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Old 04-22-2013, 02:04 PM   #1
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Steelers don't expect instant 'impact' rookie

April, 22, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com

Recent history says first-round picks don't start right away for the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's not likely to change even though the Steelers have needs at outside linebacker and tight end.

"Quite honestly, I don't envision anybody coming in and being an impact in Year 1," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said at Monday's pre-draft news conference. "I never do because I think there is always a growing process that has to occur."

The Steelers have been heavily linked to Georgia's Jarvis Jones, who many thought would supplant Jason Worilds at outside linebacker. Others predicted Pittsburgh would take Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert because of the uncertain status of Heath Miller (Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin said there is "no new news" on the status of Miller, who tore knee ligaments toward the end of last season.)

Still, when asked if he thought this was a big draft for a Steelers team looking to rebound from an 8-8 season, Colbert repeated his expectations of rookies.

"(The draft is) really no more critical than any other year because I don't see any player coming and being an immediate impact player," he said. "I think if we lined up today with what we have, we'll have a chance. Now, we want to continue to add to that and let these players develop at their own pace. If they exceed that and come in and start like a (Maurice) Pouncey did or a Casey Hampton, great. But we've had great players who had to sit and learn. Quite honestly, I would expect this group to be like that. If they exceed that, that's a bonus for us."

The two positions where I could see a rookie making an immediate impact for the Steelers is outside linebacker and tight end. I believe Jones, if healthy, can provide more of a pass rush than Worilds, and Eifert is an upgrade over Matt Spaeth.

Speaking of Jones, the Steelers were asked about the medical red flags with the draft's pass-rushers. Jones was once diagnosed with stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal column.

"Obviously, some things we look at hardcore is medical and character issues and we deal with those on a case by case basis," Tomlin said. "But really no more than we have any other position. We give it all its due diligence."

Colbert said he feels there are six to eight special players in this draft, but he doubts the Steelers will trade up in the first round.

"I think the more picks we have, the better in this draft particularly," he said. "There will be a good player at 17, there's no question about that."

Since the Steelers selected Heath Miller eight years ago, only one first-round pick (center Maurkice Pouncey) was an immediate starter for the Steelers. That group includes wide receiver Santonio Holmes, linebacker Lawrence Timmons, running back Rashard Mendenhall, defensive linemen Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward and guard David DeCastro. But DeCastro was projected to start as a rookie before suffering a knee injury in preseason.

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Steelers don't expect instant 'impact' rookie
Of course not, they expect him to rot on the bench the first 3 years. Then he will play in the 4th year only to be lost in free agency in the following year.
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so, we're not going RB or WR
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Then they should expect to go 7-9
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Of course not, they expect him to rot on the bench the first 3 years. Then he will play in the 4th year only to be lost in free agency in the following year.
That's the plan! Probably one of the reasons I want Eifert, because he will be forced into action. I saw today where McShay had him going #6 to Cleveland. IMO, he's gonna be a Jimmy Graham/ Gronk kind of player.
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The more I see us out of the playoffs or not winning a playoff game, the more I disagree with this "process and learn" stuff

Sometimes, you have to let your young bucks learn on the fly and make mistakes. I think the Steelers are in the positions of not being able to wait as long as they used to be able to - its not like they have restocked the shelves as in years past - they are in fact making up for some huge misses - that means more playing time sooner IMO.
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Well that's exactly what they should be looking for, this team needs some help. As far as going for Jones, I don't think we will, I think it will be a Safety, especially if Vaccarro is available.

Steelfury I agree, we have to start playing our young guys when the players in front of them have already began declining. There is no reason Heyward should still be on the bench, talk about a waste of a 1st round pick so far. I think he has a bright future, but when will he even get to begin his career? There are teams playing rookies and second year guys that are kicking ass, yet we don't have a single new name on defense.
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dont believe anything a FO says before a draft

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Default Re: Steelers don't expect instant 'impact' rookie

This could be taken about a hundred ways. Even if Vaccaro is drafted, he wouldn't be an "impact" rookie as he'd be sitting behind both Troy and Clark. Is that "rotting on the bench" too?

He never expects a rookie to be an impact player because, for the most part, our positions are filled with guys that are already capable. They're going into the season with Jason Worilds penciled in as the starter. Does that mean if Jones comes in and outplays him he's still going to be on the bench? No. Don't be ridiculous.

The overreactions and pure stupidity that this thread is going to bring makes me sad.
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0-16 here we come.

draft clowney next year let em sit on the bench for 3 years, play him in year 4.

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