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saint0917
04-28-2012, 12:47 PM
Great pick. So far a real good draft class

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 12:49 PM
Great pick. So far a real good draft class

what was the trade to move up to get him. what did we give up?

Steel_Bus_24
04-28-2012, 12:50 PM
our 6th

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 12:51 PM
what was the trade to move up to get him. what did we give up?


we gave the Redskins our 6th round draft choice in order to move up.

Cape Cod Steel Head
04-28-2012, 12:52 PM
Must have wanted this guy to move up 10 spots.

67 calsteel
04-28-2012, 12:53 PM
great move.worth a 6th round pick.

steelbelieve
04-28-2012, 12:54 PM
Must have wanted this guy to move up 10 spots.

assuming we still keep our own 4th? following on-line and not live on tv. good trade if that's the case, considering we have a bevvy of 7th rounders coming up.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 12:55 PM
assuming we still keep our own 4th? following on-line and not live on tv. good trade if that's the case, considering we have a bevvy of 7th rounders coming up.


no, we had to give the Redskins our 4th rounder also

pete74
04-28-2012, 12:56 PM
This is probably the best draft I remember after only 4 rounds. We got 3 guys I really like who all could of been 1st Rounders

StainlessStill
04-28-2012, 12:57 PM
It's finalized for me that this draft is the best Pittsburgh Steelers draft within' this last decade. Colbert is a man POSSESSED.

steel9136
04-28-2012, 12:58 PM
Love this pick! I think this draft is turning out really good.

steelersfan77
04-28-2012, 12:59 PM
I was watching the draft on NFL Network and couldn't believe Ta'amu hadn't been picked up to the point of the Steelers trade with Washington. I was hoping he would last to the Steelers initial 4th round pick, 8 more picks away, and just didn't think it was going to happen. Great trade and great pick. A 4th round pick with 2nd round talent. He hasn't been injury prone during his college career and he'll be set to take Hampton's spot and anchor that 3-4 front in a couple of years. He has a great motor for a 2 down player.

The line should be a strength for years to come with Hood, Heyward and Ta'amu.

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:02 PM
This is probably the best draft I remember after only 4 rounds. We got 3 guys I really like who all could of been 1st Rounders

Yes and no. Sean Spence pick I don't get, he is way to small for a OLB

Kingmagyar
04-28-2012, 01:02 PM
Is this draft disappointing anyone? It's like a buffet in Las Vegas. There is something for everyone. 4 positions of need and we draft all 4 right away. (although Spence isn't a immediate help as a starter)

This is like a dream draft. It's such a bonus to get a guy in the 4th like Ta'amu when most of us wanted him as early as the 2nd.

He may have weaknesses but John Mitchell will certainly make him better and it could have been just a lack of NTs needed by other teams. San Diego and maybe even Arizona both could have been targeting him, but it was a sweet steal by the Steelers.

MeanGee2047
04-28-2012, 01:07 PM
It's finalized for me that this draft is the best Pittsburgh Steelers draft within' this last decade. Colbert is a man POSSESSED.

He had to be....sure the Rooneys said this better be productive....we have guys getting up there in age...

Blackout
04-28-2012, 01:08 PM
Is this draft disappointing anyone? It's like a buffet in Las Vegas. There is something for everyone. 4 positions of need and we draft all 4 right away. (although Spence isn't a immediate help as a starter)

This is like a dream draft. It's such a bonus to get a guy in the 4th like Ta'amu when most of us wanted him as early as the 2nd.

He may have weaknesses but John Mitchell will certainly make him better and it could have been just a lack of NTs needed by other teams. San Diego and maybe even Arizona both could have been targeting him, but it was a sweet steal by the Steelers.

I don't know how anyone can be disappointed here, stellar picks all around. The only thing that could be better is if we had the picks the Bengals had and needed them.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 01:08 PM
Yes and no. Sean Spence pick I don't get, he is way to small for a OLB


the Steelers project Spence as an ILB, not as an OLB.

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:11 PM
the Steelers project Spence as an ILB, not as an OLB.

Even at inside he's to small. He'll be a special teams guy.

wv2kybohntr
04-28-2012, 01:13 PM
Just got back to the office to check our fourth pick and only have one thing to say...HURRY UP SEPTEMBER

wootawnee
04-28-2012, 01:14 PM
I would groom Spence into a hard hittin safety......Or if we go to a 4-3 he could be the cover 2 deep cover guy......

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 01:17 PM
I would groom Spence into a hard hittin safety......Or if we go to a 4-3 he could be the cover 2 deep cover guy......
He's not that small, is he?

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:19 PM
He's not that small, is he?

