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Mosca
09-13-2008, 07:10 AM
Woodley busts out

Lost in the Steelers' blowout victory over the Texans was the breakout performance of LaMarr Woodley.

The second-year standout finished with three tackles, a sack, and an interception in the opener; and flashed outstanding versatility as an edge player in the Steelers' 3-4.

"He was a beast," said an AFC scout who witnessed the performance. "He was all over the place, and they appeared to have no answer for him."

Woodley, the team's second round pick in 2007, was making his first start at outside linebacker, and he picked up where he left off last season. As a rotational player, Woodley played about 15 snaps per game last season, but finished the year with four sacks. His potential was so enticing the team elected to let last season's starter (Clark Haggans) leave during free agency.

"You could see his potential in the limited reps that he received last season," said an AFC scout. "Although he played far fewer snaps than Haggans, he still matched his production while adapting to a new position. So you knew that he had the potential to be a special player if he had the chance."

Although Woodley starred as a defensive end at Michigan, scouts were concerned about his size as a pro defensive end, and downgraded him in spite of his stellar collegiate career. Thus, the Steelers were able to nab a first round talent in the middle of the second round and bring an added dimension to their pass rush.

As one of the biggest linebackers in Steelers' history, Woodley poses a problem for teams attempting to block him with a running back in pass protection. He overpowers them with his strength, and is always at an advantage when he comes off the open side. He also flashes enough athleticism to occasionally drop into coverage, so he is difficult to account for when facing the Steelers' complex zone blitz scheme.

"He is going to be a problem for offenses," said an AFC scout. "He is simply too big for running backs to handle in pass pro, and his ability to turn speed into power makes him a difficult for offensive linemen. When he gets it all figured out, he is going to be something special."

GBMelBlount
09-13-2008, 07:17 AM
"You could see his potential in the limited reps that he received last season," said an AFC scout....

As one of the biggest linebackers in Steelers' history, Woodley poses a problem for teams attempting to block him with a running back in pass protection. He overpowers them with his strength, and is always at an advantage when he comes off the open side. He also flashes enough athleticism to occasionally drop into coverage, so he is difficult to account for when facing the Steelers' complex zone blitz scheme."

Four sacks in limited play as a rookie last year.....The more I watch Woodley, the more I think the sky is the limit for this guy!

DACEB
09-13-2008, 08:15 AM
Woodley, the team's second round pick in 2007, was making his first start at outside linebacker, and he picked up where he left off last season. As a rotational player, Woodley played about 15 snaps per game last season, but finished the year with four sacks. His potential was so enticing the team elected to let last season's starter (Clark Haggans) leave during free agency.

240 snaps.... try like 88 snaps and including the playoff game, finished with 6 sacks. He was injured early on, he did not get 15 snaps a game.

With this guys dedication to the game, he's definetly going to be special.

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-13-2008, 09:46 AM
Four sacks in limited play as a rookie last year.....The more I watch Woodley, the more I think the sky is the limit for this guy!

I dont think "sky's the limit" in the way of him having more upside. Woodley has a lot of experience in college and is a finished product. I think regular starting time like this year will just give him a chance to show that he was an ideal fit for a 3-4 OLB.

He can be an 8-10 sack a season guy that plays the run like a lineman and gets regular consideration for the pro-bowl. He's gonna be good, not a flashy type player, but sometimes will look like a man amongst boys. ..

GBMelBlount
09-13-2008, 09:51 AM
He can be an 8-10 sack a season guy that plays the run like a lineman and gets regular consideration for the pro-bowl. He's gonna be good, not a flashy type player, but sometimes will look like a man amongst boys. ..

Cmon, El-Gonzo, "SOMETIMES"? I bet this guy had facial hair in kindergarten. I say 12+ sacks this year.

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-13-2008, 10:06 AM
I gotta be honest...I am as excited about this group of lInebackers, as I have been in years......and we STILL have Davis and were able to keep Humpal who I think can be a very productive ILB someday.:tt03::tt03:

Woodley is fast becoming one of my favorite players on this team...I love intensity!!!

KeiselPower99
09-13-2008, 11:13 AM
If Timmons gets on the field with Woodley and Harrison we will have the best lb corp since +he mid 90s. I am super excited for Woodleys potential. He is gonna be a superstar

Steelman16
09-13-2008, 03:36 PM
I'd like to see him "bust out" again against the Browns tomorrow! Send the Brownie's back to where they belong!


Off-topic...we were able to keep Humpal, did we secure Mundy?

El-Gonzo Jackson
09-13-2008, 04:34 PM
Cmon, El-Gonzo, "SOMETIMES"? I bet this guy had facial hair in kindergarten. I say 12+ sacks this year.

I was referring to him being powerful and discarding blockers like they are on the JV squad.

But, I remember a kid in the 5th grade that looked like Cheech Martin. Had a great stache and set of sideburns at age 10. I'm OK if Woodley gets 12 sacks. I just think he gets less being on the left side. I'm more impressed by the way he can stop the run.

Texasteel
09-13-2008, 08:28 PM
I gotta be honest...I am as excited about this group of lInebackers, as I have been in years......and we STILL have Davis and were able to keep Humpal who I think can be a very productive ILB someday.:tt03::tt03:

Woodley is fast becoming one of my favorite players on this team...I love intensity!!!

I hadn't heard anything. You telling me Humpals on the practice squad?

HereWeGoSteelers219
09-13-2008, 09:33 PM
I think Humpal was placed on the waived/injured list along with Mundy. I'm not sure if that means IR or not?

lilyoder6
09-13-2008, 09:43 PM
shit idk.. i hope we have humpal and mundy... i liked them both

devo_17
09-14-2008, 01:55 AM
I havent been more excited about a linebacking core since the days of Lloyd, Greene, Kirkland, and Brown.

Galax Steeler
09-14-2008, 06:39 AM
Come on woodley bring the wood to Derick Anderson this week and give him a taste of the wood.

Mosca
09-14-2008, 08:32 AM
IMO Woodley is going to be a linebacking star on the level of LT, Merriman, et al. He's going to be our best LB since Lambert.

I can't say about Timmons, because I haven't seen him as much, but if I dare myself to think about it, he may be even better. It is possible that we could have two guys that good, AND James Harrison.