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Old 03-09-2012, 11:36 PM   #11
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Default Re: Kiper has Steelers picking ‘Bama LB

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on their weekly radio mock tim ryan and pat kirwan had the steelers passing on both hightower and barron and selecting ta’amu as a day 1 "plug in an play" player who allows them to immediately replace hampton.

called the pick historically staying true to their boards as the BPA.
Good to hear. I thought Ta'amu did fine at the combine, but he was one of the slowest DT's, so didnt know if he was rising or sliding on draft boards.

I thought he has a 2nd round grade, but dont see him getting past the Colts in the 2nd who will need a NT. Still, the Broncos right after us might want a NT too. Ta'amu, Osemele, James Michael Johnson, Brandon Brooks as the first 4 picks would be fine.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:17 AM   #12
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Default Re: Kiper has Steelers picking ‘Bama LB

Ta'amu would be a horrible reach at 24. That would be a "OMG we need a NT" panic move at this point. He'll hardly be the BPA and his stock has been on a steady decline since the closing weeks of last season. He really shouldn't even be an option when we pick.

In the event Poe, Glenn, AND Hightower are all gone, I'd like to think we'd go with Barron; and if he were gone we'd probably go best Olineman left (Osemele?). But I really can't picture a scenario where so many prospects on our board are gone that we'd go Ta'amu.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:42 AM   #13
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Default Re: Kiper has Steelers picking ‘Bama LB

Seriously... absolutely everyone the Steelers might want to target has "shot up the boards" and some other team will be drafting them? We've gone from no one drafting guards in the first round to now having to settle for Osemele? Doesn't that have to mean that someone who was previously out of our reach will be dropping to us? I mean, how can the math only work against us? It doesn't work that way, folks.
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:49 AM   #14
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Am I the only one not sold on Hightower? He's good but I see him as a mid 2nd round pick. I believe very strongly that he was a product of the system player and needs to work on mechanics way too much to.be a first round player.
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:28 AM   #15
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Default Re: Kiper has Steelers picking ‘Bama LB

i said last week i thought we might grab Ta'amu in the 1st since Poe will likely be gone in the top 10. i wouldnt call it a stretch at all if we chose him. i know everyone wants certain players but we are all wrong alot more then the steelers.
i remember a few years ago everyone was here saying we had to pick CB Kyle Wilson in the 1st round. if we passed on him it would be a huge mistake. well we did pass and thank god we did. then more recently people were saying we had to pick CB Brandon Harris in the 1st if he dropped to us. well we passed on him as well and he dropped to the 2nd round and dosnt look like he will ever crack the starting lineup.
my point is that most of us belive these mock drafts we read online. since most have Ta'amu going in the 2nd we belive if we grabbed him in the 1st it would be a reach but the Steelers dont miss in the 1st round so whoever they grab i will support and be happy to have on the team.
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Am I the only one not sold on Hightower? He's good but I see him as a mid 2nd round pick. I believe very strongly that he was a product of the system player and needs to work on mechanics way too much to.be a first round player.
ILB class is not as deep as in years past. Its why Hightower could go higher, but some have him graded as a top of the 2nd round pick. IMO he he is a faster version of Brandon Spikes with pass rush ability, so bottom of 1st to top of 2nd is reasonable.

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i said last week i thought we might grab Ta'amu in the 1st since Poe will likely be gone in the top 10. i wouldnt call it a stretch at all if we chose him. i know everyone wants certain players but we are all wrong alot more then the steelers.
1 year ago, many would have had Ta'amu as a top 20 pick. Now some are saying he had a down year in production and is suddenly a reach. If youwatched him Senior Bowl Week and in the Senior Bowl game, you will see he is worth #24.

Ta'amu might be ready to play this season, Dontari Poe might not be ready for a couple years. I think one is a better player than the other, while the other is a better workout warrior than the other.
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ILB class is not as deep as in years past. Its why Hightower could go higher, but some have him graded as a top of the 2nd round pick. IMO he he is a faster version of Brandon Spikes with pass rush ability, so bottom of 1st to top of 2nd is reasonable.



1 year ago, many would have had Ta'amu as a top 20 pick. Now some are saying he had a down year in production and is suddenly a reach. If youwatched him Senior Bowl Week and in the Senior Bowl game, you will see he is worth #24.

Ta'amu might be ready to play this season, Dontari Poe might not be ready for a couple years. I think one is a better player than the other, while the other is a better workout warrior than the other.
I'm happy if the Steelers can take Hightower and I wouldn't mind if they pick Ta'amu. But I want them to trade down if they do target Ta'amu as their first pick.
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I'm happy if the Steelers can take Hightower and I wouldn't mind if they pick Ta'amu. But I want them to trade down if they do target Ta'amu as their first pick.
But........the Broncos pick right after us and who is their NT in the 3-4 you might ask?? Nobody right now, as Broderick Bunkley is a free agent.

Steelers trade down from #24 and the Broncos select ....Almeda Ta'amu. The Colts also need a NT and could take one with pick #33.

Its why I have no problem with Ta'amu because he will be in demand from the Chiefs, Broncos, Colts, Steelers and I think he is a legit 2-gap defender.
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Colbert already went crazy and drafted a Bunch of LB's...... time for the OL to get some Help
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Colbert already went crazy and drafted a Bunch of LB's...... time for the OL to get some Help
Like who?? Mike Humpal 6th round in 2008, Stevenston Sylvester 5th round in 2010?? Yeah, Colbert has been drafting a TON of ILB's.
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