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Old 04-25-2009, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Who are the early targets? (3rd round)

NFL from the sidelines

After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop.

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Who are the early targets?
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With three picks in the third round of Sunday's NFL draft, the Steelers have plenty of ammunition to make some noise.

Here are some of the guys who are still available who could draw their interest:

Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma - He doesn't move as well as the Steelers might like, but some mock drafts a month ago had him going to the Steelers in the first round. I didn't like that, but in the third round, he'd be OK.

D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt - If he were an inch taller than the 5-8 and change he measured at the combine, he'd already be gone.

Coye Frances, CB, San Jose State - At 6-0, 185 pounds, he just needs to put on five or so pounds. But he's intriguing.

Chip Vaughn, SS, Wake Forest - A big safety who could help on special teams and possibly spell the end of Tyrone Carter's stay on the roster.

Jamon Meridith, OT-G, South Carolina - Played tackle in college, but may project better to guard in the pros. He's a more athletic Trai Essex.

Mike Thomas, WR-KR, Arizona - An electric return man who's only 5-8. But he can play.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: Who are the early targets? (3rd round)

I like Robinson and Thomas, but not so big of a fan of Meridith. He is athletic as all heck for a guy that size, but looks like a basketball player. Gets bull rushed a lot. He would have to play guard I think.
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What about Gilbert?

Gilbert at 15
Robinson at 20
Shipley at 32

Realistic?
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What about dj moore gilbert robinson
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What about Gilbert?

Gilbert at 15
Robinson at 20
Shipley at 32

Realistic?
Quan Cosby in 6th rnd ?
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Well here are the some choices for our third round. - mesa
http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09...s&confirm=true

Still some good players left for Day Two

Gil Brandt By Gil Brandt | NFL.com

After a fast-paced first day of the 2009 NFL draft, it's time for all 32 teams to take stock of the players still on their draft boards as they get ready for Rounds 3-7 on Sunday. We can do the same.

Here's a look at the top-ranked players from my Hot 100 prospects. This list, presented in tiers of 10, was compiled a few weeks ago and there certainly was time for things to change. There are still five players from my top 50 out there:

Tier 3: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

Tier 4" Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina

Tier 5: Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State; Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida; D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

I had a feeling that Johnson was going to slip, but I'd say he is probably the best player still out there as we get set for Day Two. Johnson has tremendous pass-rush ability -- it's just a question of toughness for him. But you can be sure you will hear his name early Sunday morning.

As teams evaluated Florida State DE Everette Brown -- a player in my second tier -- they saw a productive college player who might not have the height and speed to be worthy of a first-round pick. Still, the Carolina Panthers ended up trading away next year's first-round pick to get Brown with the 11th pick in the second round.

As the second round drew near its end, I was surprised that Connecticut OT William Beatty was still available. He's a player that needs to be developed slowly, but he has a lot of upside. And he ended up in the perfect situation -- with a Giants team that is set with its starting offensive linemen. The Giants can bring him along slowly and then down the road they'll have their replacement for David Diehl at left tackle.

There were actually three players drafted today that weren't in my top 100 at all: Ohio DB Michael Mitchell (Raiders, round 2), Hawaii DE David Veicune (Browns, round 2), and Houston OT Sebastian Vollmer (Patriots, round 2). Mitchell went 47th overall to Oakland and that was easily the biggest surprise of the day to me. Mitchell is a guy who looked pretty good at Ohio's Pro Day. He worked out at Deion Sanders' facility -- maybe that is what got him noticed.

Here are the players I had rated from 51-100 who are still available:

Tier 6
Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
Louis Murphy, WR, Florida
Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Miss
Duke Robinson, OT, Oklahoma
Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State

Tier 7
Kevin Barnes, CB, Maryland
James Casey, TE, Rice
Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama
Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati

Tier Eight
Gerald Cadogan, OL, Penn State
Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma
Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, LSU
Alex Magee, DL, Purdue
Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
Kraig Urbik, OT, Wisconsin
Chip Vaughn, S, Wake Forest
Donald Washington, CB, Ohio State

Tier 9
Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
Andre Brown, RB, N.C. State
Coye Francies, CB, San Jose State
Marcus Freeman, LB, Ohio State
Michael Hamlin, S, Clemson
Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond
Brandon Williams, DE, Texas Tech
John Parker Wilson, QB, Alabama

Tier Ten
Darry Beckwith, LB, LSU
Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina
Antoine Caldwell, G, Alabama
Anthony Hill, TE, N.C. State
Keenan Lewis, DB, Oregon State
Chris Owens, CB, San Jose State
DeAngelo Smith, CB, Cincinnati
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I hoped the Steelers picked Gilbert in 64. They traded down, and i hope he will be there in 15. Even if Ziggy Hood is probably scheduled to play DE, i think we can spend one of our 3 third round on another DL, gambling on freaking athletic abilities with a guy who can play a 3-4 DE.
In fact I'd like if the Steelers continue to focus on both lines in 3rd round: what about another DE (yes Gilbert!) and 2 OL (Robinson? A Center?)?

I don't think we will pick a CB so early, since we just signed Ratliff. And for a WR... Maybe a trade with the Bills (Roscoe Parrish against 5th pick) is still in the air?
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I would love to land Shipley with one of the picks in the third.
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