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Blackout
04-28-2012, 02:02 PM
Welcome.

tony hipchest
04-28-2012, 02:04 PM
Overview

Rainey, like his teammate Jeff Demps, is a burner. Unlike Demps, his track-speed translates to the football field, which makes him an intriguing prospect who has played various roles in Florida's offense. While not nearly as big as former teammate Percy Harvin, Rainey has been able to deliver for the Gators in a similar fashion. He uses his agility and quickness to make guys miss. He could move up into the middle rounds.

Analysis

Strengths
Rainey is quick and decisive off the snap. He usually looks to get the edge. He is a very effective short-area mover who can ignite a two-step power move to beat a defender laterally and get to the edge. He is a straight-line runner but is elusive and make defenders miss in the open field. He is a good route runner out of the backfield and out of the slot and he will likely get work there early in the pros.
Weaknesses
Rainey is undersized and it shows when he tries to run inside or pass protect. He almost always looks to get outside and will go down on contact when running in the box. He is not willing nor able to block linebackers and protect the quarterback and will get overpowered at the next level. He is a strict work-in-space player at the next level and will have a hard time playing as a traditional running back.

180 lber from florida who will definitely be the scat back in haleys offense.

ZiggyHeyward
04-28-2012, 02:04 PM
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StainlessStill
04-28-2012, 02:04 PM
Knew RB was coming. We've hit every single need we were concerned with coming into this entire draft process. SS, TE or maybe a tweener DE/OLB to finish this gem off.

Blackout
04-28-2012, 02:07 PM
He is gonna get slaughtered by the AFC North no?

tony hipchest
04-28-2012, 02:08 PM
i woulda prefered wr juron criner as we still havent replaced hines ward on the roster and could be losing 2 of wallace/brown & sanders next year.

with rainey, brown my not be returning as much. gill brandt says he's one of the fastest players in the draft and led florida in all purpose yeards. definitely potential to be a ST ace.

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 02:08 PM
I thought Batch would have this role, but then again, he hasn't played a down in the NFL yet.

Vis
04-28-2012, 02:09 PM
He is gonna get slaughtered by the AFC North no?

No"..........

MasterOfPuppets
04-28-2012, 02:09 PM
there's the new return man. can't have our starting receivers risking injuries on returns. .

MasterOfPuppets
04-28-2012, 02:12 PM
i woulda prefered wr juron criner as we still havent replaced hines ward on the roster and could be losing 2 of wallace/brown & sanders next year.

with rainey, brown my not be returning as much. gill brandt says he's one of the fastest players in the draft and led florida in all purpose yeards. definitely potential to be a ST ace.
my thoughts as well ... him or mcnutt

tanda10506
04-28-2012, 02:12 PM
A 7th RB on the roster who's use will be that which we drafted Batch for....why? We've drafted great this year but a safety or a big WR would have been better options IMO.

steelersfan77
04-28-2012, 02:12 PM
Agreed, with most of the needs filled this was a good pick. He may prove to get some playing time early if he picks up the offense. Mendenhall might not be ready so we might see Rainey in on 3rd down situations. Baron Batch could have something to say about that though. He could defenitley be something specail on a kickoff return unit. I like this pick though. He and Chris Polk were probably the best two running backs available when picked.

Dalarin
04-28-2012, 02:13 PM
90% of his potential is on special teams. He is a good returner and he blocked 6 punts in his college career.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 02:14 PM
i woulda prefered wr juron criner as we still havent replaced hines ward on the roster and could be losing 2 of wallace/brown & sanders next year.

with rainey, brown my not be returning as much. gill brandt says he's one of the fastest players in the draft and led florida in all purpose yeards. definitely potential to be a ST ace.

