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Bayz101
07-17-2012, 06:59 PM
SteelersXtreme columnist John Race takes a look at Alameda Ta'Amu.

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For the past 11 seasons, Steelers fans have had little concern with opponents trying to run up the middle of their beloved defense. That's because Casey Hampton and his trusty backup, Chris Hoke, dominated the center of the line of scrimmage during those years. Double teams by the offensive line were required to handle the Steelers' nose tackles, which ensured at least one middle linebacker roamed free every play. Hampton, soon to be 35 years old, will attempt to return by the start of the upcoming season after undergoing another knee surgery. Hoke, who could have been a starter on practically any other team, retired this off-season after neck surgery. If this doesn't leave you feeling uneasy, then you failed to appreciate the monumental job those two players performed for the Steelers.

So how do the Steelers maintain domination in the middle of a top-rated defense? Drafting a mountain-of-a-man nose tackle in the fourth round is one key step. The Steelers traded up in the fourth round with the Redskins to draft Alameda Ta'amu from the University of Washington. He stands 6-foot-3-inches tall and is listed at 348 pounds. I stress the word listed because, like Hampton, his weight should be measured more in a range than an exact number like 350 pounds to 375 pounds.

Ta'amu built a reputation in the PAC 12 as a guy who cloggs the middle of the field and almost always requires double teams to clear him out. He does an excellent job of moving offensive linemen backwards, thus disrupting plays. He usually accomplishes this by getting a big initial push that, combined with his weight, provides a tremendous amount of momentum. It all starts with a strong first step that helps give him an advantage when making contact or hitting a gap. His bullrush is good enough to drive almost any opponent backwards, and on occasion he can get a double team to give ground. When a nose tackle is able to move the line of scrimmage back, it hampers the ability of the offense to run in the middle.

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Bayz101
07-17-2012, 08:30 PM
A closer look at David Decastro: http://www.steelersxtreme.com/t2363-a-closer-look-at-the-steelers-new-recruits-part-i-david-decastro-xtreme-commentary

Riddle_Of_Steel
07-18-2012, 08:59 PM
Some good Ta'amu footage...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWOOA2V1k1k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUxVOEGGz0s

Dude shoves double-teams backwards like they are on skiis while still maintaining excellent ball awareness.

Bayz101
07-18-2012, 09:03 PM
Some good Ta'amu footage...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWOOA2V1k1k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUxVOEGGz0s

Dude shoves double-teams backwards like they are on skiis while still maintaining excellent ball awareness.

The more I read and see, the more I like the pick. I think John Race gives an excellent look into the pick.

pancake
07-18-2012, 10:01 PM
I wanted him in the 2nd or third round, its awesome we got him in the forth!

El-Gonzo Jackson
07-19-2012, 01:01 AM
The thing to keep in mind is that he played one gap technique in college and will be learning to be a two gap NT here. John Mitchell has a good prospect to work with that should be the NT for a long time.

Curious, who here wants Terrance Cody instead? The guy got lots of draft hype a couple years ago.