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IowaSteeler927
10-29-2013, 04:07 AM
A bit of a homer thread seeing as I'm an Iowa Hawkeyes fan (born and raised) but I got to thinking and I think there's two guys on the Hawkeyes roster right now that the Steelers could legitimately look into come the 2014 NFL Draft.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j99/zclary923/scherff_zps05a65461.jpg (http://s78.photobucket.com/user/zclary923/media/scherff_zps05a65461.jpg.html)

1. Brandon Scherff OT Iowa 6ft 5" 315lbs - Scherff is a prototypical Iowa Left Tackle. An excellent mauler in the running game, and he's also a very good pass blocker as well. Just a blue chip hard working kind of guy with a high motor. Reminds me a lot of Riley Reiff who is currently the Lions starting LT. Doesn't get the recognition of some other bigger names like Cyrus Kouandjio for example so he could be available maybe into the 2nd Round or 3rd Round (highly doubt it) if he so chooses to enter the 2014 draft and to forgo his Senior season at Iowa. I think he can definitely follow in Reilly Reiff, and Bryan Bulaga's footsteps.He's also pretty strong as you can see in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWV9n47XFMk&noredirect=1
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2. C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa 6ft 7" 265lbs - Fiedorowicz is freakishly tall and has all the intangibles on paper to be a nightmare in the passing game in the NFL. In my opinion he's under utilized in our offense at Iowa but he has a knack for making big plays in big situations. Caught a game winning TD in OT against the Northwestern Wildcats last Saturday. His blocking has gotten much better with time, and he's obviously athletic. Has great hands, and is a good route runner. I'd love to see what he could do if Heath Miller took him under his wing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1N65H9w-XM&noredirect=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZt6Nh3Sqk0&noredirect=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0jDQdfnSfs&noredirect=1


Perhaps I'm grabbing at straws but these guys are legitimate talents that could very well be draft prospects at positions of need for the Steelers. We're still looking for a franchise LT, and David Paulson just hasn't been cutting it. Matt Spaeth still hasn't seen the field, and with all the time he's been out who knows how effective he can be. Fiedorowicz has the sheer size and physical intangibles to be the good receiving and blocking TE we like to see in the Steelers offense. A year of NFL conditioning could make a world of difference for Fiedorowicz as well.

Hawaii 5-0
11-17-2013, 03:49 PM
Kiper: 2014 draft flush with left tackles

Nov. 14, 2013
By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Steelers have used two first-round picks and a pair of second-round selections on their offensive line since 2010.

If they are not convinced their left tackle of the future is currently with the organization, the next NFL draft is shaping up as the one for the Steelers to use another first-round pick on the offensive line.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said during a conference call on Tuesday that the 2014 draft should be flush with premium left tackle prospects.

Kiper has Texas A&M left tackle Jake Matthews rated as his third overall prospect among those players expected to be in the draft.

But he is also high on a number of other tackles, including Iowa’s Brandon Scherff and Auburn’s Greg Robinson.

Scherff is a redshirt junior and Robinson is a redshirt sophomore so each could return to school. But if each enters the 2014 draft they would be first-round picks, Kiper said.

Scherff actually played quarterback his sophomore year of high school before outgrowing the position. He is a good all-around athlete and Kiper couldn’t say enough about the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder.

“He’s just dominating as a run-blocker, light on his feet,” Kiper said. “He’s had a couple of mistakes in protection but other than that he’s been outstanding.”

Kiper has also been impressed with Robinson, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 327 pounds, and plays with a maturity that belies his status as an underclassman.

“Professional already in terms of his approach and demeanor,” Kiper said. “Has everything you want.”

Kiper hasn’t soured on Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan even though he may have hurt his draft stock by returning to school for his senior season. Kiper still has Lewan as a sold first-round pick.

“He’s gotten unfairly criticized,” Kiper said. “The bookends (of Michigan’s offensive line) haven’t been the problem.”

Kiper said as many as seven potential left tackles could go in the first round of the draft depending on how many underclassmen come out early.