5'11" 231

Raw Steel
04-28-2012, 01:20 PM
Yes and no. Sean Spence pick I don't get, he is way to small for a OLB

He is going to play inside. He is the backup for Timmons right now. Farrior played at 230 the past four seasons. Spence is similar in size.

wootawnee
04-28-2012, 01:20 PM
230 something is small enough.......Its not tough to lose 10lbs of bodyfat to get leaner to 220.......Healthy for the wheels too.....

ZiggyHeyward
04-28-2012, 01:22 PM
Yes and no. Sean Spence pick I don't get, he is way to small for a OLB

Playing MLB behind Timmons not OLB he was BPA and there is an undersized MLB from the U that has had a pretty good career in our division

Steelersfan87
04-28-2012, 01:27 PM
A lot of ILBs are becoming ILB/SS hybrids these days as the game transforms. Spence fits that outline.

steelersfan77
04-28-2012, 01:31 PM
I actually thought Spence was a great pick. First he didn't really fill a need because at his size, 6'0 230, he doesn't really field a true NFL position but at the time he was the best player available based on talent and upside. The best attribute to his game is his coverage skills which isn't a bad thing with this pass happy league and it's treasured tight ends and hybrid slot guys. He really isn't all that bad against the run either as he attacks ball carriers and let's them know he's there. I don't know how Steeler fans couldn't love this pick. He fits the mold of a Pittsburgh linebacker. He's tough.

Oh yeah, and to those dogging his size...........

He's the same size as one of the greatest linebackers ever, Singletary and he was a pretty good inside linebacker. I'm not comparing him to Singletary talent wise, only by size. Get off the size attribute, it's overrated.

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:31 PM
He is going to play inside. He is the backup for Timmons right now. Farrior played at 230 the past four seasons. Spence is similar in size.

He might be similar size, but he's no Farroir. And he's not very strong, at the combine he only did 12 reps in the bench test, that's pretty sad. The 3 cone drill he was the worst at 7.46. But, he's a Steelers now and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. We'll just have to wait and see.

steelerchad
04-28-2012, 01:37 PM
Even at inside he's to small. He'll be a special teams guy.

I don't know. Timmons is listed at 6'1 234. This guy is 6' 231. NFL could put 10 lbs of muscle on this guy and he would be pretty stoudt. He's also pretty good in coverage. I'm almost thinking he may be a coverage specialist to handle TE's like Gronk, Graham, Hernandez etc. Farrior has been a coverage liability the last few years.

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:39 PM
I actually thought Spence was a great pick. First he didn't really fill a need because at his size, 6'0 230, he doesn't really field a true NFL position but at the time he was the best player available based on talent and upside. The best attribute to his game is his coverage skills which isn't a bad thing with this pass happy league and it's treasured tight ends and hybrid slot guys. He really isn't all that bad against the run either as he attacks ball carriers and let's them know he's there. I don't know how Steeler fans couldn't love this pick. He fits the mold of a Pittsburgh linebacker. He's tough.

Oh yeah, and to those dogging his size...........

He's the same size as one of the greatest linebackers ever, Singletary and he was a pretty good inside linebacker. I'm not comparing him to Singletary talent wise, only by size. Get off the size attribute, it's overrated.

I agree with you on that. He's good in coverage and attacks the ball well, BUT, he needs to hit the weight room, he's not that strong and gets engulfed too easily.

saint0917
04-28-2012, 01:42 PM
I don't know. Timmons is listed at 6'1 234. This guy is 6' 231. NFL could put 10 lbs of muscle on this guy and he would be pretty stoudt. He's also pretty good in coverage. I'm almost thinking he may be a coverage specialist to handle TE's like Gronk, Graham, Hernandez etc. Farrior has been a coverage liability the last few years.

I don't like to compare guys, lets face he's no Timmons or Singletary or Lambert etc...we'll just have to wait and see.

Steelersfan87
04-28-2012, 01:43 PM
He said he was injured at the combine and can bench 19.

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 01:44 PM
Steelers draft nose tackle in fourth round of NFL draft


By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers chose nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu of Washington on the fourth round of the NFL draft, their first pick of the day.
They traded their sixth-round draft choice to Washington and swapped their picks in the fourth round so they could move up 10 spots to the 14th pick of the round in order to draft Ta'amu, who is 6-3, 348 pounds.
The Steelers went looking in this draft for the eventual replacement for Casey Hampton, who will enter his 12th season in the NFL. Hampton took a paycut this year and had ACL surgery in January.
Ta'Amu was considered by many to be the purest 3-4 nose tackle available in the draft.
"His job is to keep the LB free ... and he did that very well at the University of Washinton," Steelers line coach John Mitchell said. He added that if Ta'amu plays how they think he can, "This guy can play a long time and be a pretty good football player."
Ta'amu said he thought the Steelers were among the teams most interested in drafting him and he's happy they did so. He said he's looking forward to meeting Troy Polamalu.
"He represents lot of the Polynesians out here," Ta'amu said.
He also has watched Hampton's progress through the years.
"He holds his ground," Ta'amu said. "He takes up more than one blocker a play and im trying to do that."
Barring another trade, the Steelers now have a pick left in the fifth round and four in the seventh.