Well, I've always considered Cotchery Ward's replacement, even though he's a veteran. He played in an even more limited role last season than Ward, so he'd be in Ward's place this season. I think we just need another Wide Receiver in general, and i'm sure that's what you meant.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 02:15 PM
Chris Rainey had the fastest 3-cone drill (6.50) and 20 yd. shuttle (3.93) of all RBs at the Combine. :tt02:

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 02:24 PM
Chris Rainey had the fastest 3-cone drill (6.50) and 20 yd. shuttle (3.93) of all RBs at the Combine. :tt02:

I'm pretty sure Pouncey and Gilbert, or one of the two, went to the combine to support him.

This is his only problem in my eyes:

"Florida starting wide receiver Chris Rainey was charged with aggravated stalking, a third degree felony, and taken to the Alachua County jail at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday for allegedly sending a threatening text message to a woman he has dated in the past."

MasterOfPuppets
04-28-2012, 02:25 PM
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AgentGold007
04-28-2012, 02:26 PM
I was hoping for Antonio Allen at that point, but I'll take Rainey.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 02:29 PM
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Reminds me a lot of Dante Hall.

StainlessStill
04-28-2012, 02:29 PM
I was hoping for Antonio Allen at that point, but I'll take Rainey.

In my original mock draft, I had us taking Allen at #5 as well, but it's all about value meets need now and I believe a change of pace type versatile back like Rainey is a smart move. I did like Allen though.

Mistah_Q
04-28-2012, 02:30 PM
I love this pick, which surprises me, because I thought we should take a Defensive Back here. The selection of a RB caught me off guard, but this is great:

With a massively upgraded Offensive Line and a new OC, it makes absolute sense for us to grab a burner like Rainey, who will be an excellent changeup to basically anybody else we have running the ball. We don't have anybody this fast... the comparison to Barron Batch isn't a good one - Batch could certainly allow us to be done with Mewelde Moore, however.

This guy is great for Haley's schemes, and in the meantime he can work special teams, run back kicks so our starting WRs don't have to, etc.

Steel_Bus_24
04-28-2012, 02:31 PM
yep I instantly thought shades of Jamaal Charles

Mistah_Q
04-28-2012, 02:32 PM
"Florida starting wide receiver Chris Rainey was charged with aggravated stalking, a third degree felony, and taken to the Alachua County jail at 3:17 a.m. Tuesday for allegedly sending a threatening text message to a woman he has dated in the past."

That's why he was available in the 5th. Good value here but not a pick I was expecting. Like it though! I'm sure the FO had a nice talk with him about this and his durability concerns.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 02:36 PM
Presser:

http://www.steelers.com/video-and-audio/videos/Steelerscom-Live-/9e0939e4-ac2c-49dd-b3f2-ce8b0e7943cd

Kingmagyar
04-28-2012, 02:46 PM
I don't know if this is even considered drafting a RB, but he is a Slash.

3rd Down, shotgun formation, standing back there with Ben. A Draw, A Screen, A Flair, A Dumpoff, a 90 yard go route, A 90 yard post, you get the idea. All have the same result Big Yards.

Get him in space.

ETL
04-28-2012, 02:59 PM
I hope he can be like a Darren Sproles for us

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 03:00 PM
I'm pretty sure Pouncey and Gilbert, or one of the two, went to the combine to support him.



NFL Draft: Florida RB/WR Chris Rainey lands in Pittsburgh in Round 5

by Jason Lieser

The Gators waited all the way to the 114th pick to see one of their players called by an NFL team, and now UF’s interest in the NFL Draft seems to be finished. The Pittsburgh Steelers took Florida’s Chris Rainey with the 24th pick in the fifth round.

Rainey will reunite with former UF and Lakeland HS teammate Maurkice Pouncey, who plays on Pittsburgh’s offensive line. Rainey lived with the Pounceys for part of his childhood.

He was projected to go as high as the end of the third round and seemed likely to go in the fourth. The Steelers took him at 159th overall.

Rainey played running back, receiver and return man for Florida. He left as one of the top 10 rushers in program history.

