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mesaSteeler
03-06-2009, 04:54 PM
Steeler Report: Jarret Dillard would be a perfect fit for Steelers
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PITTSBURGH- It's no secret now that the Steelers will look to find a receiver in the draft. Bruce Arians also let the cat out of the bag, so to speak when he made this comment to Mike Prisuta of the Tribune Review.

"It'll be Limas, Martin Nance and whoever we draft, one of those cats,"

Sources say there are two guys on the watch/want list if they are available, when the team picks at No. 32 - Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks.

In the next few weeks we'll touch base on the both of them. For now, though, how about a sleeper, a guy that would really fulfill a need and be there for the taking in second or even possibly as late as the fourth.

His name is Jarret Dillard, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound burner from Rice University.

True the Steelers utilized a No.2 pick on Limas Sweed last year, mostly in part because Ben Roethlisberger wanted a big guy in the offensive scheme. But has size become overrated when it comes to the wide receiver slot?

After all, Santonio Holmes is just 5-foot-11 and all he did was win the Super Bowl MVP.

Dillard posted some impressive stats at the recent NFL combine, where he posted a vertical jump of 42.5 inches and the best broad jump 10 feet, 9 inches, and he runs around a 4.3- 40.

What he did in college was even more impressive. In 2007 at the New Orleans Bowl, Dillard caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to set a new record for games with a touchdown in a single season (13); besting the mark he shared with Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss of 12.

Dillard also holds the NCAA record for career touchdown receptions with 60, eclipsing the prior mark of 50 set by former Steeler Troy Edwards. In addition, he was only the 10th player in NCAA history to exceed 4,000 career receiving yards. Last year alone, he had 87 grabs for 1,310 yards.

But the one thing besides all his stats that was eye catching is this tidbit. His best day of 2008 was a 158-yard effort against Texas. That was the most yards gained by a receiver vs. the Longhorns, including all three finalists for the 2008 Biletnikoff Award (Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin).

So there is no question that he is very explosive and athletic. One draft publication says he is a home run threat any time he has the ball, much like Nate Washington brought to the table. The question now, with all the stats why not a first round pick?

His biggest setback is not playing against the type of competition that a guy such as Heyward-Bey has done. He also is small by NFL standards at 175 pounds. But one thing about Dillard, as defenses shifted their focus onto him n 2007/08 - he still performed at a high level and made his teammates better.

NFLdraftdog has compared him to Marvin Harrison, but time will tell as to whether he can have an impact on the NFL level.

Considering this guy has been called the consummate team player from his coaches, it will interesting to watch in 50 days if the Steelers call his name. For more on Dilliard see the You Tube video below.

MasterOfPuppets
03-06-2009, 05:21 PM
the hell with dillard....this guy is the one to watch....

Marko Mitchell, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Combine 40 Time: 4.46.
Vertical: . Broad: .
Projected Round (2009): 5.
1/4/09: Marko Mitchell finished with solid numbers as a senior, collecting 57 catches, 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns.

2007: Despite starting just eight games, Marko Mitchell recorded 53 receptions, 1,129 yards and eight touchdowns in 2007. His yards per catch (21.3) was good for second in the nation. Mitchell also has a nice 40 at his size.

jasonhightower
03-06-2009, 07:41 PM
Wow... some projections have him rated as low as the 25th WR. Looks like a nice late round prospect.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-07-2009, 12:20 AM
Sorry, still liking Quan Cosby from Texas. I know they say height doesnt matter, but Cosby is unfortunately too small at 5'9".

MasterOfPuppets
03-07-2009, 05:33 AM
Sorry, still liking Quan Cosby from Texas. I know they say height doesnt matter, but Cosby is unfortunately too small at 5'9".
the dude is like 28 !!! :doh:

Texasteel
03-07-2009, 05:41 AM
Sorry, still liking Quan Cosby from Texas. I know they say height doesn't matter, but Cosby is unfortunately too small at 5'9".

I like Cosby, because of his size and age we will be able to get him pretty cheap. I believe he can do a good job as a KRer for us, and if you don't over expose him during the game could help at WR.

I hope we don't go WR in the 1st round, but if we do, we do.

Texasteel
03-07-2009, 05:43 AM
the dude is like 28 !!! :doh:

27 this year. When you get to be my age you don't want to get cheated out of a year.