*****

Steelers trade up, grab Washington NT in fourth round

by Mark Kaboly

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 01:09PM Last Modified: Apr 28, 2012 01:10PM
The Steelers moved up in the fourth round and selected Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu with the 109th overall pick in the NFL Draft today.
The Steelers gave up their sixth-round pick to move up 10 spots to select the 6-foot-2, 348-pounder.
"I'm excited to go to Pittsburgh," the 21-year-old Ta'amu said. "I had a feeling (that the Steelers were going to take me.)
The Steelers will move Ta'amu to nose tackle in their 3-4 defensive scheme.
"He is a nose tackle who we feel who can get penetration any time," Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell said.
Ta'amu started 42 of 50 games at left defensive tackle for Washington as he produced 109 tackles and 16.5 tackles for losses.
"I am happy to get him where we got him," Mitchell said. "We are going to start him off at nose tackle and see how it goes."
Nose tackle was a position of need for the Steelers. Veteran Casey Hampton is coming off knee surgery, and Steve McLendon is still unproven.

Read more: Steelers trade up, grab Washington NT in fourth round | TribLIVE | Pittsburgh (http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1248288-85/steelers-tackle-amu-defensive-nose-round-washington-109-fourth-mitchell?printerfriendly=true#ixzz1tMGQaKtT) http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1248288-85/steelers-tackle-amu-defensive-nose-round-washington-109-fourth-mitchell?printerfriendly=true#ixzz1tMGQaKtT

PhantomJB93
04-28-2012, 01:47 PM
This is easily the most satisfied I've ever been with a draft. I honestly have zero complaints or remorse about ANY pick.

I feel like all 4 of our picks so far could be regular, competent starters within the next 2 years, if not by the end of this season.

Mistah_Q
04-28-2012, 01:49 PM
Getting Ta'amu in the 4th round is just absurd. Last fall he was considered a possible first-rounder, and he still graded mid-2nd at worst -- it was strange to see him still available at our pick in the 2nd, it was just overshadowed because it was downright stupefying that Mike Adams was still there.

And Ta'amu being there in the 3rd seemed like a steal but Spence was there and they apparently had plans for this kid and figured they could still grab their NT in the 4th -- Chapman, Ta'amu, and Baptiste were all still on the board after all. I'd have been happy with Chapman or Baptiste... but as the 4th wore on and Ta'amu was still there, they pulled the trigger to go up and get him.

So in essence we go 1) DeCastro, 2) Adams, 3) ILB/S/Special Teams, 4/6) Alameda freakin' Ta'amu.

LOVE the strategy. Just not sure about Spence being that 3rd round guy - it gets a big ol' "wait and see" from me, but you have to love this draft.

StainlessStill
04-28-2012, 01:51 PM
This is easily the most satisfied I've ever been with a draft. I honestly have zero complaints or remorse about ANY pick.

I feel like all 4 of our picks so far could be regular, competent starters within the next 2 years, if not by the end of this season.

Agreed. So far, 1-4 are straight up contributors, PERIOD. A draft doesn't come by like this often. I'm relishing in it. a pure joy thus far. RB or SS should be coming next.:helmet:

Boomer
04-28-2012, 01:53 PM
It's been an absolutely perfect draft so far, that's for sure!

Ricco Suavez
04-28-2012, 02:14 PM
I think DeCastro will be the stud of this draft, but I also believe that Spence will be a player that in the next few years we will look back and thank our lucky stars we have him. Size aside, strength aside, I see a player that has a HUGE motor and instincts. I think the Steelers see the same. I feel he is a football player first and not just a combine phenom.

caseydog
04-28-2012, 02:19 PM
I actually thought Spence was a great pick. First he didn't really fill a need because at his size, 6'0 230, he doesn't really field a true NFL position but at the time he was the best player available based on talent and upside. The best attribute to his game is his coverage skills which isn't a bad thing with this pass happy league and it's treasured tight ends and hybrid slot guys. He really isn't all that bad against the run either as he attacks ball carriers and let's them know he's there. I don't know how Steeler fans couldn't love this pick. He fits the mold of a Pittsburgh linebacker. He's tough.

Oh yeah, and to those dogging his size...........

