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darnik44
03-09-2008, 03:16 PM
Here are some of my scouting reports on some players who deserve some mention as possible Steelers pick. Note, Chevis Jackson would be a 3rd round possibility, and Keith Rivers a real long shot.


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POSITION: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
SCHOOL: Clemson
CLASS: Junior
HT: 6-4
WT: 276
40: 4.75
Overview:

Phillip Merling is an extremely intriguing prospect. Merling is the type of defensive prospect scouts say, "defies schemes." What this means is he could play several positions in several defensive systems. Merling is a "tweener" in the true sense of the word. This is something that will certainly help his draft stock. Merling is a rare 3-4 prospect in that he could possibly play DE or OLB. Merlings run stuffing abilities might make him more suited to play DE, but his athletic ability and what he showed at the combine make him look like a OLB. Merling is also a good fit as a traditional DE in a 4-3 scheme, and I could even see a case where a 4-3 team might also like him as an OLB.

Strengths:

Merling has a great combination of size, speed and strength. Good straight line speed for a guy his size. Quick nimble feet. Stout at the point of attack. Effective against the run, solid as a pass rusher. Great motor and team leader. High football IQ, excellent in space. Pursues backside action with text book technique.

Weaknesses:

Not a natural pass rusher, relied primarily on athletic ability in college. Will need to refine his technique as a pass rusher at the next level. Can be over-aggressive. Doesn't use his hands well.

Analysis:

Because of his abilty to fit in so many systems, I expect Merling to be a fairly high draft pick. Ultimately he might be best as a weak side OLB in a 3-4 because of his ability to play in space. Merling could find a home on a 3-4 teams roster as a situational player early in his career while his best fit is figured out. Because of the questions on where he fits in he might not get drafted in the first half of the 1st round. I expect Merling to be in play starting with the Arizona Cardinals at #16.

NFL Comparison:

Shawne Merriman, OLB, San Diego Chargers


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POSITION: Defensive Tackle/Defensive End
SCHOOL: North Carolina
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-4
WT: 308
40: 5.28
Overview:

Kentwan Balmer is a guy who came out of no where and bust onto the scene in a big way. Butch Davis and the new coaching staff were able to dial into Balmer and bring his abilities out and utilize his physical tool. Balmer solidified his first round draft stock with an impressive week at the Senior Bowl. Balmer is a versatile prospect because he fits in as a 4-3 DT, along with being arguably this class's best 3-4 DE prospect.

Strengths:

Balmer is big, strong, and holds up well at the point of attack. He has long arms and a thick solid base. Able to take on double teams. Drives his legs and forces offensive linemen into the backfield. Balmer has good feet moving forward, and adequate overall athletic ability. Versatile, could play inside as a 3rd down pass rusher in a 3-4, could play 3-4 DE, and in time could work in as a NT. Obvious fit for any 4-3 scheme.

Weaknesses:

One year wonder. Raw, and needs to develope better technique. Lacks good straight line speed, could hurt his stock a little as a 3-4 DE prospect. Inconsistant at times, and tends to play high late in games. Does not pursue action away very well, almost quits playing. Latteral movement could use improvement.

Analysis:

I fully expect to hear Balmer's name called in the first round. I ranked him 3rd among this years very talented and deep defensive tackle class. Balmer could go as high as Buffalo at #11. Will be a bit of a project if drafted by a 3-4 team, but ultimately has the most upside at that position as anyone in this class.

NFL Comparison:

Marcus Spears, DE, Dallas Cowboys


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POSITION: Offensive Tackle
SCHOOL: Vanderbilt
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-6
WT: 320
40: 5.25
Overview:

Chris Williams is a first round prospect who has the make-up to be a franchise left tackle. Williams has outstanding size and athletic ability. He flew under the radar a bit until a very solid showing at the Senior Bowl. Had nine career starts at guard as a sophomore, starter at LT junior and senior years.

Strengths:

Williams athletic ability and nimble feet are among his best attributes. Defined as a finesse player because of his solid technique, has showed a "mean streak." Excellent pass blocker with the ability to dominate in the run game. Versatile enough to play either guard or tackle position. Very durable with no real history of injuries.

Weaknesses:

Needs to sustain blocks longer at times. Struggles in space at times and occasionally has mental lapses. Plays too high at times. Williams needs add a little strength. Could do better at the the point of attack. More athletic than fast, he wouldn’t fit some system that would require him to pull.

