Re: Trindon Holiday & McCluster
posted at 2/27/2010 8:36 AM EST
I have watched both players a lot . . . likely more than most people here. The chances of NE taking one of them are very, very low. NE will never, ever take both of them. Other than that, I can say two things.
1.) Both are fast, but Trindon Holliday is faster. He is a sprinter first, football player second. Some of my students that are sprinters talk about the guy like he is a freak. I guess a 10 second 100m is really, really good . . . and considering he is 5'5" it is even more impressive. I remember being told that his estimated 40 times were run on grass in high tops, which should give a point of reference as to how he should perform in running shoes at the combine or pro day. I would not be surprised to see something in the low 4.2 range at all.
2.) McCluster is in another league as an NFL ready player. He has a lot more experience on offense, and has better overall field awareness. He can actually run routes, he can block (a little) and likes the ball in his hands. I think of him as a smaller Percy Harvin, with less attitude perhaps. The only limit on his talent is if he can take an NFL style beatdown for a few seasons, because he is small, smaller than Sproles even.
TH has made a few big plays, mostly kick-off returns. However, I have seen McCluster (really this last season when they let him loose) take a game over and just dominate, which is silly considering his size.
Holliday is someone you take late, late in day two, or as an UFA.
McCluster is a day one kid, maybe late in day one for the best value.