JMFP Posted April 21, 2010 Share Posted April 21, 2010 Im all-in on Rolando McClain.....Im done with rationalizing why the Giants havent gone #1 at the LB position since Carl Banks. As any longbeard will tell you, the Giants are about defense, and the defense is about linebackers. However, if McClain is gone, and we can land another impact defensive player, Im open to it….but weve got to get a LB within the 1st 2 rounds. I read a story about a monstrous guard from Idaho (Mike Iupati) who could be on the board if McClain is gone by #15. Pass blocking: Good initial quickness off the snap. Provides a significant jolt to the defender with his punch. Too high in his pass protection but has the strong hands to latch on to the defender and ride him throughout the play. Good balance and lateral agility to slide with the defender and remain square. Can get himself in trouble with leverage by playing too high. Long arms and great lower strength to lock out. Rarely takes a step back even against a powerful bull rush, but this could be an area of concern against NFL defensive linemen, especially when Iupati fails to move his feet. Has developed into a savvy blocker. Looks to help out his teammates when not covered. Wants to hit someone. Run Blocking: Can dominate as a run blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. Provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. Has to do a better job of latching on, as he'll knock his opponent back only to see him regroup and get back into the play. Very good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside. Can physically remove the defender from the hole. Looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level. Good effort downfield. Pulling/trapping: Surprisingly agile in getting out and blocking at the second level. Good body control and straight-line speed for a player of his size. Can re-adjust in space to hit the linebacker. Fails to lock onto the defender, at times, preferring to violently shove his target to the ground and look for others. Initial Quickness: Good initial quickness off the snap in pass protection. Even on the rare occasions when beaten off the snap, his long arms and wide-body make it difficult for defenders (including blitzing linebackers) to sneak through his gap. When beaten by quicker defensive tackles in the running game, has the agility and long arms to catch them as they slide by, typically knocking them down and pancaking them. Downfield: Intimidating presence on the move. Good athleticism and balance for a man his size and can redirect to make the effective block when he gets close. Will misjudge angles at times, and miss his intended target. When he does so, rather than turn to stand helplessly around the pile, he moves on to the next target. Good effort to block downfield. Intangibles: Made significant progress over the past two seasons and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Size and athleticism combination enough that some will view him as a better offensive tackle or even defensive tackle prospect. Born in American Samoa and moved to the United States at 14. Began learning English (and football) at that time. Has only played football since high school. Signed with Idaho after bigger programs had concerns about his ability to qualify academically. Voted team captain by his peers for 2009. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1137494?tag=playerRatings;players As much as I want the Giants to go with defense, if the Giants could land an interior partner for Chris Snee, our power running game should be back to its roadpaving standards. If the Giants can dependably count for 3+ yards between the tackles, it changes pretty much everything. And power-running is like peanut butter and jelly for those same longbeards who love their defense. Therefore, a monstrous guard like Iupati makes a terrific consolation prize.....he's about the only guy I could see on offense making sense at the #1 pick. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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