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|04-26-2007, 07:03 AM||#1|
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Steelers offering no draft clues
Steelers offering no draft clues
By Mike Prisuta
Thursday, April 26, 2007
The NFL draft hasn't commenced and already Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert has been trumped by one of his counterparts.
Colbert is known for strong drafts and an uncanny ability to reveal little during pre-draft news conferences. But first-year New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese took stonewalling to another level this week.
Consider the following exchange between Reese and the New York media:
Q: What are two or three positions you want to address in this draft?
A: "I can't share that."
Q: Where is the draft strongest?
A: "I don't want to talk about that, either."
Colbert, the Sergeant Schultz of Scouting ("I know nothing!"), had to be impressed.
That's the climate across the NFL as draft day approaches.
You have a better chance of walking away from the Steelers' South Side facility with a free football these days than you do any pre-draft intelligence.
Someone actually did that Sunday afternoon during the final practice of minicamp. Ben Roethlisberger one-hopped a throw over the fence, but rather than have a passing pedestrian return the pigskin, Dan Rooney instructed field manager Rich Baker to tell the guy to keep it.
Rooney also contemplated the last Steelers head coach to wear a whistle, as Mike Tomlin does, and compared and contrasted Bill Austin with Vince Lombardi.
But there were no clues as to the Steelers' intentions in the first round.
That being the case, a little deductive reasoning is in order.
We can begin with the assumption that JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, LaRon Landry and Gaines Adams will be the first seven players taken (not necessarily in that order).
Toss in Darrelle Revis, Leon Hall, Levi Brown and Adam Carriker as a second wave, and it's possible we'll have identified 11 of the first 12 selections.
At No. 13, St. Louis figures to be thinking receiver (Robert Meachem).
At No. 14, Carolina has to be thinking defense (Patrick Willis).
The Steelers would find Brown and his left-tackle-for-a-decade potential too enticing to ignore should he still be there at No. 15.
The same can likely be said for Carriker, who established himself as a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive end candidate with a monster week at the Senior Bowl.
Failing that, the Steelers will have a decision to make.
If they stay put at No. 15, Florida State outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons looks suspiciously like their guy.
But if they can trade down, get an extra pick and still address their need for front seven help, look for the Steelers to wind up with Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer.
Denver picks 21st, has an extra third-rounder to dangle and wants to get into the teens to glean help at defensive end or linebacker (Timmons or Jamaal Anderson).
Spencer, who has inspired Dwight Freeney comparisons, would be a situational pass-rusher now and a 4-3 defensive end later.
"This guy is a 'tweaner,' but if he can rush, you put his hand on the ground and let him go," the NFL Network's Dick Vermeil said.
You can say such things when you're a draft analyst rather than a participant.
Revealing as much doesn't make Spencer any less of a fit for the Steelers.
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