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Old 02-01-2012, 09:02 AM    (permalink
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Default Isiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

I love this guy as a playmaker, he's got a lot of ability and can be that Sprolesish type back imo. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he's on Sproles' level as an actual RB, but as a threat, I think he's going to make some team very happy.

How high do you think his draft stock will go after the combine where he looks to put up some very good numbers.

To me he's not the shiftiest back, but he appears to have good vision, good hands, and speed to burn. To me Atlanta would be wise to pick up a guy like Pead, as the backs on ATL's roster are all a little bit slow, not that Turner and Quizz can't play, just lack that severe homerun ability. Sure Turner broke some long runs again this year, but on all but 1 he was run down, and the only 1 he wasn't, was because the effort of the WRs to keep him clean.
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it's an interesting question, if he runs really well he could go in the late 2nd or 3rd. but there are other similar backs like Lamichael James and Ronnie Hillman who could run faster. Sproles was what a 4th rounder back in the day? that's probably about Pead's value. wherever he goes he should have a solid NFL career as a change of pace back/returner. the Jets could use this player. they had Jim Leonard returning punts last year.
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I bet the Vikings take him as a chance of pace guy. That way if Peterson can't come back they will split carries between him and Gerhart.
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I bet the Vikings take him as a chance of pace guy. That way if Peterson can't come back they will split carries between him and Gerhart.
Vikings already have Jordan Todman.
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I don't think he will affect their draft descisions
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I don't think he will affect their draft descisions
If that's the case then the Lions should draft Pead to replace Best because that's who he reminds me of most.
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I've said it plenty of times before, Pead has a very similar style to Arian Foster. Pead has been quite underrated for sometime now. He belongs in the 2nd Round.
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I've said it plenty of times before, Pead has a very similar style to Arian Foster. Pead has been quite underrated for sometime now. He belongs in the 2nd Round.
You really think he's got a 2nd round value? I mean, I watched Arian Foster at UT, and I was screaming for him every round past round 2, I thought he was going to be a steal, turns out I actually got something right about the draft lol.

But, with a guy like Pead I don't see the same stature and the build to hold up to being a "primary" back in the NFL. I think the guys who have potential to be a primary back are the ones who get drafted in rounds 1 and 2 now a days, since there are just so many RBs around right now, it's not as difficult to manufacture a good rushing attack, or simulated one with short passes etc.

For me this year as a Falcons fan I wouldn't take him in the 2nd, simply because that's our first pick this year, I don't hold him in that high of a regard, I was hoping the general feeling would be a 4th round guy. I agree that James being out there may help his stock fall a little bit, but I wouldn't be *shocked* to see him out perform James in some of the combine tests. I'm not banking on it, but regardless what he runs in the 40, he's not losing speed on the field.
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Having played his entire career at UC, I think he could be looked at as a great replacement for Bernard Scott on the Bengals as a 3rd down back since he is a better receiver out of the backfiueld and a pretty good return guy too.
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Having played his entire career at UC, I think he could be looked at as a great replacement for Bernard Scott on the Bengals as a 3rd down back since he is a better receiver out of the backfiueld and a pretty good return guy too.
I'm a pretty big UC fan and I really like Pead, but we also need to replace Cedric Benson. I would much rather get a guy like Miller in the first who is more of an every down type back.

If we could manage to get Miller in the first and Pead in the 3rd, I would be ecstatic. But we have to many needs to be 2nd rounder on a guy like Isah and I'm not sure he's worth it.
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If only the Bengals had a 230 pound powerback with 4.49 speed (which is all front loaded, great burst, mediocre top end speed, but initial burst is better for a back) that was a former 2nd round pick and has improved as a runner every single year and is very reliable ......Seriously, I think Leonard could be a solid rotational back splitting time with a scatback like Pead. His problem coming into the league was vision, which has improved with time, he has averaged over 5 ypc the past 2 years and had 6 catches for 36 yards with 3 rushes for 34 yards in game against the Texans. He didn't exactly get a fair shot in St Louis, when he started Bulger was injured for most of it as well as Holt, and 3 or 4 lineman were out as well for most of it, including his worst game which was against the Ravens who had a top rush d. He still had the same ypc that Jackson had before he injured himself. He got pidgeonholed into a 3rd down blocker because he was good at it, but the guy is a decent runner. He won't light the world on fire but is good enough to get around 12 to 14 touches a game with someone like Pead getting the rest. Every down backs are the thing of the past.

How many teams with workhorses have won the Superbowl recently? I believe the last time a Superbowl winning team had a back with over 300 carries that season was the 2004 Patriots with Corey Dillon. No back in the playoffs this year had 300 carries or more, I think like only 4 had over 250. The better backs are better used with getting around 250 to 290 carries with 50+ catches with time split with another back. Ray Rice had like 290 carries and a ton of catches but his backup had 100 carries as well. I don't see Miller having the potential to consistently catch around 50 passes each year.

I think with the Bengals passing attack they don't really need an every down back and would do fine splitting carries. I don't think Miller could handle the load any way.

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I've said it plenty of times before, Pead has a very similar style to Arian Foster. Pead has been quite underrated for sometime now. He belongs in the 2nd Round.
Pead : 5-9, 193 VS Foster: 6-1, 226. They couldn't be any more different and it starts with size.

Pead looks like a 4.4 guy while Foster is a 4.6 guy.
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