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gidiefor : Mod : 4/16/2017 7:36 pm
We are all happy that Dave has decided to regale us with his extensive draft reviews and analysis, and in order to make his life a little easier, please ask all of your draft questions for him on this thread.
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Ouch.  
Klaatu : 4/23/2017 12:24 pm : link
Thanks. I think...
DAVE TE TO EST1986  
nflscouting : 4/23/2017 12:25 pm : link
Dave Te
est1986 : 11:46 am : link : reply
Do you think Pugh SHOULD get a chance at LT this year?
Any THOUGHTS on Apple and Sheppard's rookie year's?
What do you EXPECT out of Darian Thompson in year 2?
Where do you THINK Zeke would rank among Fournette, Mccaffrey and Cook?
What can a Jabril Peppers do on this Giants roster?
Any prospects you feel the Giants MIGHT WANT to move up to take?
Lastly, any one guy you WANT to see drafted by Giants & why?
Sorry if i'm going back to last year too much, all your insight is HIGHLY appreciated.
ANSWER
Big guy, follow my guidelines up top – this year’s draft only & too many parts to your question. Choose one or two, but brutha, I don’t want to be writing a War & Peace novel here, cool?
RE: DAVE TE TO EST1986  
est1986 : 4/23/2017 1:10 pm : link
In comment 13439117 nflscouting said:
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ANSWER
Big guy, follow my guidelines up top – this year’s draft only & too many parts to your question. Choose one or two, but brutha, I don’t want to be writing a War & Peace novel here, cool?


Lol, cool.
DAVE TE SIGNING OFF FOR SUNDAY  
nflscouting : 4/23/2017 8:52 pm : link
Will answer questions that come in after this post tomorrow - got a few shows to do & must run-thanks
Dave  
Anakim : 4/24/2017 1:05 am : link
You really are the best!


It's probably too much trouble and time-consuming but I would love to hear what you're hearing on every single pick in the first round.
Dave Te,  
Joe in CT : 4/24/2017 9:00 am : link
Interested in hearing your thoughts about Montravious Adams for Giants 3rd rd, if not him what other DT prospects you would see as a good fit for Giants in 3rd/4th rounds. Thanks for your time. Great job in handling the myriad of questions.
Thoughts on Chris Godwin from PSU  
jlukes : 4/24/2017 9:01 am : link
Reminds me of Hakeem Nicks, yet seems to really get no talk about him
Hi Dave  
moaltch : 4/24/2017 9:11 am : link
A name I never hear mentioned to the Giants is Zay Jones. I loved him in the Senior Bowl week, and more so in the game. I know they want to label him a possession receiver, but with Marshall getting old, can you see the Giants adding him in round 2 despite needs elsewhere?

Thanks again for all your posts! Shout out from Ave Z and Nostrand!!
No questions Dave, just thanks.  
MOOPS : 4/24/2017 11:14 am : link
Incredible job you've done.
Hunter Dimick  
HugeS : 4/24/2017 11:41 am : link
Thanks Dave for all the time you've put in here. Like you I love Hunter's game but am at a loss for how he'd fit in an NFL scheme with his fire hydrant body and stubby t-rex arms. Could he kick inside as a 3-tech penetrator on passing downs, is he a 3-4 lber or do most teams see him as a fullback conversion like Whitlock? Would love to see the Giants take a shot with him but not sure they'd use his talent properly.
DAVE TE TO HUGES  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 1:13 pm : link
You mean Dimick, correct? If so, with 4.75 speed & his low pad level, he could be a FB conversion, but I honestly think if a 3-4 defense pops on him, I'd try him as a SILB first. He's actually been evaluated by me as a potential flip to that position on a request from a certain team. He blew past at 4.13 in the shuttle, 7.15 on the three-cone, certainly good LB numbers & that bench performance (38 times) makes him a try-hard type. If he's a Giant, he's the fans' best underdog since Jim Burt, but I think he's a 3-4 conversion guy. I call him my "Lou Costello" guy. Everyone laughs him off, but in the end, you get a kick out of watching him perform
My question was skipped again,  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 4/24/2017 2:37 pm : link
but I'm not mad at you.