He's the same size as one of the greatest linebackers ever, Singletary and he was a pretty good inside linebacker. I'm not comparing him to Singletary talent wise, only by size. Get off the size attribute, it's overrated.

I vaguely remember another linebacker who was "too small." What was his name? Oh, yeah, Jack Lambert.

Lambert was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft, though many pro football coaches and scouts thought he was too small to play linebacker in the NFL. Lambert was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Smart and heart is better than size, IMO.

CD

FrancoLambert
04-28-2012, 02:21 PM
I actually thought Spence was a great pick. First he didn't really fill a need because at his size, 6'0 230, he doesn't really field a true NFL position but at the time he was the best player available based on talent and upside. The best attribute to his game is his coverage skills which isn't a bad thing with this pass happy league and it's treasured tight ends and hybrid slot guys. He really isn't all that bad against the run either as he attacks ball carriers and let's them know he's there. I don't know how Steeler fans couldn't love this pick. He fits the mold of a Pittsburgh linebacker. He's tough.

Oh yeah, and to those dogging his size...........

He's the same size as one of the greatest linebackers ever, Singletary and he was a pretty good inside linebacker. I'm not comparing him to Singletary talent wise, only by size. Get off the size attribute, it's overrated.

I don't think many NFL GM's would agree with you that size is overrated, especially at the LB position.
When monster guards and tackles (300 +) engage you at the second level during a running play and outweigh you by 70-80 lbs. it's a clear disadvantage.
Gotta admit I don't know a lot about Spence but his measurables have me shaking my head a bit.

19ward86
04-28-2012, 02:31 PM
This is by far the most excited i've ever been for a draft and its not even over. It seems that the Steelers cannot lose. If Mike Adams straightens up and gets in the gym we could be looking at an entire different O-line in the next 2 years. Sean Spence, i dont believe he will be a starter but he would be great for passing situations and for depth. He is a great athlete and better football player. I dont believe i have to describe how i feel about Ta'amu. If you listen to some of his interviews he sounds like a very committed person. He has goals to be a great NT, not lose 30 pounds and get faster, but to model after Casey Hampton. I just cant contain myself haha. :drink:

tony hipchest
04-28-2012, 02:37 PM
He might be similar size, but he's no Farroir. And he's not very strong, at the combine he only did 12 reps in the bench test, that's pretty sad. The 3 cone drill he was the worst at 7.46. But, he's a Steelers now and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. We'll just have to wait and see.this is the ta'amu thread. perhaps you wanna take your debate to the spence thread where you will find out he is the same size as farrior and had a busted up shoulder at the combine that prevented him from liftin to potential, and learn lots of other neat things you didnt know.

other than that, welcome alameda! :tt04:

mesaSteeler
04-28-2012, 02:43 PM
Draft Analysis:
http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/profiles/alameda-ta%27amu?id=2532955
Bucky Brooks' take: The Steelers find a capable replacement for Casey Hampton in Ta'amu. He is immovable off the point and routinely wins against double teams.

6'3" Height
32" Arm Length
348LBS. Weight
9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Ta'amu was a big-boned, powerful inside force for Washington who projects to play the nose tackle position in a 3-4 defense at the next level. He has the ability to hold up linemen and clog lanes to keep linebackers clean, which boosts his value. He has been so effective with the Huskies that there have been some arguably "less-talented" players at Washington who have been extremely productive because of his presence inside on the line.

Analysis
Strengths

Ta'amu is a forceful player against the run who can quickly get off the ball and into a lineman's face. He can hold two blockers to create lanes for his linebackers. He is big-bodied and understands his role within the defense. He can engulf running backs by using his long, strong arms or by pushing the interior of an offensive line into the backfield.

Weaknesses
Ta'amu is a slow-mover who struggles to rush the passer and chase down ball carriers. He lacks pass-rush moves and doesn't use his feet or hands to get off blocks. He has little value in a 4-3 defense given his shortcomings.

desertsteel
04-28-2012, 03:08 PM
It's finalized for me that this draft is the best Pittsburgh Steelers draft within' this last decade. Colbert is a man POSSESSED.
Seriously? They haven't even practiced in shorts yet and they are the BEST class in 10 years? Who are you Mel Kiper?

TRH
04-28-2012, 03:36 PM
I caught Todd McShay commenting on our pick on ESPN and he said we got another steal....he at one time had Ta'amu going high in the 2nd round. He thought it was an extraordinary pick.
In reality both Ta'amu and DeCastro (even Adams if you dont' count this stumble with the drug test) all should have been gone by the time we selected.
We stole 3 players this year. We should be arrested for burglary lol

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 03:39 PM
Seriously? They haven't even practiced in shorts yet and they are the BEST class in 10 years? Who are you Mel Kiper?

