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Old 01-01-2009, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default My exact thoughts on drafting a RB in round 1

This has nothing to do with Mendy getting hurt this season because we really haven't seen whole lot of him in the NFL. My point being, just because he's a 1st round pick doesn't mean he's going to turn out like what they predict. I think it's based on scouting.

Notable big name RBs that weren't taken in RD 1.

Michael Turner, Falcons, Round 5
Brandon Jacobs, Giants, Round 4
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jags, Round 2
Steve Slaton, Texans, Round 3
Matt Forte, Bears, Round 2
Ryan Grant, Packers, Undrafted
LenDale White, Titans, Round 2
Clinton Portis, Skins, Round 2
Frank Gore, 49ers, Round 3
Brian Westbrook, Eagles, Round 3
Marion Barber, Cowboys, Round 4

There's more but I think you get the point. There are tons of RBs in the draft so it's not always worth taking one that high. I'm not saying Mendy will never be good but It's a bit of a risk.
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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This has nothing to do with Mendy getting hurt this season because we really haven't seen whole lot of him in the NFL. My point being, just because he's a 1st round pick doesn't mean he's going to turn out like what they predict. I think it's based on scouting.

Notable big name RBs that weren't taken in RD 1.

Michael Turner, Falcons, Round 5
Brandon Jacobs, Giants, Round 4
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jags, Round 2
Steve Slaton, Texans, Round 3
Matt Forte, Bears, Round 2
Ryan Grant, Packers, Undrafted
LenDale White, Titans, Round 2
Clinton Portis, Skins, Round 2
Frank Gore, 49ers, Round 3
Brian Westbrook, Eagles, Round 3
Marion Barber, Cowboys, Round 4

There's more but I think you get the point. There are tons of RBs in the draft so it's not always worth taking one that high. I'm not saying Mendy will never be good but It's a bit of a risk.
Right. It is a risk, but the reason guys go in the first round is because, generally, it is understood that they have the skill set to make a successful transition.

Be serious, though, there are less first round busts than 6th round gems.
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Default Re: My exact thoughts on drafting a RB in round 1

Ricky Williams anyone?

You gotta draft a rock in the first round. Someone who has no question marks against them and who will definitely contribute. O-line is where I'd go in the first round.
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what exactly is the point here? you can make this arguement for EVERY position.
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jerome bettis was a top 10 pick.
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what exactly is the point here? you can make this arguement for EVERY position.
Just what I was thinking

I believe many doubted the selection of mendenhall, especially with all the line troubles, and it got worse with his injury

All we can do is wait and see really
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Default Re: My exact thoughts on drafting a RB in round 1

Now that Green from Iowa has declared, I kinda wish we would not have drafted him, I'm an Iowa homer too.

Green would have been perfect Steeler type RB. at least he would have been 2 years ago.

Good pick, bad pick, that remains to be seen, but he is a Steeler, and that alone makes me one of his biggest fans.
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i would like to see a RB in the later rounds... 4 maybe 5? we need an explosive returner and a 3rd down back that can take over for mewelde... i was thinking along the lines of marcus thigpen... 5'9 200ish should run at least a 4.4 at the combine.. gives us a KR and a nice set of hands...
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what exactly is the point here? you can make this arguement for EVERY position.

You can, but not every position is equally fungibile.

I don't have a link to back this up, but I've read studies analyzing the relative value of different round picks at different positions.

In general, the drop-off is steeper from the early rounds at some positions (ex. O-Line) than others.

I'm not a big fan of the RB 1st round either, but it's because I think we had bigger needs, not because I think Mendy is a bad player.

Drafting a good O-lineman can often have a bigger impact on the run game than drafting a good RB, especially if your incumbent O-line is bad and your RB is decent.
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I'm not a big fan of the RB 1st round either, but it's because I think we had bigger needs, not because I think Mendy is a bad player.

Drafting a good O-lineman can often have a bigger impact on the run game than drafting a good RB, especially if your incumbent O-line is bad and your RB is decent.
The problem with this arguement is that nobody that says we should have drafted O-line can tell me who was a decent O lineman available with the #23 pick. There was none!!

Steelers could have drafted OT Anthony Collins in the 3rd round instead of Bruce Davis and got a quality O lineman. Chilo Rachal and Mike Pollack were not worth the selection and dont fit the Steelers Oline.

Mendenhall was the BPA and the correct pick. Now lets wait until next season to judge. I think this time last season you probably felt the Timmons pick was a waste too.
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