Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

02 Sep 2008

FO on ESPN: Top 10 Prospects

If you haven't had a chance to pick up Pro Football Prospectus 2008, here's a (slightly re-ordered) look at the under-the-radar prospects who top our second annual Top Prospects list.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 02 Sep 2008

8 comments, Last at 04 Sep 2008, 12:08am by TomC

Comments

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Tue, 09/02/2008 - 10:31pm

Sometimes one wonders whether the Packers defensive brass might consider a 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 alignment on base downs with Aaron Rouse substituting for Poppinga or a DT. It strikes me that one could make very interesting times for an O-line late in the game when you're expecting passes. Hmm, we could blitz Hawk, Barnett, Poppinga and/or Bigby. Who you gonna block? :-}

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by thestar5 (not verified) :: Tue, 09/02/2008 - 11:48pm

1,
Isn't that basically being in nickel the whole game? It seems like it would be too easy to run on the Pack if they did that.

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by The McNabb Bowl Game Anomaly (aka SJM) (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 1:22am

LJ Smith's DVOA is missing a minus sign. Makes a big difference.

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by jonnyblazin (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 2:35am

"Celek is a smart route runner with outstanding hands who really opened eyes at the 2007 East-West Shrine Game. When blocking, he makes up for his lack of natural talent with competitiveness."

C'mon FO, isn't this the type of writing that is ridiculed on these boards?

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by langsty (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 6:43am

2 - especially since, from what i've observed anyway, poppinga appears to be their best run defender. and he comes off the field when they run the nickle anyway (since he's also their worst coverage lb).

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by Temo (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 7:57am

Coming from a Cowboys fan, I think you missed on Jason Hatcher. He hasn't done anything in training camp to challenge Spears for the starting job. Although, to be fair, Spears has really stepped up his play since he realized his job (and thus, his future contract) was in danger.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Wed, 09/03/2008 - 11:44am

2,5: notice the part where I wrote "It strikes me that one could make very interesting times for an O-line late in the game when you’re expecting passes." GB has already shown a 2-4-5 alignment in the preseason; it's just another wrinkle.

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by TomC (not verified) :: Thu, 09/04/2008 - 12:08am

As a Bears fan, I sure hope you're right about Beekman. The coaching staff has been decidedly lukewarm on him so far, but they're not exactly the world's experts on O-lineman.