Don't insult him by calling him Mel Kiper :chuckle:

This is one of the best drafts on-paper in a long time, that's for sure.

tanda10506
04-28-2012, 03:47 PM
this is the ta'amu thread. perhaps you wanna take your debate to the spence thread where you will find out he is the same size as farrior and had a busted up shoulder at the combine that prevented him from liftin to potential, and learn lots of other neat things you didnt know.

other than that, welcome alameda!



:chuckle:

desertsteel
04-28-2012, 03:51 PM
Don't insult him by calling him Mel Kiper :chuckle:

This is one of the best drafts on-paper in a long time, that's for sure.

Lol... for sure. The paper looks good. As for Mel, you can't dislike a guy who lives 24/7 football :)

ETL
04-28-2012, 03:53 PM
Wonder if this will be happening now at Steeler's Practices:

Bloomgren (Stanford's OL coach) recalled a home game last season against the University of Washington -- the school is near DeCastro's hometown of Bellevue -- when his junior guard was largely responsible for Stanford rushing for a school-record 446 yards in a 65-21 victory.

In that game, DeCastro lined across from the Huskies' 348-pound nose tackle, Alameda Ta'amu, considered one of the top nose tackles in the draft. It was the first time Ta'amu, an all-conference tackle, did not register any statistics in a game in his college career.

"He basically went out there and dominated," Bloomgren said of DeCastro. "The guy took himself out of the game. He went to the sidelines and contemplated his life's goals.

"That's kind of what David DeCastro does to most guys."

steelerchad
04-28-2012, 04:56 PM
Lol... for sure. The paper looks good. As for Mel, you can't dislike a guy who lives 24/7 football :)

I sure can dislike him. He's a not so closet Ravens fan.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 05:11 PM
Steelers select Alameda Ta’amu in fourth round


ALAMEDA TA’AMU

Defensive Tackle
University of Washington Huskies
6:02.4-348
Kent, Washington
Rainier Beach High School
4th Round – 109 Overall

CAREER NOTES
Started 42 of 50 games at left defensive tackle for Washington as he produced 109 tackles (57 solo) with 7.5 sacks (48 yards) and 16.5 tackles for loss (68 yards)…Advanced a fumble recovery 14 yards and deflected one pass.

2011 SEASON
Named All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention by the league’s coaches…Started all 13 games at left defensive tackle, recording 30 tackles (15 solo)…His 3.5 sacks (19 yards) and seven tackles for loss (30 yards) set career highs…Served as team captain…Recipient of the team’s L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award.

2010 SEASON
The junior was selected All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention by the conference’s coaches as the full-time starter at left defensive tackle recorded a career-high 39 tackles (21 solo) with 1.5 sacks (13 yards) and five tackles for loss (19 yards)…Registered one pass deflection and a fumble recovery…Named the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year.

2009 SEASON
Started all but the Washington State game, appearing in 11 contests…Was in on 19 tackles (12 solo), coming up with 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss (19 yards).

2008 SEASON
Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, starting the final five contests…Recorded 21 tackles (nine solo).

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Ranier Beach (Wash.) High School, competing in basketball, football and track…Rated the state of Washington’s third overall prospect and the nation’s seventh offensive guard by Scout.com…Rivals.com regarded him as the state’s fourth recruit and the 15th guard in the prep ranks…As a sophomore, named the Metro League Sound Division Lineman of the Year and first-team all-league on both the offensive and defensive lines, helping the Vikings earn a berth in the state playoffs…In 2006, the junior received All-State Class 3A first-team accolades on offense and honorable mention on defense, where he posted eight sacks…Placed third in the shot put at the state finals and was the Metro League champion in that event…As a senior, the two-time All-State selection added Parade All-America recognition and was honored as the Metro League's Sound Division Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year, an award he won three times during his prep career…In 2007, recorded 58 tackles with 10 sacks and would conclude his career by playing in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in the Orange Bowl in Miami.

PERSONAL
General Studies major…Born 8/23/90 in Kent, Washington


ALAMEDA TA’AMU

Defensive Tackle
4th Round – 109th Overall

How do you feel? What are your thoughts on coming to Pittsburgh?
Good, I’m feeling good. I’m excited. I’m glad I’m playing in Pittsburgh, and get to play with somebody like Casey Hampton.

Have you watched Casey Hampton over the years? What do you like about the way he plays.
He’s up the middle, he holds his ground. It takes more than one blocker to play him, and I’m going to try and do the same thing when I get there.

Did you talk to the Steelers throughout the draft? Who did you talk to?
Yes, I talked to the Steelers at the combine. I talked to all the coaches inside the room at the combine.

