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clevestinks
04-29-2006, 09:43 PM
Tell us what your thinking, were the moves today, up and down, the right ones. Is Holmes the real deal, should we have taken White? Only time will tell, but how do rate the draft for the Steelers after day 1.?

I give it a B-, although i really like the Holmes pick!

BlitzburghRockCity
04-29-2006, 09:53 PM
I like the Holmes pick alot..he fills an immediate need at WR/PR. He's the best WR in this draft and we snagged him so Im happy about it.

I think Anthony is a bit of a project, but not too much..he just needs some guidance and good coaching. he's got all the tools and talent to be a beast for us, and he can learn behind Troy and Ryan.

Willie Ried puzzles me alittle in that he's a bit of a project I think, but if the coaching staff believes in him, then I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Day 1.. B

clevestinks
04-29-2006, 09:55 PM
I like the Holmes pick alot..he fills an immediate need at WR/PR. He's the best WR in this draft and we snagged him so Im happy about it.

I think Anthony is a bit of a project, but not too much..he just needs some guidance and good coaching. he's got all the tools and talent to be a beast for us, and he can learn behind Troy and Ryan.

Willie Ried puzzles me alittle in that he's a bit of a project I think, but if the coaching staff believes in him, then I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Day 1.. B
Good take, not to change the subject, but is that your bike in the sig Blitz?

43FlyingHair
04-29-2006, 09:57 PM
I like that we got Holmes, but I tend to agree with the NFL Network commentators... I don't think it was really necessary to pay such a heavy price to move up seven spots for a player that was likely to fall to us anyway, considering he was the only WR picked in the entire first round. Even if he had gone between 25 and 32, Sinorice Moss would have been an acceptable "consolation prize." But there's no doubt Holmes is going to be an impact player from opening day for us, and I look forward to seeing him torch some opponents this fall.

I'm naturally disappointed about trading down from our second-round pick, but since it doesn't look like we missed an opportunity for a better prospect at safety, I guess it doesn't really matter. I was really hoping for a miracle, and that we would trade up in the second round to get LenDale White. I really, really, REALLY think that White was way underestimated and generally given short shrift today, and I think he would have made a good power back in the Steeler's system to complement Willie Parker's speed/finesse style. I don't care that he was seen as lazy or too heavy - the Steelers like big, punishing, straight-ahead downhill runners like him, and he would have flourished with the Steelers. I think Tennessee got the biggest impact today, getting both Vince Young and White.

Prosdo
04-29-2006, 09:57 PM
Yeah I have to go with a B as well. Like Matt said Willie Reid puzzles me some.

Ambridge
04-29-2006, 10:09 PM
I'll say C+

I can live with Santonio Holmes as the first pick but I still think he's still there at 32 and the Steelers moved up when they didn't have too.

Anthony Smith seems like a solid pick at number two.

Willie Reid just strikes me as player the Steelers picked because that's where the dart that was thrown together by a blindfolded Cowher/Colbert landed on the Draftboard.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-29-2006, 10:19 PM
Good take, not to change the subject, but is that your bike in the sig Blitz?


i wish :laughing: I love my bike to death, but thats not it. The one in my sig is an MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini....someday, yes that's my dream bike. Might as well dream big huh :-D

tony hipchest
04-29-2006, 10:34 PM
a C at best. we had average needs and replaced them with average players. im hoping holmes proves to be a true #2 AND I THINK HE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO DO JUST THAT. i like w. reid. just as a later round pick. this pick wipes out the prospects of nance, bloom, robinson, etc. i still cant figure out why players like bing and r. white were passed up other than thm being drug addicts. as far as the steelers trading their picks, i give them an A. they made the movement work really well for them. i just dont know if a wr, back up safety and a return specialist were the players worth moving for.

im hoping we can trade our 5th for tj duckett and forget about a rb in the draft and spend the rest of our picks on defense + m. robinson as a back up rb/qb.

good thing is we can afford to come away with a c in this draft. hell, last year i think many didnt give us much better than that and it worked out just fine. i felt going in to this the greatest needs were special teams and that has definitely been adressed. this draft wont make us or break us. over all we got some good players who are an upgrade.

pretty average.

BlacknGold Bleeder
04-29-2006, 10:34 PM
B seems fair.
Made the move to be sure to get who you wanted, and really don't think it cost us too much.

Solid second round pick, makes ya wonder about why Bing is dropping like a lead balloon.

Third may be a stretch but being CHAMPS we have the luxury of taking on projects. I see him more important as punt returner and back up WR.

Maybe Steelers showing their hand a little bit going to more 4 and dare I say 5 wideout sets. Having 2 guys that can fly down sidelines will give Ben more room to throw!

Blitzburgh55
04-29-2006, 10:45 PM
3rd we should of Got the Safty Bing From USC he is freinds wit Troy and ppl had him going to the Steelers in round 1

tony hipchest
04-29-2006, 10:49 PM
3rd we should of Got the Safty Bing From USC he is freinds wit Troy and ppl had him going to the Steelers in round 1 people had ko simpson going to the steelers in round one too. safeties traditionally arent 1st round pick anyways unless they are bona fide pro bowlers like ed reed, or t. polamalu. or severe risks like s. taylor. other than that if youre going for a safety in round 1 youre probably reaching.

