBs, more Insider

    The media bashed Blount so ferociously after that game that his father, Gary, said, "They made my son out to be some kind of beast."

    Some analysts even claimed Blount, once projected to be a second- or third-round prospect for the 2010 draft, was undraftable. But here he stands, a 23-year-old preparing for Oregon's pro day on Thursday after trips to the Senior Bowl and the combine.

    "I just want everybody to know that I don't have character issues," Blount said in a recent interview. "A lot of people who met me at the combine and the Senior Bowl didn't know me. All they knew is what happened on Sept. 3. They thought I had anger issues."

    So Blount patiently has listened to all the predictable questions. He smiled when his Senior Bowl teammates jokingly dubbed him "The Hitman." He didn't flinch at the combine, back when a coach asked him why a player who constantly smiles in games suddenly couldn't harness his anger when provoked by an opponent. Blount knew this came with the territory. Such scrutiny wouldn't vanish easily.

    Although Blount won't publicly say what set him off -- his family and friends say it was a combination of Hout touching his left shoulder and shouting at him -- the bottom line is Blount lost control.

    "Everybody had high expectations for that game -- including myself," he said. "And when we lost, I let my emotions get the better of me and I overreacted."

    He thinks his message is starting to sink in.

    "I had two or three teams ask me about it at the combine, and that was it," Blount said. "Everybody else just said the same thing -- they knew what happened, so they wanted to talk about something else. I know they get tired of hearing the same answers, but you really can't explain what happened. After people stopped asking me about it, I started feeling like we were getting somewhere."

    Fatherhood and newfound maturity

    What Blount would rather talk about is all the work he has put in since that fateful day. He sees himself as a rare commodity in this year's draft, a 6-foot, 241-pound power back in a class filled with smaller, quicker runners.

    Blount showcased his hard-charging running style at the Senior Bowl, where he scored one touchdown and nearly carried a couple of defenders into the end zone on another. That week was a nice first step in Blount's hopes of becoming more than a middle-rounds pick, but he still needs to impress more scouts.

    An AFC personnel director said Blount "is a big back who runs strong and is elusive for his size" but added that "not playing last year hurt his ability to show what he could do. He only averaged eight to 10 carries the year before, so [his senior year] would've been his chance to prove himself as lead runner."

    Added an NFC personnel director: "He certainly runs with an attitude, but he's a little sluggish. If somebody has a scat-back starter, then he could be a short-yardage guy or a change-of-pace runner. Right now, he's probably going between [rounds] five and seven."

    Blount might gladly accept that fate if it's the worst-case scenario. He spent the first two weeks after that Boise State game wishing he could go back in time and walk off that field without any incident. The birth of his son, LeGarrette Jr. -- only two weeks after that loss -- has made him thirst for any opportunity to continue his playing career. Blount also has a newfound hunger, focus and appreciation for the game.

    [+] EnlargeLeGarrette Blount
    AP Photo/Idaho Statesman photo - Darrin OswaldAfter his infamous punch, LeGarrette Blount's football career was in serious jeopardy.

    The hard part for Blount is that millions of people got to see the biggest mistake of his life. And that night defined him in ways he's hoping to shake.

    "People always ask me what LeGarrette is like," said Roger Carr, who coached Blount at East Mississippi Community College and who played 10 years as a wide receiver in the NFL. "And I always say the same thing: He's not a problem kid."

    Carr can remember only one time that Blount lost his cool in junior college. That moment came when an opponent hit Blount late on a running play and Blount responded by swinging at the defender, a retaliation that led to a one-game suspension. Blount's divorced parents -- Gary and Barbara -- also stressed proper values to their son. LeGarrette didn't drink or smoke, and when he attended high school dances at Taylor County High School in Perry, Fla., they made a point of picking him up afterward.

    The only major issue Blount had was discipline. When numerous Division I programs courted him out of high school, he didn't have the grades to qualify for a scholarship. When a high ankle sprain sidelined Blount for his first season of junior college, he went home and returned for the spring weighing nearly 275 pounds. And after Blount gained 1,002 yards and scored 17 touchdowns for Oregon in 2008, he thought he could blow off some offseason workouts. That decision led to a suspension that lasted from February 2009 until the beginning of spring practice in mid-March.

    Earning his way back

    Blount is considered an amiable type. Former Ducks tight end Ed Dickson said, "LeGarrette was friends with even the quietest guys on the team."

    But Blount was immature, and the Boise State game incident so incensed first-year Ducks coach Chip Kelly that Kelly suspended Blount for the season.

    "At that time," Kelly said, "there was no chance for him to get back on the team. We weren't going to tolerate that kind of behavior."

    As Blount sobbed in Kelly's office upon hearing that news, the coach encouraged him to think carefully about his options. You can leave school and run away if you want, Kelly told him after explaining the suspension. But if you do that, you'll just be giving people a reason to think what they already think about you. Because Blount could keep his scholarship and still practice with the team if he stayed, he didn't see any other options.

    "I knew I wasn't going to leave," he said.