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/gatorbytes/2012/04/28/nfl-draft-florida-rbwr-chris-rainey-lands-in-pittsburgh-in-round-5/

Vis
04-28-2012, 03:03 PM
If our luck holds out we'll get Antonio Allen in the 7th

MasterOfPuppets
04-28-2012, 03:17 PM
stephon logan was about the same size as rainey. they wouldn't let him run the ball.

Vis
04-28-2012, 03:21 PM
stephon logan was about the same size as rainey. they wouldn't let him run the ball.

They would have if he had earned the carries in practice. We don't know what he showed the coaches.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 03:21 PM
stephon logan was about the same size as rainey. they wouldn't let him run the ball.

And once we rid of him, he ran one all the way back for a touchdown the following week for his new team, if i'm not mistaken :chuckle:

Pretty sure our Special Teams wasn't as good then, and Logan was a Special Teams specialist. I'm not even sure if he was as fast as Rainey.

Edit: Combine 40 time for Logan was 4.43, Rainey 4.45. About the same speed based on that, but I know for a fact Rainey can do better than 4.45. He was timed in high school at 4.41 if i'm not mistaken.

Rick5895
04-28-2012, 03:30 PM
Rainy will likely translate to WR in the NFL. Good pick IMO.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 03:33 PM
Rainy will likely translate to WR in the NFL. Good pick IMO.

He's 5'8. I'd say they'll keep him at RB but mainly use him in the return game, or just special teams in general, if he even makes the team.

He's quick, and he has moves like Dante Hall. I think he'll make the team, but I don't believe he'll be a WR.

zcoop
04-28-2012, 03:34 PM
Rainy will likely translate to WR in the NFL. Good pick IMO.

Yep, just like another former Florida player, Percy Harvin with the Vikings. Very fast, quick and elusive. This is a great pick for us.

Bayz101
04-28-2012, 03:43 PM
Also, i'd like to point out that i'm not saying Rainey won't move to WR, i'm just saying it isn't likely. Welker is 5'8 as well.

Goldsteel86
04-28-2012, 03:50 PM
Question is this, did the Steelers send a message to Mike Wallace to say there is a potential, new fast offensive weapon?

MasterOfPuppets
04-28-2012, 03:59 PM
They would have if he had earned the carries in practice. We don't know what he showed the coaches.
well when asked about him getting carries the coaches reply was "he'd get broke in half"... which leads one to believe his small stature played a part in that response... despite the fact he was a RB in canada and survived . now we have another "mini" back , will he get handled with kids gloves ?
infact logan was listed at 5-6 , 180 compared to raineys 5-8 , 180 , so he actually had more bulk than rainy.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 04:06 PM
Yep, just like another former Florida player, Percy Harvin with the Vikings. Very fast, quick and elusive. This is a great pick for us.


now that Antonio Brown may be a starting WR he may no longer return punts and kickoffs. I believe that is one of the main reasons why we drafted Chris Rainey.

also, Baron Batch is coming off his second knee surgery and Mendy will most likely start the season on the PUP list. we needed some depth at RB and Chris Rainey offers a very unique skill-set and will compete immediately as a 3rd down back, I agree that Chris Rainey was a great pick for us. :tt02:

Goldsteel86
04-28-2012, 04:20 PM
I believe Chris Rainey was a great pick, another weapon for Ben and to draft and solidify the OL, this draft is looking good for the Steelers.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 04:27 PM
Steelers select Chris Rainey in fifth round


CHRIS RAINEY

Tailback/Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
University of Florida Gators
5:08.3-178
Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland High School
5th Round – 159th Overall