Other potential first-rounder offensive tackles he mentioned specifically included Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio, Florida State’s Cameron Irving and North Carolina’s James Hurst.

Kiper still has South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney rated as the top overall player in the draft even though Clowney has had a disappointing junior season.

“Unless you need a quarterback or a great left tackle you take Clowney,” Kiper said of the top overall pick. “It’s hard to go through a brick wall and that’s what teams are doing, they are walling things off.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/2550/mel-kiper-jr-2014-draft-flush-with-left-tackles

IowaSteeler927
11-17-2013, 04:59 PM
Thanks Hawaii 5-0 for the article. Definitely agree with Kiper's breakdown on Scherff. Been watching this kid all year. Mauler in the running game, and good in pass protection. Typical Iowa style Left Tackle. A lot like Bryan Bulaga, and Riley Reiff who preceded him.

BehindSteelCurtain
11-26-2013, 09:19 PM
I think this is the year to take an OT.

IowaSteeler927
11-27-2013, 01:23 AM
I think this is the year to take an OT.

I agree. Beachum is holding down the fort but I don't know that he's the franchise LT we've been looking for. I think Brandon Scherff could fit that role, and if we keep winning games (and I hope we do) we're likely going to end up in the middle of the 1st Round. I hope it ends up being late in the first round, but realistically I think we're going to be in the middle somewhere. Scherff might just be available if he chooses to opt out of playing his senior year at Iowa. The big names like Taylor Lewan, and Cyrus Kouandjio will go off the board first so Scherff could fly under the radar a bit.

Bayz101
12-02-2013, 02:02 AM
Iowa has a great taste in jersey design.

IowaSteeler927
12-03-2013, 04:11 AM
Iowa has a great taste in jersey design.

Haha LOL. Interesting history behind it...

From wikipedia on former Iowa Head Coaching Legend Hayden Fry:


"Iowa coaching career

Hayden Fry was hired as Iowa's 25th head football coach, and fourth in eight seasons, after the 1978 season. Fry had never been to Iowa, but he knew and liked Bump Elliott, by this time the university's athletic director. Iowa had had 17 straight non-winning seasons, but Fry was impressed at the fan support for a program that had struggled for so long.

Fry turned his attention to changing a losing attitude and starting new traditions at Iowa. Hayden would not celebrate close losses or moral victories. He hired a marketing group to create the Tigerhawk, a logo to represent the University of Iowa's athletic programs. Since both shared the colors of black and gold, Fry gained permission from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the dominant NFL program of the time, to overhaul Iowa’s uniforms in the Steelers’ image. Fry had the team "swarm" onto the field together as they left the locker room, holding hands in a show of solidarity. And Fry had the visitors’ locker room painted pink. Fry, a psychology major at Baylor, knew that pink is occasionally used in jails and mental institutions to relax and pacify the residents, and Fry claimed that it might have the same effect on the visiting team. Principally, though, Fry hoped that the unusual color would distract and fluster the opposing players and coaches. Visiting head coaches, particularly Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler, would occasionally try to cover the pink walls with paper to shield their players from the color.[3]

On the field, Hayden assembled a terrific coaching staff, bringing his assistant coaches with him from North Texas, including Bill Brashier, his defensive coordinator and a childhood friend from Eastland, Texas, and Bill Snyder, his offensive coordinator. Fry retained some of the Iowa coaches from the previous staff, including Dan McCarney and Bernie Wyatt. Finally, Fry hired the head coach at Mason City High School, Barry Alvarez. Fry would later add Kirk Ferentz as his offensive line coach and hire his former players Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Chuck Long, and Bret Bielema as assistant coaches. Fry also gave former USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt one of his first breaks in college football, making him a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in 1989."

Personally I think it's pretty classy of the Rooney's that they allowed Hayden Fry to redesign the Hawkeye jerseys in the likeness of the Steelers. I've got Black and Gold running through my veins through and through!

Bayz101
12-03-2013, 12:15 PM
Haha LOL. Interesting history behind it...