Did you have a feeling Pittsburgh would be your destination? Why?
Yes, I did. I had feeling. I knew that Pittsburgh was interested. They called me and talked to me.

How will it be to have David DeCastro as a teammate?
It’s good to see David DeCastro as a teammate. I played against him and I played with him in high school. He’s a great player.

Were you teammates in high school?
No, we played together in the All-American game in high school.

Are you also a Seahawks fan?
No, I rooted for the Steelers during that Super Bowl.

What do you remember about the game against Stanford and DeCastro?
When you go against DeCastro, you feel his presence. There are not a lot of guards that can block a nose-guard and you can feel it. With DeCastro, he’s explosive from play one, all the way to the last play. He comes at you, and there are not a lot of guards that stay the same like that throughout the whole game.

Were you frustrated going against him?
No, but he did a good job.

What do you bring to the table as a nose-guard?
Clogging up the middle and not letting anything through there.

Casey Hampton says there’s not a lot to playing nose-guard, you push the man right, push the man left, or push him backwards. Do you agree?
Yes.

How is your pass-rush?
Man, my pass-rush is amazing.

Do you think they’ll let you do that here?
Hopefully. I’ll show them what I got during camp, and hopefully I’ll be on all three downs.

Did they ask you to be at any specific weight when you get here?
No, they haven’t. I’ll find out at mini-camp.

Is your weight going to be an issue for you?
No, it’s not.

Are you more excited to meet Hampton or Troy Polamalu?
Troy, because he represents a lot of the Polynesians out here on the West Coast, and the Samoans out here. To be able to play next to Troy Polamalu, I’ve heard a lot of stories from my coaches that have coached him, and they say that he’s the best football player overall that they’ve ever played with because he knows the game. The way he’s out there representing Samoans and his people, I will be honored just to meet Polamalu.

Have you ever been to the island?
Yes, I visited the island every summer until I got to college. My father was a pastor, so they have this meeting with everybody else in the U. S. They meet him somewhere every year. I went there every summer.

Do you wear a #43 jersey in Seattle?
No, I’m too big to wear 43 on my chest.

Have you ever been to Pittsburgh?
No, I haven’t. This will be my first time there.
* VIDEO: Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line Coach John Mitchell on Alameda Ta'amu
Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line Coach John Mitchell on Alameda Ta'amu

Are there any weight issues with him?
I don’t think so. When you get guys that are coming out of college that aren’t used to good nutrition, if he does have an issue, we’ll get him down to Garrett Giemont. A lot of times in college when you have so many players it’s hard for a position coach or a head coach to make sure that guy’s weight is where you want it to be. That doesn’t bother me.

He did have up and down weight issues right?
Yeah, but that is not going to bother me. It’s not going to bother me. Here, with the nutrition plan we have in place and with working every day, that’s not going to be a problem.

What do you like about him?
Anytime in our scheme when you get a nose tackle, first you want to make sure that this guy can play the double-team. His job is to keep the linebackers free or the safety free when we bring the safety down in the box. If he can’t do that then he’ll have a tough time playing for us. He did that very well at the University of Washington. If he can keep the linebackers free and make plays, we’re going to start him off from guard to guard and then get familiar with the scheme, we’ll then move him tackle to tackle. He will be able to play a long time and I think he will be a very good football player.

Were you surprised he was still there this late in the draft?
We weren’t surprised because everybody sees everything different. You put a picture up on the wall and we all look at it, everybody sees something different. Surprised is not the word. We all see things differently. I’m happy we got him.

Is he more of a nose tackle than defensive end?
Yeah, he is not a defensive end. In our scheme with the number of people we go into a game with on Sunday, hey, my backup nose tackle has to be able to play in an emergency. We are going to start him off at nose tackle and go from there. We will see how well he learns and how well he moves, then give him a little bit of work outside. I go into the game with five, so that backup nose tackle has to know how to play end in case of an emergency.

Do you expect Casey Hampton to be ready to play?
I think you have to ask Casey that. I can’t answer that. He was here about a week ago. He looks like Casey. I can’t answer that. You have to ask Casey if he is going to be ready to play. When he shows up I’ll know.

One of David DeCastro's best games came against Ta'amu and Washington. Are you concerned about that?
Here's what you have to see. These guys are in college, they played a scheme that their coach is coaching. When he comes here we will start from scratch. He is going to play the 3-4 the way the Steelers play. I have no concern for what he did in college. That is behind him. Everything now is in front of him. He is going to come here and I'm going to teach him what we want him to get done.