Thoughts on Amba Etta-Tawo as WR prospect? Did he suffer from terrible QB play at UMD or was the Syracuse offensive system that much better?
To Big Blue  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 2:44 pm : link
Did not scout the kid & my scout who did is off line until Wednesday, as he is in the SEC area looking at 2018 guys.
Kareem Hunt  
Sy'56 : 4/24/2017 3:16 pm : link
Don't you think he should be discussed with some of the top RBs? Balance/ability to break tackles/vision are all top notch.
RE: Kareem Hunt  
est1986 : 4/24/2017 3:24 pm : link
In comment 13440341 Sy'56 said:
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Don't you think he should be discussed with some of the top RBs? Balance/ability to break tackles/vision are all top notch.


Sy i see some LBell in him, but what do i know.
FROM DAVE TE-TRAVEL DAY FOLKS  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 4:07 pm : link
I will be off line until much later, as I have to travel East for the draft. Any questions after this post will be answered as soon as I can, but I will be off-line from Wednesday noon until after the draft. I am trying to arrange another podcast with Sy included for Wednesday & then provide draft recaps. During draft proceedings, I will be unavailable, as it is time to pay the bills & somebody actually gives me bucks for my insanity, thanks
Dave  
allstarjim : 4/24/2017 6:47 pm : link
I know you're traveling, and I asked this in another thread, but thought I'd just ask it here since it is the "official Q&A thread". Here's the question:

What is it about Amara Darboh? Everything I read is that he's a possession receiver. But he ran a 4.45 40-yard with a 36" vert and a 10'4" broad jump... and that is coming in a 6'2" package. He's a guy I would like the Giants to come in and potentially be the future starter across from Odell once Marshall retires. Is it just me? Even if he has stiff hips, won't the size with the long speed translate?

Thanks!
Hi Dave, great stuff as per usual  
JPinstripes : 4/24/2017 7:41 pm : link
Can you kindly post the scouting report on QB Davis Webb when you have a chance. Many thanks
DAVE TE TO JPINSTRIPES  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 7:47 pm : link
Dude! Ah, J Pinstripes, I missed you. Said you & Martin Cybul were my fave guys on here. Glad to see you are back. If I don't pull Webb's stuff & post tomorrow, remind me. I'm en route to Foxboro & hate to have a flight attendant beat me up or hit me with a stroller if I get out of my seat! I'll post-it to my chest & try to put it on before breakfast. You have any other requests?
RE: DAVE TE TO JPINSTRIPES  
JPinstripes : 4/24/2017 7:53 pm : link
In comment 13440631 nflscouting said:
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Dude! Ah, J Pinstripes, I missed you. Said you & Martin Cybul were my fave guys on here. Glad to see you are back. If I don't pull Webb's stuff & post tomorrow, remind me. I'm en route to Foxboro & hate to have a flight attendant beat me up or hit me with a stroller if I get out of my seat! I'll post-it to my chest & try to put it on before breakfast. You have any other requests?


Thanks for that Dave and safe travels to you my friend. Kind regards
DAVE TE TO ALL STAR JIM  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 8:40 pm : link
Big Guy, don't get fooled by Darboh's 40 time. There's an old adage in scouting - we judge kids in pads/coaches like them in their undies.
Here's the thing. 4.45 40, puts the equipment on & you see absolutely no explosion out of the guy. You hear the term for RBs at times-one cut runner. Well, Darboh is a one-speed guy. If he gets a clean release out of the blocks, he gets into the route's progression. When he gets a jam, his feet die & he struggles to recover. Give him a undetected shove in his pattern & he takes extra steps to get back in his route. He has nice hands and impressive leaping ability, but I feel like Homer Simpson (DUH) when he fails to time those leaps or leaves his feet too early. Get this - he had 27 jump ball situations last year, caught 11. To him, I give him the Peggy Lee hit song - is that all there is, is that all there is. He's gotta show me more before I get excited about the kid
DAVE TE TO J PINSTRIPES  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 9:08 pm : link
Look at the forum-Webb scouting report excerpts posted
Dave - Thoughts on Chris Godwin from Penn State  
jlukes : 4/24/2017 9:15 pm : link
?
To JLUKES  
nflscouting : 4/24/2017 9:26 pm : link
Tommorow buddy-remind me-plane just landed & gotta run
RE: To JLUKES  
jlukes : 4/24/2017 9:27 pm : link
In comment 13440703 nflscouting said:
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Tommorow buddy-remind me-plane just landed & gotta run


