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Old 04-28-2008, 03:17 PM   #1
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my problem with the pick is it doesn't fill any pressing needs. the replies i see in return are "he was the best player available". ok, how does that justify picking him?

let's say in next year's draft the BPA for steelers in the 1st round is a RB again. i guess the steelers select him, right? after all, he is the BPA.

IMO, i would have either traded up or down.

let's not get upset, i am not saying that mendenhall sucks. i hope everything works out great.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Question on Mendenhall pick

I think he would make a fine replacement for dookie. IMO As far as next year goes lets wait and see.

Thats why you or I aren't sitting in a Steelers office calling the shots.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Question on Mendenhall pick

I think RB was a pressing need. Willie is good at what he does, but he absolutely falls flat in certain situations (short yardage/power) and Davenport was no better.

To put it another way: Parker is absolutely great at about two-thirds of the running situations you'll face in a game. But that still leaves us ill-equipped for about one-third of all running situations. So by definition, we still had a big weak spot in our offense.

In fact, that's probably been the biggest problem with our entire offense for the past two years: We can't jam the ball down people's throats anymore. The number of sacks we give up is probably a close second, but we have a decent shot at solving that by singing free agents and developing some of the guys we've already got.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:45 PM   #4
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I think he would make a fine replacement for dookie. IMO As far as next year goes lets wait and see.

Thats why you or I aren't sitting in a Steelers office calling the shots.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:47 PM   #5
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my problem with the pick is it doesn't fill any pressing needs. the replies i see in return are "he was the best player available". ok, how does that justify picking him?

let's say in next year's draft the BPA for steelers in the 1st round is a RB again. i guess the steelers select him, right? after all, he is the BPA.

IMO, i would have either traded up or down.

let's not get upset, i am not saying that mendenhall sucks. i hope everything works out great.
This year KC said we will pick any position in the first round with the exception of quarterback and tight end.

Next year he may say we will pick any position with the exception of quarterback, tight end AND running back.

Running back was a pressing need. Willie Parker shouldn't be carrying the ball 350-400 times a season. The more carries a running back gets the shorter his career can be
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:50 PM   #6
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Thats why you or I aren't sitting in a Steelers office calling the shots.
i wish i was when they started the kordell experiment.
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:50 PM   #7
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let's say in next year's draft the BPA for steelers in the 1st round is a RB again. i guess the steelers select him, right? after all, he is the BPA.

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no.

in colberts 2 interviews before the draft (i believe theres links to them in the Channel 124 thread. he said the steelers would be taking the bpa unless it was a quarterback or tight end.

so that means that before next years draft he will announce that they will take the bpa unless it is a rb, qb or te.

so who would you have traded down for? a lesser graded player with even less of a chance of helping us win in 08?
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I could honestly see Mendenhall getting the bulk of the carries by mid year and Willie being the change of pace back. I love fast Willie but he has been over used last two years and think this is a great move. Having two great backs (we hope) is almost a requirement these days with the beatings they take and Mendenhall appears to be a 3 down back and certainly more of a bruiser than Fast Willie.
If both have a great year and next year the only player worthy of the draft spot we are in is a RB then they probably trade down.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:01 PM   #9
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He will work out just fine. He is a bigger stronger back then willie and just a tad bit slower, well right now he is not slower then willie because willie is not back up to full speed, And guess what he is more of a north to south runner then Willie is. Willie strength is to bounce outside and use his speed to out run defensive guys. Meldenhall can actually use his strength up the gut of the line to wear teams down.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:02 PM   #10
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I love tha guy from what I seen on video and I hope he gets some playing time!!!
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