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Old 04-20-2008, 06:04 AM   #1
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Default Steelers may add a bigger complement to RB Parker in draft

Steelers may add a bigger complement to RB Parker in draft
19 April 2008
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The pre-draft chatter from Pittsburgh is that the Steelers wouldn't mind finding a bigger back to complement, and reduce the wear-and-tear on, RB Willie Parker. However, we're hearing it's unlikely the Steelers would add a back in Round One. The top big back in the draft, Oregon's Jonathan Stewart, is expected to be off the board before the Steelers exercise the No. 23 pick. But with one pick in each of Rounds Two through Six (Nos. 53, 88, 123, 156 and 188, respectively), the Steelers will have a chance to bring in competition for Najeh Davenport and Gary Russell, currently the backs next in line were Parker to miss any time because of injury, as he did a season ago. Former Vikings RB Mewelde Moore, who is most effective in space, is likely to see consistent work in passing situations. However, he's of similar build to Parker and would probably, at most, share carries were Parker to go down.

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Old 04-20-2008, 06:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers may add a bigger complement to RB Parker in draft

tim hightower.. he's 220 which i dont consider road-grader but he is "bigger"... ran a 4.51 and id say a poor, poor mans marion barber
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tim hightower.. he's 220 which i dont consider road-grader but he is "bigger"... ran a 4.51 and id say a poor, poor mans marion barber
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Default Re: Steelers may add a bigger complement to RB Parker in draft

Why not go Stewart in the first? There is a good chance he will be around at # 23.
Remeber this guy has great potential and was expected to go much higher in the draft until Terf Toe Surgery. IIIFFF he can stay healthy he will be a steal at the bottom of the first, and he definitely won't last beyond the beginning of the second rd.
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Default Re: Steelers may add a bigger complement to RB Parker in draft

I've been thinking about 'road-grater' types.

What abotu JAvorski Lane from Texas A&M? HUGE and strong. Not worth a draft pick, but may e he'd be nice as a free agent or 7h rounder.
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Why not go Stewart in the first? There is a good chance he will be around at # 23.
Remeber this guy has great potential and was expected to go much higher in the draft until Terf Toe Surgery. IIIFFF he can stay healthy he will be a steal at the bottom of the first, and he definitely won't last beyond the beginning of the second rd.
Because when you have a pro bowl RB in Willie Parker...............and a depleted O-line, D-line, WR' group and could use CB depth, you address those and pickup a RB in free agency or later rounds.

Backup RB never needs to be a 1st round pick.
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And we have depth at running back?
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Because when you have a pro bowl RB in Willie Parker...............and a depleted O-line, D-line, WR' group and could use CB depth, you address those and pickup a RB in free agency or later rounds.

Backup RB never needs to be a 1st round pick.
It's not a backup. In today's NFL, you need a #1 and a #!A at running back. Otherwise you burn out your #1 long before his time.
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Does anyone here remember how it felt to see Jerome Bettis ( a.k.a. the Bus) run through defenses until they didnt want anymore?... Boy, I do and I would love to see that again in Pittsburgh. Stewart maybe the answer and maybe he isnt, but I would love to see that kind of back back here again in Black N Gold
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44Davenport, NajehRB6'1"2472/8/19797Miami (Fla.)Vincent, JustinRB5'10"2191/25/19831Louisiana StateMoore, MeweldeRB5'11"2097/24/19825Tulane33Russell, GaryRB5'11"2159/8/19862MinnesotaLatsko, BillyRB5'10"2302/16/19841Florida39Parker, WillieRB5'10"20911/11/19805North Carolina

These are the Running Backs on our roster as of right now. What does each bring to us in your opinions?
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