Round 2: Courtney Upshaw, OLB
He's amazing in run support and, according to PFF, is the 2nd 3-4 OLB in the league in this section. He's made a habit of abusing other teams' tight ends. Offers little to non in pass rusher and needs to improve on that, maybe by losing weight, or what I prefer – moving to DE (if we stay 34).
I did notice that lately he's playing lazy, not hustling and not joining gang tackles.
Round 2: Kelechi Osemele, OT\OG
Although he was drafted to play LG, Osemele played and started all 14 games at RT and I don't think the coaches plan on moving him. Amazing in run support and often draws praises for that, he's a suspect in pass protection, especially against speed rushers.
I expect him to be better next season, maybe by moving to LG and maybe by working on his footwork.
Round 3: Bernard Pierce, HB
TBH I HATED this pick and boy was I wrong. He may not be the amazing bruiser back for short yardage we thought he is, but he's running with an attitude and plays hard EVERY play. Rarely will you see him taken down without a fight, and it seems like he REALLY loves jumping over guys. Heck, we should become a run first team. Pierce + Rice + Leach = sad defenses.
Round 4: Gino Gradkowski, OG\C
Supposed to be the heir of Birk. Haven't seen him on the field, I don't even think he played when we put in the subs in the blowouts.
Round 4: Christian Thompson, FS
Played mostly on special teams, IRed now. The only thing I remember about him is getting a personal penalty that really made me angry.
Round 5: Asa Jackson, CB
Played only 3 games, special teamer. I do remember Ed praising him, so that's something, rigtht?
Round 6: Tommy Streeter, WR
6'5, 4.37(~) 40 yard dash. I was so happy we got him, and then, after a pretty boring preseason, IRed.
He's probably the player I'm most excited to see next season.
Round 7: De'Angelo Tyson
7th round but started seeing playing time due to injuries to defensive linemen. Not amazing, but he's been solid and although he hasn't done it since the Raiders game, we know he can swat the ball. I also saw him get pressure occasionally, so for a 7th rounder he's a decent pickup.
Your thoughts and grades?
Edited by BenMir, 21 December 2012 - 05:49 PM.