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BlitzburghRockCity
06-27-2005, 04:09 PM
The coaches were really impressed in minicamp with rookie LB Rian Wallace, an inside linebacker from Temple. That is good news for a position that will need some depth after the free-agent loss of ILB Kendrell Bell. Larry Foote, who started every game in 2005, has developed into a dependable player who takes good angles to the ball and has the ability to play in pass coverage. But Bell's loss created a depth problem inside, and Wallace looks as though he will be the answer. The coaches like his toughness and instincts

clevestinks
06-27-2005, 07:05 PM
Good news, is good News. We needed some depth and this will help. I wasn`t sure that this late of pick would help, but you can never second guess the Steelers when they draft a LB.

BB2W
06-27-2005, 09:33 PM
The fact he can and did play both outside and inside LB is very valuable. He played both in college and that is why we drafted him. When a team goes 15 and 1 you are looking for little in the draft......He is versitile and I bet he will make an impact on special teams.

BlitzburghRockCity
06-27-2005, 11:19 PM
Yeah we love versatile players, and he definately fits the bill. Just another reason while Zo has been such a bust.. cant play inside and cant even play quality football on the outside.

Im pulling for this kid, he can learn from the best in Farrior !!

KeystoneKC
06-28-2005, 02:07 PM
Stupid question from a newbie: There have been a number of threads (like this one) that appear to be quotes from another source. Yet there is no link, & the source isn't named. Is that typical here? It's kinda nice to know where this stuff comes from.


Never Mind, found it.
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/team?statsId=23

clevestinks
06-28-2005, 02:56 PM
I know alot of stuff come from, Steelers.com, NFL.com, or PittsburghPostGazette.com.

All my stuff comes from me! LOL

BlitzburghRockCity
06-28-2005, 10:33 PM
Normally if you're gonna post up an article from another source.. as long as you have the source mentioned in the article or a link..either way is fine. Sometimes people forget though.

Links are nice for longer articles since it saves people from scrolling down to get to the replies each time they check the thread.. and yes that came from fox sport.

KeystoneKC
06-29-2005, 07:52 AM
Good news, is good News. We needed some depth and this will help. I wasn`t sure that this late of pick would help, but you can never second guess the Steelers when they draft a LB.

Before Wallace, the last five linebackers drafted were Nathaniel Adibi, Zo Jackson, Larry Foote, Kendrell Bell, & Roger Knight. Is there any chance you were a little overzealous in your statement?

steelparrot
06-29-2005, 12:27 PM
Before Wallace, the last five linebackers drafted were Nathaniel Adibi, Zo Jackson, Larry Foote, Kendrell Bell, & Roger Knight. Is there any chance you were a little overzealous in your statement?

So what if all of the past linebackers drafted havent worked out. How often does that happen? The steelers have had an amazing history with linebackers, and you know it.

clevestinks
06-29-2005, 05:11 PM
Before Wallace, the last five linebackers drafted were Nathaniel Adibi, Zo Jackson, Larry Foote, Kendrell Bell, & Roger Knight. Is there any chance you were a little overzealous in your statement?
Not at all, these were mainly later draft picks, with the exception of Bell. Some will make it some won`t. Look at the lb we have drafted over the past 15 years, and you throw out some of these guys?

BlitzburghRockCity
06-29-2005, 06:23 PM
remember most of the LB's we draft are converted defensive ends, so some of them end up just not making it. Zo for example comes to mind.

Overall, I'll put our history of drafting LB's up against anyone.

KeystoneKC
06-30-2005, 08:37 AM
Not at all, these were mainly later draft picks, with the exception of Bell. Some will make it some won`t. Look at the lb we have drafted over the past 15 years, and you throw out some of these guys?

I'm not "throwing out some of these guys" just to make a point, or to start an arguement. They are, like I said, the last 5 drafted prior to Rian Wallace. Accorrding to Drafthistory.com here is the last 35 years worth of Steeler LB's: http://www.drafthistory.com/team-position/steelers.html

