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Old 02-02-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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Default Offensive guard options at 32

Duke Robinson, Alex Mack(start a guard for a year or two and move to center later) the huge(6-7, 355) guy from Lsu and so on. It looks like we can get a starter there at 32 with relative ease.
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Just say no to Herman Johnson from LSU......terrible.

If we cant find a LT at pick #32, I agree that Alex Mack, Eric Wood or Duke Robinson would be worthy picks. Any of them is an upgrade from Kemo or Stapleton.
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Just say no to Herman Johnson from LSU......terrible.

If we cant find a LT at pick #32, I agree that Alex Mack, Eric Wood or Duke Robinson would be worthy picks. Any of them is an upgrade from Kemo or Stapleton.
after watching a few more goal line failures yesterday, i'm starting to think interior linemen may be the bigger need. the steelers have got to be leading the league in negative yardage rushing attempts. i haven't heard parker sticking up for the oline the way ben does....
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after watching a few more goal line failures yesterday, i'm starting to think interior linemen may be the bigger need. the steelers have got to be leading the league in negative yardage rushing attempts. i haven't heard parker sticking up for the oline the way ben does....
I think its a combination of not knowing who to block and lack of strength on the part of Stapleton and Spaeth in those situations. Defenders should not be squeezing thru the gaps and I think Zeriline isnt the best coach we can have.
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Just say no to Herman Johnson from LSU......terrible.

If we cant find a LT at pick #32, I agree that Alex Mack, Eric Wood or Duke Robinson would be worthy picks. Any of them is an upgrade from Kemo or Stapleton.
What do you think of Kraig Urbik from Wisconsin? He's strong, powerful and very physical, but best of all..he is an excellent run blocker.
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after watching a few more goal line failures yesterday, i'm starting to think interior linemen may be the bigger need. the steelers have got to be leading the league in negative yardage rushing attempts. i haven't heard parker sticking up for the oline the way ben does....
Thats why I would go with Mack...move him to LG..Colon to RG...and keep Hartwig in the middle.

Hartwig has shown he is capable.... Colon wouldnt have to worry about speed rushers getting around his outside shoulder and he is strong enough to take on the DT's....and if Mack can take on Raji, he has enough anchor to be part of one heck of a trio in the middle.

What we due at RT is the pivotal question at that point.....cross your fingers and hope that Hills is ready to show why he was considered a first round prospect before he hurt his leg....and sign Jordan Gross.
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What do you think of Kraig Urbik from Wisconsin? He's strong, powerful and very physical, but best of all..he is an excellent run blocker.
I like Urbik. When I saw him play in reg season I thought he was a big strong mauler with a nasty streak....but he didnt look to have quick feet to pull and trap. After watching him in the Senior Bowl week of practice he showed good agility.

I honestly think Urbik is behind Mack, Robinson, Wood, Cantwell and Tyronne Green. I can see Urbik probably going in the 3rd round, but could move up if there is a run on guards.

I know Mike Mayock is high on Andy Levitre, but he played LT at Oregon st and will need to move to guard in the NFL. He looked average as a LT and struggled at guard the week in Mobile.....too risky for me. Herman Johnson is a terrible athlete, too slow to play RT and doesnt get any bend at the waist to get low a a guard. Haloti Ngata, Trevor Pryce, Domata Peko, Corey Williams, Shaun Rogers would all dominate him.
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Thats why I would go with Mack...move him to LG..Colon to RG...and keep Hartwig in the middle.

Hartwig has shown he is capable.... Colon wouldnt have to worry about speed rushers getting around his outside shoulder and he is strong enough to take on the DT's....and if Mack can take on Raji, he has enough anchor to be part of one heck of a trio in the middle.

What we due at RT is the pivotal question at that point.....cross your fingers and hope that Hills is ready to show why he was considered a first round prospect before he hurt his leg....and sign Jordan Gross.
LLT, if Mack is gone and our LT prospects are gone.....I would take Wood at #32 !!! Mack stuffed Raji and Brace in practice in Mobile, Al....but Wood owned Raji in the game. Mack is more athletic and still my pick over Wood.....but I like Wood as a very close 2nd!!!
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LLT, if Mack is gone and our LT prospects are gone.....I would take Wood at #32 !!! Mack stuffed Raji and Brace in practice in Mobile, Al....but Wood owned Raji in the game. Mack is more athletic and still my pick over Wood.....but I like Wood as a very close 2nd!!!
I had Wood as my #2 center for awhile now....the only thing I was concerened abourt was the level of competition...but he seems like the real deal.

I know some like Luigs and Unger...but I think that they will both end up in a zone blocking scheme.

I am watching the Bills to see what they do in regards to Center.

Do you think Woods would be there at #64?
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Do you think Woods would be there at #64?
I dont think Eric Wood will be around at pick #64. He showed in games and the Senior Bowl against BJ Raji that he is a solid as an oak tree. He even played guard and while not impressively agile....he managed to pull effectively 2-3 times and find the blocker in space to spring the North RB for a good gain.

IMO, Wood can also play guard for a year and make the transition to C once he is comfortable making the line calls. They are comparing Raji to Cortez Kennedy and on the 2nd TD of the game Raji came at Wood hard and Wood stood his ground, then steered Raji to the right and out of the hole for the TD.

I say Wood goes in the bottom of the 1st or top of the 2nd round.
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