Is he a classic nose tackle?
He's a nose tackle that we feel can get penetration. I'm not very smart, but I know that you play with eleven on both sides of the ball. Anytime the nose tackle can take up two of the other team I know that only leaves nine, so we have one more than they have. That’s the way our premise is for our nose tackle. I tell him you eat up two, somebody else is going to make the play.

Steve McLendon isn't that classic nose tackle is he?
Everybody wants to discard McLendon, let me tell you this, hold your opinion until the season is over.

Is there a prototypical size for nose tackle?
Everybody wants big guys. If you watch, we do a lot with our nose tackles. We let Casey Hampton drop in pass coverage. We let him cover backs and tight ends. That does not bother me. When this kid comes in here, first we are going to see where he is. He is going to go to Garrett Giemont and he will determine where he needs to play at. Then I'm going to get him and I'm going to teach him the things that he needs to do to be a good player for us. We are not going to pigeon hole anybody. He's going to come in here, he's a rookie, we'll treat him like a rookie, and we are not asking him to play tomorrow, next week, or next month. We are going to take our time with him; we don't open up until sometime in September.

In regards to McLendon are you saying not to discard him?
I'm just saying keep your opinion until after the season, you make the decision.

Can he come in on time?
I think he's about 30 credits from graduation. I don't see any other factors on him getting here on time.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-select-Alameda-Ta’amu-in-fourth-round/b3a8049f-672d-416d-b21b-50c4ada6cb1d

Fire Arians
04-28-2012, 05:22 PM
Even at inside he's to small. He'll be a special teams guy.

Hes The same weight as farrior was this past 3 years, was he too small too? People are blowing the whole size thing out of proportion. If he doesn't make the team it won't be due to size

Steel Peon
04-28-2012, 07:02 PM
The best 2 plays are at 1:17 - 1:34, he gets held like hell at 1:57, and then it looks like he tackles the runner with 1 arm at 2:46. Overall I'd say he seems pretty quick for a big guy........I am not disappoint.

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El-Gonzo Jackson
04-28-2012, 07:54 PM
He played a lot of one gap in college. He is gonna learn to clog up the middle like Mitchell said. I think we have a NT for the next 7-8 years

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 09:17 PM
Steelers hope to groom Ta’amu as Hampton’s replacement

By Ralph N. Paulk
Tribune-Review

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012

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The Steelers selected Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.


Alameda Ta’amu

Nose tackle

University of Washington

6-foot-2, 348 pounds

Fourth round, 109th overall

Career: Started 42 of 50 games...109 tackles, 71/2 sacks, 161/2 tackles for loss.


The Steelers selected Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu with a fourth-round pick acquired in trade with the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

In giving up a sixth-round pick, the Steelers used the 109th overall selection to address an unsettling situation at nose tackle, where 12-year veteran Casey Hampton is recovering from offseason knee injury.

Furthermore, Ta’amu gives defensive line coach John Mitchell depth in the trenches. As Hampton and recently retired Chris Hoke struggled to stay healthy last season, former rookie free agent Steve McLendon didn’t impress enough to keep general manager Kevin Colbert from exploring other options.

Ta’amu, who faced the Steelers’ first-round pick David DeCastro several times in both high school and college, has a near-perfect physique for a nose tackle. He is 6-3, but he might have to trim some of the 348 pounds he carried for much of last season.

“No one has talked about it (weight),” said the 21-year-old Ta’amu, who is 30 credits short of earning his undergraduate degree. “No, it will not be an issue.”

Mitchell is confident the Kent, Wash., native will fit into the Steelers’ 3-4 defense. Ta’amu will need to work on his agility, but he’s strong enough to take on or tie up two or three blockers to free up the Steelers’ linebackers and safeties, particularly on run downs.

“Anytime in our scheme when you get a nose tackle, first you want to make sure that this guy can play the double-team,” Mitchell said. “His job is to keep the linebackers free or the safety free when we bring the safety down the box.

“If he can’t do that, then he’ll have a tough time playing for us. He did that well at the University of Washington.”

Except, of course, one of the Huskies’ poorest efforts last season against DeCastro and Stanford. DeCastro helped the Cardinal plow through Washington’s defensive front to rush for a school-record 446 yards.

DeCastro left a lasting impression with Ta’amu.

“You could feel his presence,” Ta’amu said of DeCastro. “There are not a lot of guards who can block down on a nose guard, and you can feel it. With DeCastro, he’s explosive from one play all the way to the last play.”

Mitchell and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau are expecting the same kind of energy from their rookie nose tackle. So, it’s why they aren’t overly concerned about that lackluster effort against Stanford.

“Everybody sees everything different,” Mitchell said. “I’m happy with who we got him.

“These guys in college, they play the schemes their coaches coach. When he comes here, we are going to start from scratch. I have no concerns about what he did in college — that’s all behind him.”

