I think he closes fairly well for his size. But he's a big player, true 300+ pounder. You're right, he's not fast. He isn't going to chase much down and he's not going to make plays from stunting or outside rushes and rips. But I do think he gets a good jump sometimes and can surprise with a quick first few steps.I think he's got a good 1st gear and a 2nd gear. That's when he can win a POA match-up with a power move (slap/swim) and stuff something or disrupt something. I don't know if he has a 3rd gear. And he certainly does not have a 4th gear.
Well, I think weight is an issue. But I see what you mean. His edge rushes and stunts aren't full tilt, almost like he knows he's not getting around the edge. He's a pure power player. When he has lined up on the edge and gotten sacks, it's usually from working off blocks and having the play funneled to his side.So, I think it's less that he's "on" and then "off" or giving less an effort when he looks average, as much as he has a certain limit of quickness and speed and he's not built to make certain plays.
No, Short doesn't have that kind of agility and athleticism to break down and make plays off his frame.I still like him as a candidate, specifically for the Skins, but again ... last week Bowen had a chance to sack Ponder, he couldn't do it, just not built to stop start and change direct on a dime when Ponder did his shimmy shake. I don't think Short makes that sack of Ponder either.
Short's lack of quicks would be kind-of par for the course around here. Of course, I'm always open to different possibilities and interpretation.
If we're looking for a Watt style end/pass rusher, Short isn't that player. But I think he offers a source of interior disruption because of his power and his hands. I think he does fit the scheme pretty well. Does he bring something new and different? Not sure how well his pass rushes will translate to the NFL, but I think he's a similar, if more disruptive player to Jenkins. I do think he'd be a versatile player that could play in most of our packages at a lot of the positions on the line.
---------- Post added October-20th-2012 at 11:46 PM ----------
The QBs are weak this year. The fairly polished ones like Barkley and Smith are limited players who will probably be unspectacular in the NFL. The really gifted ones like Wilson, Thomas, Manuel, Bray, and Jones are all rough long term projects that haven't demonstrated a steady level of play in college worthy of going in the first round. Most of the underclassmen are going to be best off going back to school and playing out their eligibility.
The best players in this class aren't QBs. I still think Jarvis Jones is probably the best overall player in the class. I like Hankins and Star and see them as probably 2 and 3. Those are the three elite prospects of the class.
I like a lot of the offensive tackles higher than they are projected and see a couple going top ten.
I think Mingo is pretty weak. I think he's being horribly overrated based on his physical profile but the guy just isn't a very good player right now.
In general, I think the top of this class is really weak relative to the past few classes and it'll be a brutal year for teams picking in the top ten. Most years I can pick out 8 or more prospects who are really elite. This year I've got three.
---------- Post added October-20th-2012 at 11:50 PM ----------
Just going off my gut, let's say everyone fell into the best spot for them--I'd say Tyler Wilson ends up being the best QB from the class. He's a little old though. If Landry Jones falls into the right team like a Joe Flacco situation, he could thrive and be a good starter in time. But he's a project no doubt, and he needs a good team around him.