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mesaSteeler
04-09-2009, 08:50 PM
Steelers 2009 Mock Draft
http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2009/4/9/829021/steelers-2009-mock-draft
N584356236_1159201_7521_tiny by Blitzburgh on Apr 9, 2009 6:32 PM EDT

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Guys, I made one change to my mock draft after talking with Dale Lolley and hearing him say that he doesn’t think A.J. Shipley from Penn State will be drafted, and if he does, it’ll be the 6th or 7th round. For those of you who haven’t seen my mock, here is something to discuss:

1) DE Jarron Gilbert – San Jose State – Just what the doctor ordered for DL coach John Mitchell, a diamond to mold. However, if CB Darius Butler is available at no. 32, there will be a lot of discussion on the South Side for this pick. I go with Gilbert.

2) CB/S Sherrod Martin – Troy – The Steelers view him as a corner with some thump. There is a reason Kevin Colbert spent a lot of time talking to him at the combine. He’s 6’1, 198 lbs, runs in the low 4.4’s and isn’t 5’9’’ like CB Anthony Smith from Wake Forest. Can you see A. Smith trying to stop Larry Fitzgerald on a fade route in the end zone? I can’t either.

3) WR/KR/PR – Mike Wallace – Missippi – Is this a little early for him? Not if you are a Super Bowl team who has a hole for a KR/PR and a WR to stretch the field. Wallace has decent size as well at 6’0, 200 lbs. Like the fact that he played in the SEC and the light really came on his senior year in leading the conference in yards per catch average and and had 8 TD’s. And, oh by the way, he ran a 4.33 at the combine.

4) LT Joel Bell – Furman – A sleeper at the tackle position. The Steelers also could go for for Andrew Gardner from Georgia Tech here (Larry Zierline worked Gardner out personally at his Pro Day) but I’m going with Bell. At 6’7’’, 315-lbs, he offers good size at the position and brings a little attitude to the table. His 40 at 5.13 is pretty good for someone of this size as well.

5) G Louis Vasquez – Texas Tech – I could actually see this guy playing next year for the Steelers at RG, though not starting there for the first game. He was the strongest guard at the combine (39 reps), but yet ran the 8th best 40 time at his pro among guards for this year’s draft (5.2) at 6’5, 330 lbs. Datruth looks at it as a positive that this guy comes from a predominantly pass blocking offense. Maybe he can teach Chris K. and W. Colon that it isn’t as hard as they make it appear to be.

5) FB/RB – Frank "The Tank" Summers – UNLV – Time for the Steelers to put some thump back into its ground game and goal-line offense. Summers can do that while also being a good outlet out of the backfield for Ben, picking up the blitz and being a beast on special teams. Yep, a Mike Tomlin type of guy. Remember, the more you can do …

6) NT/DT – Sammie Lee Hill – Stillman – Meet the heir apparent to Casey Hampton at NT. Stillman is a little taller than your average nose tackle at 6’4’’, but has the strength and girth at 320 lbs. to apply for the job. He’s raw, but that is how Coach Mitchell likes his DL meat.

7) DE Zach Potter – Nebraska – Yep, you guessed. This is to make up for the past 3 years where the team has given John Mitchell nothing but lumps of coal to work with. He now has 3 young players with ability to learn behind the starting 3. Hopefully, the team will resign the Diesel and Big Snack to extensions, but at least Coach Mitchell will have some players to work with to get them ready to play Steelers type of ball.

7) OLB Philp Hunt – Houston – Classic case of a tweener that is too short (6’1’’), too slow (4.8 in the 40), not big enough (250 lbs.) and not strong enough (16 reps on the bench) to fit any of the profiles to get teams excited. However, he does one thing that Mike Tomlin loves – he kills QBs. 24 sacks in the past two years. He’s built like James Harrison, just doesn’t have his explosiveness (who does?). However, killing QBs is an acquired skill and taste. And the Steelers acquire them while teaching them to do other things, such as drop into coverage, hold the point and play special teams.

Datruth could easily see the Steelers considering some DB’s in the late rounds like Derek Cox from William and Mary and Don Carey from Norfolk State. Thoughts?

mulldog24
04-09-2009, 09:24 PM
Great mock draft!!!!! Really love the Gilbert pick!! I think you have filled alot of our needs and depth at key positions.I also like the Bell,Potter,and Vasquez picks.They are guys that I have been hoping that we will draft .

Texasteel
04-09-2009, 09:42 PM
I would like to see us address the OL before the 4th round. I can't see us getting Hill in the 6th.

But, who knows.

Aussie_steeler
04-09-2009, 10:23 PM
This mock has made me think more than any other that I have read in the last few weeks.

It is very solid form top to bottom and contains loads of players that we all would be happy to have at the end of the draft process.

BUt some questions linger for me when I read it again.

1. I dont think Gilbert is the greatest value at #32 so I am guessing it doesnt happen. Is GIlbert really a first round pick or is he another player who fits the Parcells mould of find a physical specimen and then polish his football skills?

2. Round 4 for an OT again leaves this position thin

3. Love the back half of the draft especially with Vasquez, Hill, Summers & Potter ( Hill might not fall that far?? I thought he was a 3-4 round projection )

4. 3 D linemen is one too many in my view. 2 of the 3 picks are going to wind up on the practice squad due to the players already signed. Potter would last on the PS but I think a player like Hill could be picked up by another team.

I am going to do some reading on Bell. He is one that has slipped past me so far.

I enjoyed the challenge of this mock more than most of late. CHeers

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-09-2009, 10:41 PM
Yeah, if we wait until the 4th to get an O lineman............I'll be even more pissed off than last year when we selected Davis and Hills to be the "Duce Staley Sweatpant Models for 2008".

Galax Steeler
04-10-2009, 07:34 AM
I don't think anyone can complain if the draft went that way.

baronvonheil
04-13-2009, 03:14 PM
That's a pretty well thought out solid looking mock draft with a lot of Steeler type guys. I have a nagging feeling Gilbert will be gone by the time we pick though. With more and more teams moving to the 3-4 the stock of guys like Gilbert has gone way up. I hope you are right and he falls to us!

Pi Kapp Steeler
04-13-2009, 03:36 PM
Mesa , ill jump on the gilbert bandwagon with u . I like the Mock.

steelerdave1969
04-13-2009, 04:22 PM
I might be wrong, but I think the Steelers will go with a DB in the 1st round. I am just not on the bandwagon for Gilbert though. But I think if the best Center in the draft is still there in Alex Mack, I really dont see how the Steelers could pass him up, or maybe even G/T Max Unger.

Steelman16
04-13-2009, 04:56 PM
Why would we draft a runningback? Everyone is always so stuck on landing the next Bettis. We have Mendenhall, Parker, Moore, Russell AND Davis. (granted Davis is a bum :chuckle: )

I don't see why we'd need him. I realize there's a strong possibility that Parker won't be back after this year, but even then I still don't see the need for Bettis #2. :noidea:

And I'd hope we draft at least one O-lineman between rounds 1-3.

St33lersguy
04-13-2009, 05:03 PM
5) G Louis Vasquez – Texas Tech – I could actually see this guy playing next year for the Steelers at RG, though not starting there for the first game. He was the strongest guard at the combine (39 reps), but yet ran the 8th best 40 time at his pro among guards for this year’s draft (5.2) at 6’5, 330 lbs. Datruth looks at it as a positive that this guy comes from a predominantly pass blocking offense. Maybe he can teach Chris K. and W. Colon that it isn’t as hard as they make it appear to be.


Amen, and maybe he can also teach Max Starks too