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Old 02-14-2011, 07:30 PM   #11
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Default Re: Bigger Need for the Steelers: Cornerback or O-Line?

Signing Nnamdi Asomugha would shock the world!!! (in my dreams)
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:19 PM   #12
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Default Re: Bigger Need for the Steelers: Cornerback or O-Line?

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Just to make this more interesting here are players rated around pick 31 from CBS's draft prospect rating.
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings


30 4 Jimmy Smith CB
Colorado 6-2 205 1-2 same 4.49
31 1 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame 6-6 265 1-2 injury 4.64
32 1 Martez Wilson ILB Illinois 6-4 250 1-2 same 4.59
33 3 Torrey Smith WR Maryland 6-1 205 1-2 same 4.37
34 5 Aaron Williams CB Texas 6-1 195 1-2 same 4.49
35 1 Mike Pouncey OG Florida 6-4 310 1-2 same 5.29

Not being a draft guru I have no idea if these two CB are worth a number 1 pick however I do find it interesting that there are two CBs rated close to where we pick. Also note that Mike Pouncey is listed at 35.

At this point I would take a CB but I would not be surprised if we took a LB or a tall WR. (The last two options are a joke I hope.)
Jimmy Smith would be great at 31, he's a cornerback that looks like he would fit our system well and he is moving up draft boards fast.

Pouncey, enough has been said for.

Aaron Williams, Im not sure, if he were all thats left I might consider trading back. He's good, but then again he may also be there later in the second and he wouldn't be all that much better than the other cb's ranked below him. IMO the CBs drop off after Peterson, Prince, Harris, and Smith.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:10 PM   #13
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Default Re: Bigger Need for the Steelers: Cornerback or O-Line?

Unless a stud lineman falls to us, I say corner is top priority.


Starks/Kemo/Pouncey/Essex or Foster/Colon


That looks like the best line-up we've had since Faneca left.
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Old 02-14-2011, 11:11 PM   #14
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Jimmy Smith would be great at 31, he's a cornerback that looks like he would fit our system well and he is moving up draft boards fast.

Pouncey, enough has been said for.

Aaron Williams, Im not sure, if he were all thats left I might consider trading back. He's good, but then again he may also be there later in the second and he wouldn't be all that much better than the other cb's ranked below him. IMO the CBs drop off after Peterson, Prince, Harris, and Smith.


Can he tackle, though? You have to be able to tackle to play corner here.


I don't really follow college so I don't know the guy at all.
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Default Re: Bigger Need for the Steelers: Cornerback or O-Line?

Before this season, I would have said O-Line. The way our patchwork line played well and our pass D failed at the end I'd probably say corner now. Would it be conceivable to keep Flozell 1 more year at RT and move Colon inside at RG where he started his career, then have Pouncey C, Kemo, LG, and Starks LT. I think this starting 5 could be pretty good for 1 SB run next year. Have Legursky to back up G/C and Foster and Scott to back up G/T I think we have a decent 8 man O-line.

I'm also hopeful that part of B-Mac's problems this year were injury related, but getting a good corner high in the draft is neccessary at this point. With more teams throwing 65% of the time on us an extra solid corner is a must.
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Its hard to find a CB that will give you instant feedback. The Steelers didn't like any of the top rated CB's in last years draft, so they passed up on them. I don't blame them, because Pouncey was a massive upgrade over Justin Hartwig. So, if we have the chance to draft Mike Pouncey, then i would take it because we already know how skilled and knowledgeable his twin was coming out of Florida, which translated to a 2nd team All-Pro selection
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First four rounds in this order: CB( to start opposite Ike) O-line( To replace Kemo or Foster) NT or DE( Replace Hampton and Kiesel we absolutely need more youth on the d-line, ILB( Farriors replacement if Sylvester doesn't pan out.)
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i say if Phil Taylor is avaliable 31st and both Pouncey and Jimmy Smith are gone we take him. NT is a major need this year or next and he seems like he will fit right in.
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Its hard to find a CB that will give you instant feedback. The Steelers didn't like any of the top rated CB's in last years draft, so they passed up on them. I don't blame them, because Pouncey was a massive upgrade over Justin Hartwig. So, if we have the chance to draft Mike Pouncey, then i would take it because we already know how skilled and knowledgeable his twin was coming out of Florida, which translated to a 2nd team All-Pro selection
im all for drafting mike in rd. 1. this cb class is deep and we can still get a good one in the 2nd-3rd round.

getting mike would solidify our o-line for the next decade. if you have the chance to do such a thing, you DO IT.

i think we should draft 2-3 corners this year, or 2 corners and bring in some raw UDFA's to test out. we need some new bodies in the secondary.
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