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mesaSteeler
04-26-2009, 11:21 AM
Mike Wallace (WR)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 199
College: Mississippi
Conference: SEC
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
High School: O. Perry Walker
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Combine Results:
40 Yard Dash : 4.33 seconds
Bench Press : 14.0 reps
Vertical Jump : 40.0 inches
Broad Jump : 129.0 inches
3 Cone Drill : 6.9 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle : 4.27 seconds

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Overview

Few attributes attract NFL scouts more than pure speed. Wallace certainly has that. Despite starting three years for the Rebels, he didn't establish himself as one capable of taking advantage of his speed until he averaged 18.9 yards on 38 receptions as a junior. A year later, Wallace's speed was even more lethal, as he averaged 20.1 yards per reception and scored a career-high seven touchdowns.

Wallace is still a work in progress as a route-runner, but his ability to stretch defenses deep as an outside receiver and special teams wide on kickoff returns could land him a second-day draft selection from an NFL team looking to catch lightning in a bottle. Had an arm span of 31 3/8 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.

High School

Rated first-team All-State honors as a wide receiver following senior season at O. Perry Walker High ... Also earned league and district MVP honors as a senior, as well as all-league, All-Metro, All-West Bank and All-West Bank MVP ... Was rated by SuperPrep as the 17th-best prospect in Louisiana and was a member of its 2004 Southwest Team ... After seeing limited playing time as a junior (four receptions while playing mostly on defense), had an outstanding senior season, catching 60 passes for 1,039 yards (17.3 average per catch) and 19 touchdowns ... Also returned four punts and four kickoffs for TDs, giving him 27 for the season and 162 points, and had seven TDs called back ... Set school records for total points and for kicks returned for touchdowns ... Earned two letters in football ... Coached in high school by Terry Wilson ... Also lettered once in track, earning All-State honors in the 100.

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IamTheSteelGod
04-26-2009, 11:22 AM
Looks good, catches well quite quick. Has the look of a Steeler. Lets hope he is the next Ward.

Dino 6 Rings
04-26-2009, 11:26 AM
How fast is Lightning?

4.26 in the 40...that's how fast!

mesaSteeler
04-26-2009, 11:34 AM
Ranked 13th best WR by ProFootball Weekly

13. 2 Mike Wallace Mississippi 5.39 6003 199 4.31 KR

mesaSteeler
04-26-2009, 11:36 AM
ESPN Analysis

Pittsburgh (from Chicago through Denver) Mike Wallace WR Mississippi

Wallace has rare speed (4.33 in the 40) that makes him a legit home-run threat. He also is able to eat up corners cushions immediately, but he needs polishing on his overall route-running. We also have some concerns about his overall competitive edge.

(Well I'm sure Tomlin and Ward will motivate him - mesa)

IamTheSteelGod
04-26-2009, 11:41 AM
NFl.Com state that "Struggles a bit against press coverage. Has to use his hands better to gain a quick release. Lets too many passes into his pads, resulting in some ugly drops. Doesn't consistently show the vision and elusiveness in the open field to truly capitalize on his pure speed. Needs an open lane as a returner to break off a big gain."

Hawkeye
04-26-2009, 11:42 AM
a diamond in the rough...

mesaSteeler
04-26-2009, 11:43 AM
NFL Network Pick analysis

Pick Analysis:The former Rebel is a pure deep threat with outstanding speed and quickness. With Nate Washington leaving via free agency, Wallace has a chance to become an instant contributor as a third or fourth receiver for the Steelers.

fordfan485
04-26-2009, 11:44 AM
Hmm looks like we will be set at Wide Receiver for the next few years. Hines, Holmes, Wallace and Sweed. Looks like the clock is ticking on Sweed to prove he is not a bust.

The Lakelander
04-26-2009, 12:15 PM
Make no mistake ... this guy was brought in to return kicks! Period! End of story! No more Gary Russell 20 yard sprints and a cloud of dust!

Rek
04-26-2009, 12:31 PM
Wowza this guy looks good for a 3rd round steal...

Fire Haley
04-26-2009, 12:32 PM
If he can return kick-offs past the 30 yard line, I will be doing back-flips.

Fill the slot and spread them deep.
I like speed. 4.29? yeah - you can't teach that.

The Duke
04-26-2009, 12:33 PM
Make no mistake ... this guy was brought in to return kicks! Period! End of story! No more Gary Russell 20 yard sprints and a cloud of dust!

I still have hopes for logan

Iflogan winsthe job then wallace can concentrate on producing as a receiver first

Dino 6 Rings
04-26-2009, 12:44 PM
4 Wide set. Holmes, Ward, Sweed, Wallace. Wallace will be the Speed deep, Ward, the Short Sure Hands, Holmes the Perfect Route, and Sweed, The tall throw.

IamTheSteelGod
04-26-2009, 12:53 PM
Thats a tasty recieving core! As for Wallace, I have a good feeling about him:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/559250

Fire Haley
04-26-2009, 12:53 PM
Listen to his interview - he gets it.

http://news.steelers.com/article/104795/

in fact all the picks interviews are up

Steelman16
04-26-2009, 12:57 PM
Welcome to the Steelers Mr. Wallace! :tt02:

19ward86
04-26-2009, 01:18 PM
makes up for nate washington leaving

Rek
04-26-2009, 01:36 PM
makes up for nate washington leaving

I think its a great upgrade from Mr. "Dropsy" Washington. I love the youthful receivers and the wily veteran Ward.

IamTheSteelGod
04-26-2009, 01:49 PM
I know Popa Ward, :laughing: I can see them now, sitting around him on the field whilst he reads Dr Seuss to them. :tt:

Steeldude
04-26-2009, 02:30 PM
I think its a great upgrade from Mr. "Dropsy" Washington

then what do you call ward and holmes since they have more drops? :smile:

wallace isn't known for his hands, just his speed.

that being said i hope for the best out of him. i don't think he will see any time at WR in 2009, barring injuries. he will mainly be used as a returner, IMO.

steeltheone
04-26-2009, 02:34 PM
Not crazy about this pick. We have way too many other holes to fill besides a project wide out who is a stretch n round 3.

St33lersguy
04-26-2009, 02:39 PM
WR to fill some depth and a returner. Welcome aboard Mike Wallace

Fire Haley
04-26-2009, 03:16 PM
I'm just happy we didn't take a TE or a fatback in the 3rd.

Blackvette
04-26-2009, 03:23 PM
Dwight Stone??? :willy:

IamTheSteelGod
04-26-2009, 03:31 PM
I'm just happy we didn't take a TE or a fatback in the 3rd.

If their would have been a decent Fatback in the 3rd I would have welcomed one with open arms.

The Definiti0n
04-26-2009, 07:15 PM
Im starting to like this pick the more I watch his film

Hines0wnz
04-26-2009, 07:21 PM
He sounds like a Nate Washington with speed. Maybe he'll start catching passes more consistently than Nate had to take advantage of his speed. Will be interesting to see him on the field.