Explosive leaping ability with an outstanding second jump
Ridiculous wingspan adds to shot blocking skills and rebounding
Runs the floor well
Good quickness on his first move on the block
Establishing position in the post
Knows his limits on the offensive end
Low-post game is still a work in progress
Not very physical due to his thin frame
Too often a black hole inside when he gets the ball
Sometimes mopes around the court, needs to maintain a high energy
Summary: Varnado chose to return to Mississippi State for his senior season so he could work on his raw offensive talent. He will likely become the top shot-blocker in college basketball history and NBA teams will take notice. Expect him to be drafted somewhere in the 20s by a team needed an energetic shot-blocking threat off the bench.
Player Comparison: Chris Andersen. Minus the tattoos, headband, previous drug issues and sweet nickname, Varnado figures to have a similar impact to Andersen on the court. Andersen is an energy guy off the bench who is known as a great shot-blocker which is what Varnado excels at at the college level. Both players are limited around the basket on the offensive end. But just like the Birdman, Varnado will find a home in the NBA because of his shot-blocking abilities; not his offensive game.
@Black&Gold Problem is that you see Eli and Cobi as solid backups. Truth is that Eli is number 2 and Cobi is our number 3. They aren't backups, but starters. So what you're saying is that we have no true number 2, but see no need in drafting a receiver? What D line depth are you thinking? DE or NT? Have you seen what LT Walton has done? Remember he's only in his second year.
@Steelr Fan 3:16 Coates was supposed to be plan B at number 2 with the uncertainty of Bryant. You make the case that he's a one trick pony and not a 50 catch per season wide-out, so does that scream out as a option for number 2? What gives you hope about Green? I hope he does end up staying on the field, but so far in his career he hasn't be able to do that. I like James, but if he goes down you trust Grimble? He can't block, and hasn't been reliable in the pass game. He did mess his ribs up with a nice touchdown reception a few weeks ago. That still doesn't mean he can pick up and be an impact if James would not be able to go. We have 7 picks in this draft. The first I hope goes OLB. We are good at CB with Burnes and @[email protected] will be challenged hopefully by Golson. Loser of the battle would be a good slot corner. Golson lacks length so they may throw him in the slot role anyways. LT Walton has been more than solid at DE. If Heyward or Tuitt can't go a few weeks during the season then I have faith in LT to get the job done. I like Chickillo and Moates at OLB. They have started and played solid. Williams and Dirty Red at backup ILB is good depth that any team would love. Safety we have Golden and Dangerfield. Both have started any didn't miss a beat. Offensive line? Yeah, we're good there. You say we're good at tight end and WR, so with or final 6 picks we're going what exactly? A RB would be nice with Williams age. A backup that won't see the field unless God forbid Bell gets hurt is a wasted pick anywhere in the top 4 rounds. Maybe 5th would be suffice. That's 2 picks gone and 5 to go. A backup QB of the future would be nice. Four to go. A special teamed lol? Warren, Boswell, and Berry are really good.