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Ranger
05-10-2014, 03:04 PM
Antone Exum Draft Profile (http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profiles/antone-exum?id=2543680)

High school defensive back-quarterback who also returned kicks as a Virginia prep. Redshirted in 2009. Saw his first collegiate action in 2010 and played in 14 games, including four starts at free safety and one start at the WHIP linebacker position; had 45 tackles, a team-high nine pass breakups and no interceptions with 1.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Was suspended for the first quarter of the Orange Bowl for missing a team curfew. Started all 14 games in 2011 (11 at FS, three at rover) and had 89 tackles, 10 pass breakups and one INT with five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. During spring drills in 2012, he was moved to cornerback and had a breakout year, totaling 48 tackles, 16 pass breakups and five INTs with 1.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 13 starts. Was named the MVP of the Russell Athletic Bowl, returning an interception 32 yards in the Hokies' victory over Rutgers. Suffered a torn ACL and lateral meniscus of his right knee in a pickup basketball game in January 2013, requiring surgery (performed by Dr. James Andrews). Was unable to participate in off-season workouts and spring drills. After sitting out the first seven weeks of the season, he returned to the field in October and started three games, tallying four tackles, one pass breakup and no INTs. Early in his third start against Miami, he sprained his left ankle and missed the rest of the year.
Analysis
Strengths
Thickly built with defined muscle, a nice wing span and thin ankles. Very good body control and ball skills. Adjusts well in the air. Fluid pedal and movement skill for his size. Very good press strength to hem receivers at the line. Has extensive experience at safety and was used as a gunner and jammer on special teams. Very smart and well-spoken.
Weaknesses
Average short-area quickness and leaping ability. Technique needs to be coached up. Not natural commanding the back end and making coverage adjustments vs. complex schemes. Likes to do things his own way -- confidence borders on arrogance and could rub some people the wrong way.
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
Bottom Line
Big, strong cornerback with appealing size, field speed and press-coverage ability. Must prove that he can recover from off-season knee surgery and return to being the player he was as a junior.

Tad7
05-10-2014, 03:09 PM
My biggest concern:

his twitter handle is "I am swag"

lol

Ranger
05-10-2014, 03:10 PM
My biggest concern:

his twitter handle is "I am swag"

lol

Oh man. That's...ugh.

Rage4Order
05-11-2014, 08:15 PM
We are planning to put him at safety. Man did we ever draft some athletes

drewlovs
05-12-2014, 01:03 PM
My biggest concern:

his twitter handle is "I am swag"

lol

Wait until he gets his "Welcome to the NFL moment". That usually knocks the "swag" out of the cock-sure college boys. The coolest moment watching training camps is when a rookie makes his "move", the one he KNOWS will bust him free, or get him a pick, etc and looks up to find out NO ONE was fooled.

The shocked look is priceless.

These greenies are going from a league where having 5-10 elite players wins you a championship to a league where EVERY member is at a minimum considered elite for the college level of football.

midgensa
05-14-2014, 11:06 AM
He will definitely have a moment at this level where he realizes he cannot just coast, but Exum is a worker.

Virginia Tech produces workers on a regular basis. And it also produces solid NFL secondary players: DeAngelo Hall, Brandon Flowers and Kam Chancellor are the notable ones now. In the past the list includes Tyrone Drakeford, Pierson Prioleau and Eric Green. Kyle Fuller was also a first round pick this year.

I think Exum is a VERY GOOD safety prospect and would have been a possible first round CB prospect if not for injuries. He could be pushing to start from Day 1 ... depending on how Sanford comes out of the gate.

drewlovs
05-14-2014, 01:20 PM
All in all, this guy might be one of Zimmer's "finds" in the later rounds. It looks like, if he had not blew out his knee, he might have gone in the early rounds.

CB's are not like QBs when it comes to knee problems, their position requires them to have full confidence in their cutting ability. This first year should tell us quickly if he will eventually start for us, or never be the same...

tastywaves
05-14-2014, 08:52 PM
Heard he ran a 4.41 40, acl must not be bothering him too much.

He did come back after the acl injury, but then had a high ankle sprain after 3 games. Read a long article on his recovery process, doesn't sound like much fun.

tarkenton10
05-15-2014, 09:30 AM
All in all, this guy might be one of Zimmer's "finds" in the later rounds. It looks like, if he had not blew out his knee, he might have gone in the early rounds.

CB's are not like QBs when it comes to knee problems, their position requires them to have full confidence in their cutting ability. This first year should tell us quickly if he will eventually start for us, or never be the same...

I am excited about this pick, he is a VT CB and they historically transition very well to the NFL. I agree also that if he did not have that knee injury he would have gone way sooner. As a matter of fact IMO he would replace Robinson as the starting CB on our D if the DC let him compete there.

midgensa
05-15-2014, 10:10 AM
I agree he would have been an earlier pick as well, but he definitely lost something following that ACL tear in 2013 and was not the same at CB ... that is why he fell.

He is almost assuredly going to be competing to play safety ... but if he comes out and wows ... he could make a formidable CB bunch.

drewlovs
05-15-2014, 01:16 PM
I truly believe Zimmer has a list of players, in college and the pros, that he wants desperately. When you are the defensive coordinator, you have input, but not as much as the head coach, and certainly not as much as the GM. As such, every time he really wanted a player the HC and GM vetoed, he put that player on his list for when HE was in charge.

It's what I would have done, and I've heard quite a few coordinators do the same thing. With the extended (and frustratingly long) time he spent waiting for the HC position, you have to figure he has got quite a few names and schemes on that list.

We now get to see if it will work out, or blow up spectacularly. As you might have guessed, I expect us to surprise the shit out of a lot of teams next year.

Rage4Order
05-16-2014, 05:09 AM
Im liking what I am seeing from this Dude. Really hope he is one of our diamonds in the rough. Think his name is awesome as a safety, Exum.

singersp
05-16-2014, 08:25 AM
I truly believe Zimmer has a list of players, in college and the pros, that he wants desperately. When you are the defensive coordinator, you have input, but not as much as the head coach, and certainly not as much as the GM. As such, every time he really wanted a player the HC and GM vetoed, he put that player on his list for when HE was in charge.

It's what I would have done, and I've heard quite a few coordinators do the same thing. With the extended (and frustratingly long) time he spent waiting for the HC position, you have to figure he has got quite a few names and schemes on that list.

We now get to see if it will work out, or blow up spectacularly. As you might have guessed, I expect us to surprise the shit out of a lot of teams next year.

The HC doesn't have as much say in the roster as the GM does, that's why some HC's want to have the GM role as well.

tastywaves
05-16-2014, 11:33 AM
The HC doesn't have as much say in the roster as the GM does, that's why some HC's want to have the GM role as well.

I think it depends on whether the player picked works out or not. If it ends up being a great pick will give that one to Zimmer. If the pick fails then it was Spielman overriding Zim.

Minniman
05-21-2014, 07:59 PM
Heard he ran a 4.41 40, acl must not be bothering him too much.
The ACL is not used much in straight running; it holds the knee together during cuts.

This begs the question, why would any college player, who could go on one of the first two days of the NFL draft, join a pick up basketball game? How many other buddies on the court could blow $1 million with an injury?

midgensa
05-22-2014, 07:18 AM
The ACL is not used much in straight running; it holds the knee together during cuts.

This begs the question, why would any college player, who could go on one of the first two days of the NFL draft, join a pick up basketball game? How many other buddies on the court could blow $1 million with an injury?

Kids man ... they think they are invincible. Hell, people in general think they are ... right up until they aren't.