Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Giants Giants
August 9th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-14-2009, 11:57 PM   #1
mesaSteeler
A Son of Martha
Supporter
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Mesa, Arizona
Posts: 7,976
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10438
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success
May 15, 12:26 AM

Matt Pawlikowski
Pittsburgh Sports Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pitts...y-into-success


PITTSBURGH - During the 2009 NFL Draft, the Steelers made a trade. It didn't involve a player, but instead was with the Denver Broncos for its two third round picks.

It gave the team three picks in the third round, and they selected a receiver in Mike Wallace, a lineman in Keith Urbik and a cornerback in Keenen Lewis.

While it may have sounded strange at the time; giving up a second and fourth round pick- over the years there have been some very good players to have come out of that round.

Pittsburgh native Jason Taylor of the Dolphins, Philadelphia’s Michael Westbrook, the Cowboys Jason Witten and San Francisco's Frank Gore are just a few recent examples of third round picks who have flourished in the league.

Starting with HOF Mel Blount, who was taken with the third pick in the 1970 draft, the Steelers also have has some decent success in that round with the late 1990's perhaps being the most fruitful. The final three picks of the millennium all are potential future Hall-of-Famers.

In 1997, they took Mike Vrabel out of Ohio State with the 91st pick. He played well for the Black and Gold, but his 51 games where mostly on special teams and as a situational pass rusher. He really flourished when he left via free-agency for the Patriots.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 261-pound linebacker served as a team captain for four seasons from 2005-08, and in 2007 earned Pro Bowl honors and a spot on the Associated Press All-Pro First Team.

Vrabel who is now with the Chiefs, played in 125 regular-season games for the Patriots with 110 starts, recording 638 tackles (422 solo), 11 interceptions for 73 yards and a touchdown, 34 passes defensed, 13 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 24 special teams tackles. He recorded 48.0 sacks in a Patriots uniform.

Vrabel also caught 10 passes, all for touchdowns, including eight in the regular season, one in Super Bowl XXXVIII and one in Super Bowl XXXIX.

"When Mike arrived in 2001, we knew we were adding a solid outside linebacker,” said Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. “But where Mike took it from there exceeded our highest hopes. Mike Vrabel epitomizes everything a coach could seek in a professional football player: toughness, intelligence, playmaking, leadership, versatility and consistency at the highest level.

The Steelers followed up the Vrabel pick with Hines Ward in 1998. Ward epitomizes Pittsburgh football with his blue collar work ethic and is the franchise leader in career receptions (800), receiving yards (9,780), touchdown receptions (72), 1,000-yard seasons (five) and consecutive games with a reception (162).

"You have love Hines," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "He embodies what's important to us in terms of how he approaches the game. He's a football player first and a wide receiver second. He's got a passion for the game, a desire to win and compete. He's Hines."

1999 also proved to be a great pick as the team took the oft outspoken but beloved Joey Porter

Porter, who has 83 career sacks, thrived as a Steeler having been selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and was the team's defensive co-captain in 2006 and 2007. After being released by the Steelers he signed with the Dolphins, and in 2008 led the league with 17.5 sacks.

Kevin Colbert took over as director of football operations in 2000, and while the team has selected guys such as safety Chris Hope, who in 2008 was an All-Pro with the Titans and tackle Max Starks since 2005, not one has become a starter.

Tackle Trai Essex was taken with the third pick in 2005. He’s been a reliable backup but never cracked the starting lineup.

In 2006, the Steelers had two third round picks. - Safety Anthony Smith and wide receiver/kick return specialist Willie Reid.

Reid who was drafted for his kick return skills proved to be a bust, and was cut last year at training camp. Smith still has promise with the Green Bay Packers, but his mouth performed better than his skills with the Steelers, and he was cut after the 2008 season.

In 2007, the Steelers took tight end Matt Spaeth. Spaeth was the top tight end in the country as a senior, but has pretty much been relegated to backup duties behind Heath Miller.

And last year the team took linebacker Bruce Davis. He played in five games as a rookie, but didn't see action after November.

This year the Steelers got three important needs in the third round. They got a speedster, a very good cornerback and an offensive lineman who can play multiple positions.

The question now, will one become the next Ward and flourish, or be the next Lifort Hobley who was taken in 1985.
mesaSteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 05:43 AM   #2
Steelers & I
Banned
Supporter
 

Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 772
Member Number: 10560
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

I won't fault the Steelers for the Liffort Hobley pick in the 3rd round of the 1985 draft. How could you, the Steelers foulded up that entire draft. That may be the worst collection of college football players ever. It was amazing to see players like Herschel Walker and Kevin Greene being drafted in the 5th round. I realize that the USFL played a big part in the draft but still yet, simply amazing. If anyone cares to take a look, here's the link.

http://espndb.go.com/nfl/draft/year/...1985-nfl-draft
Steelers & I is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
El-Gonzo Jackson
Living Legend
 
El-Gonzo Jackson's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 8,852
Member Number: 8264
Thanks: 229
Thanked 1,624 Times in 813 Posts
Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

I hate reporters who cant get simple facts correct.

Who is this Keith Urbik the author speaks of??
__________________
El-Gonzo Jackson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 07:41 AM   #4
GBMelBlount
Living Legend
Supporter
 
GBMelBlount's Avatar
 

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Western PA
Posts: 6,203
Gender: Male
Member Number: 5140
Thanks: 1,138
Thanked 2,063 Times in 945 Posts
Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

Isn't he a country singer?
__________________
If I could be like that,
what would I do,
What would I do..."

~ 3 Doors Down

GBMelBlount is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 09:21 AM   #5
BlastFurnace
Living Legend
 
BlastFurnace's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Posts: 3,778
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6321
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steelers & I View Post
I won't fault the Steelers for the Liffort Hobley pick in the 3rd round of the 1985 draft. How could you, the Steelers foulded up that entire draft. That may be the worst collection of college football players ever. It was amazing to see players like Herschel Walker and Kevin Greene being drafted in the 5th round. I realize that the USFL played a big part in the draft but still yet, simply amazing. If anyone cares to take a look, here's the link.

http://espndb.go.com/nfl/draft/year/...1985-nfl-draft
Love the retro 80's NFL stuff. Thanks for posting.
BlastFurnace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-2009, 12:01 PM   #6
steelreserve
Goatse + Tubgirl = $$$
 
steelreserve's Avatar
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: www.meatspin.com
Posts: 4,599
Member Number: 1976
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pittsburgh Steelers report: Steelers hoping third round picks parlay into success

Quote:
Originally Posted by mesaSteeler View Post
Kevin Colbert took over as director of football operations in 2000, and while the team has selected guys such as safety Chris Hope, who in 2008 was an All-Pro with the Titans and tackle Max Starks since 2005, not one has become a starter.
Eh? I'm pretty sure both those guys were starters. I mean, sure, Hope's on a different team now, but he started when he was with us. And Starks isn't very good, but he's still a starter too.

Anyway, that was odd, but I liked the rest of the article.
__________________
"An empty victory is a victory nonetheless."
steelreserve is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts