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|05-01-2014, 01:54 PM||#1|
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Steelers Offensive Depth going into the Draft
Steeler's offensive depth chart going into the draft with thoughts on potential draft picks. Your thoughts on other picks are welcome.
* guys I like a lot.
Offensive Line -INTERIOR-------------FIND SOME UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
Maurkice Pouncey C/G
David DeCastro G
Ramon Foster G
Cody Wallace C/G
Nik Embernate G
Chris Hubbard G
David Snow C/G
Bryant Browning G
The Steelers are loaded on the interior line. Solid Backup in Cody Wallace at Center and C/G Fernando Velasco can be brought back as well when recovered from injury. Embernate is supposedly a sleeper as well and future starter. No need to really draft here, barring a steal dropping. UDFAs only.
Offensive Line -TACKLES----------MID ROUND PICK and UDFA
Kelvin Beachum T/G/C -jack of all trades, seemed to play well at LT, but graded poorly.
Marcus Gilbert T -last year of contract
Mike Adams T -?? better on the right side?
Guy Whimper T/G -tried at G, looked terrible, but played tackle ok in reserve roll.
To look at this depth you would think a must Draft position and I believe that is true. If only Taylor Lewan could fall to the Steelers in the first. That would be my jump out of the seat (Decastro) type of pick this year. Unlikely to happen however. Munchak might do wonders with these guys, so a pick in the 4th or later for the future won't hurt along with UDFA pickups.
possibles that could be future LTs:
Seantrel Henderson 6-7 / 331 lbs. Miami 5th
*Justin Britt Missouri 6-6 / 325 lbs 5-6th round
TIGHT END----------------DAY 3 PICK TO DEVELOP FURTHER
Heath Miller -still only 31, could last 4 more years
Matt Spaeth -needs a good year. Red Zone Capable and a better blocker then earlier in his career.
David Paulson -could be cut in camp.
Michael Palmer -will be cut in camp.
Austin Sefarin Jenkins in the 2nd round wouldn't upset me at all, but he is likely gone in the first, early 2nd so that pushes this pick down into day 3 of draft. A projection and luxury pick would be Kelvin Benjamin as the future TE. Being a millionaire may just add that extra 10-20 pounds to Benjamin to be a dominating TE in this league. People rarely get lighter in the NFL so Benjamin is already on the road to 250+.
Possibles 6th or Later-(that all need more development)
*Blake Annen 6-4 / 247 lbs. Cincinnati -blazing a 40-time (4.41) faster than many receivers. Scrappy blocker.
Richard Rodgers 6-4 / 257 lbs Cal 6-7th round -intriguing prospect that needs to be molded into something better. Has tools.
Rob Blanchflower 6-4 256 lbs. Mass. UDFA Great Size. Good production, Team Captain, Good Special Teamer.
WIDE RECEIVER -----------A MUST TOP 3 DRAFT PICK then don't have to draft another.
Antonio Brown 5-10 186 -pro-bowler. Enough said.
Markus Wheaton 5-11 182 -has not proven anything yet.
Lance Moore 5-9 190lbs -is his career on it's downturn?
Darrius Heyward-Bey 6-2 219 -Enigma. The speed to go deep but career average is 14.1 and 12 career TDs.
Derek Moye 6-5 210 -Has tools to get better. Should have been used more. Can't drop the big ones!
Justin Brown 6-3 209 -This guy is solid but not spectacular. Good Pre-season. Let's see how year 2 is for him.
Kashif Moore 5-10 175lbs -43.50-inches in the vert jump, broad jump (10-feet, 6-inches). 4.42 /40.
Danny Coale 6-0 187lbs -life's work time after this summer.
Jasper Collins 5-10 190lbs -from the huge juggernaut college program of Mount Union!
Lanear Sampson 5-11 205 4.40 time, but only 11.5 career college average.
If the Steeles believe they are just that tall physical presence away from making all the difference in the world in the red zone then they should absolutely pick Kelvin Benjamin and hope for the best. Remember Plaxico was good here but seldom great. Never a pro-bowl and some critical drops in playoff games. Can we live with the threat of a critical drop or should we go best all around receiver? Odell Beckham Jr. in first? Jarvis Landry in round 3 would bring back memories of Hines Ward with his incredible sure hands and strength. But if height is on the Steelers mind, still a lot of great height-speed options after round 1.
possible guys with good height after round 1:
Allen Robinson -great hands. slower but production does not lie.
Donte Moncrief -a few too many drops. Fast speed, physical. not a lot of TDs
Davante Adams -Huge production. 131 1,719 yrds 24 TDs. Steelers like to draft WRs with lots of catches.
Martavis Bryant -Could be a huge bust, or a huge hit. Steelers cannot risk a bust at this stage.
*Jordan Mathews -my personal favorite. incredible hands, rarely drops if at all. Huge production with size and speed.
Cody Latimer -Could sneak into first round. Ascending fast. Tall, fast, with production. Another potential great pick.
Devin Street -Much later in draft. Wouldn't be too excited if this was our first WR pick.
Brandon Coleman -Poor, poor man's Kelvin Benjamin. UDFA!
RUNNING BACK--------------------MUST PICK MID ROUND TO LATE ROUND
Le'Veon Bell 6-1 244lbs
Le'Garrette Blount 6-0 250lbs
Alvester Alexander 5-11 213lbs 4.45 40 but little production catching football.
Miquel Maysonet 5-10 210lbs from Stoney Brook college. Should have a great future... not in the NFL.
Tauren Poole 5-10 210lbs -where do the Steelers find these guys? Pick them randomly outside their front door.
Will Johnson FB -had a critical drop last year, but still great hands that aren't utilized enough.
This position screams a need for a different type of back then Blount and Bell. Lerod Stephons-Howling could be back but a guy with a lot of pass catching experience in college and some speed would give them the true change of pace back they seem to be striving for. As long as De'Anthony Thomas of Oregon has never punched his girlfriend in the face (Chris Rainey) he would look real good in a Steeler's Uniform not only running but Special teams returns as well. I like the shorter Ray Rice kind of guys.
possibles----4th round and beyond
*De'Anthony Thomas 5-9 174 -my 1st choice by far. Used sparingly at Oregon but 7.8 rushing avg, lots of catches and 4 TD KRs.
*James White 5-9 / 204 lbs. Wisconsin -not a fast guy but, huge season 1,444 6.5 avg, 39 rec and 15 total TDs. Safe pick!
Charles Simms 6-0 / 214 lbs. WVU 45 catches. 5.3 yard average per rush
Jerick McKinnon 5-9 / 209 lbs. 4.41 3,899 career yards 6.3 avg. only 10 career catches though makes him a tough sell.
a UDFA FB to consider might be
Gator Hoskins Marshall 6-2 244 lbs former TE with 99 career catches.
QUARTERBACK-------------UDFA FOR AN ARM
Ben Roethlisberger -is adapting and becoming even better w/ Haley. Good signs.
Bruce Gradkowski -Late in his career has played quite terribly. We are in deep trouble if Ben is injured.
Landry Jones -I like him. Huge college production. Had a good pre-season at times. Controlling his interceptions key to success.
Any more draft ideas would be appreciated and add to our enjoyment of the draft thank you.
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