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Old 04-10-2009, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default BJ Raji highlights ... boy looks good



looks like a big, fast men among boys
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
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his speed is what sells me on him, big guy that fast....good Christ

the only thing I don't like is he over pursues like crazy in that video and ends up trying to arm tackle
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He is just unblockable, wow that guy is fast.
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He is just unblockable, wow that guy is fast.
I know right, it jumps out at me immediately how quick and fast he is for being so big
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Any chance we can draft both of those guys, wow.
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Am the only one who ended up noticing Ron Brace more than Raji? Brace took a lot more double blocks except in the vandy game when he seemed to spend the whole time pushing an offensive line lineman into the backfield.

Right now, I would love me some Brace in the 2nd round at the NT, he looks like a manchild.
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I like Raji's spin move.

Not so sure about Jackson, though.
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Old 04-10-2009, 12:52 PM   #10
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I would take Raji at 12, but look at it for what it is folks. He's a huge DT for the collegiate level, and he is fighting single linemen on most plays. If you watch old videos of Marcus Thomas at Florida, he looked more "unblockable" than Raji (although technically different).

When Raji has to take on double teams in the NFL, he will have to learn quickly. He's not there yet.

I'll take Raji, but he's not even as good as Dorsey was in college (IMO). Dorsey has had a rough transition to the NFL, and will now be asked to make a switch to NT for the Chorfs. Raji's no "sure thing," but he has a lot of the measurables we are looking for. He would be a good #12 pick, but it wouldn't surprise me to see one of the DT's in rounds 3-5 do just as well in the NFL.
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I'm sold on Raji! He uses his hands very well. Uses good technique; the swim move he puts on the RT against Vandy for the sack is impressive. He always plays on the offensive's side of the line of scrimmage. And most importantly he just knows how to play football; he's a true and true blue collar, mean football player. Watch him flow to the ball, he makes good plays in traffic. That is difficult for a DT. I'm impressed.
Anyone notice Holtzclaw in those films? I think he will be a player!! Does anyone know if he comes out next year?
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"I'll take Raji, but he's not even as good as Dorsey was in college (IMO). Dorsey has had a rough transition to the NFL, and will now be asked to make a switch to NT for the Chorfs. Raji's no "sure thing," but he has a lot of the measurables we are looking for. He would be a good #12 pick, but it wouldn't surprise me to see one of the DT's in rounds 3-5 do just as well in the NFL."

I'll agree with you that I think Dorsey was a more impressive player. I still believe he will turn out to an all pro player. I worry that even with Raji's measureables that he would be a better fit in 4-3 d, instead of 3-4 NT. Do I think he could? Sure, but I think there will be a learning curve for him.

But i'm still pretty impressed overall.
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:02 PM   #13
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Raji has a little Ricky Williams smell to me.

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Yes, he looks great, but I agree with this:

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I would take Raji at 12, but look at it for what it is folks. He's a huge DT for the collegiate level, and he is fighting single linemen on most plays.
Also, how much do you guys think Raji and Ron Brace have helped each other out by being on the same team? I mean, two top DT prospects on the same line have to be inflating each other's performance a bit.
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I would take Raji at 12, but look at it for what it is folks. He's a huge DT for the collegiate level, and he is fighting single linemen on most plays. If you watch old videos of Marcus Thomas at Florida, he looked more "unblockable" than Raji (although technically different).

When Raji has to take on double teams in the NFL, he will have to learn quickly. He's not there yet.

I'll take Raji, but he's not even as good as Dorsey was in college (IMO). Dorsey has had a rough transition to the NFL, and will now be asked to make a switch to NT for the Chorfs. Raji's no "sure thing," but he has a lot of the measurables we are looking for. He would be a good #12 pick, but it wouldn't surprise me to see one of the DT's in rounds 3-5 do just as well in the NFL.
Here's a college highlight video of none other than..... Marcus Thomas. Watch him beat the crap out of the SEC. Great highlight reels don't necessarily equal NFL success.

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While we're at it, here's Jarvis Moss. For those that doubt he has the tools to be an OLB, here is how fast he played in college:

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Raji has a little Ricky Williams smell to me.
Where's Jimmy in the Raji video?

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Anybody have any input about how/why the two best NTs in thgis draft are from the same college? That seems pretty odd ... and makes me a tad skeptical about both ...

That said, he looks majr-quick for his size. But like Hargrove said, MY looked just as quick then. Although I am higher on Thomas that you hargrove.
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Here's a college highlight video of none other than..... Marcus Thomas. Watch him beat the crap out of the SEC. Great highlight reels don't necessarily equal NFL success.

MT is so fast ... I cannot believe they're not listiung him at DE in the 3-4. At :37 in, he comes off the edge with blazing quicknsss ... at 1:08 he looks linebacker-fast.


Anybody recognize that quarteback at :56 into this?

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Anybody have any input about how/why the two best NTs in thgis draft are from the same college? That seems pretty odd ... and makes me a tad skeptical about both ...

That said, he looks majr-quick for his size. But like Hargrove said, MY looked just as quick then. Although I am higher on Thomas that you hargrove.
No, Broncobuff, don't get me wrong - I like Marcus Thomas. And, if anyone can get him to a pro bowl level, it is probably Wayne Nunnely. He has been taking his lumps and learning in the big man's league. This year should tell us a lot about Marcus. I hope he becomes a force this year, because he has the potential to do so.

It's just all talk until he does it.
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No, Broncobuff, don't get me wrong - I like Marcus Thomas. And, if anyone can get him to a pro bowl level, it is probably Wayne Nunnely. He has been taking his lumps and learning in the big man's league. This year should tell us a lot about Marcus. I hope he becomes a force this year, because he has the potential to do so.

It's just all talk until he does it.
Do you see him as a NT though? They're listing Thomas as NT on the pre-camp depth chart released last week.

Not only is his 305 too light for NT ... just look at his skills. At 1:08 - 1:12 in that video, that is some serious speed for a DT. It seems to me the combination of that size and that quickness/penetration skill is well-suited to 3-4 DE ... what do you think? Drek? SoCal?
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It has me thinking.

Where does Marcus Thomas fit in this new defense? He was one of our better defensive linemen, although that is not saying much. Is he big and strong enough for the middle? or will he be pushed towards the end?
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His tangible benefits are great. He looks like he can get away with pure raw talent for a bit while he learns the finer points of technique.

I like the intangibles as well. I really like the ease he walks onto the field with. He gives off serious confidence and a great leader personality for a team that desperately needs it.
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