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On 5/4/2018 at 5:59 PM, Jason_R said:

What is the source?

Beat writer, I can't recall which one. But they said it on a podcast.

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I am hearing a lot of buzz around UDFA Meredith

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As for Meredith, Monday’s pro day at SEMO was his second as he also participated in Louisville’s. While there, he reportedly recorded a 4.69 40-yard dash time and clocked in a 6.77 in the three-cone drill and 4.25 in the short shuttle, both of which would’ve been top-10 figures at the combine. In addition to speaking with the Jags, Meredith also spoke with scouts from the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears Monday and told SEMO.com he has a few top-30 visits set up for this month. Though he didn’t specifically say who his top-30 visits will be with, he will be visiting the Jags this month before the draft.

https://jaguarswire.usatoday.com/2018/04/03/jags-met-with-cb-mike-ford-and-lb-chad-meredith-at-southeast-missouri-states-pro-day/

I think he has a shot to make the roster. At 6’4, 240 lbs, Meredith has the prototypical size and weight you want to see out of an EDGE player and is becoming quite the common build for linebacker added to the Lions defense since new head coach Matt Patricia has taken over.

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43 minutes ago, MAROTH4MVP said:

Beat writer, I can't recall which one. But they said it on a podcast.

Thanks. I hadn’t seen it written or tweeted. 

Personally, I think it is too early to pass judgment on Tabor. He ran a slow 40 due to a hamstring injury that slowed his development, and he came into a team that had a solid secondary. By the end of the season, he was playing over 50% of defensive snaps, along with special teams. He finished the season with slightly fewer snaps than the CBs taken just near him. Also, remember how Slay got schooled his first year; it is rare that a rookie gets substantial playing time his first season. 

If Tabor is struggling to see the field by the end of the Bye Week, then I’ll start to worry. 

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On ‎5‎/‎4‎/‎2018 at 11:43 PM, Mr.TaterSalad said:

My fear is that he is simply far too slow to play the corner position in the NFL and as we all know, you can't teach speed.

He didnt' seem too slow shutting down Mike Evans. Not the only top guy he covered down the stretch either. 

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On 5/4/2018 at 9:56 AM, RedRamage said:

Yes and no... if you take the lump sum payment and do nothing with it other than put it under your ma tress and send it as you would, then it is a down grade because you're getting less money over all.  Now if you need that money right now to pay off bills or if you invest that money, then it's not a downgrade and might even be an upgrade.

Generally speaking you have a chance of getting a better player in the 3rd vs. the 4th (generally), so the question is whether Hand will be worth the investment?  Will he end up being 3rd round quality?  Because that's what we paid for him.

I don't mind the player... I think he will be a good asset.  And I understand that this is the price to move up and get a pick in this year's draft... I don't think the Lions "over paid" for the trade up... it was the going rate.  I just don't know that it was a good purchase.

If that seems contradictory... that I don't think the Lions overpaid and I do like the player... but still not a fan of the trade, maybe this analogy will make sense:

Let's say my car is breaking down and I need a replacement.  The going rate for a BMW is $60K, which I pay to get the car.  Is the car a good car?  You bet it is.  Did I overpay to get it? Not really... that's the going rate for this car.  But... I could have spent a quarter of that price and got a very decent car that would have served me well or spent half that and still gotten a really, really great car.

 

Well, I'm going to say that I was pretty much wrong on this thought.  We did pay a high(ish) price for Johnson, but we definitely got higher value than the price from what we've seen so far.

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On 5/7/2018 at 7:45 AM, Longgone said:

He has elite quickness and agility, read and react skills. Needs to be in the right system. Bad hammy may have impacted 40 times pre draft.

No he doesn't.  He's playing 4.7 ball this year.  He's toast in this league.  You can't trust a slow corner.  Or actually you can trust that he will lose every time.

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I like that Ford kid.  Let him play, need to find out who he is. 

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