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Old 03-20-2014, 09:44 PM   #51
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I would rather get a FA nose tackle and draft one in a later round if it means we get a stud DB or LB. I don't know how you take Nix at 15 instead of waiting til the 3rd/4th and get McCullars or comparable. Someone said in an earlier post that there just aren't stud NTs available usually. I just don't believe there's one in this draft either. If that was all this defense was lacking, was someone to eat up space in the middle and force teams to take it outside, then maybe I would feel different about our 1st round pick. But, IMO, we gotta get a pass rush and competent in the secondary first.
Which FA starting NT is still available?
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Mike Tomlin blocking Louis Nix at Notre Dame's Pro Day:

In Nix's defense, he was hypnotized by the 1000 yard stare.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:45 AM   #53
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Lions coach, Steelers coach and GM at Notre Dame’s pro day

Posted: March 20th, 2014

A large contingent representing all 32 NFL teams — including new Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell, and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert — were present for Notre Dame’s pro day on Thursday.

There were 15 players who worked out indoors on FieldTurf.

George Atkinson, RB (6-foot-1 3/8, 218 pounds) — Atkinson only ran the short shuttle (4.33 seconds) and the three-cone drill (7.08 seconds), and then did the positional workout, when showed a nice burst a running back but had two dropped passes.

Bennett Jackson, CB (6-0, 191) — Jackson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 and 4.42 seconds. He has 31 3/4-inch arms. Jackson did not go through position drills due to a pulled hamstring.

T.J. Jones, WR (5-11 3/4, 190) — Jones pulled his right hamstring on Wednesday and was limited in his positional drill, when he caught the ball well but couldn’t move real fast.

Zack Martin, OT (6-4 1/4, 309) — Due to a left hamstring issue, Martin did not run. He has 32 1/4-inch arms. Started in all 52 games played at Notre Dame, the most in school history. Martin is going to be a first-round draft pick, and the team that selects him might play him at guard.

Troy Niklas, TE (6-6 1/2, 268) — Niklas did not run or workout in the positional drills after having double hernia surgery on March 11. He had his arms measured (33 5/8 inches). Niklas was a linebacker who for the past two seasons played tight end.

Louis Nix, NT (6-2 1/4, 331) — Nix ran the 40 in 5.36 and 5.34 seconds, and did the three-cone drill in 8.01 seconds. Nix, who has 32 1/4-inch arms, did 24 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Nix did position drills, where he was alright but not great. Nix is probably a second-round pick, after not playing nearly as well this season as he did the previous season.

Prince Shembo, LB (6-1 1/4, 255) — Shembo — who has 32 3/4-inch arms — stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine and just went through position drills at ND’s pro day, in which he looked explosive. Shembo is a likely third-day draft pick.

Stephon Tuitt, DE — Tuitt had surgery on his right foot on March 1. He did, however, work out in front of representatives from 29 NFL teams on the day before going in for surgery, running the 40 in 5.00 and 5.03 seconds.

Chris Watt, G (6-2 3/4, 313) — Watt ran the 40 just once, doing so in 5.05 seconds. He had a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-8 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.76 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.67 seconds. He has 32 5/8-inch arms. Watt did go through the positional drills.

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If Nix is there in the 2nd round I would be ecstatic

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Nix in the 1st

Nix in the 2nd
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If Nix is there in the 2nd round I would be ecstatic

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Nix in the 1st

Nix in the 2nd
I don't see him getting past the Chargers, Taperiots, & Niners.

If he's there at 46... oh man... that would be insane.
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I don't see him getting past the Chargers, Taperiots, & Niners.

If he's there at 46... oh man... that would be insane.
Yeah but I'm hoping the Cheaters dont let go of Wilfork and maybe he'll slip past them. A lot of weird things happen in the draft but we'll see
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Yeah but I'm hoping the Cheaters dont let go of Wilfork and maybe he'll slip past them. A lot of weird things happen in the draft but we'll see
Stranger things have happened... and specifically, in the Steelers' favor.

BB dropping to 11.

The Chargers trading with the Steelers, and the Steelers taking Troy (even though the Chargers desperately needed a SS).

Heath dropping to 30.

DD dropping to 24.

Jarvis Jones dropping to 15.

Nix dropping to 46...??? Hmmm...
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This ongoing debate about moving McClendon to DE and drafting Nix is in part skewed by the questions re: Nix. I have no problem drafting a Casey Hampton or Vince Wilfork at 15 in this draft because of the need, but there seems to be no NT worthy of that high a selection. Must look at this year but even more so consider the building blocks of a franchise. You don't build Super Bowl teams by drafting a questionable fit at 15; teams can't miss especially on their #1 selection. So let's find another solution to NT, or use a different alignment, and pick a solid pro bowl candidate at #15 this year.

If the Steelers are convinced that they can select starting quality players by selecting BPA, then do so, if not, use the picks to move up in the 2nd-3rd to select at least 3 impact players, fill in roster with UDFA for depth.
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Stranger things have happened... and specifically, in the Steelers' favor. Steelers suck tbh(FACT)

BB dropping to 11. SUCKS

The Chargers trading with the Steelers, and the Steelers taking Troy (even though the Chargers desperately needed a SS). Big MISTAKE

Heath dropping to 30. Don't me make laugh

DD dropping to 24. Hightower >> DD

Jarvis Jones dropping to 15. He's still trying to sack a QB. BUST!!!

Nix dropping to 46...??? Hmmm... Another slow player
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