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Old 05-15-2010, 05:21 AM   #1
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Default 1987 Draft - Are you up for some analysis

If I could jump back into a time machine and be part of a prior draft it would nearly have to be 1987.

I found an old extract from Sports Illustrated that engaged the inner draft geek in me.

I thought it would be fun, in this time of cannibalisation amongst steelerfever members, that some of us could take a stroll back down memory lane and enjoy one of the better Pittsburgh Steeler drafts after the glory days of the 1970’s

I became a fan of the steelers in 1992 and was fortunate enough to see some of these players in their prime. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see their transitions from the college ranks to the pros.

I would really enjoy to engage in some serious dialogue on the topic of “players of the 1987 draft”. I would love to see the opinions and memories that many of our long tenured fans can recall about this particular era in Steelers football.

I would love to see what your thoughts are on.

1. Paul Zimmerman’s pre-draft analysis – what he nailed and where he failed
2. The actual 1987 draft and how many of those picks panned out
3. The 1987 Steelers draft class

Let the fun begin.
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Part One - A pre draft analysis from Sports Illustrated.

I have also added the actual picks.


The speed at running back and wide receiver is breathtaking. And for only the second time in 12 years, a quarterback will be the first player taken ( Tampa Bay, in fact, already has Vinny Testaverde's signature on a contract). But for all that, the scouts still say the greatest quality in the 1987 NFL draft next Tuesday lies in defense. "I've projected 12 defensive players picked out of the first 17," says coach Sam Wyche of No. 17 Cincinnati, which will go for, well, defense. Because the No. 1 choice is settled, trade talk has centered on the Colts' No. 2 slot, where most everybody covets the shot at Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett, the star of this defensive show.

THE FIRST ROUND: HOW THEY'LL PICK 'EM ( Paul Zimmerman 1987)
1. TAMPA BAY, Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami
This makes Steve Young expendable. Watch for predraft trade.

2. HOUSTON (from Indianapolis), Cornelius Bennett, LB, Alabama
They're all jockeying for Bennett. San Diego could get the pick, but Oilers have more to offer.

3. BUFFALO, Shane Conlan, LB, Penn State
It's Conlan vs. Duke's Mike Junkin. But head coach Marv Levy likes Conlan .

4. GREEN BAY, Reggie Rogers, DE, Washington
Big dispute here. Some Packer brass are said to prefer Auburn RB Brent Fullwood .

5. SAN DIEGO, Brent Fullwood, RB, Auburn
Chargers, as usual, need defense, but this one's too good to pass up.

6. ST. LOUIS, Ron Woodson, CB-KR, Purdue
Unless San Diego decides to grab him first. Woodson wowed 'em at the combine workouts.

7. DETROIT, Jerome Brown, NG, Miami
A real powerhouse in the middle. Lions were 26th in run stoppage in '86.

8. INDIANAPOLIS (from Houston), Alonzo Highsmith, FB, Miami
Highsmith, a multitalented big back, is Bob Irsay's choice, and he pays the bills.

9. PHILADELPHIA, Shawn Knight, DT, Brigham Young
Eagles gave up 104 sacks in '86, but Buddy Ryan's still the coach, and he still likes defense.

10. PITTSBURGH, D.J. Dozier, RB, Penn State
Most-recent clocking was a dazzling 4.45 for the 40, and Steelers need the speed.

11. NEW ORLEANS, Harris Barton, G, North Carolina
Saints might switch gears here and opt instead for a wide receiver who can return kicks.

12. DALLAS, John Clay, T, Missouri
A 320-pounder who fits the cowboys' new "big-butt" approach and fills a big hole in Big D.

13. ATLANTA, Chris Miller, QB, Oregon
Never saw much of the spotlight, but some scouts like him better than Testaverde .

14. MIAMI, Danny Noonan, NG, Nebraska
Boosted his draft status with a 4.71 clocking at the combine workouts.

15. L.A. RAIDERS, Mike Junkin, LB, Duke
Al Davis and Co. figure to trade for a quarterback rather than draft one.

16. MINNESOTA, Roger Vick, FB, Texas A & M
Vikes need a big back. This one runs with power and catches the ball as well.

17. CINCINNATI, Jason Buck, DE, Brigham Young
Bengals will go for need and take the best pure pass-rusher available; Buck fills the bill.

