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BlitzburghRockCity
04-24-2005, 02:20 PM
Rian Wallace OLB Temple .. http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2005/wallace_rian

looking for some depth at OLB here... Zo, keep looking over your shoulder.

BB2W
04-24-2005, 02:26 PM
I noticed it said he can play inside or outside. I like what it says about him........

Strengths: Has great size...Strong and tough...Has good speed and the quickness to make plays sideline-to-sideline...Has a fiery demeanor on the field...Very instinctive...Motor never stops...A playmaker and very productive...Versatile and could project to either outside or middle linebacker at the next level.

Weaknesses: Really struggles in coverage...Not a tremendous natural athlete...Has had some off the field problems and was suspended for punching a teammate...Durability might be a concern after suffering a serious knee injury prior to starting college...Needs to work on his technique and show better discipline.

Notes: Nickname is "Goo"...Unheralded player who didn't get the attention he deserves because he played for a bad team his entire career...One of the best prospects Temple has produced in a long time.

BB2W
04-24-2005, 02:45 PM
Thin at linebacker, that's where the Steelers went with their fifth-round pick. They drafted junior Rian Wallace of Temple with the 166th pick.

Wallace played inside linebacker for the Owls and was all-Big East in 2004. But he also was suspended for their game against Pitt because he was involved in a fight in his own locker room.

Some NFL teams project Wallace as an outside linebacker, but the Steelers will try him on the inside first. They have starters James Farrior, Larry Foote and backup Clint Kriewaldt on the inside.



There is some highlight film on Rian Wallace in the Draft Domicile. He looks like a very solid LB.

Prosdo
04-24-2005, 03:43 PM
In Sporting News Draft Edition says his draft status is the sleeper. Says "The underclass prospect is quick, instinctive, and relentless in pursuit." His NFL comparison was Derek Smith of the 49ers. The Bottom Line it says "Wallace finished 2004 with 101 tackles but slumped in tackles for loss and passes broken up. He has good size, strength, and instincts, and he has adequte straight line speed. With good workouts he could improve his status." If you guys want to hear more from this magazine I'll post their information on Heath Miller, Fred Gibson, Byrant McFadden, and more on Rian Wallace. They have no information on Trai Essex. Let me know and I'll post more.

HinesWard4Life8682
04-24-2005, 04:16 PM
seeing his size being a little small and hes pretty fast, maybe he could get moved to safety like Tsiomonia or w/e from the rams to give us more depth at the SS or FS spot for Polamalu and Hope

clevestinks
04-24-2005, 05:08 PM
A fast LB works for us, with everyone going to a 3-4 LB will be harder to come by.

clevestinks
04-25-2005, 08:35 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers ? Temple linebacker Rian Wallace is one of the worst point of attack players that I've ever evaluated on film through the years.

This from Brian Delucia FoxSports writer

HinesWard4Life8682
04-25-2005, 04:33 PM
well hes gonna learn from the best, farrior and porter. Dick LeBau too. He's only a rookie. it's not like hes gonna do anything besides special teams for the first 2-3 years if we sign him

BB2W
05-01-2005, 02:23 AM
Good read on Rian Wallace.......

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/steelerslive/s_329767.html

I hope he makes the team.

clevestinks
05-01-2005, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the info, I like what I read now if it happens on the field?

BlitzburghRockCity
05-01-2005, 02:16 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers ? Temple linebacker Rian Wallace is one of the worst point of attack players that I've ever evaluated on film through the years.

This from Brian Delucia FoxSports writer

Well thats not good... if he cant shed blocks and find his way to the ball, he wont last long. Let's hope he can be a force for us!

clevestinks
05-01-2005, 03:38 PM
I guess that article is just a matter of opinion, I`ve read some others since then saying he was a steal. I read to much,

BlitzburghRockCity
05-02-2005, 12:21 AM
We both do cleve.. for every article that says a player is a steal, or sure thing.. there is 2 more that say he will suck.

clevestinks
05-02-2005, 03:02 PM
Man we may have to go to a Steelers Addiction Meeting, " Yes I am a Steelers Addict" And I Love It.