Galax Steeler
03-07-2009, 06:03 AM
Sources say there are two guys on the watch/want list if they are available, when the team picks at No. 32 - Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks

So is this saying they are going to draft a receiver at no.32 if they are there are just any time in the draft when we pick.

Texasteel
03-07-2009, 06:10 AM
Sources say there are two guys on the watch/want list if they are available, when the team picks at No. 32 - Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks

So is this saying they are going to draft a receiver at no.32 if they are there are just any time in the draft when we pick.

I think its saying that if either of them are there and 32, they will fit into the discussion.

Galax Steeler
03-07-2009, 06:33 AM
I think its saying that if either of them are there and 32, they will fit into the discussion.

Thanks that is what I thought it was talking about. Surley to god we ain't going to draft a receiver in the first.:doh:

steelerdave1969
03-07-2009, 07:31 AM
Really wouldnt suprise me to see the Steelers select a WR early, but the first? If Heyward Bey is there or Nicks I wouldnt mind the Steelers taking either of them, but I think the guy from Rice would be an awesome selection for them because he can give us great speed and a good return specialist instead of using a FB to return kickoffs, that is just rediculous..

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-07-2009, 08:02 AM
A couple of things can be gathered from the article...but what is easy to miss is the fact that Dillard is predicted to be a Round 3-5 pick.

I would say that if we are going to get a WR, then those rounds are probably where they will be drafted.

Sooooo...pull out your draft boards and look at WR's predicted to go somewhere near those rounds...(eliminate those who dont fit our team) and you come back with some interesting prospects.

Personally I like Jarret Dillard...and here is a couple more that could probably be picked up on day 2

Austin Collie...WR...BYU
6'1 205lbs

Had 1,538 yards last year with 15 TD's...led the nation in recieving yards.
...strong reliable hands...not "straight-line fast" but has good awareness and quickness. Would be a very good slot reciever

Pat White...WR/QB/PR...West Virginia
6'0 190 lbs

Great athlete, who has the quickness and vision to play slot in the NFL. Limited experience at WR, but could be a versatile weapon and a third down threat if he is willing to make the change.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-07-2009, 09:58 AM
27 this year. When you get to be my age you don't want to get cheated out of a year.

According to NFL.com Cosby is 26 and yes the age and size will cause him to slip. I like him because he is an excellent route runner, has good hands, plays with a toughness and determination and has a knack of making the big play when needes........kind of like a shorter version of Hines Ward.

Cosby is a husband, father, and received $825,000 from the Angels as a baseball prospect, we know he is mature enough to handle money and pro sports. He isnt a big special teams threat, but returned both punts and kicks admirably and his 4.44 -40 speed is good enough for me. If he is there in the 4th or 5th round I think he is a steal.

Rhee Rhee
03-07-2009, 02:56 PM
the hell with dillard....this guy is the one to watch....

Marko Mitchell, Nevada
Height: 6-4. Weight: 218.
Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
Combine 40 Time: 4.46.
Vertical: . Broad: .
Projected Round (2009): 5.
1/4/09: Marko Mitchell finished with solid numbers as a senior, collecting 57 catches, 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns.

2007: Despite starting just eight games, Marko Mitchell recorded 53 receptions, 1,129 yards and eight touchdowns in 2007. His yards per catch (21.3) was good for second in the nation. Mitchell also has a nice 40 at his size.

@ east-west shrine game they gave him 3 opportunities for a jump ball at the end of the game to win it... (they were inside the 5) he had basically a 5 inch height advantage over everyone in that secondary and couldn't come down with it.. i'll pass...

MasterOfPuppets
03-07-2009, 04:23 PM
@ east-west shrine game they gave him 3 opportunities for a jump ball at the end of the game to win it... (they were inside the 5) he had basically a 5 inch height advantage over everyone in that secondary and couldn't come down with it.. i'll pass... so your gonna judge the guy from 1 game ? if you wanna pick out just one game, why not the texas tech game when he ripped em for 147 tds on 8 catches ?


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the game was in Hawaii... but anyway dude we have 5 recievers that are very good and im sorry but moreno is equal to ian johnson... its just that he runs behind a massive o-line.... i think as long as our Defense grows about 2 or 3 inches we'll have a chance to stop the run.... but no team in the country can match up against our recievers.... and btw i hate the guy from texas tech... actually i hate texas tech... bunch of hawaii wannabees that can and will never be as good as this hawaii team.... (michael crabtree) what a loser... he makes first team all america while davone, ryan and jason all have incredible seasons.... what a joke. we'll see how he pans out in the NFL
are you still standing by your opinion of crabtree ?

