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I know OJ is listed as the top TE, but I can't help but wonder if he gets a look at WR.
OJ is 6' 5.5", 221# and runs a 4.4X 40 (maybe 4.5 or ??? on electronic - BBD?). Anyway, how does he compare to a Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones coming out of high school?
He is 40#s away from being an effective TE in our system and at least 25#s away from being a decent H-back as far as the blocking scheme goes. Since all the services have him listed as TE, he must have a frame and history that indicates the he can add a lot more weight.
I am not knocking OJ as a TE, I think he can get there, but I think he can be that other worldly blocking WR right now and his height/speed combo make him nearly impossible to cover the moment he steps on campus. I can't be the only one that this has crossed my mind, can I?
He has the frame to easily get up to 245 or 250 and I doubt he'd lose much, it any, speed and explosiveness. He's very lean but he has a big frame that's thin at this point. Great TE prospect who will be a matchup nightmare.
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A term I hear more and more in NFL broadcasts is a reference to a team's "blocking tight end". The insinuation is the "normal" tight end is an oversized receiver who creates mismatches with linebackers and safeties on deep routes, and we have a special name now for the old-school tight end the team might use in a power running set.
When I first saw his ht and wt and 40 time, it reminded me of julio. He could definitely play WR or gain about 25 and play TE. Either way, he will be a big time playmaker. Maybe the best Bama TE since Ozzie.
Ozzie was a WR at Bama, not a TE.
I saw a tweet a couple days ago talking about his possible "new position at bama" but it was a paid site, anyone know what position?
He was named SEC lineman of the year in 1977. Coach Bryant called him the greatest end in Bama history.
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You are showing your youth here. I was 3 in 1977, but I know that an end as referred to by Bear or older generations covers WR (split ends) and TEs. Ozzie was a WR at Bama and your quote from Bear is accurate and not in conflict with the fact that he was a WR at Bama.
This post makes me want to see Micheal Williams with Vernon Davis as much as they run the ball. Plus I like the 49ers and Harbaugh
No way in hell OJ plays WR.
He will move around and motion a lot, might motion out to create a mismatch but make no mistake he is a HB through and through and will be a great one. Will probably start next year.
We haven't had a talent like him ever at Bama, truly unique. Smelly was the closest thing to him and BS is no where near the athlete OJ is.
OJ has more than enough weight. He will bump up to 230 or so, maybe 235 at the very most they will want to keep his speed. Thats plenty big enough to block the edges...especially since he won't be the road grader.
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