CAREER NOTES
Rainey started 19-of-52 games at Florida – six as a slot receiver and thirteen at tailback…Ranks ninth in school history with 2,464 yards rushing, carrying the ball 396 times for a 6.22-yard average with 13 touchdowns…Caught 69 passes for 795 yards (11.52 ypc) and six scores…Totaled 128 points and 21 touchdowns, as he also returned 26 punts for 235 yards (9.04 ypc) with two scores and tallied 454 yards on 18 kickoff returns (25.22 avg)…Set the school and Southeastern Conference career-record with six blocked punts, surpassing the previous Gators mark of four by Tim Paulk (1987-91), Sam McCorkle (1992-95) and Carlos Dunlap (2007-09)…Collected 3,948 all-purpose yards, an average of 75.92 yards per game…Became the first Florida player to record a rushing, receiving & return touchdown in a single game, accomplishing that feat vs. Florida Atlantic in the 2011 season opener…His 76-yard run from scrimmage vs. Charleston Southern in 2009 and 75-yarder vs. Arkansas in 2008 rank seventh and eighth, respectively, on the school’s longest carries record chart…His 83-yard reception vs. Tennessee in 2011 was the fifth-longest catch in Florida annals.

2011 SEASON
Rainey switched from jersey number three to one for his final season…Started ten of the 12 games he appeared in…In addition two changing jersey numbers, Rainey returned to the tailback spot, as he led the team with a career-high 861 yards on 171 carries (5.04 ypc), scoring twice on the ground…Also led the Gators with a career-best 31 receptions for 381 yards (12.29 ypc) and two more scores…Returned 12 punts for 106 yards (8.83 avg) and one touchdown, adding 103 yards on four kickoff returns (25.75 avg)…For the third consecutive season, he blocked two punts – one each vs. Tennessee and Ohio State…Had a team-high 1,451 all-purpose yards, ranking third in the Southeastern Conference with an average of 120.92 yards per game…Rainey placed fifth in the SEC in rushing, with a 71.75-yard per game average…Teamed with Jeff Demps to give the Gators a combined seven 100-yard rushing performances, third-best in the conference during the 2011 campaign…Became the first Florida player to produce a touchdown on a running play (14 yards), reception (14 yards) and punt return (22-yarder on a blocked kick), as he totaled 79 yards on 11 carries, 67 yards on six receptions in a 41-3 season opener rout of Florida Atlantic…Became the first Gator since 2003 to reel off three consecutive 100-yard rushing performances, beginning with 16 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown vs. Alabama- Birmingham, followed by 108 yards on 21 tries to go with an 83-yard scoring grab and three punt returns for 21 yards vs. Tennessee…Added 15 rushes for 105 yards vs. Kentucky…Tallied 132 yards on 17 attempts and 32 yards on three receptions vs. South Carolina, his first appearance since spraining his right ankle vs. Georgia…Closed out his career with 16 carries for 71 yards, three catches for 31 yards and a 31-yard punt return in a 24-17 decision over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.

2010 SEASON
Rainey appeared in eight games, starting six contests…Played wide receiver primarily, but shifted back to running back at times to aid UF’s injury-depleted running back group, ranking second on the squad with 51 carries for 366 yards (7.18 ypc) and two scores…Fourth on the team with 25 receptions for 216 yards (8.64 ypc) and three more touchdowns…Scored in five of the eight games in which he played in, as he also gained 67 yards on nine punt returns (7.44 avg) and 162 yards on seven kickoff returns (23.14 avg)…Blocked two punts- both coming in the Vanderbilt clash…His best performance came vs. Georgia, picking up 84 yards with a touchdown on 16 carries, 9 yards on two catches and 148 yards on six kickoff returns…Rushed six times for 87 yards and a 16-yard touchdown vs. Appalachian State…Had six rushes (66 yards), three receptions (18) and two punt returns (9) vs. Penn State in the Outback Bowl, contributing 93 all-purpose yards, including a season-long 51-yard rush…Had 98 all-purpose yards vs. Florida State, recording 11 carries for 73 yards and four receptions for 25 yards.