From wikipedia on former Iowa Head Coaching Legend Hayden Fry:


"Iowa coaching career

Hayden Fry was hired as Iowa's 25th head football coach, and fourth in eight seasons, after the 1978 season. Fry had never been to Iowa, but he knew and liked Bump Elliott, by this time the university's athletic director. Iowa had had 17 straight non-winning seasons, but Fry was impressed at the fan support for a program that had struggled for so long.

Fry turned his attention to changing a losing attitude and starting new traditions at Iowa. Hayden would not celebrate close losses or moral victories. He hired a marketing group to create the Tigerhawk, a logo to represent the University of Iowa's athletic programs. Since both shared the colors of black and gold, Fry gained permission from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the dominant NFL program of the time, to overhaul Iowa’s uniforms in the Steelers’ image. Fry had the team "swarm" onto the field together as they left the locker room, holding hands in a show of solidarity. And Fry had the visitors’ locker room painted pink. Fry, a psychology major at Baylor, knew that pink is occasionally used in jails and mental institutions to relax and pacify the residents, and Fry claimed that it might have the same effect on the visiting team. Principally, though, Fry hoped that the unusual color would distract and fluster the opposing players and coaches. Visiting head coaches, particularly Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler, would occasionally try to cover the pink walls with paper to shield their players from the color.[3]

On the field, Hayden assembled a terrific coaching staff, bringing his assistant coaches with him from North Texas, including Bill Brashier, his defensive coordinator and a childhood friend from Eastland, Texas, and Bill Snyder, his offensive coordinator. Fry retained some of the Iowa coaches from the previous staff, including Dan McCarney and Bernie Wyatt. Finally, Fry hired the head coach at Mason City High School, Barry Alvarez. Fry would later add Kirk Ferentz as his offensive line coach and hire his former players Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Chuck Long, and Bret Bielema as assistant coaches. Fry also gave former USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt one of his first breaks in college football, making him a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in 1989."

Personally I think it's pretty classy of the Rooney's that they allowed Hayden Fry to redesign the Hawkeye jerseys in the likeness of the Steelers. I've got Black and Gold running through my veins through and through!

Painting the opposing locker room pink was BRILLIANT. :sofunny:

IowaSteeler927
12-03-2013, 04:27 PM
Painting the opposing locker room pink was BRILLIANT. :sofunny:

Hayden Fry is such a badass... Greatest Hawkeye ever IMO.

IowaSteeler927
12-10-2013, 07:10 AM
Brandon Scherff to stay at Iowa for his senior season. I'm glad honestly because losing him would be a huge loss to a damned good offensive line.

PhantomJB93
12-28-2013, 08:32 PM
I'm bored so I thought I'd use your thread to write up some info about prospects from my own school (Virginia Tech) that the Steelers could look at too. These are all defensive prospects as we have fielded one of the top 5 defenses in college football this season statistically, but our offense sucks and there's noone worth mentioning coming out this year except Logan Thomas, who we won't draft since we snagged Landry Jones last year.

1. Kyle Fuller, CB, #17

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8o-aandA74

Kyle Fuller is a player we could be looking at with our pick in the second round. He's currently projected by many to go in the early-to-mid second, but has had an ankle injury which has nagged him as the season went on and has caused him to miss the end of his senior season, so he could perhaps fall to the third. Kyle's been a starter at CB for three seasons now and would be a good fit for our defensive system. He has good coverage skills but is also fantastic against the run and is a spectacular open-field tackler. At VT he has often been used in a hybrid CB-LB role against run-heavy teams and has no problem being physical and taking on multiple defensive roles in a single game in a Troy Polamalu-esque way. He's been the biggest playmaker (something the Steelers sorely lack) on a VT defense which was top 5 in the nation this year when he was playing and I could see him having more of an immediate impact as a rookie in LeBeau's defense than your average Steelers defensive rookie, as he has his fundamentals down and is already a solid all-around defensive player out of the gate with no real holes in his game.

