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04-24-2007, 08:37 AM
Pitt cornerback Revis interests Steelers

By Scott Brown
Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Steelers, like most teams, don't like to talk about which players they are interested in drafting.

But coach Mike Tomlin did acknowledge the team would have an interest in taking Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis in the first round of the draft Saturday.

"He's definitely a viable guy," Tomlin said Monday during a draft briefing. "I don't think his name is too far (down) on any of the 32 (draft) boards."

The 5-11 1/2, 204-pound Revis is widely considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a sure first-round pick.

The Steelers might look for a cornerback early in the draft, and they are well aware of Revis. They share a practice facility with Pitt, and director of football operations Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are especially diligent about evaluating draft prospects from schools that are nearby, such as Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State.

Tomlin, who coached the secondary in Tampa Bay from 2001-05, had high praise for Revis.

"He's got a nice combination of size and speed, and he's a young guy. You would imagine there's a lot of football in front of him," Tomlin said of the Aliquippa native, who declared for the draft after his junior season at Pitt. "He seems to have his head on straight and he's a sharp young man, so he has a lot of things that are attractive about him."


04-24-2007, 08:47 AM
If we stay at 15 Revis is one of only a few players worthy of that pick IMO.

04-24-2007, 09:32 AM
I cant imagine they use their Rd 1 pick on a CB...our current salary structure already has devoted several millions to the secondary...and after we resign Troy its gonna skyrocket....LB seems to be logical position

04-24-2007, 09:36 AM
No No No!!!!

We have bigger needs than cornerback. Just because the kid played at Pitt doesn't mean anything. We have a better version of him already on the roster. His name is Bryant McFadden.

04-24-2007, 06:33 PM
Coach Tomlin said exactly what he was suppossed to say regarding Revis or any other prospect for that matter. LOL (Strategy)

I'll still think we take Anderson,... or even 'make a move' for Patrick Willis. (Though Colbert may trade down,... so as to justify taking a player whom will be his very first round one 'bust')

04-25-2007, 07:52 AM
If we stay at 15 Revis is one of only a few players worthy of that pick IMO.

You have touched on the reality of the situation....We may need an OLB more than a CB...BUT value dictates picks as much as need....

...since we need OLB...OT...CB depth...Big RB....etc....you look at who will be worth the #15 pick...and whether or not there is more value for those positions later in the draft....For example...3rd round/Stewart Bradley

04-28-2007, 08:45 AM
Steelers hold the 15th pick, Pitt's Darrelle Revis seems to be their man
But there's a good chance they are bluffing
Saturday, April 28, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

They can call it the NFL draft all they want, but today the Steelers will play poker, and they are among the ones ready to deal.

With the 15th pick in this draft, the Steelers reside in an ideal spot to trade. There will be a handful of teams willing to offer a prized draft choice to swap places with them in the first round, and Jacksonville is at the top of that list.

The Jaguars want Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis more than anything. Jacksonville picks 17th, two spots behind the Steelers. The Jaguars know the Steelers also like Revis and could draft him if they stay at No. 15.

Two important pieces of evidence appeared during the team's only news conference before the draft Monday. Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert has been as secretive as any personnel man in the league since his arrival with the Steelers in 2000. He refuses to talk about the draft in the month leading up to it except for the Monday news conference. He orders his scouts to keep their mouths shut and he refuses to talk about individual players.

Yet Monday he expressed a willingness to trade down in the first round, if the price is right, of course. And then coach Mike Tomlin praised Revis no end when asked about him. When Tomlin was asked about another player, Colbert stepped in and said there would be no more player evaluations.

Was it a mistake on new coach Tomlin's part to open up about Revis or was it planned?

The Steelers certainly could sit still and draft Revis with the No. 15 pick, provided someone above them does not snap him up first. They have three young cornerbacks, but aren't sure yet what they have in one or two of them. Revis also would upgrade their return game.

But what if the Jaguars offered a third-round draft choice to make the swap? The Steelers would move down just two spots and acquire what many believe to be the best value picks in any draft -- the third round.

That 15th pick carries even more value because teams drafting 1 through 16 can sign their picks to contracts up to six years in length. Teams drafting in the second half of the round can sign them to a maximum of five years. The longer the contract for a top rookie, the better for the team.

A third-round draft pick to move two spots would not be too much to ask, in this case.

So, what do the Steelers do after that? They entertain more offers to move down in the first round. Why not? Instead of getting one good player, they could get two by picking up another pick in the third or fourth round.

If they stay put at No. 17, they'll have a handful of players to consider. It's probable that outside linebackers Lawrence Timmons of Florida State and Jon Beason of Miami will be available, and the Steelers desperately need outside linebackers. Jarvis Moss, a pass-rushing end at Florida, may still be on the board. Central Michigan's Joe Staley, the third-best tackle in the draft, should be there. Auburn's Ben Grubbs, the best guard in the draft, surely will still be available, and the Steelers may need guards next year when it is possible both of their starters will depart.

If the Steelers are lucky, defensive end Jamaal Anderson of Arkansas also will be on hand still. The Steelers would not seem to need a defensive end with Aaron Smith, newly signed to a contract extension, and Brett Keisel. But Anderson could represent a shift to the 4-3, or at least give Tomlin and coordinator Dick LeBeau more options along those lines.

Anderson is a 6-5 & 1/2, 288-pound pass-rushing end who fits perfectly in a 4-3, but also could play in a 3-4. He's a former high school wide receiver and basketball player who has wonderful athletic ability. His long arms remind some of L.C. Greenwood.

A so-so postseason workout dropped him slightly and he's not fast running the 40, but he's quick and plays fast enough. He could be a steal at No. 17.

The Steelers could use him either as a spot rusher this season, putting him on the edge when they move to their dime defense instead of using one of their outside linebackers in that role. They also could use him in a true four-man line by moving Smith inside and putting Anderson on the outside, in essence playing a 4-3.

Here's the payoff -- not only could they get Anderson, but it gives them more options by obtaining the extra pick from Jacksonville. They could use their fourth-round draft choice (they also have a compensatory fourth-round pick) to move up in the second round with a trade. They might be able to move high enough to draft Grubbs, a player some mock drafts figure they'll take in the first round.

Even if Grubbs is gone, they'll get a solid choice in the second round -- a guard, a running back, a receiver, a linebacker.

Should the Steelers not make the trade, they still could take Anderson at No. 15. But they don't want Jacksonville to know that, or else the Jaguars might roll the dice and decide to stay put at No. 17.

Back in 1969, Chuck Noll made a defensive lineman his first pick in the draft. Now it's Mike Tomlin's turn to go for Jamaal Anderson.


04-28-2007, 12:44 PM
I think they're bluffing. It won't be Revis.

tony hipchest
04-28-2007, 04:35 PM
With the 15th pick in this draft, the Steelers reside in an ideal spot to trade. There will be a handful of teams willing to offer a prized draft choice to swap places with them in the first round, and Jacksonville is at the top of that list.i think the jets snookered them. that trade with carolina shoulda been done with the steelers, and cost us a 2nd. i think it was more of a case of tomlins loose lips, rather than a tactical plaoy. if it was a ploy, it almost worked and them backfired. steelers shoulda been talking to the jets all along.

04-29-2007, 10:55 AM
No, I don't think we need a CB just yet. I'm glad we picked who we did so far.