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Jeremy
07-18-2006, 07:59 PM
Ok draft nuts and college gurus.....what chance do you give to former Ohio State Buckeye Mike Kudla on making the team as an OLB?

Stlrs4Life
07-18-2006, 09:30 PM
Starting? Slim to none. 3rd string maybe, but definately believe the guy makes it to special teams, replacing Keisel.

SteelCzar76
07-21-2006, 05:18 PM
Kudla played out of position at DE with OSU,.... so as to have the best players on the field at one time. The kids a steal,...and will make the squad just on the strength of special teams. To be honest,.... simply based on upside,.....i'd go with him over Frazier NOW. Like Peezy and B-Dazzle (Haggans),....he's a perfect example of the "Tweener's" that we groom to be all pro caliber starters. Kirschke may very well be the odd man out to make room. I just don't see Kudla ending up practice squad.


"Hail Caesar,....Hail the Black and Gold"

tony hipchest
07-21-2006, 05:24 PM
i think he makes the team too. but like you said it means giving up on frasier or kirchke.

i believe kirchke makes the vet minimum which is around $760,000 and i think kudla will get $230,000. economics may spell the end for kirchke. remember last year when we let go our veteran longsnapper for a rookie for the same reason (schneck?). didnt hurt us too bad as we won the sb without much dropoff from the longsnapper position.

Santonio4
07-21-2006, 06:00 PM
he should make the team and i think he will. It is sick how strong he is. He could definetly play some specials for us. He would be an absolute monster coming dow nthe field on kickoff.

SteelCzar76
07-21-2006, 06:01 PM
My sentiments exactly Hip. It's give and take,....you have to make decisions based on the present,...but always cognizant of the future.


"Hail Caesar,...Hail the Black and Gold"

tony hipchest
07-21-2006, 06:44 PM
My sentiments exactly Hip. It's give and take,....you have to make decisions based on the present,...but always cognizant of the future.


"Hail Caesar,...Hail the Black and Gold" i know the comparrisons are too convinient to draw but im just hoping kudla can be that sleeper gem to take some of the sting out of giving the patriots a player like vrabel.

SteelCzar76
07-21-2006, 07:44 PM
i know the comparrisons are too convinient to draw but im just hoping kudla can be that sleeper gem to take some of the sting out of giving the patriots a player like vrabel.




I feel you Hip,..we took a loss on Vrabel. But sometimes you have more quality players than roster spot's,... so we did what we thought was right at the time. I don't think that's the case now though. I'm in favor of keeping Harrison, Kriewaldt and Wallace (based on the fact that he's an unknown quantity),....but cat's like Frazier, Kirschke, Arnold Harrison, Rodney Bailey are more likely to get 86'd in favor of some players with considerably more potential and youth (in some cases). And i can live with that,...i hope we make those moves. I want a NEW Steeler Dynasty.


"Hail Caesar,......Hail the Black and Gold"