2. Derrick Hopkins, DT, #98

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7CzmRYSqQ

Derrick Hopkins is a poor man's Aaron Donald in the sense that he is a little undersized for the NFL but has played at a level that would have earned him a much higher draft grade if he was a few inches taller. He wasn't as dominant as Aaron Donald of course, but he anchored the best interior line VT has seen in years and showed tremendous power and pas-rushing skill with the ability to take over games at times. At 6'0, 310, he's not tremendously undersized, and could easily find success in the NFL as Casey Hampton was only an inch taller at 6'1, but for comparison's sake top NTs drafted in recent years have usually been around 6'3 or 6'4. While VT runs a 4-3, Hopkins has the size and build to be a NT option for us in round 3 or 4 should we miss out on Louis Nix in the first round.

3. Luther Maddy, DT, #92

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOogYmGF58

Luther Maddy was Hopkins' counterpart on the interior DLine and was arguably an even more dominant force than Hopkins in 2013. Maddy is only a junior and many VT fans expect him to return for his senior season, but he has submitted his paperwork to draft advisory board and should he elect for the draft would probably go in rounds 2-4 much like Hopkins. Maddy is a little taller and leaner than Hopkins at 6'1 296, but still has the bulk and playing style of a 3-4 NT, so he could be another fallback option at NT later in the draft should we not pick Nix. Maddy could easily work his way into the first round should he spend another season in college to develop his game, so if he comes out early a team who drafts him in rounds 2-4 could be getting a steal.

4. Antone Exum, CB/S, #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUSyrr9MHBg

Exum to me is the most interesting prospect we have and a huge sleeper this year. Exum has spent time at both CB and S at Virginia Tech, playing S his first year as a starter in 2011 and shifting to CB in 2012 where he had a dominant season as a cover corner. Unfortunately, this past January he tore his ACL playing pick-up basketball after our bowl game, and this has caused him to miss nearly his entire senior season with the exception of a couple games late in the season where it was obvious that the injury was still bothering him. Prior to this injury, Exum was considered by many draft experts to be one of the top CB prospects in the 2014 draft, with many giving him a first round projection, but this injury will likely drop him all the way into the round 3-6 range. Exum has fantastic size for a corner at 6'1 224, but has never been a particularly fast corner, and the ACL injury has only increased concerns about his lack of speed at the position, hence why he will likely drop in the draft. For this reason I think it would make more sense for the Steelers to draft him as a S; Exum has great ball skills as a DB (he had 5 picks in his 2012 campaign), is a tough player and a hard hitter, and would have above-average cover skills at the position for those concerned with our lack of coverage ability at S. Not to mention he is a huge vocal leader, something our defense has lacked for several years, and is a class act. I think he and Shamarko would make a great future tandem at S to take over for Troy and Clark and Exum could be low cost, high potential option at S for us in the mid-late rounds.

5. James Gayle, OLB, #99

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BY2TX9clKU

James Gayle has also been a huge part of VT's dominant defensive line this year. Gayle was our successor at DE to Jason Worilds, another VT DE/OLB you guys may be familiar with :tt02: While Gayle has had success as a starter at VT the past several years, he is not somebody who projects as a great NFL starter, but would be a solid backup option at OLB for depth and a great special teamer should we choose to draft him for depth in the later rounds if Woodley or Worilds leaves. I love Gayle but my one criticism of him is he has never totally lived up to expectations (another thing we are familiar with with Worilds, haha)...that's not to say he's a scrub or anything, and while he has been a great pass-rusher for the Hokies and will be missed, it's just that every offseason we kept expecting to make the jump up to a truly dominant DE and more of a first or second round prospect, and that just never happened. Again, that's not to say he was bad, he just never really improved over the years, staying a 5-6 sack guy consistently for three seasons as a starter, which is great considering he wasn't highly rated out of high school to begin with; it's just a lot of people thought when he had 7.5 sacks as a sophomore he'd make a huge leap the next year and he never did. He definitely has the upside to be a starting NFL OLB or DE, and has good size at 6'4 253, but I wouldn't expect it to happen until he's been coached at the professional level for several years. Gayle has 5.5 sacks this season and 21.5 in his four-year career at VT.