Volpe1564
04-29-2006, 11:02 PM
i dunno fellas.....i guess its B-/C+. i trust cowher and all but man i really think White would have been great for us. everyone forgets that he has never missed a game in college or high school! hows that for work ethic? i really thought that they were gonna trade up in the second for him too.....ohh well i hope we see alot of D picks tomorrow...like Elvis Dumerville from Louisville. he already said he would go to OLB.

clevestinks
04-30-2006, 08:10 AM
Bing and WHite both dropped so far, that there had to be something else. Our last two big backs Bettis and Staley both came from other teams, so lets wait and see maybe there is some truth to the interest in Duckett

dbish33
04-30-2006, 08:18 AM
I give a B as well......getting Holmes is definitely filling a glaring need. Giving up the picks was no big deal since 10 draft picks certainly arent going to make this team. The Reid pick surprised me quite a bit....I was thinking D-Line.....and Im still hoping that we pick up Rodrique Wright, the big DL from Texas to give us two Longhorns on our line! I was thinking Michael Robinson today or even Brad Smith but I dont see that happening after picking two WR yesterday.

Stlrs4Life
04-30-2006, 09:02 AM
C+ like the Holmkes pick, but think we gave up too much for him.

83-Steelers-43
04-30-2006, 09:11 AM
Santonio Holmes: Solid A

Anthony Smith: C+ (With Bing, something isn't right. Maybe they know something we don't about this kid?)

Willie Reid: D (I felt this pick could have waited later in the draft)

I'm taking the wait and see approach with this draft, as I do every Steeler draft. I'm not going to jump the Clemente until I see how these guys pan out. Overall, I give our draft a B-.

For the record: Mel Kiper got 26 wrong out of 32 in the first round. ESPN actually pays this guy good money.

Petesburgh66
04-30-2006, 10:25 AM
An B+ in my book. They addressed there needs and that was to upgrade the WR and S spots with depth. They didn't have many holes to fill in for this year.

Livinginthe past
04-30-2006, 10:38 AM
Outsiders view?

I'd give it a C.

I think, in hindsight, that they got the trade for Santonio Holmes wrong in terms of draft picks surrendered for it but I guess he was the WR the Steelers wanted - as the first WR taken he will be an upgrade over Randel El straight away(but obviously doesnt bring the other talents that randel has in other areas)

Safety pick Smith appears to be a playmaking substitute for Troy P. - I doubt they can have both these guys taking risks - you need a solid option to balance things out, im guessing the guy from Washington (Ryan) will be the safety valve (pun intended).

Not to wander too far from the point, but the Patriots pick of a TE seemed strange at first but he was the most talented player available at that point - there is very little left at OLB/ILB left worth a first day pick.

With the 3rd pick, the Steelers seemed at a loss what to do with it (for probably the same reason as the pats) and ended up drafting for an area of need (I still think the Steelers WR corps is the weak link) and reaching instead of selcting the most talented player available.

As I said in the draft thread - the Steelers have small holes to fill - a team like the Titans are always going to appear to have had a great impact draft in comparison.


NM

Prosdo
04-30-2006, 10:40 AM
As I said in the draft thread - the Steelers have small holes to fill - a team like the Titans are always going to appear to have had a great impact draft in comparison.
NM

Very good point LITP.

tony hipchest
04-30-2006, 10:46 AM
Outsiders view?

I'd give it a C.


After all the talk, id be interested to see if the Steelers go for Robinson to fulfil the slash role and how high they are willing to go on day2 to get him.

NMive been on my soapbox saying we needed to draft m. robinson with our 3rd rounder. we coulda probably landed w. ried in the 4th round cause hes a much lower profile player not on many teams radar. hes cut in the mold of steve smith so in 3 years it could look like a brilliant move.

83-Steelers-43
04-30-2006, 10:59 AM
For the record, Robinson was drafted by the 49ers today.

Koopa
04-30-2006, 11:49 AM
b+, i loved what we did, we drafted a wr in the first, we got depth at saftey, and we got our punt returner, so i'm happy with this a lot

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
04-30-2006, 01:53 PM
I would originally give it a c+ but the more i look at our roster the more i like day 1= B

SteelShooter
04-30-2006, 02:07 PM
I'm going out on a limb and giving Bill and crew an A- for Day 1!

We do not even have the room on our roster for all 10 picks, so use some of them to guarantee we get what we want, which was Santonio "the best Receiver in this draft" Holmes. We have a history of doing that...trading up to make sure we get what we want (ie;..Troy P.).

We added depth to the Safety corps, and we added a touch of insurance at K/P returner. IF Santonio turns out to be the great WR that people are hoping, then we do not need to burn him out or chancing injury as a returner.

Once again, we stuck with the game plan that has served us so well..............A- :bouncy:

Rotorhead
04-30-2006, 03:17 PM
I would give it a B- for the first day. They wanted Homes like they wanted (like Troy) and he sounds like a perfect fit for the Steelers. I think we would have had a drop off in our return game and shored that up nicely (plus I always hate to see our starting receivers as return guys!). Hopefully our safety pick will come around nicely in 2 years, and with a 41inch vertical we dont have to worry about jump balls to tall WR's in the end zone. The more I read about White and lack of work ethic, overweight, possible drug problems the less I liked him. Besides, he came to our facility and our guys got a good look at him, if he wasn't high on our draft board after that there is a good reason for it.