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NFL Draft Review: Seymour and Light, 2001

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NFL Draft Review: Seymour and Light, 2001

Back in 1999 when Matt Light was still a junior at Purdue, Scott Pioli was out at the Boilermakers' practice. He wasn't scouting juniors per se, but what he saw from one lineman stuck with him. Light agitating about some teammates not going full speed in practice. When Light's time to be drafted came in April 2001, Pioli and the Patriots knew who they wanted in the second round. But the Jets -- who employed Pioli when he first saw the Light -- wanted him too. The Patriots wrangled their way ahead of the Jets, swinging a deal with the Lions to take Light with the 48th pick. The Jets took Lamont Jordan at 49. The Lions used the 50th pick -- acquired from the Patriots -- on center Dominic Raiola. Aside from his fiery demeanor, what else stood out about Light? At the Combine, Light was 6-5, 311 and ran his 40 in 5.29 (an eyelash off Tom Brady's 5.28 a year earlier). He put up 225 pounds 26 times. He protected the blind side of Drew Brees at Purdue. He was rated by NFL Draft Scout as the fourth best OT out of 31 and Leonard Davis, Kenyatta Walker, Jeff Backus and Maurice Williams were all taken before him. The Patriots also drafted Kenyatta Jones (later released after dumping scalding water on a roommate while he was on the toilet) and Brandon Gorin as tackles. And the Patriots first-round pick in 2001? Richard Seymour.
Just 20 when the Patriots drafted him with the sixth overall pick, there was much hollering about Drew Bledsoe needing a downfield target like David Terrell or Koren Robinson instead of Seymour. The Patriots never had Seymour in for a visit nor did he have off-the-charts production at Georgia. But the size (6-6, 305 on a chiseled frame) and absurd strength of Seymour plus his quiet confidence and 4.95 speed made Bill Belichick jump at the chance to get him. Some other interesting Combine tidbits from 2001? Safety Adam Archuleta put up 225 pounds an astounding 31 times. Drew Brees got a 28 on his Wonderlic, weighed 213 (two pounds heavier than the 6-5 Tom Brady), ran a 4.83 40 and had a 32-inch vertical. Andre Carter, who went seventh to San Francisco and was with the Patriots in 2011, had a preposterous 38.5 vertical for a 6-5, 249-pound defensive end. Wide receiver Chris Chambers ran a 4.33 40. Heath Evans? Great Combine. Ran a 4.56, put up 225 30 times and had a 34.5 vertical. Old friend Russ Hochstein? Bad Combine. A 5.40 40 and 16 reps on the bench. Santana Moss ran a 4.31 at the Miami pro day. Finally, LaDainian Tomlinson ran a 4.46 40 and had a silly 40.5 vertical.

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Schaller-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Agostino

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

O’Gara/Miller-Postma

 
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