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    Anonymous says:

    lasts until the 8th pick in next year's draft. Anyway, don't expect him to even be there. He's verbally committed to staying at WVU his senior year. Anyway, he's better than Darren McFadden. McFadden's speed. Slaton is power and speed. He's going to be an NFL stud. In 2 years, that is.
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    Walter says:

    Well, it's hard to tell who's going to be better than whom, but McFadden is the top prospect on the board. Steve Slaton will be taken in the top 10, I could see him going No. 8.

    He may be verbally committed, but that doesn't mean much. Tons of players were verbally committed but made the leap to the NFL.
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    • #3
      bucsfan333 says:

      I remember this year, Oden and Conley were both "committed" to OSU. They both went into the NBA draft less than a month later.
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      • #4
        Anonymous says:

        you're talking about NCAA Basketball and the NBA. What does that have to do with the NFL? How often do you see a College football player say he's going to stay for a 3rd or 4th season and not?
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        • #5
          bucsfan333 says:

          It goes along the same lines though. Players saying they will do something and actually doing it are two diff. things...
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          • #6
            Matt McGuire says:

            Wow, imo, Slaton doesn't have a chance at being a top 10 pick. He doesn't have enough bulk to go that high. He might not go in the top 25.
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            • #7
              cas5875 says:

              Here is my take on the subject.

              First things first, if you think Slaton is a better prospect then McFadden your wrong. Forget Reggie Bush, forget Adrian Peterson or an other top level back in recent years.

              Darren McFadden is the best Runningback to come out of college since LaDanian Tomlinson. End of story.

              Slaton is good but he doesn't run with the power you think he does. I also think Slaton's 195 playing weight is being a little gracious. He needs to rise to about 205 this season at a minimum and prove that he can maintain his speed at that weight.

              Slaton is still a top 10 pick in my opinion, because even if his 40 time slips with some added weight, and he ends up running a 4.45 range, that is still more then adequate speed for a Franchise back.

              I also just don't see Slaton sticking around for a senior campaign. There are still teams out there that need to fill that runningback void and with Mike Hart being the best senior TB in the country (and possibly tagged as a product of a system) I ecpext at least 3 joniors to jump into the first round. McFadden and Slaton should be top 10 guys. James Davis of Clemson and Ray Rice of Rutgers will contend for the third spot.

              Mike Hart will fall to round 2 unless Denver takes a shot at him.

              Teams to consider a first round RB next year

              Miami - I am not sold on Ronnie Brown and until he can prove he can stay healthy and be the workhorse he may be looking at #2 on the depth chart soon.

              Cleveland - They made a mistake by putting their faith in Jamal Lewis. Droughns was a far suprior "All-Around" back. While Lewis should st this point be willing to step down and fill a "Jerome Bettis" type role as a short yardage tank.

              Houston - I think Gary Kubiak is the only one to still have faith in Ahman Green, i havent feared him in the running game for about 3 years now. Some people are foolish enough to think past glories can be ressurected.

              Tennessee - I have little faith these days that LenDae White is anything other then a RB version of Mike Williams, and well Chris Henry has not played enough to prove anything to me.

              Denver - It will be interesting to see if Travis Henry's drug problems are totally behind him, and how it wil leffect his game. Also how well he can pick up the zone blocking. In the end every time Denver is on the clock and Mike Hart is on the board i think they will consider him.

              Oakland - Someone has to step up, wherther it LaMont Jodan or Michael Bush. If Bush pans out he might be the steal of the century. If not they will be searching for a new answer again.

              Dallas - Julius Jones may not be back. That leaves Marion Barber, who i like as a change of pace back up, but i would not put my franchise on either of their shoulders in all reality.

              New York Giants - Is Brandon Jacobs really the answer to replace Tiki Barber? I have severe doubts. And while their running game should be decent with a one two punch of him and Droughns, come draft day they will be considering a "Fanchise" replacement.

              Chicago - Cedric Benson has been unable to win the starting job from Thomas Jones, now he wins it by default. If he finishes under 1300 rushing yards expect a first round replacement.

              Detroit - Kevin Jones is dynamic and a nightmare for defenses in Mike Martz offense, problem is he can't stay on the field. Detroit added every spare RB they could find hoping someone can be a steady and healthy performer on the field. But both the top 2, Jones and Tatum Bell have injure histories.

              Green Bay - They lost Ahman Green in the offseason and their starting runningback is expected to be either Vernand Morencey or Brandon Jackson. Do i need to say more?

              Atlanta - Life without Michael Vick approaches. This season you will get a real taste of what Atlanta's running game will be like when defenses are not dedicating defenders to cover Vick. It's not going to be pretty. Also this may be the last season for Warrick Dunn.

              Thats 12 teams out of 32 that could easily make an argument for a first round Runningback and you don't think that at least 3 of the top 4 juniors will declare, including eith of the two top 10 prospects?
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              • #8
                Matt McGuire says:

                Miami: not gonna go RB, especially after drafting Lorenzo Booker to push Ronnie Brown. Also, Cam Cameron is going to utilize Brown a lot in his offense. I never got the feeling that Saban really wanted to run the ball which is Brown's forte.

                Cleveland: they need to solidify their OL and Joe Thomas is a pretty safe pick imo. He has a great attitude, body, and athleticism to succeed at LT.

                Houston: they have much bigger needs to address in round 1 other than RB, but RB must be addressed in round 2 or 3.

                Tennessee: I hope they get the #1 pick to take McFadden, a perfect fit for this football team.

                Denver: not gonna take a RB with Mike Bell still learning the ZBS.

                OAK: they still need to address LT, OG, WR, and DT before RB.

                DAL: I don't see how they don't take a RB in round 1 with one of their first two picks.

                GB: They love Brandon Jackson, and I love him as my fantasy sleeper

                ATL: They are gonna need a new QB, better OTs, DT, and possibly OLB.

                And I also think that McFadden is a better prospect than LaDanian Tomlinson was in 2001, which is somewhat scary.
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                • #9
                  How wrong they were about Slatons talent, how wrong they were...

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                  • #10
                    lol Way to bump a 2 year old thread.

                    But check out how Matt was the only one who said Slaton was hardly a top 25 pick, nice one.

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                    • #11
                      Matt had the best read out of all of them.
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                      • #12
                        Wow. This is way old.

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                        • #13
                          lol glad I changed my opinion on D-Mac
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                          • #14
                            obviously highsight 20/20, but I think plenty of teams would be giving Slaton consideration in the 1st round if they had to do it over again.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tbod10 View Post
                              obviously highsight 20/20, but I think plenty of teams would be giving Slaton consideration in the 1st round if they had to do it over again.
                              I disagree. The ZBS makes Slaton look better than he is. He just has the vision, suddenness, patience, and cutting ability to be perfect for the ZBS.
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