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Old 02-12-2008, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default LaMarr Woodley: What do you think?

I'm really thinking that Woodley is going to be another one of the Steelers outstanding linebackers. You can't say that the guy came out of nowhere by any means as he was a star at a big college. But the fact that he didn't go until the second round (and after Timmons with us) could make this another big time draft pick by the Steelers.

So how good does everyone think he's going to turn out? Here's an article on him below from RealFootball365.com:

No surprises: LaMarr Woodley can play

Despite winning the Lombardi Award as a senior (given to the best lineman in the country) then Michigan defensive end LaMarr Woodley was only drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Thus, the fact that he was able to accumulate 14 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble during the 2007 regular season as an outside linebacker was probably pretty impressive to the novice spectator, especially considering his limited playing time and draft status. What's more, Woodley once again showed that he could come up big in big games in the playoff loss against Jacksonville where he accumulated two sacks and three tackles.

Should we be surprised by this? No. The fact is that LaMarr Woodley has been playing football at a very high level, particularly in big games, for a long time. The reason why he fell to the second round was that his height and timed speed weren't perfect for the NFL brass.

Consider the following: As a defensive end for the University of Michigan Wolverines in 2006, the 6-foot-2, 270 pound Woodley posted 36 tackles, 12 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. He did this after impressing the Michigan faithful with 48 tackles, five sacks, and 12 tackles for loss in 2005 (after missing two games).

There were also the 70 tackles, four sacks, and 16 tackles for loss he posted during his sophomore season.

During his stint with the Wolverines, Woodley clearly proved to be a hard hitter, outstanding pass rusher, and was solid against the run. In addition, he was always at his best in big games, as was noted earlier. How about the four tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble he put up against the hated Ohio State Buckeyes in 2005? Then there were the four tackles for a loss he posted against Penn State as a junior?

In case you don't remember that great Rose Bowl contest against the Texas Longhorns back in 2005, Vince Young wasn't the only guy to play well. Woodley ended up sharing the Rose Bowl MVP Award with him.

Word is that LaMarr Woodley will likely be starting next season at outside linebacker for the Steelers. When you break it down, this would seem to remind everyone of the following.

Speed in the 40 yard dash, size, and other measurables have their place. However, nothing should be more important in determining draft position than how you've played.

LaMarr Woodley is a football player. Thus, his play is another reminder that this is more important than height, weight, and a 40 time any day of the week
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: LaMarr Woodley: What do you think?

I can't wait till Woodley hits the field!!!! He could easily lead the league in sacks and takles for loss.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:28 PM   #3
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we will have to wait and see.
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:49 PM   #4
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How awesome woud it have been had we traded down into the late 1st and had been able to get WR Anthony Gonzalez, ILB David Harris, and Woodley?
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How awesome woud it have been had we traded down into the late 1st and had been able to get WR Anthony Gonzalez, ILB David Harris, and Woodley?
hmm.........regardless of what timmons may become, those 3 picks would have been awesome

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we will have to wait and see.
true, he showed a lot in limited time last season, but let's see if he carries it over to 2008

but just a feeling.......he and james together will have over 20 sacks in 08
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im pretty sure he was the #1 OLB/DE coming out of high school, then had a magnificent career with the wolverines. He is our version of adalius thomas. i think that we need to sign him to a long, long, long term contract after this season so he never gets away.
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How awesome woud it have been had we traded down into the late 1st and had been able to get WR Anthony Gonzalez, ILB David Harris, and Woodley?
Or an offensive linemen.
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I can't wait to see these quarterbacks become the middle of a Harrison/Woodley sandwich!
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I'm in the 'wait and see' group, but he showed so much potential. Very exciting.
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i hope woodly has a phenom of a yr, he'll most likely get stringer in the offseason just too man handle the tackles..
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