Thanks man! Safe travels
Dave, you're truly the best  
Anakim : 4/24/2017 9:27 pm : link
It's probably too much trouble and time-consuming but I would love to hear what you're hearing on every single pick in the first round.
RE: DAVE TE TO ALL STAR JIM  
allstarjim : 4/24/2017 10:59 pm : link
In comment 13440662 nflscouting said:
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Big Guy, don't get fooled by Darboh's 40 time. There's an old adage in scouting - we judge kids in pads/coaches like them in their undies.
Here's the thing. 4.45 40, puts the equipment on & you see absolutely no explosion out of the guy. You hear the term for RBs at times-one cut runner. Well, Darboh is a one-speed guy. If he gets a clean release out of the blocks, he gets into the route's progression. When he gets a jam, his feet die & he struggles to recover. Give him a undetected shove in his pattern & he takes extra steps to get back in his route. He has nice hands and impressive leaping ability, but I feel like Homer Simpson (DUH) when he fails to time those leaps or leaves his feet too early. Get this - he had 27 jump ball situations last year, caught 11. To him, I give him the Peggy Lee hit song - is that all there is, is that all there is. He's gotta show me more before I get excited about the kid


Thanks Dave. Hopefully he's a player that will have his best football ahead of him. I had a feeling I was going to get the answer about him running well while not in pads. Great stat... 11-27 in jump balls. Love that, can't get analysis like that anywhere else.
Dave Te to Anakim  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 12:59 am : link
left a message at your other post, but I don't do draft stuff, especially mock first round. I talk talent & don't care what any team does, taking the philosophy to let the chips fall where they may, sorry buddy
RE: Dave Te to Anakim  
Anakim : 4/25/2017 1:02 am : link
In comment 13440814 nflscouting said:
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left a message at your other post, but I don't do draft stuff, especially mock first round. I talk talent & don't care what any team does, taking the philosophy to let the chips fall where they may, sorry buddy


I know, but you seem to hear a lot of things through the grapevine (e.g. the Falcons interested in our pick. Carolina wants the #2 pick). I'd love to hear more rumors and news that you're hearing.
Also, question  
Anakim : 4/25/2017 1:02 am : link
What are your thoughts on Safety Jadar Johnson of Clemson. I think he's underrated.
Dave Te To Anakim  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 1:26 am : link
9000 questions here, I would say I gave enough on the rumors. As for Johnson? After the first few strong safeties, the group sucks. He's a pile jumper, nothing more & for me at strong safety, that guy has to have some Jake Tatum blood in his veins. J. Adams, Josh Jones, Evans, Woods & my sleeper Morrow are my kind of guys there.
Not sure if you've shed light on this one, Dave Te, but  
adamg : 4/25/2017 1:29 am : link
WR Zay Jones, what are you thoughts on his talent in terms of being an outside physical receiver versus more of a move type of guy? Also, where do you see his value to a team like the Giants? Is he worth considering at 23? 55?

He seems like the most refined/highest floor receiver in my (wholly amateur) estimation.

Thanks for your consideration with these questions, boss.
DAVE TE TO ADAMG  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 2:29 am : link
Here's what bothers me about Jones - I did not chart his season finale, but before that game, just 246 of 1,685 yards came after the catch. On the 151 receptions he had prior to meeting Temple, just 46% of them gained even 10 yards & 12.6% of those reached 20 yards.
"In nutta woyds," tag him & he's done. I like guys that can get good RAC
To ADAMG FROM DAVE TE  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 2:31 am : link
I just reread your question. Jones at #23? Okay, here's the deal - go pee in a cup & don't stand next to Mr. Peppers. I suspect you have a problem!
RE: To ADAMG FROM DAVE TE  
adamg : 4/25/2017 3:15 am : link
In comment 13440837 nflscouting said:
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I just reread your question. Jones at #23? Okay, here's the deal - go pee in a cup & don't stand next to Mr. Peppers. I suspect you have a problem!


