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This. Menzie ran a 4.74 at Indy, the second slowest time among all defensive backs. His other measurables were average (33" vertical, 9'9" broad jump, 4.44 short shuttle, 6.93 3-cone).
Many think Menzie's future is at safety, but since he doesnt have much experience that probably dropped him too.
5th round steal IMO
He's slow. That's what hurt him.
Bottom line is this: there should be a box on everyone's "measurables" pg that says "Can he play?"
You check that box for Menzie & give him some pads.
I have to agree with this as there is a big speed difference between the NFL and even the SEC. Take Percy Harvin as an example. He's fast in the NFL but he was dominant fast in college.
I've played against 2 All-ACC WRs [including 1 that was 2 years older than Torry Holt and was NC State's leading WR as a Senior when Holt was a sophomore] and another that started at Virginia Tech in the mid 1990s during my "prime" about 10 years ago in Flag Football. None of these guys were able to stick in the NFL and I promise you that were all 4.4x guys on grass and had "velcro" hands.
The WRs in the NFL are just freaky.
I think Menzie has a place in the league and will stick at a hybrid safety/CB that covers the slot but you can not put him out wide to cover some of these 4.3s-4.4x guys. With the speed difference he'd almost have to be perfect in coverage as one wrong move and he doesn't have the make-up speed to get back into position.
Again, I think he will be a good NFL player just not quite in the same capacity as he was used in college. You have to remember that his 10 defensive teammates at Bama were dominant in comparison to the offenses they faced. That type of talent advantage doesn't exist in the NFL.
This post was edited by BamaBornDukie 2 years ago
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I think DQ landed in a great fit. The Chiefs are really building, especially on defense, and he will fit in nicely. Secondary is loaded for the Chiefs.
Dude has the muscle to play safety! Have you seen him? Dude is ripped to be a CB, prolly one of stronger corners in CFB....
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