dragonchild

October 4th, 2017 at 10:44 AM ^

Not for me, anyway.  He wasn't overpowering relative to his peers even at the FBS level but he consistently got in the way, which when you're O-line that's 90% of the battle.  I think of him as strictly a depth guy in the NFL but there's always work to be found for someone who weighs around 300 pounds and reliably sets up in the path of the other guy, if only after the coach has eaten his hat in frustration because the Combine-wrecking first round pick blocked his own teammate's ass.

Kalis is more of an engima.  I know NFL teams like to gamble on physical talent, but in all his years at Michigan the light never turned on, and being big & powerful only means so much if you're running right past a guy on his way to kill your QB.  Practice squad, fine, but he's a risky use of an active roster spot if he can't figure it out, and the NFL ain't any easier than the B1G.

dragonchild

October 4th, 2017 at 11:19 AM ^

Not that I feel strongly about this, but I see why it was said.  RichRod heavily overused Denard to the point that QB Oh Noes was laughably open and he'd wear down late in the season when we needed him most.  Then along comes Borges who tried to make Denard a dropback I-form QB and only reluctantly reincorporated a suboptimal variant of the spread that didn't make use of its ability to option a defender, along with a mess of other things.

Conceptually, the ideal use of Denard's talent would've been to use the threat of his legs on every down to open up the passing game but actually cross the LoS only about 5-10 times a game.  Instead he went from getting waaay too many yards on the ground to too many downfield arm-punts.  Since anytime Denard tucked the ball he could take it to the house, he didn't have to look at the same sort of secondary Speight had to deal with.  Neither did the offense need him to run to the extent RichRod whipped him; a step forward and the safeties would abandon those deep routes and scream toward the gaps (the main difference between a 70-yard run and a 70-yard pass is that the former is more embarrassing).  That run threat always had to be there, because Denard was never enough of a throwing QB that he could sit in the pocket, but he was the sort of run threat that you had to respect PA even on a 3rd and 20, as long as you didn't stupidly telegraph your plays the way Borges did.

As amazing as his stats were, I do get the feeling we never saw the fully weaponized version of Denard.

sj

October 4th, 2017 at 9:27 AM ^

He was a good, hard, strong player who didn't fully "get it" in college. Give him more time to learn, away from classes, I could imagine him turning into a reasonably good player. Risky, but not crazy.