Hey all, i'm new to posting here, but not new to the site. I'm going to start posting picks for every nfl game ATS and SU, as i have to in my football pool. I wish i could wait for the best lines (but i cannot) due to being in the pools. ATS i am 91-69 and 103-57 SU for the year. I am also going to post my top 5 spreads that i'm most confident in ATS. I just want to provide some insight for fellow bettors(Walt). Sorry had to. Here are my thursday picks:
CAROLINA (-0.5) @ Dallas
Philadelphia @ DETROIT (+0.5)
CHICAGO (+9.5) @ Green Bay
I will provide a quick analysis of my picks later tonight or tmr morning, as i have no time to elaborate atm
Strengths: Average height with the room to bulk up a little more ... Highly athletic with excellent body control ... Deep speed to stretch a defense ... Great ball skills; can adjust to poorly thrown passes ... Very solid Y.A.C. ... Tough when going over the middle ... Good route runner ... Vertical playmaker ... Provides some versatility at H-Back ... Very good upside.
Weaknesses: Needs to add some more strength to frame ... Not going to block ... Doesn't always read soft spots in zone ... Durability concerns after season-ending fractured fibula ... Will not fit every scheme ... Occasionally loses focus on jump balls ... Should have been a more productive red-zone target ... Needs to do a better job of getting off jam at LOS against linebackers.
Summary: Before the season, Beckum was in the first round of many mock drafts and the consensus No. 1 TE. I have no idea what happened other than one injury. I think he is very underrated at this point and checks in as my No. 2 tight end in the 2009 NFL Draft. He will be a better pro than college player.
Player Comparison: Owen Daniels. Daniels is one of the best vertical threats at tight end in the NFL, and I think Beckum has that type of potential.