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Old 04-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #71
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Default Re: 24th pick: Cordy Glenn, Hightower and Worthy

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I am hearing that we like poe better than hightower. And he seems to be falling. If he is there and no one else higher has fallen to us. I say he is the pick. Then we take the best OG. In the second and follow that up with either a ILB or a Running Back in round 3.
If that is the case, then I am hoping for 1. Poe, 2. Osemele, 3. James Michael Johnson ILB(Nevada) 4. Thomas Compton OT South Dakota
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #72
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Hopefully what your hearing is a smokescreen to keep people from trading up
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:06 PM   #73
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But "position flexibility" has been a stated goal of Tomlin's since Day One. That he can play both should not work against him, quite to the contrary. That would make no sense. And people say this as though RT is a walk in the park.

Hey, look, I've seen Kevin Zeitler mocked to us in the second round. If someone can guarantee that, then I'd be tickled pink with Hightower. However, as has been pointed out numerous times elsewhere, we have meat at ILB and LB generally. We got nothing at guard. At some point all of the philosophies, whether BPA, strategic drafting, even Advanced Capology all need to take a backseat to reality. Reality is we need guards (at least one bona fide guard) more than we need anything else.

At some point keeping Ben alive and helping out a newly suspect running back corps will become Job #1.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #74
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Default Re: 24th pick: Cordy Glenn, Hightower and Worthy

But this argument comes up every year. Last year (and the year before) it was "we have NOTHING at CB." I wouldn't be upset with an OL in round 1 but the Steelers shouldn't (and won't) take one just because "there's nothing at guard." Guard (or OL in general) will surely be addressed with a pick in the first 3 rounds, I can guarantee that. But it doesn't mean it has to be first.

Did anybody think we would draft a DE last year with Keisel, Hood, and Smith all still here? And Taylor, Gay (coming off a sucky year), and Lewis our only real CBs? The same argument would have applied there.
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Default Re: 24th pick: Cordy Glenn, Hightower and Worthy

Correct. We need guards but that doesn't necc mean we have to go offensive guard in round 1. There are a ton of valued offensive lineman in this years draft and with Legs, Foster, Essex & Colon coming back for atleast another season, we do have some moveable parts for this offensive line and solid lineman in the later parts of this draft or even next could be placed in right away.

For MLB, we have Foote, Sly and that's about it and that is VERY concerning since Timmons is ready to break out and this is his first season at being a leader in the middle of our defense with Farrior gone. Foote can hold the fort down for another season, but Sly hasn't showed he could even beat out Foote and MLB is a downright STAPLE in how our defense is supposed to work, so taking Hightower & plugging him in to be your impact player in the middle alongside Timmons for the next decade is a MUST grab right now if he's sitting at us at 1.24, hands down.
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Steelers’ pick could be obvious

By Scott Brown
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Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012


The Steelers have made 41 draft picks since 2007, general manager Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin’s first year together. Here is a breakdown of the picks. The best pick at a position with more than two selections is in parentheses.

QB: 1

RB: 4 (Rashard Mendenhall, 1st round, 2008)

TE: 2

WR: 5 (Antonio Brown, 6th, ’10)

OL: 8 (Maurkice Pouncey, 1st, ’10)

DL: 5 (Ziggy Hood, 1st round, ’09)

LB: 8 (LaMarr Woodley, 2nd, ’07)

DB: 7 (William Gay, 5th round, ’07)

Specialists: 1

Needs is one of the NFL Draft buzzwords, and it will be said countless times during the made-for-TV extravaganza that starts tonight. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert prefers the term “wants,” but however he frames it, nothing would help the Steelers more than if Colbert is able to turn back the clock.

Ten years ago Colbert presided over the kind of draft every team is tries to pull off, as it provided immediate dividends and ones that are still paying off.

First-round pick Kendall Simmons started as a rookie at right guard and later helped the Steelers win a Super Bowl.

Second-rounder Antwaan Randle El, a receiver, return man and the NFL’s equivalent of Inspector Gadget, threw the only touchdown pass in Super Bowl XL.

