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Offline RT

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Re: UDFA's
« Reply #75 on: May 10, 2019, 02:12:01 PM »
Unless there is a position change for one of these guys, the tail-end of the OLBs should be a competition between Gilbert, Donnerson, Summers and Roberts.

Gilbert is a bigger guy, but his 40 time is a rather average 4.79 (especially for the Packers, who love the high RAS guys). Roberts is 1/10th faster. Fackrell is 4.72. Summers and Donnerson are (respectively) running 4.51 and 4.48, which is getting very fast for a linebacker. (especially Donnerson who goes 250lb, Summers is about 9lb lighter). Of course, speed is only one facet of the game, but you can't teach physical really, just 'speed in the head' (aka instincts).

If I were to make a WAG, I'd say Gilbert is gone, Roberts best hope is the practice squad, and Donnerson and Summers might make the 53, both being mostly on ST.

That is very interesting that you think that Summers is an Edge player in Pettine's defense, not saying that you are wrong, but all the film I've watched of him screams ILB for the Packers. The battle between Gilbert, Donnerson and Roberts should be an competitive one to watch and it may be for one roster spot. IMHO

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Re: UDFA's
« Reply #76 on: May 11, 2019, 01:35:16 AM »
You saw Clay Matthews move from outside to inside linebacker and be successful. The same could happen to some of these guys, especially the faster ones. Some might even be cross-trained. these guys are all over 240lb. Summers, at just 241lb could easily be seen as an inside guy, since he is quick and on the lighter side, as Packers edge rushers go. Gary is 277 (a hybrid DE/OLB really), Gilbert 261, Donnerson 249, Greg Roberts 258, Preston and Za'Darius are 265 and 272.

Burks, Crawford, Ramsey, Sheldon, are all in the 230's according to the Packers own website (that might change at the TC weigh-in, or they might not bother changing anything), so it's tough to project any of those guys to OLB.
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Re: UDFA's
« Reply #77 on: May 12, 2019, 06:36:18 AM »
A few notes on some of the UDFA's from PFF, a little get to know who they are.

Randy Ramsey missed only (2) tackles last season for Arkansas.  Ramsey was the 3rd most efficient tackler on the team with a minimum of 400 defensive snaps. One of the reasons I am projecting a move to ILB for him.

Kabion Ento logged the 5th most special teams snaps for Colorado last season.  Ento mainly logged snaps on KR, PR, and punt coverage as a gunner. The Packers are converting him from WR to CB and if he is going to stick as the 7th CB it will probably be because he stands out on ST's.

Curtis Bolton was PFF"s 3rd highest graded pass-rusher among 297 total off the ball LB's in college last season with a minimum 500 snaps.  Bolton's 29 total pressures led the Sooners in 2018.

Matthew Eaton caught 48 out of 51 catchable targets during his two seasons at Iowa St.  Eaton's 16 first down receptions were the third most on the team in 2018. He is a late bloomer who was behind a lot of talent at Iowa State, another dark horse in the race for WR spots.

Greg Roberts was the 13th most efficient tackler in the entire Big XII last season with at least 450 defensive snaps.  Roberts had the 3rd highest tackling efficiency against the run among Big XII EDGE rushers as well with the same snap threshold. Is a theme forming about tackling?

Manny Wilkins was the 21st most accurate passer under pressure among all QB's in 2018 with a 61.8 accuracy % (min. 350 drop-backs).

Wilkins was also one of the more difficult to sack while pressured last season. His 14.1% Sack % Under Pressure ranked 9/28 among draft eligible QB's with a minimum 350 drop-backs.

Javien Hamilton finished his Ole Miss career allowing a passer rating of 64.1 and a catch rate of 50.0% (23/46) to go along with (3) INT's and (3) pass breakups.

Rookie Free Agent TE Davis Koppenhaver from Duke was targeted 71 times during his college career, catching 49 passes for 431 yards and 12 TD's.  Koppenhaver also provided a passer rating of 124.5 when targeted.

Rookie OT Yosh Nijman of Va. Tech played all 639 snaps at RT allowing (12) total pressures and (1) sack in 2018.  In his previous three seasons, Nijman logged 1,844 snaps at LT and another 18 as a inline TE.

Rookie Larry Williams of Oklahoma State split snaps at both Guard positions during the first two games of the season in 2018 before settling in at RG the rest of the way.  Williams graded higher as a pass-blocker than as a run-blocker last season.

Newly signed UDFA Darrius Shepherd of North Dakota St. led all draft eligible WR's from the slot in YPRR with 3.73 (min 150 snaps).