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ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 06:27 AM
Or will Ziggy move there? If he doesn't move to the nose, when will Heyward become a starter?

Would you be OK with a 2012 draft which include no nose tackle?

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
04-28-2012, 06:42 AM
the 4th round has to be for NT between Alameda Ta'amu, Josh Chapman are Hebron Fangupo from BYU and i expect us to go defense again in the 5th

Rick5895
04-28-2012, 06:46 AM
I might think the Steelers will move up in this round to get a NT, maybe Ta'amu or Chapman

pancake
04-28-2012, 06:48 AM
I might think the Steelers will move up in this round to get a NT, maybe Ta'amu or Chapman

I hope you're right.

Vis
04-28-2012, 07:03 AM
Perhaps they don't grade any available nt as starting material

Boomer
04-28-2012, 09:52 AM
I might think the Steelers will move up in this round to get a NT, maybe Ta'amu or Chapman

I hope so too. I was :mad: that we didn't take Ta'amu in the 3rd.

Kingmagyar
04-28-2012, 11:12 AM
If we lose our chance at Ta'amu or Chapman, (I would think if either is there in the 4th we would take one of them) I think they can actually pick up Nicolas Jean Baptiste very late and even Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, of Kent State in the 7th or as a UDFA

Next year's draft if very deep at NT candidates and the team may just be willing to wait it out and get by with Hampton, McClendon, and a late round pick.

StainlessStill
04-28-2012, 11:23 AM
My original mock draft I have us taking Fangupo at #4. Either 3-4 NT will do at this point in the draft. Value is there but if it's Fangupo without making any trades, I'd be happy.

Black N' Yellow
04-28-2012, 11:30 AM
If we take a DT or two and a QB I'm happy.

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 11:31 AM
I hope so too. I was :mad: that we didn't take Ta'amu in the 3rd.

I don't understand all the love for Ta'amu. Here's more proof:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/ride-of-a-lifetime-decastros-path-to-steelers-an-odd-one-633436/?p=3

tanda10506
04-28-2012, 11:43 AM
Next year's draft if very deep at NT candidates and the team may just be willing to wait it out and get by with Hampton, McClendon, and a late round pick.

That's what I thought when we took Spence in the 3rd. If they wanted to get a dominant NT that could play right away they would of had to get him in the first round, being that they didn't, I wonder if they have chose to address other issues and go NT 1st or 2nd next year, being that Hampton will be back another year and McClendon is ok.

Boomer
04-28-2012, 11:43 AM
I don't understand all the love for Ta'amu. Here's more proof:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/ride-of-a-lifetime-decastros-path-to-steelers-an-odd-one-633436/?p=3

All that tells me is that we hit a homerun with our 1st round pick! :tt04:

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 11:46 AM
All that tells me is that we hit a homerun with our 1st round pick! :tt04:

With all due respect, it should tell you a lot more than that about his potential as an NFL pro, much less a successful one.

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 11:47 AM
That's what I thought when we took Spence in the 3rd. If they wanted to get a dominant NT that could play right away they would of had to get him in the first round, being that they didn't, I wonder if they have chose to address other issues and go NT 1st or 2nd next year, being that Hampton will be back another year and McClendon is ok.

don't forget about Woods on the practice squad.

lipps83
04-28-2012, 11:49 AM
I don't understand all the love for Ta'amu. Here's more proof:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/ride-of-a-lifetime-decastros-path-to-steelers-an-odd-one-633436/?p=3

So you are going to disregard a whole body of work by Ta'amu based on one game where he was opposite a guard regarded as the best prospect in the last 10 years?

Not that Ta'amu is going to be a hall of famer, but he is the best available NT for 3-4 left.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 12:42 PM
So you are going to disregard a whole body of work by Ta'amu based on one game where he was opposite a guard regarded as the best prospect in the last 10 years?

Not that Ta'amu is going to be a hall of famer, but he is the best available NT for 3-4 left.


obviously the Steelers didn't, we just traded up for Ta'amu! :tt02:

GMU Steeler
04-28-2012, 12:43 PM
We got him.

Steel_Bus_24
04-28-2012, 12:45 PM
Ha ha we FFd the Chargers

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 12:47 PM
obviously the Steelers didn't, we just traded up for Ta'amu! :tt02:

As a fan, I surely hope I'm wrong about him. Obviously the Steelers think something of him to move up to get him in the 4th round

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 12:47 PM
That's one way to answer my question. :tt02:

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 12:48 PM
Ha ha we FFd the Chargers

Charges still came up with Ladarius Green, a TE that I liked and I think came in for a visit with the Steelers. That's ok, can't get everyone.:noidea:

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 12:52 PM
That's one way to answer my question. :tt02:

the funny part is, guess who Ta'amu will be lining up to practice against everyday, especially early on? He'll get a real fast chance to make amends, won't he.

Boomer
04-28-2012, 01:00 PM
With all due respect, it should tell you a lot more than that about his potential as an NFL pro, much less a successful one.

Looks like the Steelers draft team didn't agree with you...:chuckle:

lipps83
04-28-2012, 01:01 PM
the funny part is, guess who Ta'amu will be lining up to practice against everyday, especially early on? He'll get a real fast chance to make amends, won't he.

I hope that DeCastro can help to make him a better player. Ta'amu isn't going to make DeCastro better obviously since he was already shut down by him.

Happy with this draft so far, I just hope we can find a way to maximize the potential yet limited size of Spence instead of wasting away on special teams.

Steel_Bus_24
04-28-2012, 01:10 PM
He's going to have to learn to stay lower an play with more leverage, because his size alone won't be enough against the NFL talent he'll be lining up from


But he should learn well from Big Snack

MeanGee2047
04-28-2012, 01:17 PM
Pick in the 5th round will be either a CB or RB....so far the draft is going well!

MeanGee2047
04-28-2012, 01:24 PM
I don't understand all the love for Ta'amu. Here's more proof:

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/ride-of-a-lifetime-decastros-path-to-steelers-an-odd-one-633436/?p=3

They must see something they can coach up...

Blackout
04-28-2012, 01:31 PM
In Ta'amu's defense you are going up against the best guard that has come out in a long time. Plus Ta'amu won't have to worry about facing him in the pros.

Steelersfan87
04-28-2012, 01:38 PM
Can we please stop pretending that Ta'amu is already worthless because an elite talent stifled him in one game? That same talent, as well as an All-Pro, will be testing him in practice, he will be learning from an excellent coach and an excellent player ahead of him, and he will be surrounded with high quality talent. He will be asked to take on double teams, and he can do that.

steelerchad
04-28-2012, 02:26 PM
I realize he had no stats against DeCastro and was likely dominated by him. But he is the best guard in the draft and rated the 2nd best lineman behind Kalil in the draft. 3-4 nosetackle aren't suppossed to get sacks, so if he can hold up 2 people we're good. Hampton has averaged 2-3 tackles per game and has 9 sacks in his 11 year career, but his worth is in taking up space and holding up blockers.
Ta'Amu has the size to do that. Throw 25 more lbs of fat on that guy and we'll have an anvil in the middle for a while.
He would have been a decent late 2nd round pick for us and we got him in the 4th.

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 02:57 PM
This was a speculative thread that has been rendered moot. We should join the conversation over here (http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=88843) instead. Carry on.
:hatsoff:

MeanGee2047
04-28-2012, 03:16 PM
Pick in the 5th round will be either a CB or RB....so far the draft is going well!

Told y'all...he will be used as a 3rd down back....has good speed...