Born and raised in St. Louis. Long time fan of the Cardinals, Rams and Blues.
2 Barrett Jones/Kyle long
I really like TJ but he is an awful lot like Austin or Swope.....is there anyone else on your radar in the 7th with a different skill set
Hey Ryan, Thanks interesting stuff. Still no safeties or first round linemen, curious. I've been looking at more info on Kwame Geathers....i'm intrigued. He's rated as a 6th or 7th rounder by a number of publications. I know you really like Austin but what if...
1a C Warmack
1b J Cyprien
2 R Swope
3 Z Gooden
4 Aaron Dobson
5 Sanders Comings
6 Kwame Geathers
7 TJ Moe
Here a recent review of Cyprien
BY VINCENT FRANK (FEATURED COLUMNIST) ON MARCH 28, 2013 45,319
Jonathan Cyprien has all the skills to play strong safety in the NFL. He has a solid technique in terms of in-the-box coverage and runs really well to the play in midstream. Equally as important, the Florida International product has a nose for the ball-carrier and is athletic as they come.
While Cyprien might struggle in coverage early, the presence of Reggie Nelson at free safety will help mask that one minor issue early on.
Cyprien may end up translating better at free safety, but for now he works best as a strong safety.
This was a forecast of Cincinnati's draft but i believe that Fisher plans to use Stewart as the starter at FS going into camp... Cyprien is capable of playing either position. He's a beast in the box and reads and reacts exceptionally well, he also has great lateral speed and can get from sideline to sideline very quickly. FIU used him as a monster, roving him all over the field. i believe he is a stronger more versatile player than any free safety on the board, better in coverage than Reid, Swearinger and Rambo. Elam is a pure SS as is Shamarko Thomas and Phillip Thomas is not nearly as strong as a tackler and gets pushed around by bigger TE's. I honestly haven't felt this strongly about a safety in a long time. He has loose hips, can change direction quickly and has very good recovery speed. Vacarro may be the better FS now but.....
Here's the review from Draft Tracker 2013
Looks and plays like a strong in the box safety with solid thickness throughout his build. Holds ground against blocks from bigger opponents and runs through traffic to wrap up ball carriers inside. Possesses enough speed and athleticism to cover ground as a FS in the back half and can line up against slot receivers inside. Closes on stretch runs and quick throws to outside receivers even when playing well back from the line. Beats receiver blocks with quickness or strength. His secure tackling in those situations is also notable, as he brings some attitude into his attempts unlike other defensive backs in this class. Can be used as a blitzed on run and pass plays and can overpower running back blocks. He will excel at either FS or SS at the NFL level.
This guy is a hybrid, has infectious enthusiasm for the game and is a fantastic teammate and leader in the locker room.
Ryan, he has played more as hybrid S but i believe he will excel at either spot
I do think that Lacy may be overrated. It's hard to judge him accurately based on the talent he was surrounded by. I added something to your comment as well. I think that the big bruising RB is soon to be a situational player at best. We may have released Jackson because Fish saw the change coming. He has been a huge advocate of the helmet rule and perhaps thru no coincidence we have 2 small quick backs. It could signify a change in thinking that could affect the whole league. Another reason why a guy like Tavon Austin could play a huge role in our offense if we go that route.
Thanks for the fan add Ryan. I appreciate it.
Hey Ryan, thanks for adding me as a fan!
Mine would be pretty close to that regardless of the Mikkel signing. Here's a couple of scenarios
1a Tavon Austin
1b J. Cyprien
2. Quentin Patton, Terrance Williams, Justin Hunter
3. Barrett Jones, Kyle Long, Dallas Thomas
4. Zavier Gooden, Sio Moore
5. Brandon Williams DT
6. B.W. Webb CB, J.J. Wilcox FS
7. T.J. Moe, Earl Wolff SS
1b. J. Cyprien
2. Ryan Swope
3. Robert Alford CB
4. Zavier Gooden, Sio Moore
5. AaronDobson (probably gone at this point)
1b Austin, Allen
2. Patton, Swope
3. Warford, Jones
I like Austin and Cyprien but with one or two teams possibly reaching for a QB early, things could change...I've got a couple others scenario's too but they involve us not getting a top safety so i prefer not discussing them LOL
Who won the Game? ( saw a picture of a Billiken.....kinda creepy)
Thanks for the note and kind words. The Lynn suggestion may not be as far-fetched as it sounds at first glance. Of course, he looked a lot better this weekend and I think he's moving in the right direction. Personally, I think he belongs in the rotation, but he's definitely a strong reliever. If it turns out that Motte is out for an extended period, that's a possibility. In the meantime, I'm very comfortable with what one (or more) of Boggs, Kelly or Rosenthal could do closing things out. Boggs is very underrated by most people and his numbers as setup man were the best in the majors. In the short term I think they'll be just fine. This is a stout bullpen. Thanks for reading! Corey
Dude....Thats a little creepy.....cool but creepy LOL. Heres the wikipedia Def.
The Billiken was a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz of St. Louis, Missouri, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream. In 1908, she obtained a design patent on the ornamental design of the Billiken, who was elf-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile and a tuft of hair on his pointed head. His arms were short and he was generally sitting with his legs stretched out in front of him. To buy a Billiken was said to give the purchaser luck, but to have one given would be better luck. The image was copyrighted and a trademark was put on the name. After a few years of popularity, like other fad toys, the Billiken faded into obscurity. The Billiken should not be confused with baby-like Kewpie figures that debuted in the December 1909 Ladies' Home Journal.
Today, the Billiken is the official mascot of Saint Louis University and St. Louis University High School, both Jesuit institutions, and both located in St. Louis.
The Billiken is also the official mascot of the Royal Order of Jesters, an invitation only Shriner group, affiliated with Freemasonry.
Many current on-line articles about the Billikens are based on an article by anthropologist Dorothy Jean Ray that first appeared in Alaska Sportsman (now Alaska) in 1960, with an updated version in Alaska Journal in 1973.
Hey Ryan, over the years i have narrowed my sports focus to just a few teams. The Rams being first, followed by the Dodgers, Lakers and Ducks. Because i love my wife (who is not the avid sports fan that i am) and dislike sleeping on the couch.....i have toned down somewhat. I still love college sports but don't watch much. I've grown to love watching Duck football because of their uptempo game...i've never seem a football team at any level play faster, so we travel to see a couple games a year. When i was very young my older cousins attended UCLA and we got free tickets. I saw lots of games during the John Wooden era.....too many great players to name, so i usually follow UCLA basketball in the tournament. I may watch tonite's game though since you mentioned it. I have to ask.....whats a Billiken?
I've been checking the available free agents to see who might be of interest and i have to be honest.....i'm not sure what direction we may go. Drafting a J. Cooper or Barrett Jones would solve the line issue and i expect us to take several safeties in the draft. I'm thinking a veteran backup QB. We may be thinking of resigning Clemons as a third string QB behind Austin Davis but i'm thinking that any further moves we make will be after the draft.