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Old 02-19-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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Is there a Hester in the '08 draft?

It seems fairly obvious that Rock is going to move on and Randel-El is not the dynamic punt returner we thought we were getting a couple of years ago. I don't watch ANY college football so is there a Hester like player coming out we can pick up as a return specialist that will be worth the selection?
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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I wouldn't mind seeing Vinny spend a 3rd to get a game changing return man if one is still out there by then. Winning the field position battle with a good return game can be huge.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:13 PM   #4
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I wouldn't mind seeing Vinny spend a 3rd to get a game changing return man if one is still out there by then. Winning the field position battle with a good return game can be huge.
I don't think any good returners would be around by then. If you want a decent one, maybe, but a Hester like, then no way that late.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:21 PM   #6
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I don't think any good returners would be around by then. If you want a decent one, maybe, but a Hester like, then no way that late.
Dante Hall and our own B. Mitch were 5th round picks once upon a time. Josh Cribbs was an undrafted free agent and Leon Washington was a 4th rounder, further evidence that even today, great return specialists can slip through the cracks.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:32 PM   #7
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Re: Is there a Hester in the '08 draft?

Guys don't get drafted before the 3rd round on return ability alone.
Ted Ginn has some potential at WR and Hester was supposed to be a starter at Cornerback.

The last return only specialist I can remember going high is Jerome "Don't Make Me Choke a Bitch" Mathis. He was drafted in the 3rd round after running one of the fastest 40's at the combine ever.
He also made the probowl as a return man his rookie year.


I think there will be plenty world class sprinters we can use to fill the void.
Think Brown from a few seasons ago or Michael Lewis who use to be with the saints.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:36 PM   #8
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Dante Hall and our own B. Mitch were 5th round picks once upon a time. Josh Cribbs was an undrafted free agent and Leon Washington was a 4th rounder, further evidence that even today, great return specialists can slip through the cracks.
Ok, wihle I agree with you that talent is still available in later rounds, none of those names are Hester-like, which was the question.

Jackson is the closest thing to Hester so far. I heard people say that Chris Johnson, RB out of ECU, is really fast as well. But if you have watched college football and want an electrifying and game-changing returner like Hester, Jackson is the one too look at.
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Old 02-19-2008, 05:45 PM   #9
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Re: Is there a Hester in the '08 draft?

Is desean Jackson worth a first round pick if he is only going to be a return specialist?
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Is desean Jackson worth a first round pick if he is only going to be a return specialist?
If we're going to pick a WR in the 1st round, I want it to be a guy with more size than Jackson.
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Old 02-19-2008, 09:29 PM   #11
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Re: Is there a Hester in the '08 draft?

Desean Jackson and Jonathan Stewart are both pretty good but I don't think they're a Devin Hester plus they're both 1st round prospects and we should use our first round elsewhere.
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short answer is not really.
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Re: Is there a Hester in the '08 draft?

does Jackson play another position? or is he like Hester, a return man only
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does Jackson play another position? or is he like Hester, a return man only
He's a WR. He's been rated the #1 wr prospect on some lists, but I think others have gained on him a lot.

I advocated looking at him if he's available at #21, but the more I hear the more he sounds like D. Howard. The big red flag is that he supposedly weighs 160 lbs. for that reason I don't see Zorn et al wanting to draft him.
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