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    How does Michael Oher compare in terms of attributes that you look for in a franchise left tackle with Jake Long, Sam Barker, Barry Richardson and Gosder Cherious
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  • #2
    I actually think Oher projects better as a RT or OG.

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    • #3
      Well..

      First off I think Gosder Cherilous and Jake Long will be limited to RT in the pros. I'm unsure on Richardson.. He's a mauler, and got some quicks. He could be a solid LT in the mold of McNeil IMO.

      Oher I think compares favorably to Sam Baker. Baker IMO is the more finesse of the two. Either could end up as very talented LG's in the pros. I think Oher would make the better player.

      What you look for at LT is..

      Consistancy first and foremost. Are they consistant enough to protect your QB's blindside?

      Mirror ability. Can they mirror defensive ends and keep them away from your QB?

      Strength. Are they going to get pushed? Or will they do the pushing?

      Speed. Are they quick enough to keep up with the faster DE's and OLB's that will be rushing.

      Intelligence. Can they diagnose a blitz, do they know the other players moves, do they know when to start blocking a different player?

      I'd Say Long/Cherilous are the most elite. Though I think they'll make amazing RT's.

      Baker is a good technique LT but doesn't generate much push in the run game.

      I'd say Oher falls in with Clady more than any of these. Oher generates a great push in run games and has the agility and speed to mirror premier pass rushers of the SEC. Especially considering if he stays all 4 years he'll have 3 starting seasons at LT.

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      • #4
        If Mississippi could leave Oher at one spot he could develop into a heck of a LT. His footwork is amazing.

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        • #5
          Oher is definitely suited to play LT in the NFL. The only thing he has going against him is height, and he isn't even that short at 6-4. He is a top athlete for a 320-330 pound OL and he is solid in both pass blocking and run blocking.

          Gosder Cherilus has started at RT for the first 3 years of his career so we will have to wait until the season starts to see how he does at LT (he is starting LT this year with Marten gone). Gosder is another superb athlete (ex basketball player who could've wnt D1) who has great size for an LT at around 6-6 310. But so far we are hearing nothing but great things about Gosder at LT out of camp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
            Oher is definitely suited to play LT in the NFL. The only thing he has going against him is height, and he isn't even that short at 6-4. He is a top athlete for a 320-330 pound OL and he is solid in both pass blocking and run blocking.

            Gosder Cherilus has started at RT for the first 3 years of his career so we will have to wait until the season starts to see how he does at LT (he is starting LT this year with Marten gone). Gosder is another superb athlete (ex basketball player who could've wnt D1) who has great size for an LT at around 6-6 310. But so far we are hearing nothing but great things about Gosder at LT out of camp.
            From what i have heard about Gosder Cherilus i was under the impression he was a fantastic mauler of a right tackle and also projected there in the pros? have i been mislead or are nfl teams actually thinking about looking at him there

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            • #7
              Originally posted by HoopsDemon12 View Post
              From what i have heard about Gosder Cherilus i was under the impression he was a fantastic mauler of a right tackle and also projected there in the pros? have i been mislead or are nfl teams actually thinking about looking at him there
              Well we will have to wait and see because he has been an RT his whole career until his senior season. I wouldn't call him a mauler, he is a balanced lineman in my eyes with unlimited potential. He is very good against the run and the pass but he has the strength and athleticism to be dominant in both. Like I said he got offers to play big-time D1 basketball and almost pulled the trigger on bball, so that is the kind of athlete he is.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
                Well we will have to wait and see because he has been an RT his whole career until his senior season. I wouldn't call him a mauler, he is a balanced lineman in my eyes with unlimited potential. He is very good against the run and the pass but he has the strength and athleticism to be dominant in both. Like I said he got offers to play big-time D1 basketball and almost pulled the trigger on bball, so that is the kind of athlete he is.
                Jamaal Brown was a pro bowl LT this year after playing RT in college and his rookie season. So anything can happen. Definitely will have to let the season play out.

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                • #9
                  What do you guys think about Barry Richardson? I would love my Chiefs to have a chance at him.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Don Vito View Post
                    The only thing he has going against him is height, and he isn't even that short at 6-4.
                    he's actually listed at 6-5 or 6-6 depends where you look...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mangini for pres View Post
                      he's actually listed at 6-5 or 6-6 depends where you look...
                      what? where are you looking?
                      I'm a state.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michigan View Post
                        what? where are you looking?
                        http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/roster?teamId=145 listed as 6-5

                        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Oher listed as 6-5

                        http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73...=1&nid=1259020 listed as 6-5

                        http://www.nfldraftdog.com/2008_nfl_...chael_oher.htm listed as 6-6
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mangini for pres View Post
                          he's actually listed at 6-5 or 6-6 depends where you look...
                          Joe Thomas was listed at 6'8 last year, and we all know he measured in at 6'6 at the combine.


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                          • #14
                            Personally I think he is right behind Jake Long as the top 2 OT's. Baker and Cherilus might be a little better right now but Oher has a lot more upside. He's not built like a Marcus McNeil but he is very quick and very powerful. Definitely a rare combo of speed and strength. People view his ability to play inside a knock but I think it's a plus. I think he has the abilities to be an elite LT in the NFL one day.

                            Though I don't think he'll declare because OL usually don't and techinique wise, Oher is still raw. I think he will stay for his senior year and be a top 5 pick in '08

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                            • #15
                              what about Tony Hills?

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