View Full Version : Should we expect a D-Dominated Draft?

02-26-2007, 02:37 PM
Seriously, with the use of a hybrid 4-3/3-4 defense and the slow evolution into Tomlin's philosophy on defense, should we expect a D-Heavy draft? The issues on D outweigh the ones on O. Our LB's are getting old, and as I mentioned, we're using a new Defense now.

The only basic issues on O are the O-Line and finding a suitable #2 for Parker, which shouldn't be that tough to find. Heck, we may already have him on the roster. One things for sure, it's not Haynes. I say Kuhn shocks everyone in the preseason and snatches the number 2 role. Either that or I predict we sign Duckett as our yearly-annual FA. WR is a sexy position, but I have faith in Ward, Holmes, and Washington. Wilson is my only beef, and he can be replaced. He better show up, but I'm not holding my breath.

Just my opinion of course.

02-26-2007, 03:10 PM
I was just watching the Combine and Tim Shaw LB/DE from Penn State ran a 4.49. I just have to say the dude is a beast. I played against him in high school, he went to clarencevill and i went to Cranbrook, and let me just say he dominated both sides of the ball. I hope we can pick him up in the4th or 5th round it could be a big time steal for the Steelers.

Here We Go!

02-26-2007, 03:40 PM
It might be a D dominated draft, but I still prefer to draft some young OL talent.

02-26-2007, 03:42 PM
I think we will draft a tall WR late and at least one offensive lineman, and maybe a big RB. I think the draft will be pretty equal, with maybe a little more emphasis on defense.

02-26-2007, 04:09 PM
I think we need a big time WR....WE have Ward, (who is great but slowing down and cant really streatch the field); Holmes who I think is going to be big time this year)...But after that its all questionable.......
Maybe second round receiver..........

First round is going to be defensive front......no doubt DE or LB

02-26-2007, 04:50 PM
It has to be D early...l2 out of the first 3 picks. As for receivers, Nate Washington has some flashes of brilliance. I hope he's busting his tail this offseason. We'll definitely draft a receiver. Don't forget we've got Willie Reid - while a return specialist he may develop into a solid back up. If Wilson has any sort of impact on our cap room it would not hurt my feelings to get rid of him. But he does know the system, yadda yadda yadda.

Linebackers and D-line have to be the focus though.

02-26-2007, 05:08 PM
what has paul puz been doin at the combine, i can't find any of his info except his 37 in vertical

02-26-2007, 06:51 PM
think the LBs worked out today on NFL network, havent been able to watch it yet, if he has a solid he'd be my choice at #15 pick

Steel Pit
02-26-2007, 10:39 PM
Both of the Penn State Linebackers had excellent combines. They believe that Shaw has probably moved himself up to a first day selection. I would like to see the Steelers nab BOTH of these guys.

02-27-2007, 06:33 AM
what has paul puz been doin at the combine, i can't find any of his info except his 37 in vertical

Go to footballsfuture for combine updates if you haven't been watching on NFL network. BTW,...Poz had an excellent showing yesterday along with Tim Shaw. And Patrick Willis is ridiculous (and by that i mean,...linebackers with his speed should be illegal) LOL

Many people are high on Beason and Timmons. But i think Willis is hands down the best LBer coming out. But with that said,......something about Poz just screams STEELER.

02-27-2007, 08:49 AM
what is with the John Kuhn insanity???? What has he done...EVER...that would make anyone think he can come in and be a legitimate option as a change -o-pace back??

02-27-2007, 09:08 AM
I've been thinking about this and I think with our current cap space issues we will consolidate some of our picks and try to make the most of them. Meaning, I believe we will try to draft 2 D players high on day 1. I think we will take our top guy at 15 (J. Moss, L. Timmons or Carriker) and then try to move up in the 2nd round or get 2 picks in the 2nd to draft another D player (Posluszny, A. Spencer or R. Alexander).

IMO at this point we do not need another RB or WR taken on day 1, probably OL later on day 1. I would make an exception for Hunt or Bush late in round 2 or the 3rd round.

tony hipchest
02-27-2007, 09:24 AM
the good thing is we have 2 picks in the 1st 47. heres my wild guess of how many players will be gone that we dont need:

cb- 4 (weak cb class but people will still draft them cause of need)
s - 3
rb- 5
ol - 3
wr - 4

that leaves 26 other picks. great thing is that this is a very deep and talented year for defensive linemen and linebackers, so we should be able to get alteast 2 of the top 26 in the nation at these 2 positions.

we cant pass up on this opportunity because it would be like the chargers building a foundation with castillo + merriman, or how the steelers came away with hampton and defensive roy k. bell in 2000. (2 players who helped the steelers get the #1 afc seed in 2001)

02-27-2007, 11:52 AM
Another thing with the draft also, lets hope we draft some late rounders that can actually make the team. The last time that happened was back in '02, and last years draft was miserable beyond Willie Colon at I beleive 4th. It is going to be an important draft and we need players that can make the team, not just show up at training camp.

02-27-2007, 11:56 AM
I like your thinking Tony, I did'nt think of it that way but I agree, we should be able to nab 2 very good D players that should be able to help us right away. The LB talent drops off a little after the first 4 or 5 guys though and so does DE for our needs.

I have a question though, 5 RB?? I count 2,3 maybe 4. But I count 4-6 WR; 4-5 CB; 3-4 S and 3-4 OL.

02-27-2007, 12:05 PM
i say we go for spefically . Some big Ends some nice 3-4th round linebackers and some OL espically a nice center that can anchor down the O line for the next decade to take hartings spot

02-27-2007, 01:23 PM
i say we should draft a corner in the early rounds.

02-27-2007, 02:08 PM
It just might be D-dominated. After all, the other team can't win if they don't score, and for that you need a quality D. I also agree we should draft a good talent and player at CB, and if situations become worse possibly a young LB.


02-27-2007, 04:20 PM
I would like to see the defense get alot of help
but we need help on offense in spots as well. OT is a big spot
that we need to upgrade in my opinion, and C as well. But on Defense with the resigning of Aaron Smith to an extension I think that have taken
a big step in the right direction because Smith can play the End
in either the 3-4 or 4-3. But I think that DB should be a
major concern as well...

Steel Pit
02-27-2007, 11:17 PM
what is with the John Kuhn insanity???? What has he done...EVER...that would make anyone think he can come in and be a legitimate option as a change -o-pace back??

What I've seen from his FEW opportunities is that he runs with POWER which is certainly a change of pace.

Pontential coachspeak, PONTENTIAL. He's shown most of us a little bit of something, just enough to leave a lasting impression.

As far as I'm concerned he's 1 year removed from the same boat that these potential draft choices are on, and BOY, aren't we all so excited about the prospects? What have any of them done.....EVER....that would make us think that can can come in and be a legitimate option at ANY position?

Avoid LLoyd1975
02-28-2007, 10:06 PM
Patrick willis, Alan Branch or Adam Carriker in first round. After that who cares just get the best players available.

03-01-2007, 03:11 PM
gotta be defense 1st, 2nd, with a 3rd round OL and late second day WR and QB

alright done, i should be GM