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LayingTheWoodley56
04-18-2012, 10:41 AM
I'm not as in-tune with the draft as some of you are (I've kind of lost interest in watching college football over the years due to all the BCS crap), so maybe I can get some opinions on this: if Hightower is there, is he the choice, no questions asked?

I have to say yes. We do need guards, possibly a tackle, maybe a running back, but they can all wait until the second round or later if we have the chance to get a player like this. Our defense has always been built on linebackers, from Lambert/Ham to Lloyd/Kirkland to Farrior/Harrison. We could lock up three-fourths of our linebacking corps for the forseeable future if we get this guy, as well as groom him to become the long-time QB of the defense to replace ol' Potsie.

Woodley/Timmons/Hightower would be a force to be reckoned with for a long time.

tony hipchest
04-18-2012, 11:13 AM
he is picking up alot of steam lately and visiting with many teams. there is certainly interest beyond the steelers. in his mock draft, peter king has the ravens trading up with the lions at #23 to select him from under our nose as the successor to ray lewis.

Fire Arians
04-18-2012, 11:33 AM
I wouldn't say he's a no-brainer pick, it all depends whether lebeau thinks he will be a good fit in our system. I think OL is a more pressing need, and we may even surprise some people picking mark barron if he's still there, since safety (like LB) will be a position of need possibly very soon.

for all we know, we could possibly be smoke screening to make baltimore trade up past us for someone we didn't have any interest in the first place, it'd be a win for us.

casteeler
04-18-2012, 11:49 AM
I agree with alot of posters here, OL is a must but if Hightower is available take him if not CB should be #1 priority. We have to remember that Taylor is a starter but the Steelers need someone that can 'play on an island' because of the aggressive nature of the defense and we do not have that with Mundy or Lewis and as in Hockey if a goal tender is having an off game someone needs to be there to take his place, in the Denver game Taylor and Gay were having horrible games and the Steelers had no one to fill that role of 'Reliever' if you will

bac151rum
04-18-2012, 12:04 PM
Kind of a tough question, because we don't know who else is available. If Cordy Glenn is still there, should we pick him? What about Mark Barron? And someone always falls, and in this case it might be Keuchly. If it comes down to a choice between Hightower, Adams, and Martin, with all of the above off the board along with the corners, I think its Hightower. But ya never know.

tanda10506
04-18-2012, 01:21 PM
I dont think we are really looking for a CB, they drafted two last year that are supposed to be pretty good.

Hawaii 5-0
04-18-2012, 01:46 PM
Kind of a tough question, because we don't know who else is available. If Cordy Glenn is still there, should we pick him? What about Mark Barron? And someone always falls, and in this case it might be Keuchly. If it comes down to a choice between Hightower, Adams, and Martin, with all of the above off the board along with the corners, I think its Hightower. But ya never know.



I couldn't have said it better myself. :drink:

you cannot answer that question without knowing who else is still available. what if OGs David DeCastro or Cordy Glenn drop to the Steelers? or how about S Mark Barron or NT Dontari Poe? those are all positions of need also...

Steelersfan87
04-18-2012, 02:23 PM
As others have said, I certainly wouldn't characterize it as a no-brainer. I think there are some legitimate concerns about him, such as his coverage skills. Some describe him as a borderline first rounder, which is not always great when you're picking at #24. It would be great if they could trade down and still get him.

TRH
04-18-2012, 02:50 PM
Hightower is a born Steeler, as said by draft analysts...a perfect match....if he's available, we'll absolutely take him, i'd be shocked if we didn't.
Only problem is, in the last week, others have noticed just how great he could be too and has been rising up the charts...he's on fire. I thought it would be a sure pick, but i'm now having doubts if he'll even be available come our turn.

FrancoLambert
04-18-2012, 05:07 PM
Hightower, Glenn, Barron.......any of them will help us.
BPA and needs may match up after all.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-18-2012, 05:17 PM
Kind of a tough question, because we don't know who else is available. If Cordy Glenn is still there, should we pick him? What about Mark Barron? And someone always falls, and in this case it might be Keuchly. If it comes down to a choice between Hightower, Adams, and Martin, with all of the above off the board along with the corners, I think its Hightower. But ya never know.

I dont think Glenn is a no brainer at #24, he might turn out to be a RT only and if that is the case, there are lots of guys later on to take like Mitchell Schwartz, to play RT.

If Jon Martin slides, I think he is a no brainer. Athletic, long arms, prototypical LT that needs a year or 2 before moving over there. Adams is another question mark to me. Has all the tools, but doesnt play like an elite prospect.

Hightower might be the equivalent of a Ford F-150 pickup. Going to be solid, but not fast or flashy, rather more versatile. Not a sexy pick, but should be a 2 down ILB or a possible bookend OLB to Woodley in a couple years. I agree, he's not a no brainer, but just a good football player.

NSMaster56
04-18-2012, 07:22 PM
Difficult question to answer.

On one hand, the Steelers quite obviously need to upgrade their line (on both sides of the ball) and secondary.

On the other, teams like the Steelers and Giants have won championships by overcoming deficiencies through overwhelming strengths.

Drafting Hightower won't solve the D/OL and DB problem, but an effective pass rush/quick run stopping D might be able to mask said shortcomings enough for a strong campaign.

That hypothetical aside, the Steelers absolutely need to draft D/OL and DB in the draft. Masking problems only goes so far for so long.

Steelersfan87
04-18-2012, 07:48 PM
The only problem with the secondary is depth, and that's not something you really are too concerned about on the first two days of the draft. Unless a high value safety prospect falls to them, I don't think they should be looking secondary early.

tanda10506
04-18-2012, 09:18 PM
I don't see why we would look at secondary. Taylor had a horrible game but he is a really good CB, we have two other second year guys that are supposed to be good, and we have Keenan Lewis who played well last year. At safety we are set, I dont see Clark or Polamalu leaving to soon. I agree that we have over came horrible offensive cordinating and a poor to mediocre offensive line by an overwhelming defense and a great QB. I think that's something we need to get away from though, there's no reason that with a new OC and great drafting that we can't be solid on every level. A good NT or ILB and a starting quality guard along with a good backup or two on the O line in the 6th/7th round's. We get that in the draft and logical offensive playcalling we will be great. I know those are big "if's" and that's if Wallace stays, but it's definitely possible with our team and FO.

cbrunn
04-18-2012, 09:21 PM
only person from alabama i want is Kirkpatrick ... if he's still available at 24 i would be jumping up a down ... other then that i would pass on hightower ...