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Shutdown Corner comprehensive draft recaps IDP relevant (1 Viewer)

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If you know football you know Greg Cossell and Doug Farrar and the Yahoo column and football podcast the Shutdown Corner.

They are using the down time of the NFL season well and are in the proccess of doing in-depth draft recaps for all NFL teams by division.

I heard the first couple and was anxiously awaiting the AFCN draft recap to hear what they had to say and it excellent and I found it very IDP relevant as most of the influx of talent for the AFCN was on the defensive side of the ball.

Here is a link to the ShutDown Corner draft recap podcasts for every division they have already posted.

Just click on the hyperlink at the bottom of the written overview to download each podcast.

Really good overall draft reviews and highly relavant for IDP crowd who have to dig a lil-deeper to find info especially on those rookies.

NFC

NFCW

The Shutdown Corner NFC West draft review podcast with Greg Cosell

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-nfc-west-draft-review-podcast-greg-174100741.html

NFCS

The Shutdown Corner NFC South Draft Review Podcast with Greg Cosell

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-nfc-south-draft-review-podcast-greg-055211321.html

NFCN

The Shutdown Corner NFC North Draft Review Podcast with Greg Cosell

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-nfc-north-draft-review-podcast-greg-180629737.html

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AFC

AFCN

The Shutdown Corner AFC North Draft Review Podcast with Greg Cosell:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-afc-north-draft-review-podcast-greg-172613902.html

AFCW

The Shutdown Corner AFC West draft review podcast with Greg Cosell

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-afc-west-draft-review-podcast-greg-173109455.html

AFCS

The Shutdown Corner AFC South Draft Review Podcast with Greg Cosell

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/shutdown-corner-afc-south-draft-review-podcast-greg-204336813.html

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As a Browns fan I was happy to hear such a glowing report for Cleveland's 3rd round selection of CB Leon McFadden. What Cossell said about McFadden is very encouraging.

This is a rough transcript of what the SHUTDOWN CORNER PODCAST from the AFC North had to say in their draft review about Browns 3rd round draft pick cornerback Leon McFadden.

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Go to the 39 minute mark for their take on Browns 3rd round draft pick CB Leon McFadden

Doug Farrar: Third round pick Leon McFadden from SD State, did you get to see him at all?

Cossell: Oh yeah I watched him a lot and ah, I really, I know you can say this about a lot of player. I loved this kids ability and if he were two inches taller, he woulda been a first round pick.

Yeah, I guess they said that about Russell Wilson too (Seattle 5’11 QB Russell Wilson) too but McFadden is a really - REALLY GOOD prospect at corner. And I think he could get a really legitimate shot to start opposite Joe Haden and I REALLY LIKED this kid on film.

He is a fluid-smooth athlete. He has great movement and change of direction he can play the slot. He has the natural athleticism and quickness you look for in a corner.

I thought this kid was a really good player.

DF: Yeah I think if this was ten years ago and if Rondi Barber was sort of your model for playing cornerback and everyone was playing cover-two, he might go in the first round, cause ten years ago size wasn’t… ah…

Cossell: Right.

DF: … you could say he’s 5’10 we can sorta deal with that but now everyone wants Richard Sherman or Darrelle Revis so that’s what you get.

And I think… I think they’ll move him 50-50 from um opopsite Hayden to the slot and I think the slot if where he’ll really, ah help that team the most.

Cossell: Yeah, ah. I just think we’re dealing with a guy whose a very good player and because he’s 5’10 you’re a little bit concerned because now you have to match him up to bigger receivers and Ray Horton does like to blitz.

And again that doesn’t mean your playing pure-man but if your playing single-high-safety, your playing man on the outside essentially.

Obviously the technique could he his own technique but it a receiver’s running an outside route, outside the numbers then the corner’s playing man.

So ah, I just really like this kid and I think he’s going to start.

DF: Yeah, well just based on his movement skills I could see him being used as a blitz weapon.

Cossell: Without question.

DF: I could see him being set in that role.

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Basically what Cossell and Doug Farrar saw is the same things I saw when studied the kid but then just a few days ago on the Cleveland Browns Dailey podcast Dan Shonka from OURLADS stopped by and he did a draft review of the Browns draft and he also had a glowing review on McFadden.

Dan Shonka from OURLADS on Cleveland Browns Daily. His take on Browns rookie CB Leon McFadden.

Go to the 45:30 minute mark to hear Shonka's take on Browns third round rookie CB Leon McFadden

http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/media-center/audio/Cleveland-Browns-Daily---712/e08975b9-d409-4012-bdf2-d6887dceb620?campaign=soc_gen_off__20130713_9764954

Cleveland Browns Daily - 7/12

“… McFadden, we really liked him, we studied it. We saw almost every tape of him at San Diego State And I’ll tell ya, his ball reactions are really second to none.

I mean this guy is very competitive, ah he’s a guy that’s gonna fit in.

I think that whether he starts at corner opposite of Joe Haden or whether he’ll be the nickel guy because I’ll tell ya. That nickel corner has got to be a special guy. Its not like an outside corner, you got to react to things very quickly and be able to turn and cover.

The things is that Leon McFadden can do is turn and cover so he’s gonna be an asset whether its on the outside or as a nickel on the inside taking the slot away or in a dime package or on special teams.

I think that was a very good pick and I think he’s gonna have a chance to make some noise their in Cleveland."

 
Thanks for posting
You're welcome.

I zeroed in on one player from the Browns draft review because I felt that player was thee-player of Cleveland's draft that I felt was essential to come-in and start and play well as a rookie and from my personal observations and from draft reviews it appears that Leon McFadden has the skills and opportunity and coaching/scheme in place to start and have success his rookie season.

