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mesaSteeler
05-01-2011, 06:56 PM
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Sunday, May 01, 2011
Steelers draft winners, losers

The smoke has cleared and the dust has settled on the 2011 NFL draft. Here's a look at some of the Steelers' winners and losers coming out of the draft:

Winners
Ike Taylor - Cha-ching. A first-round cornerback would have at least tempered Pittsburgh's need to bring back their top corner at all costs. As it stands - with just third- and fourth-round prospects added the Steelers must assure that Taylor comes back at all costs.

Limas Sweed - With no young receiver added, Sweed will be given every chance to prove that he's finally got his act together after missing last season with an Achilles' tendon injury. The talent is there for the former second-round pick.

Matt Spaeth - The Steelers would have liked to have added another tight end in the draft, but the opportunity never presented itself. Spaeth likely gets at least one more year.

Shaun Suisham - The Steelers could have selected a young placekicker to challenge Suisham, but did not.

Losers
Chris Kemoeatu, Ramon Foster, Tony Hills - Two young offensive linemen, Marcus Gilbert and Keith Williams, will push for starting jobs and roster spots.

William Gay, Keenan Lewis The addition of two young corners means Gay, a free agent, likely won't be back. Lewis has really fallen out of favor and might be on his last legs.

Jonathan Dwyer - The one thing seveth-round running back Baron Batch does really, really well is catch the ball out of the backfield. Dwyer does not. With Isaac Redman establishing himself as Rashard Mendenhall's top backup, the Steelers will be looking to keep a back who does something the other two do not.

Nick Eason - Eason has been a solid, steady reserve for some time now, but with two first-round defensive ends added in the past three years, finding a roster spot for Eason might be difficult. Not impossible, but difficult.

MasterOfPuppets
05-01-2011, 10:22 PM
eason is definetly out

dwyer most likely stays on the practice squad , if batch can show decent blocking it's MeMo who will be cut.

kemo isn't going anywhere , foster , hills , essex and / or , scott are the ones who better step up ... essex and hills are most likely to get the axe.
they may try to plug gilbert in at right guard for a year
colon is the deciding factor here. if they resign colon , hills , adams and essex definetly get cut leaving us with something like.......

dress.....
starks ..........kemo..........pouncy.......gilbert ? ........colon
gilbert............foster..........legursky......f oster............gilbert

Vico12
05-02-2011, 08:42 AM
I dont think Adams is out, Hills and Essex for sure, thats what I think the line would be and i like it.

starks ..........kemo..........pouncey.......Colon ........Adams
gilbert............foster..........legursky...... foster............gilbert

saint0917
05-02-2011, 08:58 AM
I dont think Adams is out, Hills and Essex for sure, thats what I think the line would be and i like it.

starks ..........kemo..........pouncey.......Colon ........Adams
gilbert............foster..........legursky...... foster............gilbert

From what I've heard, Colon is not going to re-sign.

Kingmagyar
05-02-2011, 09:12 AM
Speaking of Sweed look at these highlights from Youtube. This guy should be incredible for us. What Happened????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8UQ2cZuHxw

Steelerindc
05-02-2011, 12:27 PM
Has anyone considered a back up QB, Charlie is not getting any younger, Byron is not the answer behind this line and DD sorry to say is not NFL caliber.

thumper
05-02-2011, 12:53 PM
Speaking of Sweed look at these highlights from Youtube. This guy should be incredible for us. What Happened????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8UQ2cZuHxw

Some players, in _any_ position, simply can't make the jump
from college to NFL. Some guys excel when faced with opponents
who simply have inferior physical skills, like the majority of who
Sweed faced in college. But when they have to compete against
top-level skills and drive of those in the NFL, they just can't make
the jump. It happens to everyone, even to kickers, who don't face
skills, per se, but buckle at the pressure of playing in the NFL. It's
very hard to predict. Sweed just can't hold onto passes at this level.
And then the injuries. It happens to QBs all the time. The were
big man on campus, able to dominate playing inferior athletes
but break down when facing NFL players. Heath Shuler, Akili Smith,
DeMarcus Russel, Ryan Leaf, David Klingler, Rick Mirer, et al.

I hope Sweed can all of a sudden break out and produce. It sure would
be nice to have an added big, tall playmaker at WR. We could use him.
But chances are, if he hasn't been able to turn the corner by now,
he won't. Can't make that jump from college to NFL.

thumper
05-02-2011, 12:56 PM
Speaking of Sweed look at these highlights from Youtube. This guy should be incredible for us. What Happened????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8UQ2cZuHxw

Looking at those highlights I don't see a single NFL-caliber covering
Sweed. He just dominated over these short, slow DBs. I think once
he faced NFL-level talent, he started pressing. It was no longer as
easy as just showing up as it was in college.

Atlanta Dan
05-02-2011, 02:24 PM
Speaking of Sweed look at these highlights from Youtube. This guy should be incredible for us. What Happened????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8UQ2cZuHxw

During his second season he quit playing for "non-football related" reasons

He does not have the mental discipline/toughness to play in the NFL - after he dropped a TD pass in week 3 of the 2009 season against the Bengals Tomlin concluded this guy cannot be trusted in crunch time

kirklandrules
05-03-2011, 03:09 PM
From what I've heard, Colon is not going to re-sign.

I haven't heard anything, but I'd be hesitant to resign Colon. His injury can be a career wrecker for a large percentage of NFL players (I've posted medical links that support this in 2 different posts). Also, people think he will: 1) sign a deal; 2) return from injury; 3) start at guard? That's reaching too far IMO. I'm surprised more people aren't predicting Legursky to be the starting RG. After his gutsy performance in the SB, I would think he'd be a contender. RG is where you want a brawler and Legs is a brawler.

btaylor179
05-03-2011, 07:34 PM
he sure looked good.....what the hell happened?

steeltheone
05-04-2011, 11:24 AM
Aaron Smith loser...Ziggy has to play, Keisel is signed Another year...

Kingmagyar
05-04-2011, 06:54 PM
Is Aaron Smith suppose to make like 9 million this year? I think I heard that somewhere. If that is the case he is gone or must re-do for a lot less. Injured 3 out of 4 years. Time to give the Steelers a break.

ebsteelers
05-05-2011, 08:25 AM
Is Aaron Smith suppose to make like 9 million this year? I think I heard that somewhere. If that is the case he is gone or must re-do for a lot less. Injured 3 out of 4 years. Time to give the Steelers a break.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2007-02-28-2515274016_x.htm


old article but looks like 5 if i did my math right

GoodyTwo
05-08-2011, 11:50 AM
he sure looked good.....what the hell happened?

Here's to hoping the kid got healthy, mentally and physically in the off season. If he's healthy this year I think he can have a productive season.

finesward
05-08-2011, 02:48 PM
Sweed at this point is a bonus. If he pans out then we are more than set @ WR for the foreseeable future. Notice we didn't draft the obligatory WR this year.

steelerchad
05-08-2011, 03:25 PM
Has anyone considered a back up QB, Charlie is not getting any younger, Byron is not the answer behind this line and DD sorry to say is not NFL caliber.

I think Leftwich is good as a backup for the next few years. Charlie's done and Dixon is now in year 4 or so and will probably never pan out. I like a veteran #2 with starting experience and a young #3. Stick with Lefty and Dixon this year, then draft a young project in the 5th round or so next year.