Analysis:

I feel Chris Williams is the 2nd best OT prospect in this years class. He has a good combination of technique and aggressiveness. His versatility is something that should increase his draft stock. I see him as a top 15 prospect sure to be off the board by pick #25.

NFL Comparison:

D'Brickashaw Ferguson


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POSITION: Wide Receiver
SCHOOL: Michigan State
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-2
WT: 216
40: 4.40
Overview:

Devin Thomas burst onto the scene with a breakout junior season. Thomas went from a virtual unknown, to one of the most productive and exciting players in college football. Thomas has a lot of tools that have scouts falling in love with his potential. His combination of size, speed, and athletic ability are tops in this wide receiver class.

Strengths:

Thomas has an NFL body at 6-2, 216. He has long arms and very good leaping ability and good upper body strength. Thomas catches the ball with his hands, and does a good job of holding on after contact. He has a knack for making tough catches, and consistant enough to make all the routine catches. His speed (4.40 40) and athletic ability makes him dangerous after the catch. Averaged over 15 yards per reception. Willing and able to block when necessary. May have only scratched the surface of his overall potential. Added value in the return game.

Weaknesses:

One year wonder, so there's not an abundance of film available on him. Under-achieved early on in his career at Michigan St., and will have to answer questions about why this is the case. Tough to evaluate as a route runner because of the manner he was used at Michigan St. Hasn't displayed the ability to be a legitimate deep threat. Raw in some areas and will take some coaching up before he's a legitimate #1 receiver.

Analysis:

While he could be viewed as a bit of a project, I don't expect teams to ignor what he brings to the table. He has a rare combination of size, speed, ahtletic ability, and strength. When scouts look at that along with his return abilities and upside, I have to believe he ranks right up there with any receiver in this class. His ability to make tough catches and hold on after contact will make him a great fit as a slot receiver early in his career. He's a perfect prospect for a team looking for an immediate #3 receiver to develope into a #1, or #2. In the meantime he can earn his money on 3rd downs and in the return game.

NFL Comparison:

Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans

2007 - 79 catches for 1,260 yards (15.9) 8 TD's
Career - 85 catches for 1,350 yards (15.9) 9 TD's


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POSITION: Cornerback
SCHOOL: Arizona
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-0
WT: 191
40: 4.48
Overview:

In a class full of talent at the cornerback position, Antoine is my #1 ranked corner. Cason is a guy who knows how to play the position. His overall technique, athletic ability, and ball skills make his a shut-down and game-breaking corner. Cason was the 2007 Jim Thorpe award winner (top defensive back).

Strengths:

Cason's strength lies in his knowledge for the position. His technique is silky smooth and text book. He's athletic and quick with the ability to change directions with ease. His ball skills and ability to catch the ball after it's located make Cason a guy with the potential to rack up interceptions. Talk that he lacked long speed was put to rest when he ran a 4.48 40 yard dash at the combine. Cason is also solid in run support. Good bloodlines, his brother is Detroit Lions running back Aveion Cason, and his father Wendell played for the Atlanta Falcons. Added value in the return game.

Weaknesses:

Cason is a finesse player and needs to be more physical and could stand to get a little stronger. Cason struggles at times in press coverage. Not an overpowering hitter. Needs to be more discipline and patient. Will bite on double moves from time to time. Adequate, not blazing speed.

Analysis:

I think Cason is a guy who can quickly get mentioned among the league top cornerbacks. He has the ability and more importantly the know-how to be a shut down corner in the NFL. His ball-hawking ability will make him attractive to teams, and should land him in the top 20. There are some systems that he probably wouldn't fit well in immediately. Should be able to cover the slot from day one, and would be good enough early to start for several teams.

NFL Comparison:

Darelle Revis, CB, New York Jets


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POSITION: Running Back
SCHOOL: Oregon
CLASS: Junior
HT: 5-10
WT: 235
40: 4.48
Overview:

Jonathan Stewart is a guy I see star written all over. He excelled in college in a system I don't feel suited his running style all that well. I believe once he's in an NFL system, his best football is ahead of him. His combination of size, speed, and power really make him a special prospect in my eyes. It's not every day you find a 235 pound back with sub 4.5 speed.

