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View Poll Results: Grade the Possibilities
4 Potential probowlers 12 23.08%
3 potential probowlers (which ones) 12 23.08%
2 potential probowlers (which ones) 20 38.46%
1 potential probowler (which one) 8 15.38%
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Grade the possibilities.

Rashard Mendenhall
Limas Sweed
Bruce Davis
Tony Hills

There is a tiny voice in most of our hearts that look at the potential of these first 4 picks and think... "How much can they achieve"? ...Especially with our first and second rounders are you allowing yourself to wonder..."Potential pro-bowlers"?

So where is the ceiling for you...what is the upper most expectations that you are allowing yourself when looking at picks 1-4? Will any of them make the Pro Bowl while wearing the Black & Gold?
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

When compared against previous drafts, the chances are two will be pro-bowlers, two won't be on the team in 09. I'd stick with the RB and WR as making the team, Davis could be an ok all time ST player and backup and as for the tackle, well there is no telling.
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

I think Sweed and Mendenhall definitely have the potential to both be Pro Bowlers, but I don't look for it in their first year. It'd be nice if all 4 made a Pro Bowl or two (or more) over the course of their careers, but time will tell.
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

I think both of our first two picks have Pro bowl potential...but have high hopes for the other two...
Davis I see as a Boom or Bust player who will either learn to refine his technigue so as to transfer all that pass-rushing ability into his pro game or he will struggle to make the roster....
Tony Hills I am thinking may be a Marvel Smith type of player...who might always be considered a very good player...but not elite.
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

Rashard Mendenhall- flashes of steven jackson in a supporting role. fans will want him to supplant willie as the starter but the both of them together will have greater impact. both their pro bowl chances could be hurt.

Limas Sweed- possibly better than santonio holmes. will have an 80 catch season as soon as ward is gone or supplanted as the starter. but like heath miller, too many offensive weapons will probably keep their numbers (and salaries) low.

Bruce Davis- will replace harrison as the starter in about 4 years and earn a trip to the pro-bowl.

Tony Hills- will earn a big contract once his 3 year rookie deal is up.
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My best expectations show Mendenhall and Sweed as the obvious possibilities, but also giving chance that Davis can really bloom in a linebacker corps. down the road in which many "no name" linebackers have emerged to dominate.
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Old 05-06-2008, 01:05 PM   #7
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the pro bowl hasn't meant anything for a very long time.

nowadays it's all based on...

1. veteran status
2. popularity
3. poor pool of players to choose from

rarely does skill alone play a part in the selection process
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mendenhall - i have no idea. he won't be starting for a few years.

sweed - could be a very good WR. has the size.

davis - will be another LB like gildon and porter. one move to the QB and unable to stop the run effectively. however, this will please the average fan who believes sacks are the only measuring stick for judging a LB.

hills - will be gone in 2 years or less. nothing but IR for his career.
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

I selected all 4 for the simple fact:

They're all STEELERS and all STEELERS are perennial PRO-BOWLERS!!!
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Default Re: Grade the possibilities.

I'm betting there will probably be at least one, but who knows which? Could just as easily be one of our sixth-round guys as our first-round guy.

Well, maybe not JUST as easily, but it's a crapshoot to say who's going to pan out and who's not.

I don't know about Pro Bowl, but in terms of being on the team 3 years from now? I'd guess

Mendenhall -- 95%
Sweed -- 80%
Davis -- 40%
Hills -- 25%
Dixon -- 80%
Humpal -- 10%
Mundy -- 30%
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