    The next two weeks were the hardest time for Blount. He spent a lot of time hanging out with Dickson, who encouraged his good friend to finish school and get a degree. Blount also kept telling his girlfriend, Merissa McCullugh, that things would work out, but others saw a different reality.

    "At one point, he did feel like his career was over," Gary Blount said. "He thought he was through."

    There were three important factors that saved Blount. The first was his contrition -- he apologized to Hout, Boise State, his Ducks teammates and the entire University of Oregon.

    The second was his son. As soon as Blount became a father, he said, "I realized I couldn't keep dwelling on what happened. I had to give my attention to him, and I had to do right by him."

    [+] EnlargeLeGarrette Blount
    Courtesy of Merissa McCullughTwo weeks after the Boise State game, Blount's spirits were lifted by the birth of LeGarrette Jr.
    Blount turned into such a devoted parent that he didn't even hesitate when nurses once said his son was getting cold in his hospital bed after birth. Blount stripped off his T-shirt, held the boy to his chest and patiently waited for the child's body temperature to rise.

    Still, the most critical element of Blount's turnaround was his attitude after the suspension. He practiced on the scout team as if he were a walk-on hoping to earn a full ride. He also listened intently when given the chance to talk to men such as Dr. Harry Edwards, the noted Cal-Berkeley professor, and former NFL coaches Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden (now an analyst for ESPN's "Monday Night Football").

    "They kept telling me that I'd get a shot at the NFL and I should keep my head up," Blount said. "They told me to stay in shape for when my opportunity came."

    "I never knew I would get the chance to come back," Blount said. "So I never had the chance to get my hopes up and enjoy it. I always kept expecting Coach to finally tell me that I couldn't come back. I just kept working hard, and I didn't complain."

    A month after the incident, Kelly outlined a set of conditions that Blount would need to meet to return to uniform. When Blount met those demands -- which included attending all classes and anger-management sessions -- Kelly decided to reinstate him because "LeGarrette earned his way back."

    Blount missed 10 games after the Boise State game before his official return. Blount's first playing time came in Oregon's regular-season finale victory over Oregon State on Dec. 3, when he gained 51 yards on nine carries. He also scored on a 12-yard run in that game, a touchdown that resulted in a deafening eruption from the Autzen Stadium crowd.

    When Blount raced to find Merissa and LeGarrette Jr. after the contest, she told him that she wept after that score.

    "He was so happy," Merissa said. "He knew he'd gotten the chance to play the sport he loved again. He could see that all the hard work he had put in had paid off."

    Now Blount is hoping NFL scouts see the same things. Despite a critical fumble in Oregon's 2010 Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State, his stock has been rising in the past three months. Blount expects to run a 40 in the 4.5-range at the Ducks' next pro day (Oregon also had one March 11).

    After that, he'll be waiting for a final verdict. Some organizations might view him solely as a prospect whose maturity was born out of desperation. Others might see legitimate growth.

    "I don't think a team won't draft him because of that incident," the NFC personnel director said. "It wasn't premeditated. It was a reaction. But the team that drafts him has to know that's the first story that will be written about him."

    Added Kelly: "I think he's more at peace with himself now. I don't know if it's because of what happened or because of his son, but there's definitely been a change."

    "I know I'm showing people the person I want them to see," Blount said.

    "Because it's just me. I want everybody to know that I'm not a temper tantrum waiting to happen. I'm a cool dude. The people who know me know that. Now I just want the team that drafts me to see that. Whoever takes me, they can trust that it won't be a mistake.""
     
  2. RM24

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    If he's available in rounds 5 and on I say take a flyer on him. But his past and recent character issues will scare a lot of teams away. That punch he delivered really carried some long term effects on a lot of people and will effect his career immensely. He's probably not as bad as the media makes him out to be but when you see that punch over and over you can't get it out of your mind when thinking of him. I wish he would have punched Jay Cutler that way though....:lol:
     
  3. DenverBolt67

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    I know about the punch, but what other issues are tehre? The only thing I have been able to find online is that he was late to a meeting once and got suspended for it. Other than that, his coach was riding his jock about how good or a guy he was
     
  4. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    yeh you're pretty much right. If you read the article the espn reporter seems to suggest the same as his coach with the exception of..... he punched someone in junior college after he got cheapshotted
     
  5. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    I don't know, maybe this team needs a guy like this (that gets so pissed of that he punches another player), beats the hell out of a player that congratulates an opponent when he scores a td.
     
  6. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Or threatens opposing coaches... o wait Phillips already does that :icon_tease:
     
  7. LaDeezie21

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    There seems to be a big difference between this guy and say PacMan Jones.

    It speaks volumes that Blount didn't quit and met the conditions set forth in order to be reinstated. Most players would give up and blame everyone else but themselves. He held himself accountable and did what he had to do to get back. I'm sure he learned a lot during that journey and he probably values playing football a lot more now. I would not mind taking a chance on him.

    Something tells me he wont be there in round 5 though.
     
