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Supplemental Draft - Prospect other then Oliver

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/insider/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2912877

    • Supplemental rumblings: Former University of Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver, who worked out for scouts from two dozen NFL teams this week, probably did enough in his audition to get chosen in the league's July 12 supplemental draft. Oliver didn't run particularly well, being clocked in the mid- to high-4.5s, but no one expected him to tear up the track, because blistering speed is not his calling card. Oliver did, though, display excellent ball skills and moved fluidly in the position-specific drills, and seems to project best as a prospect for a team that employs a Tampa-2 type coverage scheme. The best guess on his stock right now: About the fourth round in the supplemental, although a third-round perch isn't out of the question, especially if Oliver has solid workouts for the teams that have arranged individual sessions.

    Maybe the player who could have the best shot of making a significant impact in the supplemental draft is Maryland offensive tackle Jared Gaither, who early this week was declared academically ineligible by school officials. Gaither is 6-feet-9, 350 pounds, started 20 games over the past two seasons, and didn't surrender a sack in 11 starts in 2005 as freshman. Gaither hasn't yet decided if he will apply for inclusion in the supplemental draft or go back to school and try to regain his academic standing. Scouts love Gaither's size -- some feel he eventually could start in the NFL, perhaps at guard -- but fret over his work ethic. But if he declares for the supplemental draft, a lot of scouts will be scrambling to get a first-hand look at him.

    Another offensive lineman, Chris Patrick of Nebraska, had a good workout for scouts last week and could be chosen in the late rounds of the supplemental draft. Patrick is 6-4, 296 pounds, demonstrates terrific natural strength (31 repetitions in the standard 225-pound bench press drill), and has pretty good feet. He started for the Cornhuskers at both tackle spots the past two seasons and, while some evaluators feel his best position in the league might be guard, it's tough to ignore his pass-blocking skills.

    A tackle 6'9 350 who's started that many games, my god he could be an incredible right tackle!!!
     
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  3. AnteaterCharger

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    I imagine AJ would want to sit down and grill him like a panini to determine if he's wrth it and if he looks remotely worth it, he'd be incredible
     
  4. Boltjolt

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    Isnt Oliver the only one they are bringing in?
    I guess that doesnt really mean anything.
     
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    Guys who are declared academically ineligibe would seem to have one of two problems, maybe both. Too few of the Leetle Gr-r-ray Celllls or a bad work eithic. NCAA football programs don't prevent guys from challenging themselves in school, but they offer programs that the above average 6th grader could complete. That's the general level of mass circulation newspapers. I would not only give this guy the Wonderlik, I'd test him with some other intelligence tools as well. All the talent in the world won't help you at tackle if you can't learn the playbook by the end of your first season.
     
  6. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

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    wasn't Jamal drafted in the supplemental draft? do any of you remember why he went into the supplemental draft?
     

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