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Old 06-01-2009, 04:28 AM   #1
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Default Ziggy showing up, off at OTAs

Players, coaches, even veteran personnel men have been impressed with No. 1 pick Ziggy Hood's showing this spring with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Charlie Casserly’s last No. 1 draft pick as an NFL general manager was defensive end Mario Williams, a surprise choice over everyone else’s favorite No. 1, Reggie Bush.

Casserly was fired after the season, but his pick of Williams has proven to be the right one. Now a draft expert for NFL Network, Casserly attended Steelers practice on Thursday. Did he like anyone in particular?

“I like Ziggy Hood,” said the 28-year NFL personnel veteran. “I like his quickness, his movements, his body type – stuff you can see better here in person than on tape.”

Everyone seems to like the Steelers’ first-round draft pick, and with good reason. On this day, the 300-pound Hood showed off his athleticism by running from sideline to sideline in pursuit of plays. When the defensive end got there in time, Coach Mike Tomlin let everyone know it with a “That’s it Ziggy!”

“He’s looking good,” said Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton. “From what I’ve seen he does a special job using his hands. Most guys who come in from college are used to being quicker than everybody, and used to running through gaps or ripping through guys. I don’t know if it’s been (line coach John Mitchell) Mitch getting on him, or if he’s been coached like that, but he can use his hands and keep guys off of him.”

Hood was drafted to bolster a defensive line that’s first five players will average 32.8 years of age this season. It’s a veteran unit that’s still playing at a high level, and one that’s probably grown tired of hearing about its age. So Hood figured he’d get the cold shoulder from the group this spring.

“I expected them to say, ‘OK, rookie’s coming in to get my job and I can’t talk to him, can’t give him tricks of the trade,’” said Hood. “But right now, they’re showing me – not everything because there’s probably a lot more to learn – but right now they’re showing me everything I need to help my game at this point.”

The development of proper hand usage is already a good sign. Hood said the biggest challenge right now is his playbook.

“The more confidence I have in my plays, the better my performance will be,” he said, adding: “It’s a lot more physical up front as opposed to going against a spread offense. These offensive linemen move like running backs on the line of scrimmage, so I’m trying to develop more speed off the ball.”

Any offensive lineman in particular?

“Is the right tackle number 74?” Hood asked about Willie Colon. “He was an eye opener for me, something I had to go in the film room and watch. It was rough out there. The first practice was going fine until he came along, and that really opened me up because he came right at me like a raging bull. There was nothing I could do about it.”

He’ll learn. Hood was a 4-3 defensive tackle for Missouri in the wide-open Big 12 Conference, and will initially step into the same role with the Steelers on passing downs. The rookie said that he doesn’t want to be rushed, and Casserly said the Steelers’ organizational patience will benefit Hood greatly. However, Hampton doesn’t see Hood wearing a redshirt all season.

“He’s a first-round pick, so I don’t think he has too much of a choice,” Hampton said. “The starters are there but I think he should be able to help.”

So, Hampton’s optimistic, but with caution.

“You know, everybody looks good without the pads on,” he said. “If we put the pads on and he still looks good, I think he’s definitely going to help us.”

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Old 06-01-2009, 06:02 AM   #2
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“He’s looking good,” said Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton. “From what I’ve seen he does a special job using his hands. Most guys who come in from college are used to being quicker than everybody, and used to running through gaps or ripping through guys. I don’t know if it’s been (line coach John Mitchell) Mitch getting on him, or if he’s been coached like that, but he can use his hands and keep guys off of him.
That's what they saw in him to draft him. That's what set him apart from just being a 4-3 DT.

That's why I liked him in the 1st!! IMO, he used his hands better than any DT taken before him. He will suit up and be a presence on the interior on passing downs.
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That's what they saw in him to draft him. That's what set him apart from just being a 4-3 DT.

That's why I liked him in the 1st!! IMO, he used his hands better than any DT taken before him. He will suit up and be a presence on the interior on passing downs.
I totally agree! In colledge they moved him around alot to keep teams from focusing on him too much witch shows his versatility. With the vetrans helping "Ziggy" out given a little time and reps, "Ziggy" will be a great player for us imo!
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Any offensive lineman in particular?

“Is the right tackle number 74?” Hood asked about Willie Colon. “He was an eye opener for me, something I had to go in the film room and watch. It was rough out there. The first practice was going fine until he came along, and that really opened me up because he came right at me like a raging bull. There was nothing I could do about it.”
This was pretty interesting. Most of the fan base thinks Colon sucks and should be replaced because he goes offsides 8 times a season, but its pretty apparent to Hood and the rest of the Steelers that Colon is a nasty blocker. That's why he beat out Starks at RT for 2 seasons in a row.
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I totally agree! In colledge they moved him around alot to keep teams from focusing on him too much witch shows his versatility. With the vetrans helping "Ziggy" out given a little time and reps, "Ziggy" will be a great player for us imo!
Did you just spell it "colledge"?
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Maybe the combination of Urbik and Colon will work better than Simmons and Colon or Stapleton and Colon. It just seems that the right side needs shoring up. I don't like Colon, but it is probably because of how many 3rd and shorts he has cost us by jumping too soon. Get that under control with Colon and Kemo and we might have a decent line. I hope Urbik pans out and knocks Stapleton out of there.
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Its nice also knowing that Rookie LBs and DLs have a better chance of actually making plays and seeing more time than say Rookie WRs or Rookie RBs. He looks like a solid addition that could have impact the way Woodley did his Rookie year. no longer with a 3rd and long be a breather for the Oline of the other team, now we have Ziggy coming in fresh and hungry and aggressively attacking.
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Gettin Ziggy with it, Na Na Na Na Na Na Na, Getting Ziggy with it
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I don't like Colon, but it is probably because of how many 3rd and shorts he has cost us by jumping too soon. .
How many false start penalties do you think Colon had last year during the 17 week NFL season??

How many times do you think they were on 3rd and short???
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Willie Colon had 6 False start penalties in 2007. They were as follows:

Week 3 vs. PHI..........on 1st and 10
Week 3 vs. BAL.........on 3rd and 11
Week 5 vs. JAX .........on 1st and 10
Week 8 vs. NYG.........on 3rd and 8
Week 15vs. BAL........on 3rd and 6
Week 16 vs TEN.......on 1st and 10

So, LVsteelerfan. Willie Colon cost the Steelers 30 yards on false start penalties all season and none in 3rd and short. Damn Him!!!
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