2009 SEASON
Rainey appeared in all 14 games, starting at tailback vs. Kentucky, Louisiana state and Arkansas…Ranked third on the team with 89 carries for 575 yards (6.46 ypc) and five touchdowns…Collected ten passes for 161 yards and a score, adding 40 yards on four punt returns, 144 yards on five kickoff returns (28.8 avg) and 920 all-purpose yards, an average of 65.71 yards per game…Blocked two punts – one each vs. Kentucky and Mississippi State…At MSU, he rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries and scored on an 8-yard scamper, surpassing the 1,000 career rushing yard mark in the win over the Bulldogs, in addition to blocking a key punt in UF’s win…Blocked another punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown at Kentucky…Had a stellar outing vs. Florida State, rushing eight times for 73 yards, including a 45-yard run that helped lead UF to its second score, a field goal, vs. the Seminoles…Had an exceptional, showing in the Sugar Bowl victory over Cincinnati, with 224 all-purpose yards, including 27 rushing yards on four tries, a career-high 71 receiving yards on four grabs and 116 kick return yards on four attempts, adding 10 yards on two punt returns.


HIGH SCHOOL
Rainey attended Lakeland (Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Bill Castle…Was high school and college teammates with Steelers Center Maurkice Pouncey and Dolphins Center Mike Pouncey…The standout running back helped lead the team to its 45th-consecutive victory, third-straight Class 5A state championship and back-to-back USA Today national championships…Rated fourth among all-purpose backs and 17th among Florida’s Top-100 by Scout.com and also rated 34th on the ESPN150 list of top prospects…Chosen as a U.S. Army All-American during his senior year, when he broke the school record with 32 touchdowns and 2,478 yards rushing…Of those 32 scores, fifteen were of runs of 50 yards or more…Established another school mark with 326 yards in a single game and was the first player at Lakeland to rush for over 2,000 yards in a campaign…Named an all-state Offensive Player by the Florida Sports Writers Association, all-county by the Lakeland Ledger, in addition to garnering the Ledger’s 2006 Offensive Player of the Year Award…Ended his senior year with career totals of more than 7,000 yards and 90 touchdowns.

PERSONAL
Humanities and Letters major…Born 3/02/88 in Lakeland, Florida…Younger brother of former XFL star and NFL player Rod Smart…Place third in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field Meet…Earned All-America honors in track.


CHRIS RAINEY

Tailback/Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
5th Round – 159th Overall

Are you watching this with Maurkice Pouncey?
Yeah, I always watch it with him. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. This is my dream team.

Why are they your dream team?
Because they are Super Bowl contenders, they win games, and they are good in every phase of the game, special teams, defense, offense, everything.

How do you think you fit in with this team?
I fit perfect; special teams, offense, whatever it is I have to do.

What kind of role did they tell you that they would like you to fill?
I can play running back. I can play slot. I can play special teams. Wherever they want me, because I’m a playmaker all around. I fell that I fit perfect with the offense.

Re: On six blocked punts in your career:
Hopefully I can beat that record in the NFL.

How fast are you?
The way that I feel is that I’m a 4.1, but I didn’t show that at the combine, but I can show that on the field.

Do you think that you will be the fastest player on this team?
Well, Mike Wallace is pretty fast, but I’m still confident in my skills so I’d say that I’m the fastest.

Were you the guy that your brother was referring to with the ‘He Hate Me’ on his jersey?
He is the only person that I can’t beat in a race in my family.

You don’t actually hate him do you?
No, I don’t.

Are any injuries an issue going forward into the NFL?
I only had one injury and that was in high school. I had shoulder surgery and have been fine since then.

How close are you with the Pouncey’s, and did you live with them?
I lived with them all throughout high school. I am real close with them, but Maurkice is the one that I always had fights with because he is the aggressive one.

Did you think the Steelers were going to draft you?
I was hoping, but you never know what happens in the draft. I watched an E-60 about the draft and all of these players waiting. They all just waited patiently and there was something waiting for them in the end.

Were the Steelers one of the teams that you had talked to?
I talked to them, but I didn’t have a clue who was going to pick me though.

Are you a running back or a wide receiver first?
I love running back.

Re: Fighting with Maurkice:
He is a big guy, but that’s how you get tough.

What kind of lesson did you learn from the texting incident?
I became a better man, I matured. I learned a lesson not to do that ever again. It’s something I know that I won’t ever do again. I didn’t even know that you could get in trouble over a text. Plus, I wouldn’t harm a fly.

