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How will the Vikings fill the starting WLB in 2014?
Draft the starter
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Sign a free agent
5%
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Promote from within (Hodges)
33%
 33%  [ 6 ]
We're starvin' without Marvin...bring him back!
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VikeManDan


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are some of the characterisitcs/responsibilites of the weakside backer in Zimmer's D?
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battle2heaven


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vike daddy wrote:
battle2heaven wrote:
A WLB i would love the Vikings to target is Telvin Smith out of FSU; either one our 3rds or our 4th. He's on the smaller side, but has the frame to bulk up to 230-235 eventually.


Smith's speed is certain to get him drafted but teams may have to move him outside or perhaps drop him back to safety with a frame that looks packed out at 218 pounds.

Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1737420/telvin-smith


for what it's worth.


This isn't an inexact sciene on my part, but lets look at two LB weigh ins from the senior bowl.

LB 1
ILB Borland Chris Wisconsin 5113 245 9 3/4 28 7/8 73 3/8

LB 2
OLB Smith Telvin Florida State 6027 218 9 5/8 34 1/8 82 1/2



To me, Borland is the epitome of a players frame that is packed out. I mean jesus, where else can you add mass on him? Most of these players like Telvin, with the longer frame and long arms, have more places to add muscle mass; the lower body is a great example. He could very well looked packed out to onlookers, but there's always something a NFL strength and conditioning coach can do with that frame.

To clarify, there is no way he'll become a 6'3 250 mike thumper in the middle, but gaining 12-15lbs, putting him at 230-235lb and keeping his speed should be easy for a NFL team to accomplish. I like the Derrick Brooks comps for this one. Could be a great Mike in a tampa 2, or a WLB in our scheme. Just fly out and make plays.
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