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Old 04-17-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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Default The Steelers 2007 Draft Class: Where Are They Now?

Title: The Steelers 2007 Draft Class: Where Are They Now?
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Date: 4/17/08
Author: Bobby Oler

Link: http://www.steelersfever.com/editorials/0808.html

First Paragraph: As we begin to fret about what Steelers director of football operations Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin are brainstorming for this coming draft, it is about time to look in the rear view mirror. Granted, a year is hardly enough time for any rookie to fully develop, but the draft style was intriguing, and we could see a repeat at the end of the month.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:34 AM   #2
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Then there are the gems like.......Bryant McFadden
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:39 AM   #3
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If it wasn't for McFadden, maybe we don't move on to Super Bowl XL?
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:56 AM   #4
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Timmons missed nearly all of training camp with a groin injury, and as a result he was only used sparingly in 2007.....

Timmons should benefit from a quiet offseason in which he can get in even better shape and learn the defense.
As has been discussed in a current thread, this could be a pivotal year for Timmons. I know we are all pulling for him.




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The Steelers drafted based on need in 2007, selecting based on the depth chart in the first two rounds, then by scheme in the third. Picking Sepulveda was about getting rid of the aging Chris Gardocki (did you know he never had a punt blocked?), something that Cowher probably would have done as well if he'd stuck around.
Not too harp on this (actually I am) but I still don't understand when there was such a "need" on the offensive line imo (Hartings retiring & Faneca expected to be gone soon at that point) that this wasn't addressed earlier in the draft.

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In 2008, the Steelers need offensive line help and defensive line depth. A sleeper first-round pick could be a corner or free safety.
I wouldn't mind seeing offensive & defensive line addressed in the first two rounds. I also think there will be some good corners left in the third.
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:56 AM   #5
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Ryan Clark has recurring spleen issues.
He doesn't have a spleen anymore. The remaining question with Clark is if he can recover from having it removed. *I think he can, and expect he will be playing well by the second preseason game.



*Please note: I've never been able to predict the future. :)


Also, it was a good read. Thanks for the work.

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Good read, Mike - thanks!

This is a guy who I feel can make a huge impact if given more playing time:

Round 5: William Gay No. 22 - Cornerback, Louisville

This was the Steelers' answer to everyone who thought that the Steelers needed help in the secondary - a late fifth-round pick. I immediately compared William Gay to Anthony Smith because both players made big plays in their first preseason games. Gay was used sparingly in 2007, but he did manage to do work when he was in. He recorded 19 tackles, two passes defended, and a fumble recovery last year.

Gay is an intriguing project for the Steelers. If they can groom him into a solid nickelback, the Steelers' secondary could be set for a few years to come. Steelers fans should be excited if he becomes a big-time player since that would give them a reason to wear that No. 22 jersey so many of them fell for in 2004.
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I am really hoping for something from Timmons. He "has so much potential" and "so much athletic ability." I want to actually see some production.

I like Woodley, and I am excited at seeing what he brings to the team this year.

Spaeth STILL baffles me, but I can't hate the pick when he brought in 3 tds. I am hoping for more solid play this year.

I love Sep. I don't have much else to say about that... He is crazy. I want to see him hit someone.

I don't expect anything out of McBean, but who knows I might get surprised.

I forgot William Gay - I agree that with given more playing time that he has a lot of ability to become a great corner.

Baker hasn't done anything and until he does I won't get my hopes up. He is too slow and I would like us to draft someone in the mid rounds who might actually preform.
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I'm really excited about Timmons and Woodley :D
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william gay, more like william not gay...
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I really hope Timmons produces this year. His rookie season was really quiet, but I keep reminding myself about the two fumble recoveries: at least he's around the football when he's playing. I don't know if I want to see Larry Foote or James Farrior lose playing time for him either since both of them are beasts.

William Gay is a raw talent, but he has some great models to learn from in Polamalu, Townsend, and I Like Ike. McFadden is the heir apparent to Townsend - if he isn't looking to be paid like Asante Samuel (but he did just hire Drew Rosenhaus). If he is, we probably won't see him past next season, leaving an opportunity for Gay.

But Bryant McFadden played out of his mind in the last few minutes of the Colts playoff game in 2005. Manning went after him on single coverage with Raggie Wayne twice - and McFadden broke up both passes (and almost picked one off). I'd hate to see him go.
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