Linky, March 1, 2012: The inevitable blowback on Dontari Poe… “Poeback?”

Apologies for that title. Every sports writer that thinks they have a shred of creativity is going to try to come up with some sort of clever Poe pun. Just figured I’d get one in (crappy as it may be) before it gets extremely annoying.

All NFC East

Combine review – The front seven – Tommy Lawlor, Scouts Notebook

All 4 NFCE teams can use help along their front 7, so I figured I’d handpick this entry from Tommy.  Loaded with great blurbs here.  A couple of my favorites:

On Dontari Poe:

Wow. I wrote over the last couple of months that I thought Poe had rare movement skills. Even I didn’t see him running a 4.98 40 or looking the way he did in the drills. Star of stars. Great performance. You get a DT/NT that is half Ted Washington and half Dwight Freeney. Massive player. Great agility and athleticism. An absolute freak. I’ll write up a full post on him later. Poe does have significant concerns. Any team taking him in the 1st round has to acknowledge that he could be a colossal bust. Poe wasn’t a dominant player and he faced C-USA blockers. There were guys blocking him last fall that will be working for Jimmy’s Plumbing Company this fall. That has to scare you a bit.

If "pointing" was a drill at the Combine, Vontaze would have killed it.

On Vontaze Burfict:

Could things have gone worse? I’m not sure he would have hurt himself any more if he had run the 40 with a beer in one hand and firing a gun into the air with the other. Ran a disastrous 5.09. Didn’t bench, which in theory should be something he’s good at as a powerful ILB. Only did some of the athletic tests. Reportedly was terrible in interviews with the teams. Got up at the podium to speak with the media and blamed ASU coaches for his poor 2011 season. The highlight of his trip was the minute he got on the plane to fly home. Not good.

And one commenter even took umbrage for Tommy calling Derek Wolfe a poor man’s version of JJ Watt.

Matt Alkaire of Scouts Notebook also put out a new mock draft.  This one has the Skins trading out of the 6th spot, although I’m not sure the guy Matt has earmarked for Shanny will still be there at 17. Interesting pick for the Giants.

Jacobs won’t sell soul to stay with Giants – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

“I feel like I’m 25 years old,” Jacobs said. “I feel really good. I’m not banged up, didn’t have any surgeries this offseason. I didn’t have any problems. Nothing is hurting me. I feel like I can give somebody about three more years. I’m looking forward to being done after that, but right now I’m not done. I’ve still got a lot of gas in my tank and I’m ready to go.”

That’s something that you might typically hear a player say when they have an upcoming contract discuss on the horizon, but in Jacobs’ case, it’s probably true.  He’s not as good as he was when he was 25, but I’ll buy that he feels as fresh as he did back then.  He only played 26.6% of the Giants’ offensive snaps this season.  That was by “coach’s decision,” not because of some sort of injury.  So he should feel fresh.  But the bottom line is that the Giants aren’t going to pay a guy that could only get on the field for 26% of the snaps and averaged 3.8 yards per carry when he got his chances.  Jacobs is scheduled to make $4.9 million in 2012.  The Giants are going to want him to peel off more than half of that number, if not more.  So if that means “selling his soul” to stay in NJ, Jacobs is probably going to be a goner… and I don’t think he’ll find big money elsewhere.

NFL draft prospect: Mohamad Sanu – Ed Valentine, Big Blue View

I’m debating between attending Rutgers’ pro day on the 21st, or if I want to make the trip up to Boston College to check out some linebacker I’ve been hearing so much about.  Rutgers and BC have their pro days on the same day.  If I go the more local route (Rutgers), I’ll have more on Sanu soon.  I’ll also be at Temple’s pro day on the 16th, and maybe Penn State’s on the 14th.  Not sure if I feel like making the long, boring drive out to State College. Plus, Penn St.’s pro day is on March 14th, which will be the 2nd day of free agency.  Any feedback on what pro days you’d like me to cover (keeping it within driving distance from New Jersey), I’m all ears.  Pro day schedule here.

Eagles, Cowboys, and Redskins after the jump…

Quick free agent LB update – Tommy Lawlor, IgglesBlitz

Tommy likey London Fletcher, no likey Stephen Tulloch.

Plax wants Philly, Philly should want Plax – Brian Solomon, McNabborKolb.com

Agree with everything here.