I figured as much after your last post. I'll beware the Zay high though... Thanks for your info.
From Dave Te  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 10:11 am : link
In meetings all day today, so if you have a question, check back for an answer later tonight, thanks
Thanks for answering all of these questions!  
AdamBrag : 4/25/2017 11:06 am : link
What's your thoughts on Carlos Watkins? I know you've written about Hester (I assume as a later pick), but any Day 2 type DTs you think fit the Giants?
DAVE TE TO ADAMBRAG  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 11:21 am : link
Watkins will go around the fourth, but I can’t pull scouting reports any more this week, as I am traveling. Some other DTs I think can be nice Day 3 finds begins with the Big Snacks clone, Grover Stewart out of Albany State, but UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes is getting lots of interest in the fourth round area, along with fellow Pac-12 DT out of Washington (Elijah Qualls). As for free agent types, somebody could unearth some depth value from Southen Miss’ Dylan Bradley, Winston Craig-Richmond, Pat Ricard-Maine, Jordan Wade-Oklahoma & Jordan Carrell-Colorado
Your wife  
Thegratefulhead : 4/25/2017 12:51 pm : link
If this is too personal I completely understand. Your generosity here has been overwhelming. I don't want to ask you a football question just to ask one. you have already answered questions I am not smart enough to ask. Could you tell us one story about your wife that you might tell amongst friends that makes you laugh or smile. If this is too hard, no response in necessary. Thanks for everything you do here.
FROM DAVE TE TO GREATFUL HEAD  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 1:18 pm : link
Your wife
Thegratefulhead : 12:51 pm : link : reply
If this is too personal I completely understand. Your generosity here has been overwhelming. I don't want to ask you a football question just to ask one. you have already answered questions I am not smart enough to ask. Could you tell us one story about your wife that you might tell amongst friends that makes you laugh or smile. If this is too hard, no response in necessary. Thanks for everything you do here.
ANSWER
I have more than enough memories to fill a lifetime of stories about here. This is going to be sad, but take a look at a video she did for the sarcoma foundation she started in St Louis. Below that link is the story the NFL, BBI and other sites I was doing work for that ran it after she passed. I think it spells the undying love I had for her. No matter what anyone says to console me, I still feel I failed her. Too much research & experimental treatments consumed us to the point where it was just the fight for life, rather than enjoying those last few moments. I think after you see the video & read what I wrote to her, well, maybe you will know why I backed away from a career I loved. Without her, the fun just suddenly stopped, the world stopped spinning & I just simply stopped for awhile. Now, I have stayed away from friends & family & engulfed myself in the 2018 draft crop, keeping mind occupied so I do not think about her last three months, when the liver failed and I just just feel I failed, miserably. Sorry if it brings a tear to your eye, but you asked;

THE LINK;
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zHSK0n-joo

MY TRIBUTE TO HER
FROM DAVE-TE THOMAS AND THE NFL DRAFT REPORT STAFF

My apologies for not writing about football at this time, but I ask all those who enjoyed my reports to just allow me to express some thoughts this day

MY SADDEST DAY

My girl, Laurie, a true battler to the end, was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2011. Given a year to live, she volunteered to undergo-first ever surgeries and also participated in several experimental trial periods. It was not for her, she would say, but to try and save someone else before it was too late.

She leaves behind a slew of friends, four great kids that have grown up to be fine adults and ten grand children to carry on all that she instilled in them – a never ending will to fight on – against all odds. I was blessed to find someone who for the first time in my storied life, actually loved me unconditionally, one that made it worth getting up in the morning, one that brought me great pleasure by just a simple smile.

My rock she was, one that can always be counted to sacrifice her personal wants for the needs of others. Babe, I am so sorry if I ever did anything that was not what you wanted, but you knew that above all others, you were the only thing that truly mattered to me. I ask that you look at your significant other, give that person a hug and tell what you really feel.

I told Laurie every day how much I loved her, yet, I still feel that I could have done more. I feel lost, I feel hurt, I feel oh-so sad, the saddest I have ever felt. I ask my late brother and grandmother to guide her through what will be a fantastic journey for her. She truly was my angel. Shortly after she passed this morning, a deer appeared in our backyard – prancing and moving free. The deer had to be Laurie, giving me the sign that “I’m okay, please see me be free.” As soon as it appeared, it was gone, off to some adventure that I will never know of.

Early in the morning on September 7th, 2016, my beautiful Laurie left this world. Her six-year battle with sarcoma is over. The love of my life, my light at the end of the tunnel, my dark days begin without her. I always wrote her poems, but for the last six months, the words could not appear. Yesterday, as she lay quite, I wrote my final poem to her. She always called me Maxx, as she says I operate in Maximum Overdrive. Today, I stop my engines;

LET ME
Let me sit here, alone in my sadness
Let me wonder how I'll live without you
Let me again feel so lost and empty inside
Let me silently remember a love that was so true

Let me again hold you in my arms
Let me never tear you from my heart
Let me read the contours of your face
Let me remember the first day of our start

Let me immerse in the pages of the book I am reading
Let me hear your voice in a rustling wind, like a song
Let me hold you in my arms while conceding
During our time together, to you - I belonged

Let me be glad, yet knowing I am sad
Let me always keep you within my empty heart
Let me listen for the voices in that wind
One is mine, whispering my love to you, even when apart

