Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Tag Ribary
Ribary joined the Scouts Inc. team for the 2008 season. He previously worked as a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers and as the director of pro personnel for the Washington Redskins.
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Ribary Archive: Chats
Tag Ribary (12:57 PM)
Hello everybody. Welcome to the Tuesday chat. Let's get started.
Hey Tag, great job with all your pre-draft analysis. Going along those lines, what do you think about the job the Bills did overall? Any picks that stand out to you as being your favorite or least favorite?
Tag Ribary (1:00 PM)
Hi Matt. The Bills did a good job in my opinioin. I like their first four picks and expect them to get quick production from the first 2 rounds. I like TE Shawn Nelson in the 4th round. He could be an explosive vertical threat for them.
Matty Ice (The Burg, PA)
Tagger, What are your feelings on the Steel City Champs repeating this year? I really feel we have a chance.
Tag Ribary (1:02 PM)
Repeating is very tough to do but I like their chances due to the team makeup and overall toughness. Staying healthy will be crucial.
Anthony (Bowling Green KY)
I feel like Crabtree was one of the best players in the draft and will be a great reciever, but it usually take a few seasons for recievers to get use the the game at the NFL season. Do you think he can come in and be an imediate threat?
Tag Ribary (1:05 PM)
I do as long as he stays healthy. He is a polished route runner with excellent hands. If he can have success against press cb's he should be able to put up good numbers in his first season.
Jake (VA Beach)
MORE Braylon rumors? Where does he suit up opening day?
Tag Ribary (1:06 PM)
Good question. I wish I could give you a solid answer but we'll have to wait and see if someone steps up to meet Clevelands trade expectations.
Mike (Sacramento, CA)
Tag, one line that analysts like to use that bugs me is "he's a 7th rounder (or FA) for a reason"... do you find there's a big talent difference between rounds 3-7? Looking over some of the 6th/7th rounders who led major conferences in tackles, etc, makes me wonder if it's all just a big crapshoot.
Tag Ribary (1:12 PM)
Hi Mike. The players that are taken in the later rounds are usually deficient in one or two areas at the time of the draft. There are a lot of reasons players slip (injuries, level of competition, speed, or lack of experience/playtime, just to name a few). Evaluating is not an exact science because some guys have more heart than others or happen to land in the right situation. Success in the mid to late rounds is where scouting departments make their money.
Jay ( Westtown Pa.)
Good afternoon Tag! At first I wasn't completely sold on J.Maclin. Fortunately I'm neighbors with an Eagle big wig and got to see JMac run some practice drills. I'm sold now, I know it's only practice but when you know your diamonds this kid is the real deal. Just with the addition of JMac do you see D.Jackson really blossom into a legit #1 WR this year?
Tag Ribary (1:16 PM)
The term #1 receiver can be a little misleading at times. The Eagles like to spread the ball around and use all the playmakers at their disposal. I like the Maclin pick and he will help them. We'll have to wait and see how much of a difference he makes.
J.B. (Dunmore, PA)
Do you think based upon the QB situation in Minnesota that Percy Harvin was the best choice for their first pick?
Tag Ribary (1:19 PM)
There is some risk involved but the reward may be worth it. A lot will depend on how they use him and if he is able to learn the system quickly. I thought they may have gone OL first, but if Harvin comes in hungry and works hard, they could be explosive. The real question is who is going to get him the ball.
Cosmo (Anytown, USA)
I usually give the Eagles a hard time about their moves on draft day, but I like everything they did. Getting Hobbs for 2 fifth-rounders was the steal of the draft. Do you agree?
Tag Ribary (1:22 PM)
I like the move. The Eagles did very well in my opinion .
Pete (Berkeley, ca)
In response to Jay's question, one thing that nobody seems to consider with the Maclin pick is that here at Cal Desean did not hesitate to shut it down when things weren't going his way. If the Birds decide Maclin's a better receiver/return man they could have another TO on their hands.
when does brett favre have to be signed to have the best chance to learn the system etc...
