It is currently Thu May 28, 2015 7:12 am

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:39 pm 
Purveyor of Truth & Justice
Purveyor of Truth & Justice
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 23, 2004 3:03 pm
Posts: 26346
Location: North Carolina
Clemson Senior
40: 4.65

PROS: Has good straight-line speed and can make plays in pursuit. Shows a nice first step with speed to challenge the corner. Is an effective tackler that can wrap up. Shows a good motor.
CONS: Runs around blockers and lacks the moves to beat them because once they get their hands on him he's negated. Doesn't seem to change direction well and is a straight-line guy. Needs to improve his recognition and can get caught out of positions when playing outside contain. Lacks pop as a tackler is more of a drag-down guy that needs to get better at the point of attack. Needs to improve in coverage.
OVERVIEW: Sapp tore his ACL in his right knee at the end of the 2008 season, which likely prevented him from coming out last year. I graded him as a solid second round pick after that year. He indicated at the Combine that it wasn't fully healed (60% according to him), which might explain why I was less-impressed with him as a senior. He had 15 tackles for loss and 5 sacks and 17 pressures as a senior which is impressive if it's true about the health of his knee. Was a three-year starter that for his career had 41 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, and 54 pressures.
NFL FORECAST: Sapp isn't likely to be a sack-artist at the next level, as he never had more than 5 sacks in a season. But he can get pressure on the QB. He's not really a great fit to play on the line in the pros since he's undersized and won't be a threat off the edge even in a situational role. He might be decent there, but not a guy that is a regular player with his hand on the ground. He's just too small, and NFL linemen are too physical for him. Instead, he'll have to concentrate on playing LB. And I think he might be a better fit in a 4-3 than a 3-4 because he won't be a highly productive pass rusher. The issue with him is going to be whether or not he can be an impact defender vs. the run and pass. I saw more athleticism out of him as a junior before his knee injury, but not as much as a senior. I guess that could also be attributed to the knee. I think he'll be a solid starter, but not sure he'll be a guy that is considered an impact starter. I'm thinking more like a player that Steve Foley was. While Foley did have one 10-sack season in San Diego, most years he averaged around 40 tackles and 4 sacks a year. Which isn't bad, but nothing special.
ATL FORECAST: Sapp would push Nicholas as a SAM linebacker. And while he has better speed and range than Nicholas, I'm not convinced how much more effective he would be in that role. He wouldn't be a significant upgrade in coverage. And while he has more speed to use as a blitzer and pass rusher, I'm not sure he's going to be signfiicantly more productive than Nicholas was. I do think that he would probably take the job from Nicholas, probably after a year of watching him. But I wouldn't be expecting him to turn into the next Julian Peterson in Atlanta.
VALUE: Not sure he will have the sort of production that one expects out of a Top 50 pick. So I'd rather take him in the late second or early third.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

SPEED: 4.0

"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.

 Profile E-mail  
Reply with quote  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC - 4 hours [ DST ]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to: