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Old 06-30-2005, 09:37 AM   #12
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Default Re: Rookie LB Wallace impressive..

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Not at all, these were mainly later draft picks, with the exception of Bell. Some will make it some won`t. Look at the lb we have drafted over the past 15 years, and you throw out some of these guys?
I'm not "throwing out some of these guys" just to make a point, or to start an arguement. They are, like I said, the last 5 drafted prior to Rian Wallace. Accorrding to Drafthistory.com here is the last 35 years worth of Steeler LB's: http://www.drafthistory.com/team-position/steelers.html

Year Rd Player School
2005 5 30 166 Rian Wallace Temple
2004 5 13 145 Nathaniel Adibi Virginia Tech
2003 2 27 59 Alonzo Jackson Florida State
2002 4 30 128 Larry Foote Michigan
2001 2 8 39 Kendrell Bell Georgia
2001 6 19 182 Roger Knight Wisconsin
2000 5 8 137 Clark Haggans Colorado State
1999 3 12 73 Joey Porter Colorado State
1999 7 13 219 Chad Kelsay Nebraska
1997 3 31 91 Mike Vrabel Ohio State
1996 3 11 72 Steven Conley Arkansas
1996 4 31 126 Earl Holmes Florida A&M
1996 7 33 242 Carlos Emmons Arkansas State
1995 4 27 125 Donta Jones Nebraska
1994 3 23 88 Jason Gildon Oklahoma State
1994 6 19 180 Eric Ravotti Penn State
1993 2 15 44 Chad Brown Colorado
1993 5 28 140 Marc Woodard Mississippi State
1992 2 10 38 Levon Kirkland Clemson
1992 9 11 235 Elnardo Webster Rutgers
1991 1 15 15 Huey Richardson Florida
1991 7 18 185 Andre Jones Notre Dame
1991 12 17 323 Jeff Brady Kentucky
1990 7 17 182 Dan Grayson Washington State
1990 10 18 266 Eddie Miles Minnesota-Duluth
1989 4 7 91 Jerrol Williams Purdue
1989 10 7 258 Jerry Olsavsky Pittsburgh
1988 5 12 121 Darin Jordan Northeastern
1988 12 17 322 James Earle Clemson
1987 5 10 122 Hardy Nickerson California
1987 6 10 150 Greg Lloyd Fort Valley State
1986 9 13 234 Anthony Henton Troy State
1986 11 10 287 Larry Station Iowa
1986 12 9 314 Mike Williams Tulsa
1985 5 24 136 Cam Jacobs Kentucky
1985 6 20 160 Gregg Carr Auburn
1985 9 17 241 Fred Small Washington
1983 3 23 79 Todd Seabaugh San Diego State
1982 3 15 70 Mike Merriweather Pacific
1982 6 28 167 Craig Bingham Syracuse
1982 10 16 267 Sal Sunseri Pittsburgh
1981 6 18 156 Bryan Hinkle Oregon
1981 7 17 183 David Little Florida
1980 2 7 35 Bob Kohrs Arizona State
1979 2 28 56 Zack Valentine East Carolina
1979 8 28 220 Tom Graves Michigan State
1979 12 19 322 Ed Smith Vanderbilt
1978 10 18 268 Doug Becker Notre Dame
1978 12 21 327 Brad Carr Maryland
1977 1 21 21 Robin Cole New Mexico
1977 5 20 132 Dennis Winston Arkansas
1977 6 20 159 Paul Harris Alabama
1977 10 20 271 Dave LaCrosse Wake Forest
1976 5 28 152 Rodney Norton Rice
1976 10 26 291 Gary Campbell Colorado
1975 4 26 104 Harold Evans Houston
1975 8 8 190 Tom Knopp Kearney State
1974 2 20 46 Jack Lambert Kent State
1974 8 22 204 Mark Gefert Purdue
1974 12 22 308 Hugh Lickiss Simpson
1974 16 22 412 Octavus Morgan Illinois
1973 4 24 102 Gail Clark Michigan State
1973 5 24 128 Larry Clark Northern Illinois
1973 8 10 192 Loren Toews California
1972 4 10 88 Ed Bradley Wake Forest
1972 17 12 428 Ron Linehan Idaho
1971 2 8 34 Jack Ham Penn State
1971 5 24 128 Fred Brister Mississippi
1971 9 8 216 Mike Anderson Louisiana State

There are some great Linebackers on that list. There are some good Linebackers on that list. There are a fair number of busts on that list as well. My point then, as now, was that the original statement "Never second guess when the Steelers draft a linebacker" might be a bit over the top. At best, it appears to be a coin toss, just like any other position.

There appear to be 60-65 names on this list. How many of them would you classify as great, or good,...or not?
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