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Seeking Wolverine Fan's Insights On Branch & Breaston

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Well, as most of you know....I've since converted to a AZ Cardinals fan the past few years. Anyways, we traded our 2nd and 4th round pick to Oakland (which Oakland later used to acquire both McCown and Williams) to move out to draft Alan Branch and then today we drafted Steve Breaston in the 5th.

I am wondering what your insights are regarding these 2 picks? Were they worthwhile at where the Cardinals drafted them? Is there any reason why Breaston's production dropped some over the past couple years?

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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Alan Branch is a beast and will be an asset to your team. Don't worry about what Kiper has to say about him not always being there. Branch is a beast.

Breaston is a good returnman, not so much as a WR. He came on stronger this last year as a WR, but is more about the speed than anything. He's about what you'd expect from a 5th round WR. You might compare him to Eddie Drummond or someone like that in the NFL who can return well, and can play WR when he has to, but really is not that great at WR. He is a good possession receiver though, just won't open up the field much. But you guys have Fitz and Boldin to stretch the field.

BTW who are you switching from to become a Cardinals fan?

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With Branch your getting an absolute stud. There wasn't one man in college football who could block him one on one. The guy is a freak and believe me at 330+ pounds could line up at defensive end for you. In other words you'll be happy.

Breaston, for being the great college player he was, I'm not sure how well his game will transfer to the the pro game. He's had a hard time staying healthy and his top gear isn't what you'd expect to see in NFL returnmen, but he does have a burst and can run sideways faster than a lot of players can run in a straight line. As for receiver skills, I wouldn't bet the farm on him seeing the field anytime soon if ever. Another thing, it pains me to right this because Steve Breaston was a great player for Michigan and one of the best kids to ever don the maize and blue.

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Thanks for both of your excellent replies. Okay, I even want non-Wolverine fan's input on both of these players, so Spartan fans or anyone else who has knowledge of those 2 players, please feel free to share.

Also, from an opposition stand-point... what's your perspectives on Levi Brown? It seems he will free-up tons of room for "the Edge" and make Leinart's life a lot easier.

BTW who are you switching from to become a Cardinals fan?

Well, I grew-up as a loyal Lions fan, but switched my allegiances to the Cardinals during the '03 season (my 2nd year out here in Phoenix). That also applies to the other 3 major sports teams, however, I still have many deep rooted fond memories of the Tigers '84 and '87 season.. along with the "Bad Boys" era of the Pistons, the back-2-back Stanley Cups courtesy of the Wings in '97 & '98 and the Barry Sanders era in Detroit. Also, of course remember the negative times and I supported them throughout those periods as well.

Anyways.. thanks again for your insights and I hope to hear from more of you regarding those aforementioned players.

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Branch should be very, very good. The scouts & experts are being idiots about him. It should have been clear that he wasn't going to be a workout animal by watching him on film -- he's always looked like a tub of goo, but he has excellent size, technique and athleticism for a guy who's 6'6" & 330 pounds. Just not a workout warrior. He should be at the very least a solid starter.

Breaston probably won't be anything more than a return specialist. He was always streaky for UM. He actually ran pretty hard with the ball -- possibly harder than his slender frame could take because he was constantly nicked up. He was most effective on WR screens, but wasn't much of a downfield threat as a receiver. Honestly, I'll be surprised if he has a very long career in the NFL, even as a return man.

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Gabe Watson is probably real happy that he's about to lose his roster spot to Branch...

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