St33lersguy
03-07-2009, 05:10 PM
Sources say there are two guys on the watch/want list if they are available, when the team picks at No. 32 - Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks

Heyward-Bey will be gone after that 4.3 40 time his stock has taken a large rise & some people have him going as high as #7. Nicks ehhh, the Giants or Titans will probably take him

DACEB
03-11-2009, 07:51 AM
A couple of things can be gathered from the article...but what is easy to miss is the fact that Dillard is predicted to be a Round 3-5 pick.

I would say that if we are going to get a WR, then those rounds are probably where they will be drafted.

Great call LLT!! Check out this great article. I posted just the summary, but the article offers great stats and insight.

http://pit.scout.com/2/846204.html

Frank Tursic offers up the first installment of his Steelers Draft Series.

SUMMARY

With concerns on both sides of the line, I donít see the Steelers drafting a WR in the first round. However, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Hakeem Nicks would certainly represent BPA if either dropped to 1.32. Keep in mind that Kevin Colbert has been known to surprise in the past.

Instead, WR value exists in rounds 3 and 4 where talented prospects such as Mohamed Massaquoi, Brandon Gibson, Mike Wallace, Kenney McKinley, and Jarrett Dillard can be drafted to fill Steelers needs.

After round 4 the receiver well runs dry, being filled with mostly special teamers (ST) and raw prospects like Tiquan Underwood and Johnny Knox. Both players would have large learning curves.

Adding a veteran free agent such as Joey Galloway is a possibility, but I expect the Steelers to pull the trigger and draft a WR in rounds 3 or 4. Since Limas Sweed is now only one injury away from being a starter, and due to the lack of talented depth for the 4th WR spot, the front office needs to address this area before the start of the 2009 season.

SteelMember
03-11-2009, 09:25 AM
Austin Collie...WR...BYU
6'1 205lbs

Had 1,538 yards last year with 15 TD's...led the nation in recieving yards.
...strong reliable hands...not "straight-line fast" but has good awareness and quickness. Would be a very good slot reciever.

I like this kid also. I think we'd have a chance in the 5th on him.

Anyone think we'd take a shot at Mike Thomas, Arizona, if we could get him 3rd or 4th? A smaller guy with good hands and good route runner. Can also return.

lilyoder6
03-11-2009, 11:01 AM
there are several wr's that could be in that 3-5 rd range that could be a gem.... but i don't see a wr til the 4th or maybe 5ht.. i just think that o-line d-line and the secondary is too important

SteelMember
03-11-2009, 11:05 AM
there are several wr's that could be in that 3-5 rd range that could be a gem.... but i don't see a wr til the 4th or maybe 5ht.. i just think that o-line d-line and the secondary is too important

Say a guy like...Deon Butler. :wink02:

SunshineMan21
03-12-2009, 01:07 AM
I really, really like Hakeem Nicks . . . could be the next Ward. However, we have much more pressing needs, and I doubt he'll be there at #32 anyway.

Steely McSmash
03-14-2009, 12:12 AM
I really hope they don't draft WR until at least round 4. I have a sinking feeling that we'll end up with Robiskie however.

SteelShooter
03-14-2009, 12:43 AM
I'm going to go against the grain and say we will draft a WR in the 3rd. And yes....Colbert does have a tendency to surprise us. Look at the past few seasons when we really thought a RB (subtract Mendenhall from this equation) or OL and we pick up something else.
I am guessing (and yes, it is pure guesswork) that we will actually address OL and DL in rounds 1 and 2....but we could still see a DB early as well.

Aussie_steeler
03-14-2009, 01:21 AM
I like this kid also. I think we'd have a chance in the 5th on him.

Anyone think we'd take a shot at Mike Thomas, Arizona, if we could get him 3rd or 4th? A smaller guy with good hands and good route runner. Can also return.

I like Collie as well but I am thinking that he is now a mid 4th round pick.

EIther Collie or Thomas would make me happy at the possible 3rd round compensation pick ( if it eventuates). I personally would like to see a true possession reciever taken who is prepared to run the tough routes across the center in traffic, has sensational hands and is willing to learn from the best ( Hines).