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Old 03-21-2014, 09:39 PM   #91
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No way I'm giving up draft picks by trading up in this draft.
It's sort of a sticky situation, as depending on who's there at 15 I wouldn't trade back and acquire more picks either.
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It's sort of a sticky situation, as depending on who's there at 15 I wouldn't trade back and acquire more picks either.
Let's say Round 1 goes as follows...

1. Bortles
2. Clowney
3. Mack
4. Watkins
5. Robinson
6. Matthews
7. Bridgewater
8. Manziel
9. Ebron
10. Gilbert
11. Barr
12. Lewan
13. Clinton-Dix
14. Jernigan

Now let's say the Panthers LOVE Mike Evans. Do you move back that far?
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Let's say Round 1 goes as follows...

1. Bortles
2. Clowney
3. Mack
4. Watkins
5. Robinson
6. Matthews
7. Bridgewater
8. Manziel
9. Ebron
10. Gilbert
11. Barr
12. Lewan
13. Clinton-Dix
14. Jernigan

Now let's say the Panthers LOVE Mike Evans. Do you move back that far?
Nope. Dennard and Mosley are on the board.
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Sometimes I wish we went back to a 4/3. It seems wasteful to invest 1st round picks in space eaters.
Why couldn't we just sign some sumo wrestlers to man the nose ? ;-)

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Kidding aside, great sumo wrestlers actually can be great NT. The good sumo wrestlers all have great strength, quick move and good hand.
I always wanted Konishiki to be a Steeler...

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Kidding aside, great sumo wrestlers actually can be great NT. The good sumo wrestlers all have great strength, quick move and good hand.
And they definitely take up space !

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Steelers Draft Targets: Louis Nix III

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
By Ron Musselman Times NFL Correspondent



Former Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III very well could be the next Casey Hampton. The big question is whether the Steelers believe Nix is worthy of the 15th pick in the first round of next month’s NFL draft.

Nix, like Hampton, has battled weight issues throughout his career.

Nix is 6-foot-2, 329 pounds, which is down 25 pounds from January when he started training for the draft in Arizona.

Hampton was 6-1 and his weight was often around the 350-pound range. But Hampton was a supreme run stuffer who was a five-time Pro Bowl performer during his 12-year career with the Steelers and a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Nix said he dropped the weight by changing his eating habits and working out longer in the gym.

“I didn’t put (the weight) on. It was already there for a while,” he said, laughing. “I enjoy my weight sort of to say, but people wanted me down, so I lost it.

“My stomach doesn’t stick out as much. That’s kind of nice. I like that part. My thighs got a little smaller. I just feel sexier, man.”

Nix is among a group of six defensive tackles who are projected as possible first-round draft picks in May. The others include Pitt’s Aaron Donald, Minnesota’s RaShede Hageman, Florida’s Dominique Easley, Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan and Stephon Tuitt, Nix’s former Notre Dame teammate.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes there’s a chance the Steelers could land Nix with their second-round selection, the 46th pick.

“Louis Nix III, a true nose tackle, his stock has dropped a little bit from a mid-first to maybe an early to mid-second,” Kiper said. “It’s not a run game anymore. It’s a pass game. So everything now is about getting after the quarterback. And the guys that can do it the best, led by Aaron Donald, are the ones that are going to go the highest.”

General manager Kevin Colbert estimated the Steelers only played in their base defense roughly 40 percent of the time last season, but was quick to point out the 3-4 defense starts with the nose tackle spot.

The Steelers signed burly 27-year-old nose tackle Cam Thomas (6-3, 330) to a two-year contract in the off-season. Thomas lost his starting job with the Chargers late last year. He was a fifth-round pick from North Carolina in 2010.

Thomas gives the Steelers some versatility. Steve McLendon took over as Hampton’s replacement last season, but he also can play defensive end.

In addition, the Steelers lost two defensive ends to free agency — Al Woods (Titans) and former first-rounder Ziggy Hood (Jaguars). Another, veteran Brett Keisel, remains an unrestricted free agent.

Nix was the cornerstone of Notre Dame’s defense the past three seasons. He said he is fully recovered from season-ending surgery in November to repair a torn meniscus.

Nix, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., said he wouldn’t mind playing for a cold-weather team such as the Steelers.

“I’m a Florida boy, but I love cold weather,” he said. “I think I play better in the cold. I’m ready for it. Whatever pitch is thrown at me, I’m ready to stand at the plate.”

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Default Re: Was Steve McLendon That Bad? And What About Louis Nix?

At 46, it'd be a major steal.

I highly doubt that he gets past the Chargers, let alone the Niners & Taperiots. But, stranger things have happened.
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