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Old 04-28-2010, 06:59 AM   #1
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Kiper weighs in on Steelers' draft
April 27th, 2010

I haven’t had a chance to see many draft “grades,” which annoy me more than rush-hour traffic, but that is another blog for another day. I did get a chance to ask ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. on Monday his thoughts on the Steelers’ draft and he had some interesting things to say.

The one thing jumped out is Kiper’s belief that the Steelers got quality as well as quantity out of the draft. He said all 10 of the Steelers’ draft picks have a good chance of making the team's 53-man roster.

“I’d say at the end of the day, all these kids play in the league for somebody, if not for the Steelers, it’s going to be for somebody,” Kiper said.

Here are some other observations he made about the Steelers’ draft.

— He applauded their choice of center/guard Maurkice Pouncey with their first-round pick, No. 18 overall.

“There was talk that he could go a little earlier,” Kiper said. “Very intelligent kid. Great character. At the end of the day he’s going to give them that physically inside presence.”

— Kiper said second- and fourth-round picks Jason Worildes and Thaddeus Gibson are “classic” 3-4 outside linebackers. Both will make the transition from defensive end to linebacker with the Steelers, something 2008 third-round pick Bruce Davis couldn’t do.

— Kiper indicated that the success of the Steelers’ draft could hinge on third-round pick Emmanuel Sanders

“There’s going to be a lot of expected from Emmanuel Sanders,” Kiper said. “He caught the ball in that June Jone’s offense on the SMU teams that really turned it around this past year. He was the key element in that offense.”

-- Kiper said cornerback Crezdon Butler, a fifth-round pick, could eventually become a starter with the Steelers

“Butler could be your third, fourth, fifth defensive back in that rotation as a reserve (this season) and can help you down the road maybe more than that,” Kiper said.

— Don’t dismiss defensive end Doug Worthington as an afterthought, Kiper said, even though the Steelers took the Ohio State product late in the seventh round.

“I think he’ll make the team,” Kiper said. “Hustler, had a very productive year with the Buckeyes.”
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:23 AM   #2
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Default Re: Kiper weighs in on Steelers' draft

Nothing about J. Dwyer - 6th round pick!!!
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:30 AM   #3
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Nothing about J. Dwyer - 6th round pick!!!
or my boy stevenson sylvester????
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Nothing about J. Dwyer - 6th round pick!!!
Yeah, I think Dywer may turn out to be one of the biggest steals of this year's draft.
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Default Re: Kiper weighs in on Steelers' draft

What is with everyone and their mother using "At the end of the day."
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Old 04-28-2010, 11:58 AM   #6
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Default Re: Kiper weighs in on Steelers' draft

I think we did a pretty good job with the draft.

If i could question anything, it would be Worilds in 2. I think your first 2 picks should always be guys who could come in and compete for jobs right away. Just hoping he's not another Alonzo Jackson type.
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Default Re: Kiper weighs in on Steelers' draft

estupet mel kiper.

didnt mention all our picks...
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Old 04-28-2010, 12:58 PM   #8
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estupet mel kiper.

didnt mention all our picks...
He is a Ratbirds fan. So he is not gonna give lots of good credit to the Steelers
draft picks.
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No way all 10 picks make the 53 man cut, no way.
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I have said in other posts that I like the Butler kid. He has speed and size Steelers like.
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