So yeah, we have a bunch of defensive players I could see the Steelers looking at in this draft. Unfortunately, Fuller and Exum will be missing our bowl game, but if you want to watch Hopkins, Maddy, and Gayle we play UCLA on Dec 31 at 2PM and I expect them to give Brett Hundley a hard time the whole game. :tt03:

IowaSteeler927
12-29-2013, 12:56 PM
Interesting. Thanks for the read!

IowaSteeler927
01-23-2014, 01:34 AM
Little bit of an update on Fiedorowicz who is impressing scouts at the Senior Bowl practices...

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-01-21/sports/bs-sp-ravens-senior-bowl-0122-20140121_1_dennis-pitta-ed-dickson-senior-bowl

Just praying to God he doesn't end up with the Ravens. It's already painful enough watching Dallas Clark, and Marshal Yanda wearing Ravens uniforms.

GMU Steeler
01-23-2014, 10:01 AM
Haha LOL. Interesting history behind it...

From wikipedia on former Iowa Head Coaching Legend Hayden Fry:


"Iowa coaching career

Hayden Fry was hired as Iowa's 25th head football coach, and fourth in eight seasons, after the 1978 season. Fry had never been to Iowa, but he knew and liked Bump Elliott, by this time the university's athletic director. Iowa had had 17 straight non-winning seasons, but Fry was impressed at the fan support for a program that had struggled for so long.

Fry turned his attention to changing a losing attitude and starting new traditions at Iowa. Hayden would not celebrate close losses or moral victories. He hired a marketing group to create the Tigerhawk, a logo to represent the University of Iowa's athletic programs. Since both shared the colors of black and gold, Fry gained permission from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the dominant NFL program of the time, to overhaul Iowa’s uniforms in the Steelers’ image. Fry had the team "swarm" onto the field together as they left the locker room, holding hands in a show of solidarity. And Fry had the visitors’ locker room painted pink. Fry, a psychology major at Baylor, knew that pink is occasionally used in jails and mental institutions to relax and pacify the residents, and Fry claimed that it might have the same effect on the visiting team. Principally, though, Fry hoped that the unusual color would distract and fluster the opposing players and coaches. Visiting head coaches, particularly Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler, would occasionally try to cover the pink walls with paper to shield their players from the color.[3]

On the field, Hayden assembled a terrific coaching staff, bringing his assistant coaches with him from North Texas, including Bill Brashier, his defensive coordinator and a childhood friend from Eastland, Texas, and Bill Snyder, his offensive coordinator. Fry retained some of the Iowa coaches from the previous staff, including Dan McCarney and Bernie Wyatt. Finally, Fry hired the head coach at Mason City High School, Barry Alvarez. Fry would later add Kirk Ferentz as his offensive line coach and hire his former players Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops, Chuck Long, and Bret Bielema as assistant coaches. Fry also gave former USF Head Coach Jim Leavitt one of his first breaks in college football, making him a graduate assistant coach at Iowa in 1989."

Personally I think it's pretty classy of the Rooney's that they allowed Hayden Fry to redesign the Hawkeye jerseys in the likeness of the Steelers. I've got Black and Gold running through my veins through and through!

Didn't know that Hayden Fry was responsible for the Hawkeyes colors and design. Cool deal, I was really impressed with him as a coach and man after seeing him talk in that documentary about the integration of college football in the South.

IowaSteeler927
01-24-2014, 03:21 AM
Didn't know that Hayden Fry was responsible for the Hawkeyes colors and design. Cool deal, I was really impressed with him as a coach and man after seeing him talk in that documentary about the integration of college football in the South.

He is a Hawkeye legend. He literally took a Hawkeye program that was absolutely awful and made them a force to be reckoned with. He did it at a school that doesn't get the huge name recruits, a football program in the Heart of the Midwest that most recruits turn down because they want to play in warmer weather. I think it's awesome that he wanted to model the Hawkeyes after the Steelers. I'm black and gold through and through!

Just look at the Coaching tree that came from Coach Fry. Bob Stoops, Kirk Ferentz, Barry Alvarez, Bret Bielema, Chuck Long, Jim Leavitt, Dan Mccarney, etc...