Tag Ribary (1:23 PM)
ASAP, but it doesn't sound likely according to Trent Dilfer,
Trading down 8 million times seems to be the nouveau, genius methodology for the draft these days. With that being said, while New England and Philly seemed to benefit, didn't the Brownie worsen their situation all things considered?
Tag Ribary (1:25 PM)
Not necessarily. They had a lot of needs to address and may not have thought the real value of this draft was in the early rounds. Time will tell.
Alex (Scottsdale AZ)
What do you make of the Panther's strategy of morgaging future 1s for current picks? It seems the Panthers and Redskins aren't a fan of future picks. Any insight?
Tag Ribary (1:30 PM)
I usually don't like trading away future number 1's. There are so many changes that can take place on a team over the course of the year. Carolina apparently had a first round grade on Everette Brown but usually I'm not in favor of mortgaging the future.
Tyrell ( NYC )
J.Tuck dubbed the G-Men "the team to beat" publicly on First Take this morning. Hopefully he didn't put his foot in his mouth, what are your thoughts on his comment?
Tag Ribary (1:33 PM)
I like their team and really enjoyed watching them last year. If your a Giants fan, Tucks confidence should only be seen as a good thing. I do think PHL will give them a run for their money this year but don't be discouraged by his comments.
Hill coming back to Seattle, underrated huge deal of the month?
Tag Ribary (1:35 PM)
It's a big deal. If they would have lost him after drafting Curry it would have been tough to be as excited. I give them credit for making the right moves and now they have one of the strongest LB corps in the league.
Alex (Evansville, IN)
So Tag, waht are your thoughts overall on the Colts draft class
Tag Ribary (1:38 PM)
I thought the Colts did a good job of getting good value while also addressing team needs. I was a little shocked by the Donald Brown selection initially, but he may have been the top rated player on their board at the time. In which case, taking the best available player may pay big dividends down the road if someone wants to make a trade or Addai gets hurt again.
Jay (Westtown Pa.)
As far as comparing D.Jacksons college attitude to what his expectaions are in the NFL is like apples and oranges no question. I think it's alittle unfair that anybody would tag Jackson as a possible T.O that's insulting!
Brandon (Queen Creek AZ)
Speaking of trading for future draft picks, when do you think we will start teams trading for 2011 picks when there will most likely be a rookie salary scale making the picks much more valuable?
Tag Ribary (1:43 PM)
Good question. No way to answer that for sure until the decision makers sit down and work out a deal.
John (SPokane WA)
First off, my prayers go out to all those affected in Dallas by the collapsing field cover. Next, still with the Cowboys. They drafted for special teams help, it seems, no big names added really, and one big pain gone, can they make the playoffs this year, in a tough NFC East?
Tag Ribary (1:46 PM)
Sure, they can make the playoffs. You might see them run the ball more often than they have in the past but I don't see where they are really that worse off. Getting rid of a headache can change team chemistry in quick fashion.
Will any teams pick up Pacman jones Marvin Harrison or Jason Tayloe?
Tag Ribary (1:47 PM)
I could see Harrison and Taylor getting picked up before Jones.
Tag, with so many teams switching to 3-4 defenses, will the teams using traditional 4-3 defenses benefit from less competition for the players that fit their scheme?
Tag Ribary (1:50 PM)
With fewer teams competing for 4-3 personnel, yes. Finding enough quality personnel to run the 4-3 was getting challenging there for a while. I think its good that more teams are open to running the 3-4.
Tag, what's happening in DC? Dan Snyder has not traded away any of his 2010 draft picks :-)
Tag Ribary (1:52 PM)
Maybe he's changed his ways. Stay tuned.
Tag, With the Draft additions and Free-Agent moves San Fran made. What do you expect from the team? Thanks.
Tag Ribary (1:54 PM)
Carlos a lot will depend on the QB situation, honestly. Its been said over and over that it's tough to win in the NFL without good QB play and I believe it.
question the other way, will it be tougher for 3-4 teams to acquire players. i think b.j. raji goes in the teens just 3 years ago.
Tag Ribary (2:00 PM)
He may have gone later in some earlier drafts, but big bodies are hard to come by.
Tag Ribary (2:01 PM)
I'm out of time. Thanks for all the questions and input, Have a great week.