Year Rd Player School
2005 5 30 166 Rian Wallace Temple
2004 5 13 145 Nathaniel Adibi Virginia Tech
2003 2 27 59 Alonzo Jackson Florida State
2002 4 30 128 Larry Foote Michigan
2001 2 8 39 Kendrell Bell Georgia
2001 6 19 182 Roger Knight Wisconsin
2000 5 8 137 Clark Haggans Colorado State
1999 3 12 73 Joey Porter Colorado State
1999 7 13 219 Chad Kelsay Nebraska
1997 3 31 91 Mike Vrabel Ohio State
1996 3 11 72 Steven Conley Arkansas
1996 4 31 126 Earl Holmes Florida A&M
1996 7 33 242 Carlos Emmons Arkansas State
1995 4 27 125 Donta Jones Nebraska
1994 3 23 88 Jason Gildon Oklahoma State
1994 6 19 180 Eric Ravotti Penn State
1993 2 15 44 Chad Brown Colorado
1993 5 28 140 Marc Woodard Mississippi State
1992 2 10 38 Levon Kirkland Clemson
1992 9 11 235 Elnardo Webster Rutgers
1991 1 15 15 Huey Richardson Florida
1991 7 18 185 Andre Jones Notre Dame
1991 12 17 323 Jeff Brady Kentucky
1990 7 17 182 Dan Grayson Washington State
1990 10 18 266 Eddie Miles Minnesota-Duluth
1989 4 7 91 Jerrol Williams Purdue
1989 10 7 258 Jerry Olsavsky Pittsburgh
1988 5 12 121 Darin Jordan Northeastern
1988 12 17 322 James Earle Clemson
1987 5 10 122 Hardy Nickerson California
1987 6 10 150 Greg Lloyd Fort Valley State
1986 9 13 234 Anthony Henton Troy State
1986 11 10 287 Larry Station Iowa
1986 12 9 314 Mike Williams Tulsa
1985 5 24 136 Cam Jacobs Kentucky
1985 6 20 160 Gregg Carr Auburn
1985 9 17 241 Fred Small Washington
1983 3 23 79 Todd Seabaugh San Diego State
1982 3 15 70 Mike Merriweather Pacific
1982 6 28 167 Craig Bingham Syracuse
1982 10 16 267 Sal Sunseri Pittsburgh
1981 6 18 156 Bryan Hinkle Oregon
1981 7 17 183 David Little Florida
1980 2 7 35 Bob Kohrs Arizona State
1979 2 28 56 Zack Valentine East Carolina
1979 8 28 220 Tom Graves Michigan State
1979 12 19 322 Ed Smith Vanderbilt
1978 10 18 268 Doug Becker Notre Dame
1978 12 21 327 Brad Carr Maryland
1977 1 21 21 Robin Cole New Mexico
1977 5 20 132 Dennis Winston Arkansas
1977 6 20 159 Paul Harris Alabama
1977 10 20 271 Dave LaCrosse Wake Forest
1976 5 28 152 Rodney Norton Rice
1976 10 26 291 Gary Campbell Colorado
1975 4 26 104 Harold Evans Houston
1975 8 8 190 Tom Knopp Kearney State
1974 2 20 46 Jack Lambert Kent State
1974 8 22 204 Mark Gefert Purdue
1974 12 22 308 Hugh Lickiss Simpson
1974 16 22 412 Octavus Morgan Illinois
1973 4 24 102 Gail Clark Michigan State
1973 5 24 128 Larry Clark Northern Illinois
1973 8 10 192 Loren Toews California
1972 4 10 88 Ed Bradley Wake Forest
1972 17 12 428 Ron Linehan Idaho
1971 2 8 34 Jack Ham Penn State
1971 5 24 128 Fred Brister Mississippi
1971 9 8 216 Mike Anderson Louisiana State

There are some great Linebackers on that list. There are some good Linebackers on that list. There are a fair number of busts on that list as well. My point then, as now, was that the original statement "Never second guess when the Steelers draft a linebacker" might be a bit over the top. At best, it appears to be a coin toss, just like any other position.

There appear to be 60-65 names on this list. How many of them would you classify as great, or good,...or not?

clevestinks
06-30-2005, 03:00 PM
I don`t believe a fifth round or later pick that doesn`t make , is considered a bust! First or second rounder yes but not late rounders. Some are drafted just to fill a special teams need. Look at the starters at the time. There isn`t room for everyone to make it. Vrabel couldn`t make it here, Emmons left for stardom.

BlitzburghRockCity
06-30-2005, 07:36 PM
And its amazing how many players leave for big money and stardom and never pan out after being successful in our system.

clevestinks
06-30-2005, 08:13 PM
Keystone nice work on the research! Not trying to start an arguement here, really I`m not. Go Steelers

KeystoneKC
06-30-2005, 09:27 PM
How about an exercise just to pass the time while waiting on Training Camp to get here (It can't come soon enough). Same list,..your parameters,..the question still stands. Of the 23 remaining names, who would you consider "great", who would you consider "good", & who would you consider "not"?


Year Rd Player School
2003 2 27 59 Alonzo Jackson Florida State
2002 4 30 128 Larry Foote Michigan
2001 2 8 39 Kendrell Bell Georgia
1999 3 12 73 Joey Porter Colorado State
1997 3 31 91 Mike Vrabel Ohio State
1996 3 11 72 Steven Conley Arkansas
1996 4 31 126 Earl Holmes Florida A&M
1995 4 27 125 Donta Jones Nebraska
1994 3 23 88 Jason Gildon Oklahoma State
1993 2 15 44 Chad Brown Colorado
1992 2 10 38 Levon Kirkland Clemson
1991 1 15 15 Huey Richardson Florida
1989 4 7 91 Jerrol Williams Purdue
1983 3 23 79 Todd Seabaugh San Diego State
1982 3 15 70 Mike Merriweather Pacific
1980 2 7 35 Bob Kohrs Arizona State
1979 2 28 56 Zack Valentine East Carolina
1977 1 21 21 Robin Cole New Mexico
1975 4 26 104 Harold Evans Houston
1974 2 20 46 Jack Lambert Kent State
1973 4 24 102 Gail Clark Michigan State
1972 4 10 88 Ed Bradley Wake Forest
1971 2 8 34 Jack Ham Penn State

How many of them would you classify as great, or good,...or not?

