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Old 02-18-2008, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Jeff Otah - OL draft prospect?

Jeff Otah is currently listed as a theoretical Steelers draft pick at #23 on Don Banks's SI Mock Draft. Any thoughts about him as a potential first rounder? My understanding has always been that offensive lineman don't have to be taken in the first round, but we have so many needs, I wonder if it's worth using that first-round pick on a potential top of the line guy who can come in immediately and make a difference. At 6-5, 339, he's got the size and the youth that Tomlin is looking for.

I'd personally love to see us get Owen Schmitt (and not just because I'm a WVU alum), but the Steelers' move away from using a fullback regularly last season doesn't bode well for that, not to mention that he probably won't last until the 23rd pick. I love what that kid brings to the table athletically, and personality-wise, he's just wacky enough to be the James Harrison of the offense.
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Old 02-18-2008, 02:15 PM   #2
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Default Re: Jeff Otah - OL draft prospect?

I've seen quite a few of the Mock drafts penciling in his name as one of our picks.

Based on what I have heard and seen from the guy, it almost sounds like he would hit the ground running with us.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:01 PM   #3
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I'd personally love to see us get Owen Schmitt (and not just because I'm a WVU alum), but the Steelers' move away from using a fullback regularly last season doesn't bode well for that, not to mention that he probably won't last until the 23rd pick. I love what that kid brings to the table athletically, and personality-wise, he's just wacky enough to be the James Harrison of the offense.
Schmitt will still be on the board in the third and fourth rounds. Maybe later.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: Jeff Otah - OL draft prospect?

Otah is the guy i want. he would be a fan favorie which would make him happy and play better. and schmitt will be available in the 3and 4th maybe even the 5th round
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Default Re: Jeff Otah - OL draft prospect?

I just think that the Steelers are not just gonna draft O Line just because it is our biggest need. I think that Tomlin and the Rooney's will make a difficult decision come april. Do you draft and take someone like DT Antwan Balmer from UNC and get the ball rolling toward turning to that true 4-3 or do you go out and get an O Lineman to help out our poorous line? Or do you go tall physicall WR to help Ben get deep or do we go big play DB or FS if available? I personally think that the Steelers suprised everyone by taking a punter in the 4th round last year, of course I Loved The Pick from the Very Beginning, but I think that this years suprise position pick will come earlier this year in the draft when the Steelers might just trade up a few spots and grab a Kicker... Reed's replacement could be the total answer that this team needs to get over the hump..

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I believe we will pick otah unless we pick up a free agent or two for the offensive line.
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I'd personally love to see us get Owen Schmitt (and not just because I'm a WVU alum), but the Steelers' move away from using a fullback regularly last season doesn't bode well for that, not to mention that he probably won't last until the 23rd pick.
u mean 123rd pick right?

don't get me wrong i love him too but he'll last much longer than the 23rd...

otah is the best player for us but i hope that arians doesn't try and move him to the left...
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u mean 123rd pick right?

don't get me wrong i love him too but he'll last much longer than the 23rd...

otah is the best player for us but i hope that arians doesn't try and move him to the left...
yea i like schmitt to, but not with the 23rd pick.
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Default Re: Jeff Otah - OL draft prospect?

LETS GO PITT!!!

Take Otah, he knows the city, knows the field, knows the stadium. He's a Stud and there is no question about his talent. Plus he's a PITT Guy!!! Yeah PITT LETS GO PITT!!! WOOHOO!!!

maybe we can get the Cards to trade Fitz for a 6th round pick in 2018 too!!! YEAH BABY!!!
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Sorry guys I'm in N.J. and eagles have him high on their list
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