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kent 02-06-2013 08:18 AM

5 Risky prospects that could help
 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...fl-free-agency

Came across this article on Bleacher report and thought it was interesting. My breakdown:

1. Da'Rick Rogers, WR
- With Mike Wallace almost guaranteed gone, we will need another receiver anyways. This guy has the physical abilities and provides that tall receiver we lack. Performed very well in his last season competing in the SEC, not sure about this last year with Tennessee Tech. Off field concerns but reminds me of the kind of player and situation that Josh Gordon was in last year and he turned out well in his first year with the Browns. If he's available in the 3rd, I think its worth the chance.

2. Tyrann Mathieu, DB
- To be honest I forgot about this guy regarding the draft. His off field issues are concerning but this guy was flat out the best college football player in the country 2 years ago. He is undersized NFL wise but I could see him as a turnover machine and would definitely help the return game which lacked field position last year. We lost Rainey and I dont feel comfortable with AB returning kicks anymore with his fumbles and would rather just let him focus on receiving.

3. Marcus Lattimore, RB
- Probably the most hyped and talked about running back in college football the past few years. His injury is nasty and who knows when he would be able to or if he would be an effective back. Rb in this draft is a big need for the Steelers this year IMO.

4. Jarvis Jones, OLB
- His medical condition doesnt concern me. This is an obvious need for the Steelers especially when James Harrison is gone. However, unless we trade up I think there is no way we get this guy.

5. Ezekiel Ansah, DE
- Physical freak and could turn out to be a stud pass rusher. Played in a small conference just like JPP. Seems to be raw but I think a team will take a chance on him in the mid 1st round and doubt he will be available for us.

El-Gonzo Jackson 02-06-2013 10:42 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
I like the idea of Lattimore getting picked!!

Ansah, I dont think is a fit in a 3-4. He showed well at the Senior Bowl, but I watched him vs SD State in the Pointsettia bowl and he wasnt as big a factor as Kyle Van Noy was. He's a guy with more upside to a 4-3 defense.

SteelersCanada 02-06-2013 10:56 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
I like Rogers, Lattimore and Jones being picked but I agree with Gonzo - I don't think Ansah is a 3-4 OLB. Also, Honey Badger is a shithead so no, I don't want him on this team.

kent 02-06-2013 11:03 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
Yeah i was thinking Ansah is a little too raw for us. He'll benefit a 4-3 team in which all they will want him to do is line up and rush the edge every play.

kan_t 02-06-2013 11:26 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
If Jarvis Jones falls to #17, picking him is not risky at all. It's a no-brainer pick.

kent 02-06-2013 11:29 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kan_t (Post 1083731)
If Jarvis Jones falls to #17, picking him is not risky at all. It's a no-brainer pick.

I agree, I think the author was worried about his spinal condition

SteelersCanada 02-06-2013 11:30 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by kent (Post 1083734)
I agree, I think the author was worried about his spinal condition

It does set off some alarms and raise some flags for him to be a top 10 pick, but if he is available at 17 then I feel like it's worth the risk.

PhantomJB93 02-06-2013 02:17 PM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
I'm shocked how all of a sudden everyone got so concerned with his spinal condition. I mean I get that it's a concern but all season long he was considered a slam-dunk top 3 pick, even worthy of #1 overall by some, even with everyone knowing about the condition, and then seemingly overnight he's been dropped by everyone to around where we pick, and nothing as far as I can tell warranted that. He didn't re-injure himself recently or have surgery or anything did he? I don't remember hearing anything.

teegre 02-06-2013 11:53 PM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
I have been on & remain on the "Lattimore in the fourth" bandwagon.

I think that his talent is worth that risk.

WokeUpWithaWoodley 02-07-2013 06:59 AM

Re: 5 Risky prospects that could help
 
All those guys mention either have character issues/off the field problems or have or had serious injuries expect ansah

The past few years character issues/off the field problems and injuries have plagued this team. Some character concerns have come up year after year and injuries really hurt us this past year.

Im guessing the steelers will try and steer clear of these 2 problems this draft.

I understand the argument on Marcus but 2 serious knee injuries will concern the steelers very much. We are in need of a number one back right now, Marcus can be that but it's a extremely high risk. If the steelers are set on Dwyer then drafting Marcus 4th or later to heal a year or two would be fine. But I believe we need a stud rb right away with a clean bill of health to come in to start and be reliable.


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