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Old 17.01.2012, 08:34 PM
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Weaknesses:
Very serious durability concerns (back)
Doesn't maximize Y.A.C.
Lacks some running vision in open field
Doesn't have top-end athleticism or agility
Run blocking technique a little inconsistent
Might have some rust as a rookie (didn't play football in 2009)

Summary: Gronkowski is a very well-rounded tight end prospect and will likely come off the board in the second round, but if team doctors have very serious concerns with his back (and some certainly should) then he could really fall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Back issues are probably the worst kind of injury for an athlete and generally these athletes have injury problems throughout their careers. Gronkowski will never be an elite tight end in the NFL, but if he stays healthy he should certainly be a productive contributor and starter.

Player Comparison: Kevin Boss. Boss and Gronkowski have similar frames, athleticism and receiving skills
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Walterfootball Jimmy Clausen

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Strengths:
Solid size and adequate bulk
Very good arm strength; can fit balls into tight windows
Extremely quick, snappy release
Great accuracy
Nice hip torque on throws
Gets rid of ball quickly
Very decisive with the football
Takes what defense gives him; doesn't force ball/will throw away
Elite football IQ
Great touch
Well versed in NFL offense
Good sense of timing
Will step up/out of pocket
Knows how to read coverage
Sees the entire field; great vision
Very polished for a true junior
Shown outstanding development from freshman to junior season
Extremely intelligent
Ice in his veins; great poise
Mentally tough; plays through pain
Big leader
Confident
Film room rat
Elite intangibles
Good genetics and very well coached
Spent 3.5 years in a West Coast offense





Weaknesses:
Does a poor job of selling play action
Can get lazy with footwork - but has improved this
Not a fluid athlete
Personality might come off as abrasive
Sometimes gets too much air under fade route
Lacks a little pocket awareness

Summary: Jimmy Clausen is a franchise quarterback. He has carried the spotlight since he was a teenager and has surpassed the hype. He has an outstanding skill set with the elite intangibles you see in the great quarterbacks. Clausen isn't fazed by tense situations and has great leadership when the game is on the line. He puts in the hours to be a great quarterback and you see it on tape. Clausen will likely be the first quarterback drafted and is a projected top-five draft pick.

Player Comparison: Kurt Warner. Warner and Clausen both exhibit the same three-quarter release, they get the ball out quickly, and are extremely decisive/intelligent quarterbacks. Clausen has a stronger arm.
They aren't as good as they think they are at scouting,
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Oh how they were wrong
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What's amusing (to me) is that I disagreed with both evaluations
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What's amusing (to me) is that I disagreed with both evaluations
Sadly we don't all inhabit the higher plan of football knowledge that you do!

I will confess to thinking Clausen was a great prospect. I do think it's slightly unfair that he hasn't had the same chance many other new QB's get to run with the franchise before they drafted again. I mean look at Sanchez,,,,,,,
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Poor Jimmy looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
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Old 18.01.2012, 08:23 AM
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just to confirm the guy who wrote those things is no longer at walter football
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Here is what they wrote about Hernandez

Strengths:
Very good, smooth athlete
Outstanding receiver after the catch
Nice hand-eye coordination
Shows ability to adjust to poorly thrown ball
Consistent, soft hands
Elusive with nice speed
Tough over the middle
Not an easy tackle
Great red-zone target
Terrific vision in open field
Prototypical H-Back or spread tight end



Weaknesses:
Mediocre size
Very poor blocker; not interested or physical
Poor hand use when asked to fight in booth
Lacks polish as route runner
Not a good fit for every scheme
Character concerns
Wasn't asked to run many routes like dig, post, deep out

Summary: Hernandez won't fit a lot of schemes that ask him to be an in-line blocker. He lacks the measurables and all-around skill set to go in the first round in my opinion, but a great 40 time and vertical could intrigue some team to take him late first. Hernandez has some very intriguing tools, but his greatest weakness is when he is taken off the field, the defense will likely know it's a running play. Hernandez lacks some polish and I don't expect him to be an immediate contributor.

Player Comparison: Dustin Keller. Keller was a great receiving threat out of Purdue with below-average size for a tight end - a poor in-line blocker.
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Poor Jimmy looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights.
Yeah he did, but Carolina were awful in 2010 without taking into account Clausen. Is he destined to be Newton's backup for ever? Or will he get another chance to start somewhere else?

The stuff about Hernandez is fairly ok. He's a great recieving TE but there are many better at run blocking, Gronkowski being our main threat there. Despite falling to the 4th round (a steal) he's made a massive contribution to this team and will continue to do so for years I hope.
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I found the character concerns funny and his 'sluggish route running' I agree though he was a great steal espically in the fourth i remember in the preseason there were mocks having him as the best TE in the draft.
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