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Old 07-04-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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I recall after the 2007 draft many fans were debating whether or not Pgh should have drafted Anthony Spencer instead of Timmons in the first round. Those in favor of taking Spencer cite that he is bigger than Timmons while being just as fast.

Up through last season, it was beginning to appear that Timmons was the better pick; Timmons hadn't done all that much in the NFL but he was showing flashes that seemed to indicate he could "blow up" as a LB but Spencer had done next to nothing.

At closer inspection, however, Spencer was having a stellar pre-season last year and, according to The Sporting News (TSN) looked like the best LB on the Cowboy's roster, but suffered a broken bone in his knee. And as he was rebounding from that, had a hammie come up lame. TSN chose Spencer as their #1 most likely NFL player to have the biggest breakout season of everyone in the NFL. With Ellis off the roster, Spencer has the starting OLB spot.

Even though Spencer and Timmons won't be playing the same position (but both are LBs) it should be the definitive year to access which player was the better draft pick.

I still like Timmon's chances to prove a bigger play maker. His bursts are unreal. And if he is totally comfortable with the scheme this season, he is going to do big things. I love the thought of Harrison, Farrior (the QB of the group), Timmons and Woodley on the field, smokin' fools, droppin' punks.

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difference is Timmons has a very very veeery GOOOD defense on his side... he is surrounded by many great and talented veterans and the LB core is already ferocious and terrifying to other teams.... now u throw in the mix a very well talented LB with huuuge potential...

i like Timmons' chances
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Default Re: Spencer or Timmons - we find out in 2009

there were also alot of fans who wanted bobby carpenter and /or paul posluzny.

i think timmons turns out better than all but if not we still have the consolation prize of l. woodley.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:43 PM   #4
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paul posluzny is doing rly well for the bills defense right now... so idk bout him..


but booby carpenter is def a bust so far
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there were also alot of fans who wanted bobby carpenter and /or paul posluzny.

i think timmons turns out better than all but if not we still have the consolation prize of l. woodley.
I wanted Adam Carricker, Derrelle Revis or trade down and get somebody like Ben Grubbs, Justin Blaylock, Tony Ugoh or Lamaar Woodley at the bottom if the 1st.

We got good players, but still think we could have fortified the lines better by trading down. Spencer just looked like Napoleon Harris to me back then. Good player, but not the right fit for the Steelers at OLB.
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difference is Timmons has a very very veeery GOOOD defense on his side... he is surrounded by many great and talented veterans and the LB core is already ferocious and terrifying to other teams.... now u throw in the mix a very well talented LB with huuuge potential...

i like Timmons' chances
Pgh's D is crazy good. But Dallas has one that's very good too. #8 over all with a good pass rush. D Ware led the league with 20 sacks, so that is on the other side of where Spencer will be coming, which is a big advantage. Timmons will also benefit from offenses having to account for Silverback and Woodley on the end, while LT can come up through the middle. Wow. That is exciting
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I wanted Adam Carricker, Derrelle Revis or trade down and get somebody like Ben Grubbs, Justin Blaylock, Tony Ugoh or Lamaar Woodley at the bottom if the 1st.

We got good players, but still think we could have fortified the lines better by trading down. Spencer just looked like Napoleon Harris to me back then. Good player, but not the right fit for the Steelers at OLB.
thats where i was with it... i felt and still do to a degree, that they should've trade down to the mid 20's and got grubbs or blaylock. considering we were losing our best linemen in faneca. i also thought timmons would even had still been there .... i wonder if the browns made them an offer to get back in to get quinn......they could have probably gotten timmons AND blaylock...
i rember a lot of people wanting leon hall also.
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I say we made the right pick in Timmons. The more I watched him last year the more I like what I am seeing from this kid. This year should be a good year for him.
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At closer inspection, however, Spencer was having a stellar pre-season last year and, according to The Sporting News (TPN) looked like the best LB on the Cowboy's roster, but suffered a broken bone in his knee. And as he was rebounding from that, had a hammie come up lame. TSN chose Spencer as their #1 most likely NFL player to have the biggest breakout season of everyone in the NFL. With Ellis off the roster, Spencer has the starting OLB spot.
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Spencer sounds like he is prone to injuries so I would say Timmons was the better pick
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Pgh's D is crazy good. But Dallas has one that's very good too. #8 over all with a good pass rush. D Ware led the league with 20 sacks, so that is on the other side of where Spencer will be coming, which is a big advantage. Timmons will also benefit from offenses having to account for Silverback and Woodley on the end, while LT can come up through the middle. Wow. That is exciting


There is a huge difference between #8 and #1 in D's last year. There were the top three and then all the rest.
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