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mesaSteeler
03-14-2009, 11:18 PM
The future of the Steelers
By PAUL EDGAR, pedgar@reviewonline.com
POSTED: March 15, 2009
http://www.reviewonline.com/page/content.detail/id/511720.html?nav=5012

It's never too early to start talking about football.

And in all actuality, the start of the NFL season begins April 25 when the league holds its amateur draft in New York.

The defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers are recognized as being one of the best drafting teams in the NFL, and for good reason.

Year in and year out, the Steelers let free agents walk away if they demand more money than they're worth, and rarely does the team overspend on players from other teams on the open market.

That is a luxury an organization has if it has the personnel to select quality young talent in the draft.

With that being said, here's a look at some possible selections you might hear come out of Commissioner Goodell's mouth after saying, "With the 32nd pick of the 2009 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select..."

Alex Mack, C, California

Mack (6-foot3, 316 pounds) is hands down the best center available in the draft, if not the best overall lineman. If Mack is available to the Steelers, there's little doubt they'll scoop him up. Unfortunately, most draft boards have Mack going anywhere from pick 20-28. He has a lengthy list of awards during his career with the Bears. Mack will be the first center ever to be drafted in the first round. California had one of the top rushing attacks in all of college football and Mack was the quarterback of the line. Most experts say Mack could start immediately and is said to have an extremely high football IQ (and overall IQ as he won what's known as the "Academic Heisman").

Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest

Smith (5-9, 190) has been nicknamed "Prime" because he possesses all the athletic ability and swagger of a young Deion Sanders. Smith was selected to the AP All-American first team last year, a season in which he tied the ACC career interception record with 20 picks. Many believe Smith should be rated higher than some of the more lauded defensive backs such as Malcolm Jenkins, D.J. Moore and Vontae Davis. His size is somewhat of a concern, but he more than makes up for it with his amazing foot speed (4.56 in 40-yard dash). Smith is the type of corner who revels in being on an island and shutting down his opponent. Smith could jump right into the Steelers' Nickel package and contribute.

William Beatty, OT, Connecticut

Beatty (6-6, 307) has terrific size and excellent athleticism for an offensive tackle. His ability to move will play well on the next level. Beatty is a lineman who can handle the speed of the better defensive ends coming off the edge. He helped block for the nation's leading rusher last season as well, although pass blocking is his strong suit. The thing I like about Beatty is he still has room to improve. He can still get stronger and add some more muscle to his already large frame.

Sean Smith, CB, Utah

Smith has it all. The size (6-4, 215), the speed (4.53 40-yard dash), the athleticism. A converted wide receiver, Smith would make a great free safety covering the deep routes. Last season he recorded 45 tackles, nine pass deflections and five interceptions. Smith reads the quarterback well and is able to close quickly with his speed. It might be somewhat of a stretch for the Steelers to select him in the first round, but if they do, they could be getting a compliment to Troy Polamalu that would make opposing wideouts cringe.

(Paul Edgar is a sports writer at The Review. He can be reached at pedgar@reviewonline.com)

skinart82
03-14-2009, 11:26 PM
A 6-4 CB.....WOW!!!! I have always wondered why there are all theses cb's under 6', when wr's are getting taller. This could be cool with me, but I also like a 6-6 OT who is strong at pass blocking!

ShutDown24
03-15-2009, 12:47 AM
A 6-4 CB.....WOW!!!! I have always wondered why there are all theses cb's under 6', when wr's are getting taller. This could be cool with me, but I also like a 6-6 OT who is strong at pass blocking!

Backpedaling comes more naturally to smaller guys. Running fast while going forward isn't too difficult if you have the natural talent, but playing corner requires at least equal athleticism to playing wide out and more discipline. That's why there aren't many cover DB's over 6'0 - 6'2.

Steelman16
03-15-2009, 01:22 AM
If Mack isn't there and Beatty is...I'd for sure take Beatty over A.Smith and S.Smith.

Am I the only one who really likes Beatty? I think he could start at RT, bumping Colon inside to guard.

Preacher
03-15-2009, 02:20 AM
IDK,

I don't see us going FS in the first round, even if it is a BPA choice. I think we trade down into the top of the 2nd round and maybe get a top third for our bottom third, and pick up a second tier lineman and a FS that way, or a O and D lineman in the second round and a FS in the 3rd.

Or maybe, since we seem to have two picks back to back in the 3rd, we package a1 and 3, for a lower-mid first and assure ourselves of Mack. I would LOVE that.

Then, we are back to moving Hartwig to either left or right guard, depending who he can beat out (or if he can. . . might as well not assume).

Heck, that still leaves us with a second round pick and a 3 round pick just a couple spots down from where we would be normally picking anyway.

SunshineMan21
03-15-2009, 02:30 AM
I really hope we don't go CB in the first round unless someone like Vontae Davis is there--I'm not enamored with any of the other guys and it seems difficult to imagine a scenario in which ALL of the good O-linemen get snapped up by #32.

Galax Steeler
03-15-2009, 06:29 AM
If we don't get Mack then I hope we pick up Alphonso Smith. I have read alot on this guy and heard alot about him.

Vincent
03-15-2009, 09:13 AM
Mack needs to be a Steeler.

That is all.

Give It To Abercrombie
03-15-2009, 09:25 AM
Alex Mack, C, California

Mack (6-foot3, 316 pounds) is hands down the best center available in the draft, if not the best overall lineman. If Mack is available to the Steelers, there's little doubt they'll scoop him up. Unfortunately, most draft boards have Mack going anywhere from pick 20-28. He has a lengthy list of awards during his career with the Bears. Mack will be the first center ever to be drafted in the first round. California had one of the top rushing attacks in all of college football and Mack was the quarterback of the line. Most experts say Mack could start immediately and is said to have an extremely high football IQ (and overall IQ as he won what's known as the "Academic Heisman").



