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no chance at bunkley, sims looks less likely, cromartie jumps into our range


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Six weeks ago, it looked like Florida State would have two elite selections in April's NFL draft. Now, the Seminoles could boast their best class since 1997 when Peter Boulware, Walter Jones, Warrick Dunn and Reinard Wilson went in the first 14 picks.

 

After Thursday's pro day elevated the stock of cornerback Antonio Cromartie, FSU could be looking at another quartet of first-round picks – Cromartie, linebacker Ernie Sims, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and hybrid defensive end/linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. Such a promising batch stimulated a massive turnout, with every team in the NFL being represented by over 100 scouts, coaches and personnel men. Five head coaches made appearances, including the New York Giants' Tom Coughlin, Scott Linehan of the St. Louis Rams, Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears, Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and Romeo Crennel of the Cleveland Browns, who also sent general manager Phil Savage.

 

According to one personnel source on hand for the workouts, the Browns' full-blown representation was no accident.

 

"They (want) Bunkley," he said, referring to Cleveland's 12th overall pick. "If he's still on the board, he's their end (in the 3-4 scheme). If he's still on the board. I wouldn't be all that shocked if he came off earlier."

 

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The personnel source also said the Browns have strong interest in Wimbley, who apparently would be converted to outside linebacker from his college position of defensive end. That likely won't come to fruition unless Wimbley unexpectedly slips to the second round – a scenario that doesn't seem plausible after he turned in another good showing.

 

The personnel source's other observations from Thursday:

 

 

Cromartie – who came out early and likely would have been a top-10 pick in next year's draft with a healthy 2006 season – gained the most out of any player. He put up very good times in the 40-yard dash (4.40 seconds) and agility drills, and effectively placed himself in "the top four" cornerbacks in the draft. Cromartie also displayed his ability to field punts. The workout apparently helped to further dispel fears about a knee injury that robbed him of his junior season in 2005. He now could be selected as high as middle to late in the first round.

 

Sims shined in drills designed to test his ability in pass coverage, and he ran another 4.50 40-yard dash, despite weighing in three pounds heavier (234) than at the combine. He could go as high as the middle of the first round.

 

Bunkley stood on all of his numbers from the combine, but did go through cone and shuttle drills, posting the fastest times of any defensive tackle in this year's draft. Apparently, Bunkley's agility times were so good, they would have stacked up with this year's top defensive ends, too – despite Bunkley weighing 30 to 40 pounds more than many of those players.

 

Wimbley also stood on his numbers from the combine, but showcased his flexibility by doing drills at both defensive end and linebacker. He showed the ability to change direction in pass coverage and was said to have a great deal of raw potential as a possible outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

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Drafting Sims will be the biggest mistake the Giants will ever make. This guys has BUST written all over him. Watch!

what makes you think that?

 

he is very athletic

he has a incredible work ethic

he has played outstanding football at FSU

he makes a ton of plays

he is a good teamate

he is probually the strongest player under 230 pounds in the draft

 

the only downer is that he is small...6-0 225

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I wish we could trade up and get Bunkley, but that wont happen cause the browns know the guy is going to beast. Sims ... i doubt he will fall to us. I disagree with you Nem, i've watched thiis guy play in FSU against good teams and im tellin you he is going to be a good line backer, kinda like Zach Thomas, whose only 5-11 228, but on the outside. He can be neutralized easily by putting a big Olineman on him but i dont think there are many fullbacks/TE's that will be able to block him effectively. Now Cromartie, i think he is a good possibility for us. We have older corners right now and we can use another good CB for the future when R.W and Madison are gone. Webster/Cromartie our 2 corners in a few years? i like it...

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Drafting Sims will be the biggest mistake the Giants will ever make. This guys has BUST written all over him. Watch!

 

I beg to differ Nem...the guy has all the athletic ability, work ethic, football smarts and character to be a very good player in this league...I would be surprised if he turned out to be a bust

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Nem ... you need to explain yourself. Simms is a stud. I'll be thrilled if we get him.

 

Don't put too much stock in the Browns report on Bunkley. This is now the third different player I've heard that will "definitely be taken by Cleveland if he's still there". That said, there's no way Bunkley falls to us at our slot.

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Nem ... you need to explain yourself. Simms is a stud. I'll be thrilled if we get him.

 

Don't put too much stock in the Browns report on Bunkley. This is now the third different player I've heard that will "definitely be taken by Cleveland if he's still there". That said, there's no way Bunkley falls to us at our slot.

at their spot i dont see who else they would take. they need d-line and secondary. they have a qb, they have rbs, they have decent recceivers and now d-line. this isnt an extremely strong cb draft, i see them taking d-line. bunkley would work for them

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Drafting Sims will be the biggest mistake the Giants will ever make. This guys has BUST written all over him. Watch!

 

 

He got a bad rap for charcter issues but i can issure he does not have any...

 

 

if were any taller he could be the best LB in the draft

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If EA doesn't come out of hibernation and sign a DT from the free agency group I'm afraid we are going to have to change gears and get a stud DT and throw him into the mix right away. Are all you people brain dead???

 

WE HAVE NO ONE TO PLAY THE INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We wouldnt be making a mistake with selecting either one of these three guys. IMO Bunkley will not be around at 25, if we want him will have to trade up. He's the one player I would love to trade up for. Sims and Cromartie will both be selected in the 20's. I think both have a very good chance at being around come 25. If Sims is gone, Greenway has a very good chance he will be there. Now Ive made it known where I stand as far as Sims goes in other threads. I really like Sims and feel he is the best WLB we can select in the first round.

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