Did that hurt you in the draft?
I think so. I just have to prove my point, and prove myself to show people that I’m a good dude. That is all I can do right now.


Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley on Chris Rainey

Todd Haley: Good afternoon everyone, we’re talking about Chris Rainey, University of Florida, running back, special teams and a returner. Chris is a guy that we’re real excited to bring into the mix. I think he is a very versatile player that is obviously fast and explosive. He can catch the ball, he can run with it and he can return it. That’s a commodity and we’re really excited to bring him aboard and work with him and put him into the mix.

Are there any similarities between Chris Rainey and Dexter McCluster?
I think it’s easy to lump guys like that together, but that’s what he is. He is a situational player when it comes to offense. It might be third down, it might be by package, you might see him as a receiver or as a running back, but you’ll see him do a little bit of everything. Obviously as we get to know him a little better we’ll be able to iron it out to exactly what his role will be. We’re excited about getting an explosive, fast player with some of those skills in the building.

Were you looking to duplicate the power and speed combination that you had in Kansas City?
I think we’re following our philosophy. The Steelers’ philosophy of how you draft players. You’re finding the best available guy at that time without worrying a whole bunch about needs and stuff like that. Offensively, and that’s what I’m concerned with, there’s a guy sitting there and he can do a lot of different things. Whether you say change of pace, situational or third down, but he’s also a guy that if he’s in that running back room he’s going to have to be able to play running back and get the ball handed to him. We felt he had a lot of those skills.

Will he be participating in punt returns and kickoffs?
That is more special teams, but I think he is capable of both. The punt return is probably what we are excited about as much as anything else.

Do you prefer your starting wide receivers to maybe not return punts as much?
When you talk about guys that aren’t 6’ 4”, 220 pounds and are tough guys, sometimes they are their own worst enemy. They aren’t going to shy away from any contact and things like that. We as coaches, have to look out for some of those guys and make sure they are around for the long haul because it’s a long season.

Could he be an every-down back?
I don’t know, I don’t want to put a ceiling on anybody. I’m excited about some of the skills I spoke of because they are unique. He is a guy that can come out of the backfield and put pressure on the defense that creates match up issues for linebackers and safeties. As long as the defense sees him as a capable running back then that’s the way he will generally be treated.

How do you feel about the draft picks on the offensive side?
I think everybody’s excited, and I’m one of them. We have three potential difference-makers that are going to come in and compete with an already good group and that’s always a good thing. I’m excited about the young players that we’re going to see this next weekend, and it’s a fun time of year.

Any updates on Rashard Mendenhall’s recovery? What are your thoughts on the other backs on the roster?
I stay out of that, but I know Rashard’s here working and has got his mind set on being back and contributing. When that’s occurring, that’s usually a good thing.

Did they run Chris Rainey between the tackles at Florida?
If you watch all the tape, you’ll see him down on the goal line. They are handing inside runs on the goal line to him against big-time competition. You don’t want to put a ceiling on a guy, but at the same time you’ve got to understand he’s not a 220-230-pound back.

Did you come into the draft trying to upgrade the offensive line?
I think you go through the process and from our side of the ball, we’re saying, “Where do we want to improve and create competition?” You can never be good enough up front. That’s where it starts. I don’t think that’s just coach talk. I think if you have a good front five or the better you are up front, the more you can dominate the line of scrimmage, and when you win at the line of scrimmage, then good things can happen for you offensively.

Will you draft a fullback in the seventh round?
I want whatever makes the team better. As you get to this part of the draft, it gets a little wild. If there’s somebody there that we feel can help us, then I’ll be up on the table.

Will you give them the playbook this or next weekend?
Next weekend they will get indoctrinated pretty good. The guys that traveled in, they got a pretty good look at what’s going on.

Did you give the veterans the playbook yet?
No, we are kind of starting that this week.