Really? Was Nick Mangold a QB? Could have sworn he was a center. Or did he mean first ever center drafted in the 1st round by the Steelers?


I am really hoping for Mack but have serious doubts if he will still be there. I would be thrilled with any of the four guys on this list, though. In order I'd say Mack, Beatty, Sean Smith, Alphonso Smith.

The Definiti0n
03-15-2009, 10:15 AM
If we don't get Mack then I hope we pick up Alphonso Smith. I have read alot on this guy and heard alot about him.

I agree my first choice is Mack my second pick if Mack is gone is Smith

The Definiti0n
03-15-2009, 10:17 AM
Nick Mangold was the 29th pick of the NY Jets in the 2006 draft.

lilyoder6
03-15-2009, 10:28 AM
i could see the possible drafting of sean smith to be our next FS... Clark is playing in his final yr of his contract and he will be 30... so that is a possibility.,..

but i agree that IF mack is there.. he should be the def pick

Dino 6 Rings
03-15-2009, 10:56 AM
I still believe we are going DLine with our first pick.

4xSBChamps
03-15-2009, 11:22 AM
A 6-4 CB.....WOW!!!!

WOW-indeed!

http://i2.ebayimg.com/08/i/001/01/06/5d2a_1.JPG

http://www.nfl.com/players/melblount/profile?id=BLO664464

truesteelerfan
03-15-2009, 11:32 AM
I think I'm like most people here, OL and DL are our primary areas of concern....However....After we grab one of those in the first round...how appealing does it sound to have a guy who is 6'4" in our secondary...We have extra draft picks, and as we all know, kinda have some other priorities when it comes to our money, how bout trade a 3rd or 4th to move up and add that defensive back to our secondary? Then maybe a little of that money we had set aside for the extra drafted players can go to Harrison, Miller, etc. I know it would be nice to have a tall DB back there when teams go for the hail mary against us which seems to happen at least a game or two every year!

calsteeler
03-15-2009, 12:07 PM
YO-YO-YO, enough of this " Mack-Daddy " BS!

Here's the BEST Center in college football B!tches,,,and the NEXT great Steeler Center.
Y'all better step up and recognize! :-)


http://www.rimingtontrophy.com/

Steeldude
03-15-2009, 12:26 PM
please say no to the smiths in the 1st round.

groundhogday
03-15-2009, 12:36 PM
No DL?

hindes204
03-15-2009, 12:51 PM
Mack will probably be gone by 32...what about Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma as our first round pick

RoethlisBURGHer
03-15-2009, 01:08 PM
I am hoping for offensive line there. Mack, Beatty, someone for the o-line.

I agree that d-line is a need to, but IMHO not in the first round.

OneForTheToe
03-15-2009, 01:32 PM
All this talk of a d'lineman as the first pick has me wondering a bit. I definately would not be against the idea. D' end in a 3-4 has to be the hardest position in the NFL to fill. Not only do you have to find guys with the talent to play the position, but they have to the mindset to go banging into two o'linemen play after play while linebackers blow into the lanes they create and grab all the accolades. It takes a special player to excel as an end in a LeBeau scheme. For this reason, we should draft an end, if we find one that fits our scheme, the first chance we have - almost regardless of who else we pass on.

The only issue I have with the predictions of picking an end high in the draft is that most of the D'linemen rated highly on draft charts are not 3-4 ends (5 technique). I know I hear, "he could play end in a 3-4 D," but there is a big difference between being able to play a position and wanting too, and therefore, excelling at playing that position. Most college linemen (particularly highly rated one's) would much rather lead the league in sacks than be a role player to a linebacker who leads the league in sacks. I think this is why our two starting ends were drafted in the 4th and 7th rounds respectively. So, I am thinking the end we pick (if we do so) might be on the second day.

Of course, if we select a NT to eventually replace Casey that is a completely different side of beef.

TheManOfSteel
03-15-2009, 02:04 PM
I really hope we don't go CB in the first round unless someone like Vontae Davis is there--I'm not enamored with any of the other guys and it seems difficult to imagine a scenario in which ALL of the good O-linemen get snapped up by #32.

100% agree. Vontae there take him not go Oline or Dline if Tyson Jackson's there.

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-15-2009, 02:58 PM
100% agree. Vontae there take him not go Oline or Dline if Tyson Jackson's there.

Vontae is a coach killer...talks down to coaches and was benched for "getting into an assistant coaches face"...which is why he is dropping on alot of teams draft boards.

...No way the Steelers draft him.

lamberts-lost-tooth
03-15-2009, 03:03 PM
Really? Was Nick Mangold a QB? Could have sworn he was a center. Or did he mean first ever center drafted in the 1st round by the Steelers?

.

That was the way I took it.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-15-2009, 04:10 PM
. D' end in a 3-4 has to be the hardest position in the NFL to fill. .

I dont think so. Its basically a guy that is a tall DT and is gonna be a 2 gap lunchbucket defender. Aaron Smith, Kemo Von Olhoffen, Luis Castillo, Keisel, Justin Bannan, Igor Olshansky are all guys that are never gonna be guys that get the limelight.

The ability to get an athletic guy that can play a 2 gap DE in the 3-4 is potentially a difference maker....Those guys are hard to find, but if you just need a guy to play the position, there are lots of guys that can do it.

lilyoder6
03-15-2009, 04:27 PM
i think davis is a good corner.. maybe he needs to get drafted by the 49er's and have singletary straighten him out like mike did with his brother vernon

triphahn
03-20-2009, 12:51 PM
Its hard to judge the draft right now so much is up in the air with the Cutler situation and whats going to happen there. It could have a major impact on who's around.