Ta’amu, too, is moving forward.

“I’m excited I’m playing in Pittsburgh, and get to play with somebody like Casey Hampton,” said Ta’amu, who made 42 starts at Washington.

More importantly, Ta’amu is eager to meet one of his idols, perennial All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu.

“(Polamalu) represents a lot of the Polynesians (and Somoans) out here on the West Coast,” Ta’amu said. “I’ve heard a lot of stories from my coaches that have coached him, and they say that he’s the best football player overall ... because he knows the game. The way he’s out there representing Samoans and his people, I will be honored just to meet Polamalu.”

Read more: Steelers hope to groom Ta’amu as Hampton’s replacement | TribLIVE | Pittsburgh http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/1108537-85/amu-nose-steelers-washington-decastro-tackle-mitchell-free-hampton-round#ixzz1tNctCCgh

sharkweek
04-28-2012, 10:47 PM
Yes and no. Sean Spence pick I don't get, he is way to small for a OLB

you realize he's only an inch shorter and a few pounds lighter than James Harrison, right?

Steelersfan87
04-28-2012, 10:54 PM
And is also not an OLB.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 10:57 PM
And is also not an OLB.


and is just about the same weight and only an inch shorter than Derrick Brooks, who didn't do too badly playing at ILB.

tanda10506
04-28-2012, 11:22 PM
and is just about the same weight and only an inch shorter than Derrick Brooks, who didn't do too badly playing at ILB.

Yeah, and he's about the same weight as Farrior has been and as Timmons was his rookie beginning.

jjpro11
04-28-2012, 11:36 PM
Yeah, and he's about the same weight as Farrior has been and as Timmons was his rookie beginning.

and he's about the same height and weight as..... we could do this all day. :sofunny:

tony hipchest
04-29-2012, 12:07 AM
i dont know if this pick coulda worked out more perfectly for us. many woulda been happy selecting him in the 2nd, were upset when we passed on him in the 3rd, and yet we got the man we had targeted all along in the 4th for a fair price of giving up a 6th.

colbert and the FO did a brilliant job not only targeting the players they wanted, but guaging and keeping their finger on the pulse of what other teams were most likely to do.

Buddha Bus
04-29-2012, 12:35 AM
i dont know if this pick coulda worked out more perfectly for us. many woulda been happy selecting him in the 2nd, were upset when we passed on him in the 3rd, and yet we got the man we had targeted all along in the 4th for a fair price of giving up a 6th.

colbert and the FO did a brilliant job not only targeting the players they wanted, but guaging and keeping their finger on the pulse of what other teams were most likely to do.

I agree. Colbert must have found a genie in a lamp to warrant this kind of luck. We got excellent value picks in almost all rounds of this draft. Even though we missed out on Hightower we couldn't pass up on DeCastro and I'm glad we didn't. Our o-line has been putrid for years now and they shored it up with the first 2 picks of this draft. What was a liability less than a year ago now has the potential to be a strength. We can make due at LB till next season.

This draft has the potential to pan out as one of the Steelers' best ever. I really can't believe our luck.

Steelersfan87
04-29-2012, 01:55 AM
Absolutely. I had the same crazed reaction that Ta'amu wasn't the 3rd round pick that I did last year when Curtis Brown wasn't the 2nd round pick.

Blackout
04-29-2012, 01:59 AM
We get so lucky because teams have terrible FOs and great stuff slides to us, lands right in our laps. We always seem to sit pretty confident.

This draft could have been alot worse for us.

tony hipchest
04-29-2012, 02:47 AM
the hosts were asked who was the steal of the draft on NFLN "total access" and brian balldinger (who i think does a great job with analysis, and film breakdown) said alameda.

on a similar note chris rainey was cited as golden coral's "best value of the day". :tt02:

Blackout
04-29-2012, 02:50 AM
Out of all the teams, Dennard would be my steal of the draft. That is saying if he doesn't go to jail.

MrAustin412
04-30-2012, 03:40 PM
Great pick. Space eater at it's finest. Definitely will have to work him into shape a little bit, but hey, welcome to the big leagues brother

http://www.fourthandtwelve.com/2012/04/steelers-day-3-draft-recap.html

DG94
04-30-2012, 04:08 PM
Out of all the teams, Dennard would be my steal of the draft. That is saying if he doesn't go to jail.

Didn't he punch a police officer?

As for Ta'amu, he was a first round pick at the beginning of the season, and we get him in the 4th! Adding 3 potential starters (DeCastro, Adams, Ta'amu) and 2 solid contributors (Spence and Rainey) in one class is a great effort by Colbert and co. in the FO.