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Old 02-17-2010, 05:09 AM   #1
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Default Steelers post-season digest: Two backs who could end up in black and gold

Like they do each season, the Steelers are going to try to re-sign most of the free-agents they have. One big question remains though, as to whether or not running back Willie Parker will be one of those.
If not here is a possible replacement via the draft, former Stanford back Toby Gerhart and he could be a viable option as sources say the team is very high on him.


Although Gerhart met with Steeler officials during the Senior Bowl, it is not believed he will last longer than the third round. The question now, would the Steelers be willing to use a pick that high on a running back.


So who is Gerhart? At 6-1, 235 pounds he is big and has a knack for finding the end zone from the red zone. Last year he compiled 1,736 yards on the ground and scored 26 touchdowns. Both led the country. He was also a reason Stanford finished second in the Pac-10 and got its first bowl bid in eight years.


Gerhart also won the Doak Walker Award, honoring the nation's best running back and was second in the Heisman race. In 2008, Gerhart rushed for 1,136 yards, breaking Tommy Vardell's school record of 1,084 yards. For his career, he had 44 touchdowns and 3, 522 yards rushing.


The Steelers also met with another running back during the Senior Bowl, his name LaGarrette Blount. If he name sounds familiar there is a reason. During the 2009 season he punched out Boise State’s Byron Hout and it made national headlines following the Sept. 3 game.


He was suspended, but reinstated for the final three games and played in the Rose Bowl. That incident also brought character issues into play since he was also suspended from the team in February after setting a school record with 17 touchdowns his junior year. The reason for that suspension was the fact he missed workouts.


Despite missing most of the 2009 season, he is still considered one of the best backs in the draft and drawing comparisons to Michael Bush. A 6=2, 240 pounds he is a bruiser. Considering the Steelers try to avoid players with character issues this will be a player to watch in the near future.

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Old 02-17-2010, 05:14 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers post-season digest: Two backs who could end up in black and gold

Suprised to hear that the steelers met with LaGarrette Blount.

Usually they stay well away from guys with prior issues ( although there have been some exceptions)
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Suprised to hear that the steelers met with LaGarrette Blount.

Usually they stay well away from guys with prior issues ( although there have been some exceptions)
I bet Blount will do fine in the interviews. He had to show a good amount of remorse and sincerity in admitting his wrong doings to get reinstated at Oregon. No reason he won't show the same at the Combine and his Pro Day.
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Do we want to draft a running back that wears a knee brace?
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I bet Blount will do fine in the interviews. He had to show a good amount of remorse and sincerity in admitting his wrong doings to get reinstated at Oregon. No reason he won't show the same at the Combine and his Pro Day.
I agree. All Blount did IMO was punch a guy that started talking trash to him after a big loss. I actually like the fire in the guy. Chris Kemoeatu only kicked a couple guys and ended up in anger management courses ......and he's fine as a Steeler. I'd rather have Blount than Gerhardt.

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Do we want to draft a running back that wears a knee brace?
Its not like its gonna hamper his breakaway speed. I seemed to remember Mike Alstott wearing a knee brace and it didnt hamper him.
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Cmon CJ Spillar at 18!
That would be the most retarded pick possible, Mendenhall just had a real good season imo he could of gone for at least 1300 yards if he started, possibly more.

I wouldn't mind Blount i think he would be a good pick.

He isn't that naughty.

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Meh he would learn not to do this. Holmes was smoking green and got caught and then had one of the best possible post season games u could possibly have.
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That would be the most retarded pick possible, .
That would make a good thread in itself

My vote is for Timmy Tebow
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The Steelers also met with another running back during the Senior Bowl, his name LaGarrette Blount. If he name sounds familiar there is a reason. During the 2009 season he punched out Boise State’s Byron Hout and it made national headlines following the Sept. 3 game.


He was suspended, but reinstated for the final three games and played in the Rose Bowl. That incident also brought character issues into play since he was also suspended from the team in February after setting a school record with 17 touchdowns his junior year. The reason for that suspension was the fact he missed workouts.


Despite missing most of the 2009 season, he is still considered one of the best backs in the draft and drawing comparisons to Michael Bush. A 6=2, 240 pounds he is a bruiser. Considering the Steelers try to avoid players with character issues this will be a player to watch in the near future.
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The Dolphins have a whole string of RB busts who had off the field problems. Several are still serving time. We even picked off the castoff U of M star who dropped a duece in somebody's apartment while he was robbing them.

Rule of thumb is to stay away from problem RBs. Wide receivers like T.O. are great individual performers, but never lifted up a team to win a championship. I don't even need to get started with the problem QBs with Ryan Leaf being the biggest draft bust in history.
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neither of those two have "suddeness" or "glide" ...pass...
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