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Steelers-select-Chris-Rainey-in-fifth-round/ce04e5e7-ad6d-4698-9337-9ae87a44d33a

ricardisimo
04-28-2012, 04:28 PM
well when asked about him getting carries the coaches reply was "he'd get broke in half"... which leads one to believe his small stature played a part in that response... despite the fact he was a RB in canada and survived . now we have another "mini" back , will he get handled with kids gloves ?
infact logan was listed at 5-6 , 180 compared to raineys 5-8 , 180 , so he actually had more bulk than rainy.
I believe that was Arians who said that, and basically, who cares what Arians had to say on anything? Maybe it was Tomlin, can't remember now.

Of course, if you have a decent line, it almost doesn't matter if your RB is Logan or Brandon Jacobs. If anything, your RBs can afford to get smaller and faster. Looks like we've got a line now, so...

Grav
04-28-2012, 04:50 PM
reminds me of Dexter McCluster

Curtain_of_Steel
04-28-2012, 04:57 PM
All starts with the Oline, now we can dump some of the dead weight next year and have a nice young line. With more money to spend.

McCluster?lol So you feel Rainey will be a mediocre player?lol

67 calsteel
04-28-2012, 05:16 PM
like the pick.Our new kick returner.On offensive see him a slot reciever(wr screen pass) and rb on 2nd and 3rd and long(screen pass) and pass out of backfield.First 2 new play offense for new oc .Now throw the ball to heath and pope,finally using all are weapons that are on the field.would never happen with ba

pancake
04-28-2012, 05:47 PM
I hope he can be like a Darren Sproles for us

My first thought!

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 05:50 PM
like the pick.Our new kick returner.On offensive see him a slot reciever(wr screen pass) and rb on 2nd and 3rd and long(screen pass) and pass out of backfield.First 2 new play offense for new oc .Now throw the ball to heath and pope,finally using all are weapons that are on the field.would never happen with ba

we could of ran some more bubble screens with ba...:banging:

PhantomJB93
04-28-2012, 05:59 PM
I think this means the end of John Clay, and possibly Dwyer if we draft a real FB. If Batch is fully healed from his injury, he'll probably make the team since he was getting such rave reviews in camp last year. I think Moore is probably gone. Unless Rainey really blows it in camp, I think he'll make the roster simply for the speed/playmaking element he brings (every other back is of the big, slow, powerful type).

So I think we'll have Redman-Batch-Rainey, Mendy on PUP, and with Dwyer as a fullback unless someone is drafted or brought in as a UFA.

BossAus
04-28-2012, 06:28 PM
I'm a big Gators fan. Jeff Demps, another Gators running back, ran track for Florida and won nationals in several events, including the 100 yard dash. I believe he might have also set the NCAA record. Demps and Rainey raced eachother before practice once. Rainey beat him. So he's pretty fast.

Hawaii 5-0
04-28-2012, 08:01 PM
Steelers steal Chris Rainey

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 28, 2012

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Florida’s Chris Rainey is one of the best athletes in the 2012 NFL draft, and the only player who won three different events at the Scouting Combine. As the 159th overall pick to the Steelers late in the fifth round, he could prove to be a steal.

Rainey was the overall leader at the Combine in the 60-yard shuttle (11.06 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.50 seconds), and although there are questions about his size (5-foot-8 and 180 pounds) and off-field issues (he was arrested in 2010 for stalking an ex-girlfriend), there’s no question that Rainey is an elite athlete who can make plays with the ball in his hands, as a runner, receiver or returner.

At the Combine Rainey compared himself to Darren Sproles as an athlete and said he’d like to have that kind of impact in the league. He also vowed to be a hard worker on special teams, not just as a return man but running down the field covering kicks, and trying to block kicks.

