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SteelMember
04-17-2009, 10:50 AM
By BOB LABRIOLA
Steelers.com

Friday, April 17, 2009

In some mock drafts, they have been linked to defensive linemen because of the age of the current players at the position they have on the roster. In others, they have been linked to offensive linemen because Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 46 times last season. They have been linked to cornerbacks because they lost one in free agency, and they have been linked to wide receivers for the very same reason.

Their fans and other observers of the draft to be held on April 25-26 are trying to figure out who the Steelers will pick based on the positions they play, and on Monday at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex the media will try to get some insight into the Steelers’ plans during the annual pre-draft news conference.

But instead of focusing on players at particular positions, Coach Mike Tomlin and Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert will make decisions based on the kind of people those players are.

To some, it may seem to be a backward approach. But to Tomlin, it’s really the only one that makes any sense.

“I see it with increasing clarity the longer I have my job,” said Tomlin. “I’m looking for guys who are talented and have humility, because the guys who are humble and even-keeled are the guys who will come into this thing and fit in, they’ll continue to grow and get better, they’ll take the criticisms of their game, they’ll be accountable.”

This will be the third draft of the Colbert-Tomlin era, and the players who were added in the first two installments fit the criteria. In 2007, it was Lawrence Timmons on the first round and LaMarr Woodley on the second.

“His football character is what we seek. He is a guy who loves the game,” said Tomlin just minutes after the Steelers picked Timmons. “He has a quiet confidence about him. I mentioned the fact earlier that he was 20, but he presents himself as a mature person, particularly from a football standpoint. He’s a very grounded young man.”

Woodley had led Michigan in sacks in each of his last two seasons there, and on draft day Colbert had said about him, “He’s a man, a very serious player.”

Since then, Timmons and Woodley have done whatever has been asked of them, and by the end of their second NFL seasons both were important contributors on a team that would win Super Bowl XLIII.

One year ago, the Steelers went into the draft with seemingly glaring needs along both lines of scrimmage, but when it came time to make their first two picks they selected a running back and a wide receiver. Not positions, but people.

About Rashard Mendenhall, Tomlin’s first words were, “First and foremost, he’s a quality human being. A very humble, blue-collar worker. Those types of individuals don’t have any problem fitting in. In terms of what he brings to the table – he’s a complete back. He can run inside, he can run outside. He’s a powerful runner. He’s elusive, and of course he has the speed to go the distance. It shouldn’t be too difficult finding ways he can contribute to this football team.”

Receivers typically are the divas of the NFL, but Limas Sweed didn’t project any of that on the day he became the team’s No. 2 pick.

“Whatever coach needs. If he needs me to play a lot or if he doesn’t need me to play a lot,” said Sweed, “I’m going to be the guy to do what he needs.”

Neither of those two played a lot as a rookie. Mendenhall landed on injured reserve after breaking his shoulder in a Sept. 29 game against the Baltimore Ravens, and Sweed never really became more than the No. 4 receiver. But through it all, Mendenhall and Sweed did what they were told and kept their mouths shut. Neither ever made himself a distraction to the team, and both have been regular participants in this offseason program to become the caliber of players the Steelers believed them to be by making them high draft choices.

“The things that helped us win in 2008, the collective personality of our football team in 2008, are some of the characteristics I’m looking for in terms of individuals in the draft,” said Tomlin. “In terms of specific positions, I’m not so concerned about that.”

He is a big beliver in character, and that may be one of the biggest reasons he found himself being a part of this franchise. :thmbup:

http://news.steelers.com/article/104629/

revefsreleets
04-17-2009, 11:12 AM
So, let's re-evaluate based on this.

Who, out of the list of "usual suspects" fits this mold? Which of these candidates best fits the description of "quality human"?

I think that will go a long way in setting up accurate mock drafts.

Give It To Abercrombie
04-17-2009, 11:26 AM
The subject of that article is one of the strongest reasons why I love this team so much.

SunshineMan21
04-17-2009, 12:05 PM
We should draft Michael Oher. Trade up . . .

revefsreleets
04-17-2009, 12:11 PM
Vontae Davis? Don't call us, we'll call you...

Steely McSmash
04-17-2009, 07:04 PM
Robiskie

SunshineMan21
04-18-2009, 02:02 PM
Vontae Davis? Don't call us, we'll call you...

True dat.

The Definiti0n
04-18-2009, 02:48 PM
Lil Animal welcome to Pittsburgh

Texasteel
04-18-2009, 03:31 PM
Lil Animal welcome to Pittsburgh

I'm beginning to see that as a real possibility, but my money is still on Mack.

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 10:00 AM
Laurinaitis is a guy that lives and breathes, eats and drinks football.

Robiskie is a coach's son, and by all reports, another character guy that Tomlin would love. But #32 is too high for him, and #64 may be too low.

Steel Head
04-20-2009, 10:03 AM
Laurinaitis is a guy that lives and breathes, eats and drinks football.

