Anyone worried about Hughes height? I didn't realize that he's just under 6'2". For a 3-4 OLB that is very short, I think of the prototype size to be something like 6'4"/6'5", +270lbs
not at all. you can either get to the qb or you can't. in the end it comes down to the scouts evaluating guys correctly. bryan thomas had a butload of sacks in college and just ain't a sack guy in the pros.
by the way for me personally I like to see these players from smaller schools go to the senior bowl and dominate. Dominique Rodgers Cromartie is probably the best corner I've seen live and he was coming from tennessee state. I was sold on that guy no problem.
I have a problem when the prospect skips the senior bowl for no apparent reason, which Jerry Hughes did, and especially have a problem when that prospect has no film against anyone decent. I mean his film is against terrible players, even his "big" games he is going against bad players.
so yes a small school or mid major guy can be great but I want to see it with my own eyes, against good competition.
Carrington was at the senior bowl and he was great. So I like him... alot. I'd even like him if they reached for him at 29.
but Can any1 come up with a valid excuse why Jerry Hughes felt he didn't have to go to the Senior Bowl? It's not like he's Chris Long. He has size questions, and comes from an not traditional football factory... mid major off the beaten path program. Odrick and Brandon Graham went there and kicked rear. Hughes felt he was bigger than Graham? bigger than Dan Williams? why would he skip it?
But besides our draft history, what do you think about Hughes as a prospect? the good and the bad
good: excellent speed, great production, great in space (dropping into coverage).
bad: only has the edge rush... not alot of pass rush moves. Doesn't have film against quality opposition Probably a liability against the run. Maybe a pass rush specialist 1 down player in this defense.