Cowboys believe in Romo, and the stats back them up – Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram

(Stephen) Jones echoed owner Jerry Jones, who said over the weekend that he has no interest in starting over with a rookie quarterback. He said he wouldn’t trade Romo for Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, the projected top two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

(Cough cough) Bullshit (cough)

I mean… Tony Romo is a good QB and all, but what are we talking here?  A guy that most people would agree is Top 10, but a lot closer to 10 than 5?  You wouldn’t rather have a guy like Luck that people are calling the best QB prospect since John Elway, who also happens to be almost 10 years younger than Romo?  You’d rather have Romo?  Really?

I know, I know… “What’s he supposed to say?”

How high a rise for Dontari Poe? – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

Raf chats with National Football Post’s Wes Bunting:

Fletcher Cox

Cowboys Nation:  Let’s start with Dontari Poe.  His workout numbers were the talk of Indy. Now, some draftniks had Poe in the top 12 prior to the Combine.  You spoke to one of them yesterday in your draftnik roundtable.  He had Poe going to the Chiefs.  How high has Poe’s stock risen?

Wes Bunting:  The thing with Poe is from a tape standpoint he’s not a first-round pick.  You don’t have to be a tape evaluator to know when you watch him he’s not a first-round caliber player. You’re looking at the upside, and that’s what’s so tough to figure out.  Right now, though, I would not be surprised if he was the first defensive tackle off the board.  Does his tape say he should be?  Absolutely not, but that’s where NFL teams get in trouble, falling in love with these measurables.

CN:  Tell us more about Fletcher Cox. Like Poe, he had really good numbers.  He’s not a guy we’ve discussed in detail.

WB:  I like him.  I think he’s got a 6.9 on my grading system right now.  That was based on tape.  I think I’ll raise it because he’s an elite athlete.  I thought he was a good athlete.  He’s got a solid 1st-round grade.  I’ve never been down on him, like say, Whitney Mercilus.  I have a 3rd round grade on him.

With Fletcher Cox I had a late 1st grade.  Now, I’ll likely move him up.  He’s an explosive guy, who’s got some power.  He plays a little too upright.  He can get washed out at times because of it.

I have him as a defensive end.  A lot of people have him as a tackle, but I think he’s a 3-4 end in a Cowboys scheme, in a Packers scheme where he can get up the field and make negative plays.  And he’s a good pass rusher outside as well.

More good stuff here on other prospects like Michael Brockers, Stephen Hill, and LUUUUUUKE.

2012 Combine: Finding a corner for the Dallas Cowboys – OCC, Blogging the Boys

Great work here, but my head now hurts a little.

Redskins may pursue Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Marques Colston in the hunt for a new WR – Mark Maske, Washington Post

Most of the speculation about the Redskins’ planned offseason retooling has focused on their strategy to upgrade at quarterback. But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has publicly acknowledged the team’s need for a big-play wide receiver, and people with knowledge of the Redskins’ plans say they appear to be focusing on the free agent market, which opens March 13, rather than the draft, for that player.

Fairly obvious strategy, seeing as the WR free agent class is very deep and very talented, but interesting nonetheless that the Skins are thinking that way.

No players tagged yet as deadline approaches – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

Not surprising.  There’s really no urgency for teams to use the tag until it gets closer to the deadline, but I suspect we may see them start today or tomorrow.

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  10. […] with the Giants.  Earlier this morning, I guessed that the Giants would probably ask Jacobs to peel off at least half that total if he wants to stay with the team (and that’s even if the Giants want him back at all).  […]

  11. giants fan says:

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  12. Immynimmy says:

    Oh man Jimmy, I nominate you go to Rutgers to see my man crush Mohammad Sanu. I mean, we all are enamoured with Luke but we know what he brings to the table, but Sanu is still under the radar. If we don’t move around, we should use our first 2nd rounder on him (of couse it all depends on what happens with Desean and the FA). This guy is gonna be an amazing possession reciever. Imagine a guy at 6’2″ at around 220 with hands like Meachem or Avant, route running like Reggie Wayne, and toughness like Nicks or Boldin. He isn’t fast (his biggest weakness), but he doesn’t need to be. Besides Rutger is closer to you than Boston. Their gas, and toll, and traffic and stuff…

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