Let me tell the world from the highest mountain tops
Let me show them - you are now and will be always my love
Let me remember yesterday, today and forever
Let your love for me shine down from above

But until that time comes to say goodbye one last time
Let me add a smile to your face – give meaning to your day
Let me add warmth to take away your pain with this little rhyme
Let me help you along the way

Let me give you a meaning for today
Let me give you a chance to show one little smile
Let me give you strength to go on one more day
Let me walk for you that one extra mile

Let me give you one more day to laugh
Let me have one more day to feel the love from you
Let me have one more day to hear and one more to see
One more day to hold your hand – to feel the love that’s true

Let me have time to see you laugh
Let me have one more day to hold you near
Let me not think about what lies ahead tomorrow
Let me give you one more day of cheer

Let me hold you up when your legs fail to go on
Let me have you fall into my arms, I say
Let me rest your head on my chest one last time
Let me be your Prince Charming, just one more day

Let me hope that that there truly are miracles
Let me hope that there is one left for you
Let me see if there truly is a heaven
Let me be there one day, just to be with you.

Love, Maxx

From this day forward, I will keep her in my heart, remember her in my thoughts, but because of her, I have been able to find the words to express myself, to express my love for her. When you look at your significant other, my friends, I hope you do so in the venue of how I saw my Laurie;

Through Artist's Eyes
Where all dreams truly belong
drifting towards the edge of time
Seeing her through an artist's eyes
no finer masterpiece that man can find

Through perfect strokes on a canvas
this artist can surely see
Snow-white wings lifting her high
into an angel's flight of ecstasy

She chases nightingales nestled in the trees
racing over the horizon that divides the sky
Soaring past the sun and moon, on her way to heaven
where this angel belongs, through this artist's eyes


http://nfldraftreport.sportsblog.com/posts/25131937/my-saddest-day.html

Dave  
Anakim : 4/25/2017 1:21 pm : link
Thoughts on Noble Nwachukwu?
Dave Te to Anakim  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 1:38 pm : link
Don't laugh, I'd convert him to FB. He's too short to play on the edge, too slow to drop back & play second level, but is a demon on special teams, powerful as all hell, but much like in life, size does matter. As a DE? Solid reserve for a handful of snaps, until he gets engulfed (short arms when that happens), but with that first step, low pads, squat frame and sheer desire to be John Cafferty (put me in coach, I'm ready to play), he's someone I'd look at in the end of the draft & see what shakes out in training camp.
Hint to Giants fans-do some homework before the draft on Eastern Washington's Samson Ebukam. Don't tell me I didn't tell you when Friday's action concludes
From Dave Te-hectic schedule  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 1:40 pm : link
If I don't get to your question in a timely manner, bear with me. Traveling to Foxboro, Pittsburgh & Detroit the next 24 hours, so I'm trying to catch up to my luggage
I think  
allstarjim : 4/25/2017 2:14 pm : link
if you search Ebukam on this site... the first mention of him will be from yours truly, as a late round pick in a mock draft for the Giants! Please excuse my back-patting.

Dave, I have two guys I would love your thoughts on. The first is priority.

I've really been fascinated with RB De'Angelo Henderson of Coastal Carolina. What's your take on him? I saw him at the underwear olympics and it looked like he was extremely physically prepared, and tested great.

Second guy is DE Garrett Sickles.

Thanks.
Thank You  
Thegratefulhead : 4/25/2017 2:23 pm : link
Beautiful...I married my best friend in the world 25 years ago. I will go home tonight, hug her and not let her go and hope I can love her as well you loved your wife. Peace brother.
TO GRATEFUL HEAD  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 6:24 pm : link
Give her an extra hug for me brutha!
DAVE TE TO ALL STAR JIM  
nflscouting : 4/25/2017 6:26 pm : link
Big guy, I put Ebukam's scouting report excerpt up on the board. Figured it was would get lost in this monster Q&A
Dave I saw Ebukam's  
allstarjim : 4:44 am : link
I was asking about De'Angelo Henderson of Coastal Carolina and Garret Sickels, if you would be so kind.
From Dave Te  
nflscouting : 10:20 am : link
I will try to get to questions later today, as I have eight shows to do, but after today, I am in lockdown for the draft. I will post reports on the Giants picks throughout, but will not be on-line to communicate until Monday.
Get whatever questions for the Monday post-draft wrapup, as I shut down after that and head to Europe for NBA scouting, thanks
To All Star Jim  
nflscouting : 11:09 am : link
Both late rounders, but too tied up doing shows to pull any more reports, sorry
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