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4th rd, 127th pick, Lions select Michael Roberts, TE

 
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Louis Friend


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: 4th rd, 127th pick, Lions select Michael Roberts, TE Reply with quote

Michael Roberts, TE Toledo 6'4" 270lbs



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STRENGTHS When he catches the ball, it matters. Has had over 80 percent of his career catches go for first downs and this season saw 35.5 percent of his catches go for touchdowns (16). Big target with gigantic hands. Quick to open and find the ball on stop routes. Plus body control to adjust and clamp down on throws outside his frame. Will continue to probe and adjust for openings against zone coverage. Very capable run blocker. Operates from strong base and utilizes lengths well. Sinks hips to brace up and neutralize defensive ends with leverage and uses hips and shoulder turn to steer out of the play. Has experience blocking from in-line and from wing spot.


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WEAKNESSES Comes out of a knock-kneed stance from line of scrimmage. Upright short strider into routes. Gradual gear down into his breaks. Tight at the top of his route. Rolls through his cuts to create momentum for his separation. Angles up to linebackers as blocker will need work. Overshoots targets and allows them to make plays underneath his block. Needs blocks to be right in front of him. Too many misses in space.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's a big boy. 6-4 270.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roberts and Fells at TE means they can finally use Ebron properly Shocked
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Louis Friend


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IDOG_det wrote:
Roberts and Fells at TE means they can finally use Ebron properly Shocked


Let's hope so. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm ok with the player but still plenty of decent tes available..cant try to hold for another rd? Why does this draft feel like such a panic..
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I've noticed is that while people give him credit as a blocker I think they are actually giving him way too much. You can certainly tell he has the strength to be a very good blocker at the TE position but from the tape I've watched since we drafted him I've noticed some pretty poor technique blocking, he seems pretty raw. He also misses quite a few.

I think initially he's more of a red zone threat with potential to be a good balanced inline TE but they definitely have some work to do on his blocking technique.
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