18. SEATTLE, Tony Woods, LB, Pittsburgh
A Lawrence Taylor-type stand-up rusher. Seahawks need the sacks.

19. KANSAS CITY, Ricky Nattiel, WR, Florida
Instant-impact flier who also returns kicks. Chiefs are looking for two-way talent.

20. INDIANAPOLIS (from Houston), Haywood Jeffires, WR, N.C. State
Assuming the Colts get Houston's second No. 1. Oilers could also pick him here. Has 4.4 speed.

21. N.Y. JETS, John Bosa, DE, Boston College
Once-feared Sack Exchange now a dim memory. Could go for NG Jerry Ball, SMU.

22. SAN FRANCISCO, Paul Palmer, HB, Temple
Niners, with two No. 1's, could well parlay their picks and make a trade upward.

23. NEW ENGLAND, Bruce Armstrong, G, Louisville
They're still looking for another John Hannah. Pat runners averaged 2.9 per carry in '86.

24. CLEVELAND, Rod Bernstine, TE, Texas A & M
Ozzie Newsome is 31 and coming off an injury. Browns want added offensive punch.

25. SAN FRANCISCO (from Washington), Jeff Bregel, G, USC
Bill Walsh is concerned with his aging offensive line. Niners will go for big beef.

26. CHICAGO, Mark Ingram, WR, Michigan State
Some scouts rate him the best wideout in the draft. Bears also like SMU's Ron Morris .

27. DENVER, Kenny Flowers, RB, Clemson
The fastest running back (4.44) at the combine workouts, he turned some heads.

28. N.Y. GIANTS, Ron Morris, WR, SMU
Might instead fill their most pressing need and take CB Nate Odomes of Wisconsin .

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Old 05-15-2010, 05:27 AM   #3
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Pittsburgh Steelers draft

Round 1 pick 10 Rod Woodson CB Purdue
Round 2 pick 38 Delton Hall CB Clemson
Round 3 pick 66 Charles Locket WR Long Beach State
Round 4 pick 94 Thomas Everett DB Baylor
Round 5 pick 122 Hardy Nickerson LB California
Round 6 pick150 Greg Lloyd LB Fort Valley State

Round 7 Pick 178 Chris Kelley TE Akron
Round 8 Pick 205 Charles Buchanan DE Tennessee State
Round 9 pick 233 Joey Clinkscales WR Tennessee
Round 10 pick261 Merrill Hoge RB Idaho State
Round 11 Pick 289 Paul Oswald OC Kansas
Round 12 Pick 307 Theo Young TE Arkansas

There is so much scope for some serious dialouge here. I encourage any and all time give their thoughts on this draft class.

I was drawn to the game by Rod Woodson and I guess I remain eternally grateful that he fell all the way to #9 right into the Pittsburgh steelers lap.

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Woodson was the best pick in the draft.
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Woodson was and is stil the best of that draft. He was amazing always seemed to be at the right place at the right time. He also was a good return man. (also being a purdue alum i can say the best CB to play is from my school lol)

Nickerson had a very productive career wish we could have kept him.

Avoid llyod very intense LB loved him he fit the steelers attitude at LB

hoge really nice addition change of pace kind of guy very sad when he left to play for da bears
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Anyone notice that Rod Woodson is the only hall of famer drafted that 1st round
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Nice thread Aussie. I remember this draft and worrying about Rod Woodson getting signed with our Steelers and him using Track to get what he wanted out of the Steelers. I wanted to Woodson but thought there was no chance of us getting him, I then turned my attention to WR Haywood Jefferies from NC State . . he ended up going to the hated Oilers and had a pretty darn good career.
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