FantasyFutballGuru13 wrote:Seein as the cats already pretty much out of the bag that I really like Austin Pettis can anyone explain to me why everyone has Salas ranked higher? They both have great hands, and have basically identical 40 times. Pettis is bigger, in fact really the only big Red Zone option at WR for the Rams; he's apparently very intelligent, which should help in grasping McD's offense, and he runs better routes than Salas. Salas came from a bit of a weird offense at Hawai'i that basically allowed him to improv nearly every route he ran... or so I've read anyway. We've seen route running cause problems for a lot of young wide receivers in the past. It also seems that Salas is best suited for the slot, a position that Danny Amendola (who's only 25 years old, it's not like he's going anywhere) thrived in last year consistently displaying great hands and incredible toughness catching 85 passes. I can't imagine he's just gonna beat out Amendola in the next few years. Thoughts?
edit: And Austin Pettis can play any of the WR positions, something the Rams are greatly in need of. He'll be in on so many plays.
Well both guys are probably gonna beat out everyone IMO. I don't think the Rams have enough WR talent to stop either guy from being a big contributor, but Salas is worlds better then Amendola. I disagree that he runs better routes then Salas though, honestly Salas runs some of the best routes in the entire draft and has a firm understanding of the WR position. He understands slowing down in zones to find the soft spot, slowing down to let the WR outside of him cross his body before going into his cut, he catches everything with his hands away from his body, he doesn't round any routes off, he's a poor man's Torry Holt honest.
I think your selling him short with the Hawaii offense. That system is alot closer to what a bunch of NFL teams runs more so then the Boise St offense, in fact the McDaniels offense isn't very different from the Hawaii system, or New Englands system at all. It's also similiar to what Bradford ran at OU and had mastered, so the potential is there for both to explode.
Pettis is a big guy, but he's not a slot or an inside guy IMO. I guess he could, but Salas could also potentially project to the outside. I followed both Pettis, and Young during the season, but more so during the Senior Bowl to see them against upper level competition. It seemed like Titus Young stepped up as more of an explosive play-maker with alot of upside while Pettis was more of the solid possession WR. As far as the route running though, this was what I found from the Senior Bowl from Wes Bunting, 1 of my favorite guys to read:
Austin Pettis, Boise State: Pettis does a good job of getting his head around when a pass is coming in, but his greatest liability Monday was his route running in drills. The receiver coach repeatedly corrected Pettis’s mistakes with his breaks, pointing out his tendency to round off his routes or tip off his break with his shoulder at the top of his routes. Pettis eventually showed improvement in this area, but a few minutes later he was getting repeated coaching on his run blocking. Pettis needs to work on his hand placement, his initial punch and using his legs to sustain blocks. Although known for his ability to adjust to the errant throw, he had a pass thrown somewhat low and behind him bounce off his hands. This was not a standout day for Pettis.
Most notably his route running was mentioned, then this:
Austin Pettis, Boise State: Pettis wowed the crowd at Ladd Peebles stadium with a fantastic one-handed catch. It was almost as if his gloves were sticky. He displayed good concentration on a pass that came in behind him and hot. Pettis gathered in the pass off balance and continued downfield without missing a beat. But this is the known quantity to Pettis’s game that earned him a trip to Mobile. The common theme with Pettis’s performance in drills is the amount of corrective attention he’s receiving from his receiver coach on his release, his breaks and the use of his hands. He’s a natural hands catcher, but it’s very apparent that he is not a refined player in the art of receiving.
The last part is what I think seperates him and Salas. This is not to say he sucked at the Senior Bowl, he made some big catches and nice plays because he did. I think Salas is going to make a more natural fit in the offense right away, longterm is anyone's guess. I wouldn't be surprised if Pettis didn't end up the better real life WR and Salas wasn't the better fantasy WR if that makes sense. I think in ppr leagues Salas is gonna take over the Welker role, they'll throw a ton, and Bradford is gonna use his as an emergency valve alot I think.
I don't want to sound like I'm hyping him up too much because I drafted him in 1 of our leagues, but that was purely as bpa, I was targeting Cobb initially who I had ranked over both guys. I think both will be valuable, 1 you'll probably hit the jackpot, I'm just gonna gamble on Salas. The fit on paper couldn't get much better.