Third-round pick Chris Hope played free safety at a high level before leaving for big money after the Steelers won Super Bowl XL. Fourth-rounder Larry Foote started on two Super Bowl-winning teams and is slated to take over for James Farrior this season at left inside linebacker.

The Steelers made one of their greatest finds at the end of the draft when they took defensive end Brett Keisel in the seventh round with the 242nd pick. Keisel, entering his seventh season as a starter, has been a core player on teams that played in three Super Bowls and won two.

The Steelers could use the kind of drafting skill and serendipity that dovetailed 10 years ago over the next three days.

They have needs and wants on both lines. Farrior’s release and Foote’s age translate into short- and long-term questions at inside linebacker. And you can never have enough pass rushers (read: outside linebackers) for Dick LeBeau’s blitz-centric defense.

The same can be said for cornerbacks in a pass-happy NFL, and starting safeties Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark have played 19 seasons between them, making reinforcements a priority sooner than later.

If the Steelers can go a number of ways with their first-round pick, No. 24 overall, the same can be said for what will happen in front of them.

“I guess there’s less easy picks this year than in a lot of years,” Colbert said.

The one the Steelers should make, assuming he is available, looks obvious. Maybe too obvious.

But Alabama inside linebacker Dont’a Hightower appears to be the right player at the right time. The 6-foot-2, 265-pounder did a good Farrior imitation at Alabama, serving as a leader and playmaker on a star-studded defense.

Hightower, the Crimson Tide’s leading tackler in 2011, is stout against the run and versatile enough to play outside and rush the passer. A left knee injury cost Hightower his sophomore campaign, but it didn’t appear to be an issue in 2011, particularly in the second half of the season.

If his knee checked out medically and another team hasn’t taken him earlier, Hightower is the pick for the Steelers.

Read more: | TribLIVE | Pittsburgh http://triblive.com/sports/1109574-8...#ixzz1t75gUMvO
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I like HIghtower in the 1st
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:29 AM   #78
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Default Re: 24th pick: Cordy Glenn, Hightower and Worthy

If I was an NFL GM and wanted to pick a valuable player in round 1, I would find out who the Steelers like and steal him before the Steelers get him (e.g. Darrell Revis)
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If I was an NFL GM and wanted to pick a valuable player in round 1, I would find out who the Steelers like and steal him before the Steelers get him (e.g. Darrell Revis)
Im really worried about those FFFers in Balt are going to do just that with Hightower
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:05 AM   #80
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Default Re: 24th pick: Cordy Glenn, Hightower and Worthy

I've been watching these past two years as Art Rooney II has started being more vocal about what he wants and expects from his team, and noticing that by and large he's getting it. In that light, I think his very public statements about how the offense is run are very informative. He wants Ben to "tweak" his game and extend his career, he wants us to run the ball more and more effectively, and he's concerned that the Steelers don't get more play out of their rookies and 2nd-year players.

All of this is true, and to me it all suggests that we'll take a guard in the first; a guard who will help keep Ben upright, help improve the running game, and who is much more likely to start in Year One than a NT, ILB or Safety or almost any other position. And the guard who looks most NFL-ready is DeCastro. I don't see us trading up to #15 to get him, but maybe just before Cincy's second pick. I've seen two mocks plug him in at #21. He's an All-Pro starter for the next ten years. Why even think about it? Just do it.

There was indeed a lot of talk about us getting Aaron Williams last year, but the rest of the talk was OL, and we got Gilbert, so that was cool. And Heyward might very well be a beast one day, but that day won't come this year, and maybe not next year either, unless Ziggy moves to the Nose. So why the hell did we draft him? He'll be a stud in Year Four of his Steelers career, sign a mega-deal with the Patriots in that offseason and we'll all be scratching our heads. What was the ****ing point?

One more thing: the real problem with BPA is that you cannot plan a draft out that way. That's what burned us in 2008. Mendenhall was an absolute steal where we got him (and really, only Malcolm Jenkins, of the players taken later in the round, look worthy now of consideration) as was Sweed, but look where it got us. By round three, when we started addressing needs, all of the game-changers were long gone.
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