if the Saints would pass on home town once in a lifetime type of player in Leonard Fournette I would DIE!! Mark Ingram hasn't shown to be all that great. We will likely have a new young QB in a few years and a BEAST back would do him wonders. Hell he may help Brees last a little longer in that he won't have to pass 100 times a game. Delvin Breaux, PJ Williams, DeVante Harris, Ken Crawley, Damian Swann, and Kyle Wilson will be plenty enough depth at corner. The 2 UDFA corners have played good considering they are undrafted. I think PJ was gonna have a good year before the devastating concussion. We are missing Sheldon Rankins right now and our top 3 corners. This D isn't as bad as most think, but the devastating injuries to all our corners have killed us, which would happen to every team out there. Plus I'm scared of Bama corners BIG TIME!! They seem to bust or take forever to produce!!
Yeah the Patriots are just clamoring for an interior offensive lineman. After all they have Thuney and Mason as starters at guard with Jonathan Cooper and Ted Karras as back-ups and have a very good center in David Andrews. What the Patriots need is an offensive tackle because Sebastian Vollmer ain't getting any younger and hasn't really been fully healthy the last two seasons. If there's a great prospect at OT at the end of the first round the Patriots should take him. You're out of your tree if you think the Patriot's greatest need is an interior offensive lineman.
Yet again, I will follow Walt's lead for this draft order outside the fact that the Bears land the top pick over the 49ers or Browns, I have more faith in Cutler running into wins before I do with Kessler or Gabbert. Also, there are still some players not in the system such as the Illini DEs, Justin Evans and Malik Hooker at safety. Until they are in I will mock without them.
This is the 2013 NFL Combine Bench Press Recap for the linebackers. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
2013 NFL Combine: Bench Press Recap - Linebackers
Apparently the weight put on by Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins was all muscle. The 6-foot, 243-pounder was weighing about 10-15 pounds lighter during the college football season, but he checked in at the Combine much heavier than expected. Jenkins then put up an impressive total of 27 reps on the bench press. That tied for the fourth most among the linebackers. Jenkins needs a good Combine after missing a lot of his final season because of injuries.
Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene was a physical defender who racked up a ton of tackles over the past few seasons. The 6-foot-1, 241-pounder surprisingly finished second to last on the bench press with only 17 reps. That lack of strength could be a red flag for some teams. Greene has been one of the top 4-3 outside linebacker prospects; that shouldn't change based off the bench press, but he should get stronger for the NFL.
Georgia's Alec Ogletree is considered the top inside linebacker prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft. He had a mildly disappointing total of 20 reps on the bench press. Ogletree (6-2, 242) is a physical player, but may want to add more strength to help his ability to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen.
Ogletree's teammate, Cornelius Washington (6-4, 265), is the largest prospect in the linebacker group, and he evidently works hard in the weight room. Washington led the linebackers with 36 reps on the bench press. He fell under the shadow of other players at Georgia like Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, John Jenkins and Bacarri Rambo. A big Combine could help Washington by resulting in teams wanting to get to know him better.
LSU's Kevin Minter was the only likely first-rounder, other than Ogletree, who took part in the bench press. Minter did well and finished with the fifth largest total - 25 reps. The 6-foot, 246-pounder was a physical force in 2012 and increased strength looked like it played a role in him improving his play as a junior. With questions surrounding Ogletree and Manti Te'o, Minter could be the cleanest prospect of the two. He could make a move up boards with a big Combine.
South Carolina linebacker Devonte Hollowman had the fewest reps on the bench press with only 15. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder has good size, so it was surprising that he didn't produce more on the bench press.
There were a lot of the top linebackers who declined to participate in the bench press. That group included Georgia's Jarvis Jones, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, Kansas State's Arthur Brown and Oregon's Kiko Alonso. It was disappointing that so many decided to wait until their pro days to bench.