The Steelers’ offense got better early in the draft with offensive linemen David DeCastro and Mike Adams, and now both the offense and the special teams have gotten better on Day Three with Rainey.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/04/28/steelers-steal-chris-rainey/

steeltheone
04-28-2012, 08:06 PM
So was Dwyer...lol Like all drafts, it's a wait and see

StevieRayVol
04-29-2012, 12:09 AM
I'll love seeing Ben throwing that pass on third down to Rainey now other than M. Moore..Rainey isn't an every down back. But on third down when you need to throw play action or a swing pass out of the backfield...Give this kid a little room and he's gone to the house! Love this draft all together!

Steelersfan87
04-29-2012, 12:58 AM
The RB battle will be very interesting in camp this year. I wonder if they decide to carry 5 WR/4 RB with Rainey the wildcard there. TE will be an interesting decision as well between Pope, Johnson, Saunders, and Paulson.

Hawaii 5-0
04-29-2012, 01:08 AM
The RB battle will be very interesting in camp this year. I wonder if they decide to carry 5 WR/4 RB with Rainey the wildcard there. TE will be an interesting decision as well between Pope, Johnson, Saunders, and Paulson.

Chris Rainey could serve as the 5th WR on game days while playing on special teams and being the 3rd down back.

as for Saunders, it won't help his cause that he's suspended for the first four games of the season and I think Paulson is destined for the practice squad.

StevieRayVol
04-29-2012, 01:18 AM
Hope Rainey helps the team out. Guy is tough and has great speed!

kan_t
04-29-2012, 01:50 AM
I absolutely love this pick. In a passing league, a versatile RB becomes more and more important. Rainey can be that guy.

StevieRayVol
04-29-2012, 02:34 AM
People forget Rainey blocked 6 punts during his career at Florida. An SEC and Florida record. Lived with The Pouncey's when they played high school football together!http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/29/2773596/florida-gators-chris-rainey-happy.html:tt04:

Steelersfan87
04-29-2012, 04:23 AM
Chris Rainey could serve as the 5th WR on game days while playing on special teams and being the 3rd down back.

as for Saunders, it won't help his cause that he's suspended for the first four games of the season and I think Paulson is destined for the practice squad.

I think Paulson will be battling Johnson for the 3rd TE on the opening day roster, and I think he has a chance. If they don't cut Saunders before then, it will be interesting to see what they plan to do after his suspension is up.

jtbsteeler
04-29-2012, 03:42 PM
SEC fans know this is a great pick. On paper this is the best draft for us in awhile.

tony hipchest
04-29-2012, 03:48 PM
has anyone mentioned that he is the little brother of XFL star "HE HATE ME".

if he legally changes his name to HE HATE ME II i will give this draft an A+ grade (up from an A).

anyways the kids got moves like jagger.

MrAustin412
04-30-2012, 02:38 PM
I immediately thought "Darren Sproles." I think in Haley's offense that kind of a weapon is going to be invaluable as far as production. Just think how often Ben scrambles and dumps it improvisationally to a tight end or back. I can't wait to see what a guy with track speed does when he gets the ball in that kind of situation.

Plus you gotta go back to when TH was in KC. Drafted Dexter McCluster. Viola. Let's hope he pans out. Im excited for it.
http://www.fourthandtwelve.com/2012/04/steelers-day-3-draft-recap.html

austinfrench76
04-30-2012, 03:11 PM
Highlights look awesome!!! LOL

pancake
04-30-2012, 03:40 PM
I immediately thought "Darren Sproles." I think in Haley's offense that kind of a weapon is going to be invaluable as far as production. Just think how often Ben scrambles and dumps it improvisationally to a tight end or back. I can't wait to see what a guy with track speed does when he gets the ball in that kind of situation.

Plus you gotta go back to when TH was in KC. Drafted Dexter McCluster. Viola. Let's hope he pans out. Im excited for it.
http://www.fourthandtwelve.com/2012/04/steelers-day-3-draft-recap.html

I hope he is used like Darren Sproles too. Wow our offense would be crazy!

Mistah_Q
04-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Yes Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles, and maybe even Willie Parker, are better points of comparison, at this point, than Sproles. If our O-line works out like we think it could, the kid could be a special player for us.