We have a very young squad and have had key players injured not just Mojo and Garrard but Kampman, D'anthony Smith, Eben Britton and even Dillard round out our team much better. There are also players I don't know in problem postions FS Terrell Whitehead, KR/CB Scotty McGhee, CB Terrance Wheatley, CB Chris Chancellor and LBs Bryan Smith, Boris Lee, Jacob Cutrera and Kyle Bosworth. O-line: C Bradley Vierling, C John Estes, OT/OG Kevin Haslam, OT Jonathon Palmer, OT Daniel Baldridge. ANY IMPRESSIONS OF THEM?
I personally am pumped to see D'Anthony Smith next year. I think Tyson and Pot Roast need reheating and relief in the form of a third top calibre DT as they faded at the end. I think with those three and Douzable that's a position of strength next year. Kampman will also be back. Mincey, Lane and Hart all gathered invaluable experience and I wouldn't even give up on Harvey he's only one year older than the latter two at 24.
Overall, I think our D-line is fine the LB corp and the secondary need to make time for them.Kick returner/CB Scotty McGee is also on IR.
On offence the o-line Eben will be back and there is potential on the practice squad with C Bradley Vierling, C John Estes, OT/OG Kevin Haslam, OT Daniel Baldridge. If one or two of them can make the transition we can cut Black and have a backup for Meester. Otherwise we need to draft one at least. A line of Monroe, Manuwai, Meester, Uche and Eben could be very dominant next year.
Reciever we found Hill and he should sign cheap. We have Thomas and Dillard to come back off the IR and Osgood for special teams and maybe more playing time. If MSW whines let him go and draft or FA. TE strength if we resign Marcedes. RB strength with Rashad getting reps recently and Mojo great. FB also a position of strength.
If we can draft or FA studs at safety, a cornerback, two linebackers, a centre, a receiver and a quarterback we're close to contesting.
|Interview Regarding 2010 NFL Draft Prospect, D'Anthony Smith|
|Written by Denis Krusos|
|Friday, 04 December 2009 16:29|
The 2010 NFL Draft features star power (Ndamukong Suh and possibly, Gerald McCoy) and plenty of quality prospects at defensive tackle. If an NFL team needs to fortify the middle of their defense then this is their draft. Louisiana Tech's, D'Anthony Smith, has had an excellent career and is one of the top defensive tackles in this year's draft. I interviewed Louisiana Tech's defensive line coach, Jimmy Brumbaugh, and here is what he had to say about his star pupil:
Denis Krusos: How would you compare D’Anthony’s senior season to his junior year?
Coach Brumbaugh: D’Anthony encountered more slide protection and double-teams this year. We also played against more triple-option concepts this year. He had better stats in 2008, but there are a lot of factors that go into statistics.
Denis Krusos: What type of person is D’Anthony outside of football?
Coach Brumbaugh: He is a straight arrow and a responsible person. His father was in the military and he grew up in a solid family. He does not lack discipline and graduated in 3 ½ years.
Denis Krusos: What did you work with him on mostly this season?
Coach Brumbaugh: I emphasized hand use in a variety of drills. If you do not use your hands well then a defensive lineman will struggle to defeat blocks. I told him that everyone is big and strong in the NFL. The defensive linemen that standout, play with outstanding technique. D’Anthony is built like a sprinter. He has thick legs and is athletic. He will have to keep working on his technique.
Denis Krusos: Is there a type of coaching style (slap on the back or a kick in the pants) that he responds to best?
Coach Brumbaugh: He can take criticism, but I never had to get on his case. D’Anthony is a self-starter and will correct himself whenever possible.
Denis Krusos: Is there a certain offensive lineman (a quick technician or a powerful mauler) that presents more of a challenge to him?
Coach Brumbaugh: I would not say that there is one style of play that bothers him. The best offensive lineman that D’Anthony played against was Idaho’s, Mike Iupati. That kid is the biggest, quickest offensive lineman I have seen. He has great feet. D’Anthony had a strong game against Iupati and even beat him for a sack.
Denis Krusos: What type of leader is he?
Coach Brumbaugh: D’Anthony is quiet and prefers to lead by example. He is not a rah-rah type of guy. The players on the team would watch him work out and practice and try to emulate his example.
Denis Krusos: What are his film study habits?
Coach Brumbaugh: He is prepared and wants to be good. I was at LSU and worked with Glenn Dorsey (1st round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft) and Tyson Jackson (1st round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft). D’Anthony has that same mind-set.
Denis Krusos: How do you think he will do at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine?
Coach Brumbaugh: I think the Senior Bowl is a good opportunity for him to show NFL talent evaluators that he is not just big and strong. D’Anthony is an athlete. He can move. I expect him to do well at the Combine for that reason.