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Old 04-27-2008, 05:35 PM   #11
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The steelers took Bruce Davis, a DE in the 4th round.

I really can't understand this, especially because they took a linebacker later in the draft.

NFL.com describes him here: Davis did very well in his first extended time as a linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He's a classic Steeler type of player. Davis is very bright and has a knack for getting to the quarterback with his speed.

I guess Tomlin was looking for a pass rusher? Because he's way too small to play 3-4 DE he only weighs 252 lbs.

So now, there are still major needs on the D-Line.

Unless they're still looking at converting 4-3

No, there is no depth behind Harrison and Woodley.....thats why
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #12
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Now, I am hoping that McBean is improving a bunch and can backup the DEs next years.
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Old 04-27-2008, 05:54 PM   #15
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If they all made it, then we'd have a team that sucked every year... what with ALL the rookies displacing vets....

I don't know much about the guy. Remember, fun as this is, it's all speculation. There's no way of knowing if an undersized linebacker with a high-pitched motor is going to turn out to be Jack Lambert until they put on the pads. Some of the big name guys are going to be busts. Some of the UDFAs are going to be HOF. Will Davis turn out that way? My bet is, somewhere in the middle; a solid 5 year guy, is my guess.

But look how Harrison turned out. UDFA, 2 years on and off the practice squad, finally Pro Bowl, All Pro, and team MVP. These guys aren't frozen in stone on draft day, after all. They have some say in their own development.
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i was mad we didn't take moore or king w/ the 3rd pcik :(
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If they all made it, then we'd have a team that sucked every year... what with ALL the rookies displacing vets....

I don't know much about the guy. Remember, fun as this is, it's all speculation. There's no way of knowing if an undersized linebacker with a high-pitched motor is going to turn out to be Jack Lambert until they put on the pads. Some of the big name guys are going to be busts. Some of the UDFAs are going to be HOF. Will Davis turn out that way? My bet is, somewhere in the middle; a solid 5 year guy, is my guess.

But look how Harrison turned out. UDFA, 2 years on and off the practice squad, finally Pro Bowl, All Pro, and team MVP. These guys aren't frozen in stone on draft day, after all. They have some say in their own development.
It's not that the guy is a bad player, it's that some of wanted something different there. We've been told all off season by Tomlin that the lines need to get better and then on draft day we don't see anything in that same vein.

It's frustrating when you see a team put $100 million in to a franchise QB and then put a patchwork offensive line in front of him year after year.
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It's not that the guy is a bad player, it's that some of wanted something different there. We've been told all off season by Tomlin that the lines need to get better and then on draft day we don't see anything in that same vein.

It's frustrating when you see a team put $100 million in to a franchise QB and then put a patchwork offensive line in front of him year after year.
I understand, and I read it the same way you do. But it's more my nature to look at what happened and think, "Hmmmmm... why didn't they take any linemen?" Because the flip side is to think that they just forgot to, and that doesn't make any sense. They either thought that the guys available weren't that good, or that last year's problems weren't personnel related. I think it's probably some of both. I think not having a lineman capable of calling out the blocking assignments was huge last year. And a rook isn't coming in and taking that over.

All we can do is wait for the season and see. I posted elsewhere that I think adding the skill guys at 1-2 will go a long way toward solving line problems; I think there will be some guys open for BR at the 2 second mark, which will slow down the blitzing. Don't forget, with the patchwork line and all those sacks, we set a franchise scoring record, with very few defensive and st TDs. And we added two outstanding skill guys to that unit.
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Don't get me wrong. I like some of the talent they have up front. I think there's a solid line there somewhere.

But it's still frustrating when you see a project OLB in the 3rd when there were good linemen out there.
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