What I am hoping for is for others to give their takes on the draft reviews for the teams that they follow and where they can add some personal observations to augment the review. Whether they agree or disagree and their overall view of their team's draft.

For instance I viewed the Browns draft in stages. First, I had to figure out which direction the front office was going. Where they going QB or trade-down to acquire an extra second round pick that was paid to acquire WR Josh Gordon last year or would they stay-put and go in a different direction?

So my thoughts heading into the draft for Cleveland was.

This draft looked weak at QB and it looked deep at pass rusher. I felt it was deep enough to trade-down and acquire an additional second-round pick and still come away with a pass rusher even though they had Jabaal Sheard and had signed OLB/DEs Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, or if they would go with a cornerback to start opposite Joe Haden.

I saw a 'tell' in the pre-draft proccess where I thought they would go pass rusher over cornerback with the club's top pick but I felt they were going to trade-down.

They went much harder for OLB/DE Barkevious Mingo than I imagined and then in the third round I figured they would have to get the CB there. I felt that the new-style of NFL cornerback would mean that they would go for a TALLER/BIGGER CB over a more accomplished/polished cover-corner like McFadden but when I went back and saw he was a four-year-starter and he played on an island and had great cover skills I felt he may have slid simply due to the fact he is two inches shorter than what the new NFL standard is.

I saw the McFadden pick as an anti-George Constanza pick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vyb5dkQZPw

It seemd the Browns front office zigged when the rest of the NFL zagged and quite frankly I love it.

"My name is George, I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."

"Who are you George Costanza?"

"I'm the opposite of every guy you've ever known."

So hopefully others will check out the draft reviews of their club and give their own insights, I think it would be interesting and helpful.

 
As someone that's hearing impaired, THANK YOU for providing even a "rough" transcript of one of the highlights from the podcast. Wish all podcasts would do something similar!

In any case, McFadden sounds like someone to at least keep an eye on. Should be interesting.

 
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As someone that's hearing impaired, THANK YOU for providing even a "rough" transcript of one of the highlights from the podcast. Wish all podcasts would do something similar!

In any case, McFadden sounds like someone to at least keep an eye on. Should be interesting.
I hadn't thought of hearing impared folks valuing a rough transcript of podcast information so you are welcome but McFadden is only one player that Cossell and Farrar gave book on.

Their take jus happened to mirror my take and it is backed-up by Dan Shonka so I think Leon has a legit shot to start or get significant playing time early in his rookie season.

I hope others will provide a 'rough transcript' of any takes that they comment on because when you write out the spoken word you gain a deeper insight into the comments and its easier for the reader following the thread and it highlights exactly the portion of the podcast that you wished to focus on.

Glad to be of service and hope others can do the same.

 
FYI: When you follow the link to the NFCW page, the link to the podcast on THAT page 404s.
Really?

I just tried it and it worked for me.

Try doing a right-click and open in a new tab and see if that works.

EDIT: If that doesn't work for some reason then just GOOGLE Shutdown Corner draft review of the divisions you are interested in and I'm sure you'll find it.

 
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FYI: When you follow the link to the NFCW page, the link to the podcast on THAT page 404s.
It used to do that to me to. You used to have to listen to the Pod to get the link to subscribe (or something like that). they must have finally put it on iTunes recently though because I was finally able to find it and subscribe.

 
Thanks for posting
You're welcome.

I zeroed in on one player from the Browns draft review because I felt that player was thee-player of Cleveland's draft that I felt was essential to come-in and start and play well as a rookie and from my personal observations and from draft reviews it appears that Leon McFadden has the skills and opportunity and coaching/scheme in place to start and have success his rookie season.

What I am hoping for is for others to give their takes on the draft reviews for the teams that they follow and where they can add some personal observations to augment the review. Whether they agree or disagree and their overall view of their team's draft.

For instance I viewed the Browns draft in stages. First, I had to figure out which direction the front office was going. Where they going QB or trade-down to acquire an extra second round pick that was paid to acquire WR Josh Gordon last year or would they stay-put and go in a different direction?

So my thoughts heading into the draft for Cleveland was.

This draft looked weak at QB and it looked deep at pass rusher. I felt it was deep enough to trade-down and acquire an additional second-round pick and still come away with a pass rusher even though they had Jabaal Sheard and had signed OLB/DEs Paul Kruger and Quentin Groves, or if they would go with a cornerback to start opposite Joe Haden.

I saw a 'tell' in the pre-draft proccess where I thought they would go pass rusher over cornerback with the club's top pick but I felt they were going to trade-down.

They went much harder for OLB/DE Barkevious Mingo than I imagined and then in the third round I figured they would have to get the CB there. I felt that the new-style of NFL cornerback would mean that they would go for a TALLER/BIGGER CB over a more accomplished/polished cover-corner like McFadden but when I went back and saw he was a four-year-starter and he played on an island and had great cover skills I felt he may have slid simply due to the fact he is two inches shorter than what the new NFL standard is.

I saw the McFadden pick as an anti-George Constanza pick. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vyb5dkQZPw

It seemd the Browns front office zigged when the rest of the NFL zagged and quite frankly I love it.

"My name is George, I'm unemployed and I live with my parents."

"Who are you George Costanza?"

"I'm the opposite of every guy you've ever known."

So hopefully others will check out the draft reviews of their club and give their own insights, I think it would be interesting and helpful.
I've been keeping up with his reports for a few years. I've also compiled all his scouting tweets since he signed up for twitter. I'm a little behind but it's a good start.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dTe0-PHeoZ7Gf6ZDkiefGp3GHobzip3EPDVw3rV8vlU/edit

 
Whitney I genuinely wish you all the best because you are awesome for doing this and your other google docs. Truly appreciated.

 

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