Robiskie is a coach's son, and by all reports, another character guy that Tomlin would love. But #32 is too high for him, and #64 may be too low.

I'd be happy if we traded up in the 2nd and got Robiskie, he has skills

BUT, Laurinaitis is vastly overrated IMO. NO THANKS to him. (thats why you dont see any mock drafts with him in the 1st......he sucks)

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 10:23 AM
I'd be happy if we traded up in the 2nd and got Robiskie, he has skills

BUT, Laurinaitis is vastly overrated IMO. NO THANKS to him. (thats why you dont see any mock drafts with him in the 1st......he sucks)

Yeah. He sucks.

He's the most decorated LB to ever come out of OSU (and they've had a few good ones over the years). It's fine if you hate the Buckeyes...many here do. But don't let your hatred taint judgment. It's a bad mistake.

Animal dropped because he skipped the Sr. Bowl (which is retarded...he has a 4 year long resume playing against the best college football has to offer) and his 40 was a little off. That's it. I've watched EVERY SINGLE GAME he's ever played in. He's one of the best LBers I've ever seen play the game.

Maualuga? A punk.
Matthews? One dimensional.
Curry? The only other LB in this draft on Laurinaitis' level.

Steel Head
04-20-2009, 10:34 AM
Yeah. He sucks.

He's the most decorated LB to ever come out of OSU (and they've had a few good ones over the years). It's fine if you hate the Buckeyes...many here do. But don't let your hatred taint judgment. It's a bad mistake.

Animal dropped because he skipped the Sr. Bowl (which is retarded...he has a 4 year long resume playing against the best college football has to offer) and his 40 was a little off. That's it. I've watched EVERY SINGLE GAME he's ever played in. He's one of the best LBers I've ever seen play the game.

Maualuga? A punk.
Matthews? One dimensional.
Curry? The only other LB in this draft on Laurinaitis' level.

LOL

Rey Maualuga is twice the player Lauranaits is

go be a homer on an OSU board

SteelMember
04-20-2009, 10:45 AM
I'd be happy if we traded up in the 2nd and got Robiskie, he has skills

BUT, Laurinaitis is vastly overrated IMO. NO THANKS to him. (thats why you dont see any mock drafts with him in the 1st......he sucks)

Wow. I don't think anyone should go that far.


Revs, Let me ask you this...

Is/was AJ Hawk that much better? Was it because he played the outside?

Laurinaitis doesn't seem to be getting the "media love". Is it because he's not the "hot" story? After 4 years, I guess they're all bored of him. :noidea:

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 10:57 AM
All I need to know about Maualuga is he has had off-field issues, and I saw him playing games on TV behind the sideline reporter. I think he'd make a great Bengal.

Lauranitis just ain't the flavor of the day. His 40 speed was a little off, and he decided not to play in the Sr. Bowl. That stuff matters to a lot of people. Not me.

Lauriaitis is also >>> Hawk.

Bottom line: Dude will tear it up in the NFL, and I'd rather have him than be facing him.

Steel Head
04-20-2009, 11:07 AM
Wow. I don't think anyone should go that far.


Revs, Let me ask you this...

Is/was AJ Hawk that much better? Was it because he played the outside?

Laurinaitis doesn't seem to be getting the "media love". Is it because he's not the "hot" story? After 4 years, I guess they're all bored of him. :noidea:

Hawk was better (more explosive) but also overrated. Pozluzny is/was better

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 11:22 AM
Ahhhh....now I see where this is all coming from.

All is now clear.

Here's how this will all actually shake out over the course of their careers:

Lil Animal > Poz > Hawk

Steel Head
04-20-2009, 12:05 PM
Ahhhh....now I see where this is all coming from.

All is now clear.

Here's how this will all actually shake out over the course of their careers:

Lil Animal > Poz > Hawk

Hawk was a top 10 pick. Lauranaitis will be top 10 in the 2nd round

nuff said

Pi Kapp Steeler
04-20-2009, 01:24 PM
I want Jarron Gilbert! :tt03:

Vincent
04-20-2009, 03:39 PM
I don't know anything about Gilbert's character. But both Lil Animal http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/wayzata-tv-james-laurinaitis-says-im-a-christian-who-plays-football/16833728 and Mack are known as character guys that are football fanatics.

I wouldn't mind any of those three. I think we need Mack right now. We'll need LA in a year or two. We'll need a Gilbert probably sooner than later.

http://blog.cleveland.com/sports/2007/09/large_laurinaitis.jpg

Speaking of animals, this is LA with his Dad. Who did he play for??? (Yes, I know he "wrestles") And would we consider bringing him in for a try out?

revefsreleets
04-21-2009, 08:57 AM
Hawk was a top 10 pick. Lauranaitis will be top 10 in the 2nd round

nuff said

Ryan Leaf was picked #2 overall.
Tom Brady was pick #199.

Try harder...