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Old 02-17-2008, 06:25 AM   #1
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Default WR with the first pick?

Most of you have seen my draft so you KNOW that I want to grab a Offensive Tackle when #23 rolls this year

However....

Can a case be made to grab a Wide Receiver?

Hypothetically lets say that there is a run on OT's in the first 20 picks...and one of the top WR's are still on the board.

Would we pass on a Malcolm Kelly, DeSean Jackson, Early Doucet, or Limas Sweed?

Where is the cut off?........ WR/Doucet over OT/Cherilus?....OT/Williams over WR/Sweed?

I take into consideration a couple of things....
1) Ward is a stud...but not a young stud and has been struggling to stay on the field for the last two years
2) Holmes is very good but has also missed time and really hasnt got to that place in his career yet where he terrifies opponants
3) Wilson is a bust...say what you will but his lack of TDs is why is our 4th reciever
4) I like Washington , but its now time to realize he is a good player...but will never be a great player.
5) With the drafting of some of those WR's we could actually boost our return game.


All that being said...I still think that with Long, Clady, Baker, Otah, Williams, and Cherilus...all possibly being worthy of the #23 pick ...we PROBABLY will still go OT.
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

The WR corp and Ben were very productive this season gone. Strengthen the O line and reduce the ridiculously high number of sacks and imagine what could happen then with their production.

I would take a DE like Balmer over a WR personally if no OT's were left. If WR is really a need it can be addressed in the mid rounds.

Otah, Williams or Cherilius will do nicely.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:29 AM   #3
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The WR corp and Ben were very productive this season gone. Strengthen the O line and reduce the ridiculously high number of sacks and imagine what could happen then with their production.

I would take a DE like Balmer over a WR personally if no OT's were left. If WR is really a need it can be addressed in the mid rounds.

Otah, Williams or Cherilius will do nicely.
But what if the #1 WR is available at #23....and the best OT left is ...say...Nicks....hypothetically what do you do?
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:46 AM   #4
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But what if the #1 WR is available at #23....and the best OT left is ...say...Nicks....hypothetically what do you do?
I see your point why have an ot that may never be that great when you can get a reciver that could boost your offensse that is something to think about.
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

With our current needs, I dont see any possible way we would ever take a WR in the first round in the 2008 draft.

A first round WR is usually an immediate starter. Despite the fact that Holmes and Ward are always getting hurt, we dont need another starter right now.

Obviously our biggest need is on the OLine. Clady and Long will definitely be gone, and there is a good chance that Williams and Otah are gone to.

Gosder Cherilus is not great value at 1:23. He is a career RT, and while we need a RT, that would be a reach since he is not a first round calber pick.. My next pick after that would be Branden Albert. He can play guard his rookie year, and in 2009, slide to LT. He is very versatile and can play both T and G.

If he is somehow off the board as well, I would take either Phillip Merling or Jonathan Stewart if one of them happened to be avaiable. Merling could provide a interior pass rush we need and Stewart is just an animal. I know we have bigger needs at CB as well, but there isnt a huge talent gap in who we could find in the late first and late third.

My Steelers first round Big board:
1. Chris Williams
1b.Jeff Otah
2. Branden Albert
3. Jonathan Stewart
4. Phillip Merling
5. Dominique Rodgers Cromartie
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

i would take one of the top cb's in the draft over a wr with deshea getting old
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Most of you have seen my draft so you KNOW that I want to grab a Offensive Tackle when #23 rolls this year

However....

Can a case be made to grab a Wide Receiver?

Hypothetically lets say that there is a run on OT's in the first 20 picks...and one of the top WR's are still on the board.

Would we pass on a Malcolm Kelly, DeSean Jackson, Early Doucet, or Limas Sweed?

Where is the cut off?........ WR/Doucet over OT/Cherilus?....OT/Williams over WR/Sweed?

I take into consideration a couple of things....
1) Ward is a stud...but not a young stud and has been struggling to stay on the field for the last two years
2) Holmes is very good but has also missed time and really hasnt got to that place in his career yet where he terrifies opponants
3) Wilson is a bust...say what you will but his lack of TDs is why is our 4th reciever
4) I like Washington , but its now time to realize he is a good player...but will never be a great player.
5) With the drafting of some of those WR's we could actually boost our return game.


All that being said...I still think that with Long, Clady, Baker, Otah, Williams, and Cherilus...all possibly being worthy of the #23 pick ...we PROBABLY will still go OT.

I think the only way we draft a WR in round 1 is if the Steelers get Matt Millen to run the show.
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

If there really are no OTs or OGs on the board worthy of that #23 spot, I'd have to say first look at DE, then CB, then OC, then LB, then S, then RB, before you think about a WR. If the top WR is available, that's probably DeSean Jackson, and the last thing I want is another midget WR.
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

if (not including jake long) the top 3 tackles are gone, i would either take desean jackson or malcom kelly. (sorry i dont remember their names) but if the guy from boise state, jeff otah, and the other guy(not Cherilus) are gone then a receiver is a big option, i either want a tall guy who can be a third down machine or a lightning fast guy who can boost special teams and enhance our big play game.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:30 PM   #10
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Default Re: WR with the first pick?

Theres too many OL projected to go first round for them all to be gone before 23. I'd like to see the Steelers go 1 and 2 on the OL and not draft anyone less than 290 lbs until round 5.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Steelers traded up 7 or 8 spots in rd 1.
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