  8. NORV4LIFE

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  9. Sydalish

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    ^^^^ THIS


    Listened to a few interviews with him, very candid that he made a really dumb mistake, it was all his fault and he would never let it happen again - very embarrased by how he handled the situation. Once he was kicked off the team, there was never any thought in his mind that he would just give up and drop out of school. He was going to finish school, he was going to keep training and working towards the NFL and he was going to accept the consequences of his actions.

    I'd be willing to spend a 4th ot 5th on the kid if he's available - I believe he was being sincere - maybe he's fooling people :icon_shrug: I dunno.

    Not sure if it's true or not but he also said he had no idea that the coach would let him back onto the team - the coach said he wanted to test him and see if he'd do the right thing or just give up. Blount did the right thing and "earned" his way back on to the team.
     
  10. ntman68

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    That's because you do. Idiot.
     
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    Considering we are at the bottom of the rounds, I would be fine with taking a 5th round shot on him.
     
  12. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Yeh. I dunno even he is fakin it. Its not liike he'll pull that **** again cuz he's already got a rep. That'll be the end of him for good if he even doesn't do anything. Legarrette has someone pull a big ben on him and accuse him... even if he's iinnocent he's screwed. so i don't think he;ll be a problem anymore!
     
  13. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    losing your temper and going off on another guy (same age/size/strenght, etc.) does not mean he has anger issues, most of us have done that
     
  14. coachmarkos

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    Shoot, I'd go as high as a 3rd.
     
  15. NORV4LIFE

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    True. Unfortunately it happened to be on national tv during one of the bigger college games of the year on a thursday night
     
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    According to his coach, he was never told that reinstatement was an option until a long time after he was suspended for the season. The fact that he stayed, kept working, didn't quit, even though he had been told his season was over is very telling to me.
     
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    I would buy that (sort of) if it was just the initial punch, but the dude went off for like 5 minutes. He had to be physically restrained and escorted from the field. That is much longer than the "passion of the moment" argument can justify. That says something about his character.
     
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    I have known many people that had to be dealt with the same way when they are upset. The guy doesn't have a history of such incidences. It was a one time thing. Unless it happens multiple times, I have no reason to believe he has any character issues. Just that he is a kid that needs to learn how tis anger in a better way, and that is very teachable
     
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    There has to be a few teams thinking this too. He won't be there in the 5th. Too many teams need a nasty power back.
     
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    One scout questions LeGarrette Blount's workout schedule

    Posted by Michael David Smith on March 19, 2010 12:21 PM ET
    Running back LeGarrette Blount worked out Thursday at Oregon's second Pro Day, doing what he said he'd do after initial reports suggested that he blew off Oregon's first Pro Day on March 11.

    But a mostly flattering profile of Blount in The Oregonian says that at least one NFL scout was turned off by Blount's workout schedule, saying that Blount should have showed up to both Pro Days.

    "If there's 30 days in a month and 30 teams want to work you out then you should be willing to workout every day," said the unnamed scout, who added that Blount at least should have attended the first Pro Day to meet with NFL personnel, even if he wasn't going to work out.

    Blount reportedly ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the Pro Day, shaving six-hundredths of a second off the time he recorded at last month's scouting combine. Afterward he said he's not worried about where, or whether, he'll be drafted.

    "I'm not really worried about getting drafted because I know for a fact that I'll get a shot on somebody's team, even as a free agent," Blount said. "It's lovely just having teams interested in me."

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...uestions-legarrette-blounts-workout-schedule/
     
  21. NORV4LIFE

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    SUpposedly according to those affiliated with blount he was told not to come to the first pro day. This would explain why he didn't
     
  22. LT-Express

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    I'll just read and comment on these useless threads about Blount and then chuckle when SD passes right by him every round.
     
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    Very true. I would have put in therapy if that were the case with my temper! :lol:
     
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    Not to say he didn't deserve his suspension or that he's some model citizen - but FWIW I remember vividly watching a clip that night showing a man in the "crowd" (I initially thought it was a coach) who was heckling him after the punch scream "F You N-word" it was really blatant, ESPN showed that same clip a couple more times that night but then never again - just showed a condensed version of him freaking out - anyway, as i recall that's when he reeeeally lost it and had to be restrained and pulled off the field by security.
     
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    I think he would be a good pick up. The guy never quits on the field, and is always trying to plow ahead. He would be a bruiser. I think he will do well in the Pros. Has a lot of fire, and he will be looking to prove himself for sure.
     
  27. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    Yeh look at this

     
  28. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    again, I gotta disagree, sometimes it takes a long time to cool off. I'm not a jerk, but many times playing pickup sports someone needed to restrain me for a while or there would have been a fight, it happens
     
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    Ya he had an OL pushing the pile.......

    This is the same stuff people were saying about Greg Jones a few years back. Jones was bigger and was more agile and had more top end speed.

    Seems to have translated well into the NFL as he never plays.
     
  30. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    this too, I'm 37, this guy is like 21-22, sometimes we forget that they're very young and expect them to handle themselves with the same maturity level he have :unsure:
     

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