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tony hipchest 04-10-2007 12:03 PM

Justin Harrell DT
i was blindsided with this pick in a mock draft. i guess hes ranked right behind okoye and branch on most boards. 15 seems way too high, and i think every steelerfan would boo if this pick was made. but this is definitely the type of player we would need to successfully run a 4-3. this could be a player worth watching in round #2.


15. **Pittsburgh: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee -- Harrell is now weighing in at 314 pounds and his workout has NFL people talking first round. He can play defensive end in the 3-4 scheme and can always move to tackle in the 4-3 if the Steelers ever go in that direction down the road.

Stlr4Life 04-10-2007 12:34 PM

Re: Justin Harrell DT
He would be a beast in a steeler's uni, but I agree in Rd#2. Only if they get there pass rusher in the 1st though. I haven't agreed with any of Kirwins picks for us.

Elvis 04-10-2007 05:32 PM

Re: Justin Harrell DT
Maybe a good pick for us but not in the 1st round...

tony hipchest 04-17-2007 10:33 AM

Re: Justin Harrell DT
well, it looks like he's going in the 1st round. heres alot ob buzz on him in 1 mock draft and kirwan normally doesnt pull stuff like this out of his ass. its possible harrell has more value than branch (whos stock is said to be dropping)


13. **St. Louis: Leon Hall, CB, Michigan -- Signing Lenny Walls and Mike Rumph has not solved the Rams' secondary issues. They probably regret letting defensive tackle Ryan Pickett go and this pick offers a chance to recover, but unless the Rams get ahead of the 49ers to get Adam Carriker, they select Hall. There might be some discussion about fast-rising defensive tackle Justin Harrell from Tennessee, who demonstrated he's healthy from his bicep injury with 31 reps on the bench-press test.

14. Carolina: Greg Olsen, TE, Miami (Fla.) -- If the Panthers wanted Willis, they would have moved up, but the Carolina decision-makers seem very impressed with Olsen. The Panthers need a linebacker but this crop does not impress them enough. Olsen would help solve Carolina's third-down problems and also help Steve Smith and Keyshawn Johnson. If Carolina trades underachieving defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, then taking Justin Harrell here and a tight end at No. 45 could work.

15. Pittsburgh: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee -- Harrell is now weighing in at 314 pounds and his workout has NFL people talking first round. He can play defensive end in the 3-4 scheme and can always move to tackle in the 4-3 if the Steelers ever go in that direction down the road.

18. **Cincinnati: Darrelle Revis, CB, Pittsburgh -- The Bengals want a corner or a safety. Revis is a solid pick and the Bengals will love the 'solid citizen' as much as the player. There will be some discussion about the linebackers left on the board and there is also some disappointment the Steelers took Harrell.

23. Kansas City: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State -- The Chiefs really want a great defensive tackle at this spot but the draft board says wait because the best are gone. A move up for Okoye is too difficult to get done and the late rise of Harrell hurt their ace in the hole, so the pick here is Ginn. If Ginn does fall to the Chiefs, it will be a big day for the Chiefs offense. He will push the field and create underneath lanes for tight end Tony Gonzalez. He also has eight touchdowns on kick returns, and Dante Hall isn't the player he once was, which is why trade rumors surround him. Guard Ben Grubbs sure would look good here now that Will Shields announced his retirement.

lamberts-lost-tooth 04-17-2007 10:55 AM

Re: Justin Harrell DT
2002: Redshirt
2003: 10 TK 0 SK 0 FF 0 INT
2004: 26 TK 1 ? SK 2 FF 0 INT
2005: 39 TK 2 ? SK 1 FF 2 INT
2006: 7 TK 0 SK 0 FF 0 INT

Accepted a scholarship to Tennessee where he sat out the 2002 season as a redshirt. He had surgery on his right leg the following March, causing him to miss half of spring practices. A broken ankle kept Justin out of the first five games of the 2003 season. He returned to see action in the final 8 games finishing with 10 tackles on the year. As a sophomore, Justin started 11 games at defensive tackle, totaling 26 tackles, 1 ? sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He started all 11 games as a junior, setting career highs in tackles (39), sacks (2 ?), interceptions (2), and touchdowns (1). He was named defensive MVP for his performance in the Cotton Bowl. He received second team all-SEC honors for his play as a junior. Justin saw action in just three games as a senior due to a ruptured biceps tendon. He finished the season with 7 tackles. Justin opted not to apply for a medical redshirt and will enter the 2007 NFL draft.

Justin Harrell has been starting at defensive tackle for Tennessee for two of the past three seasons, missing his senior season due to injury. He is a hard worker with a good combination of size, strength and athleticism for a defensive tackle. He has a quick first step which allows him to beat most offensive linemen off the snap. He penetrates the line and makes a lot of plays in the backfield. He has good athleticism for a player his size. Justin is a very good run stopper who displays good tackling technique. He is a tough player who will play through injuries. Though he suffered a season ending injury vs. Air Force, Justin put off surgery for a week so he could play against Florida. Despite his strength, Justin does have trouble shedding blocks of opposing offensive linemen at times. Durability is going to be the biggest concern for Harrell. He missed half of spring practices in 2003 due to a leg injury. He later broke his ankle, causing him to miss the first five games of that season. Then as a senior he had a ruptured biceps tendon which caused him to miss the majority of the season. If he can stay healthy, Justin has the ability to become a very good defensive tackle at the next level. Durability questions will hurt his draft stock but he could still be selected in the first or second round of the 2007 NFL draft.

coachspeak33 04-19-2007 12:54 PM

Re: Justin Harrell DT
We are gonna have a hard time "building through the draft" if we select players who are borderline projects who are going to need some seasoning before they are ready to step in and help right away.....
Mr. Harrell seems to be a guy that will take a bit of time....
Colbert's history of succesful 1st rounders leads me to believe that Kirwan is full-o-poop

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