BlitzburghRockCity
06-30-2005, 11:07 PM
Keystone nice work on the research! Not trying to start an arguement here, really I`m not. Go Steelers

yeah right.. u know u love arguements! :D :D

clevestinks
07-01-2005, 12:36 PM
yeah right.. u know u love arguements! :D :D

I dont mind trouble your right! :D

But hey not from a Steelers fan. Key is alright to me.

clevestinks
07-01-2005, 12:47 PM
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Year Rd Player School
2005 5 30 166 Rian Wallace Temple TBD
2004 5 13 145 Nathaniel Adibi Virginia Tech TBD
2003 2 27 59 Alonzo Jackson Florida State still young but not so good so far.
2002 4 30 128 Larry Foote Michigan good on the way to great!
2001 2 8 39 Kendrell Bell Georgia really good, really injured
2001 6 19 182 Roger Knight Wisconsin who?
2000 5 8 137 Clark Haggans Colorado State good
1999 3 12 73 Joey Porter Colorado State great
1999 7 13 219 Chad Kelsay Nebraska ????
1997 3 31 91 Mike Vrabel Ohio State little more than good now
1996 3 11 72 Steven Conley Arkansas ???? maybe considered a bust
1996 4 31 126 Earl Holmes Florida A&M good+
1996 7 33 242 Carlos Emmons Arkansas State good+
1995 4 27 125 Donta Jones Nebraska lol
1994 3 23 88 Jason Gildon Oklahoma State great
1994 6 19 180 Eric Ravotti Penn State nice try for a sixth round
1993 2 15 44 Chad Brown Colorado great
1993 5 28 140 Marc Woodard Mississippi State no good
1992 2 10 38 Levon Kirkland Clemson great
1992 9 11 235 Elnardo Webster Rutgers ninth round for a reason
1991 1 15 15 Huey Richardson Florida BIG BUST
1991 7 18 185 Andre Jones Notre Dame ???
1991 12 17 323 Jeff Brady Kentucky 12ty rounder
1990 7 17 182 Dan Grayson Washington State no good
1990 10 18 266 Eddie Miles Minnesota-Duluth no good
1989 4 7 91 Jerrol Williams Purdue good

1989 10 7 258 Jerry Olsavsky Pittsburgh good, over achiever 10 th round too!
1988 5 12 121 Darin Jordan Northeastern no
1988 12 17 322 James Earle Clemson no
1987 5 10 122 Hardy Nickerson California good+
1987 6 10 150 Greg Lloyd Fort Valley State come on great HOF potential
1986 9 13 234 Anthony Henton Troy State no
1986 11 10 287 Larry Station Iowa no
1986 12 9 314 Mike Williams Tulsa no
1985 5 24 136 Cam Jacobs Kentucky no
1985 6 20 160 Gregg Carr Auburn no
1985 9 17 241 Fred Small Washington no
1983 3 23 79 Todd Seabaugh San Diego State BUST
1982 3 15 70 Mike Merriweather Pacific good+
1982 6 28 167 Craig Bingham Syracuse no good
1982 10 16 267 Sal Sunseri Pittsburgh no good
1981 6 18 156 Bryan Hinkle Oregon good+
1981 7 17 183 David Little Florida good
1980 2 7 35 Bob Kohrs Arizona State no
1979 2 28 56 Zack Valentine East Carolina no
1979 8 28 220 Tom Graves Michigan State no
1979 12 19 322 Ed Smith Vanderbilt no
1978 10 18 268 Doug Becker Notre Dame no
1978 12 21 327 Brad Carr Maryland no
1977 1 21 21 Robin Cole New Mexico good+
1977 5 20 132 Dennis Winston Arkansas good
1977 6 20 159 Paul Harris Alabama no ???
1977 10 20 271 Dave LaCrosse Wake Forest ???
1976 5 28 152 Rodney Norton Rice
1976 10 26 291 Gary Campbell Colorado
1975 4 26 104 Harold Evans Houston
1975 8 8 190 Tom Knopp Kearney State
1974 2 20 46 Jack Lambert Kent State more than great
1974 8 22 204 Mark Gefert Purdue
1974 12 22 308 Hugh Lickiss Simpson
1974 16 22 412 Octavus Morgan Illinois
1973 4 24 102 Gail Clark Michigan State
1973 5 24 128 Larry Clark Northern Illinois
1973 8 10 192 Loren Toews California
1972 4 10 88 Ed Bradley Wake Forest
1972 17 12 428 Ron Linehan Idaho
1971 2 8 34 Jack Ham Penn State great
1971 5 24 128 Fred Brister Mississippi
1971 9 8 216 Mike Anderson Louisiana State

Way too many round before, had to throw in lb just to draft someone!