Strengths:

Stewart has great size and speed. He displays good vision, and is a very patient runner who allows his blocks to set up. Shows good burst and has good leg drive upon contact. Has shown to be a reliable receiver out of the backfield and has shown to be willing to block. Can be a three down back in the NFL. Had success as a return man in college. Because of one of his concerns (injuries), he only logged 516 career carries, so he's a low milage back. Very strong.

Weaknesses:

Stewart has had his fair share of injuries, so durability is a concern. Added to the injury concern is the fact several have been ankle injuries. Isn't a guy who's going to make people miss. Takes on more hits than necessary. Is willing to block, but needs to get better at the point of attck, get pushed back at times.

Analysis:

Stewart's tremendous upside and star potential causes me to rank him in my top 10. Because of the draft order and lack of need at the RB position, I don't see him being a top 10 pick. I don't see any scenario where he lasts longer than 18 picks. Stewart could very likely be a 10 year starter in the league and be a 1,400-1,600 yard per year back. Has the physical make-up to be among the leagues elite backs.

NFL Comparison:

Marion Barber, HB, Dallas Cowboys

2007 Season - 280 carries for 1,722 yards (6.2), 11 TD's
Career - 516 carries for 2,891 yards (5.6), 27 TD's


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POSITION: Cornerback
SCHOOL: Louisiana State
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-0
WT: 192
40: 4.62
Overview:

Chevis Jackson is one of my favorite prospects in this years draft class. Jackson likely won't be a high draft pick, or even a guy who will be a pro bowl caliber player. What Jackson will be is a guy who has a long productive NFL career. Jackson's not a guy who will blow anyone away with his measurables, but should impress scouts with his football IQ and consistant play. Jackson is a battle tested guy who saw action in 52 career SEC games while at LSU. A starter for three years, Jackson was a key component on LSU's National Championship team.

Strengths:

Jackson understands the cornerback position. He can play press or off coverage and understands zone concepts. Jackson's smooth technique compensates for what he lacks in long speed. Jackson has ideal ball skills, and is one of this years top run supporters of the CB class. Jackson has ideal size and good overall athletic ability with great closing speed. Has big play capeability.

Weaknesses:

Jackson's biggest knock is his long speed (4.62 40 at the combine). Sometimes gamble which has hurt him at times. Can get beat deep at times and will require some safety over the top help. Probably won't be a teams #1 corner.

Analysis:

Should have a solid, productive career. Can be a starter in time. Should excel as a nickle/dime back early covering the slot. I feel he can play in any scheme despite popular opinion that he's stricly a cover 2 corner. His strenth is in press coverage and his lack of wasted movement compensates for his lack of speed.

NFL Comparison:

Deshea Townsend, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers


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POSITION: Linebacker
SCHOOL: Southern California
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-2
WT: 241
40: 4.60
Overview:

Keith Rivers is another one of my favorite prospects. While everyone seems to agree Rivers is a first round lock, there are conflicting opinions of how high he could be drafted. I personally have Rivers ranked #7 overall and see him as a likely top 10 pick. Rivers is a highly athletic linebacker with a great motor. Rivers has showed the ability to play either outside or inside in a 4-3 defense, and I believe inside in a 3-4 scheme.

Strengths:

Rivers athletism is what stands out the most. He understands angles and makes tackles from side line to side line. He's an excellent form tacklers. Does a nice job working through trash and getting off blocks. High motor guy with good leadership ability. Able to drop into coverage, does a nice job dropping to zones and reading and reacting to the quarterback.

Weaknesses:

Striking ability has been questioned (ability to hit hard). Could stand to bulk up his lower body a bit. Needs to get a little stronger. Has some minor injury concerns.

Analysis:

Rivers has the ability to play at an All-Pro level. Should be a starter from day 1 and a legitimate defensive rookie of the year contender. His ideal fit would be as a strong side OLB, but not limited to that. I could see where a 4-3 team would want to use him as a weak side OLB to allow him to get after the quarterback more. I also think a lot of teams will be intrigued with Rivers as a MLB. I would also call him the top 3-4 ILB prospect. Could go as high as New England at #7 or as low as Denver at #12.

NFL Comparison:

James Harrison, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers


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MDSteel15
03-09-2008, 05:33 PM
Only one worthy on this list.... Williams

DIESELMAN
03-09-2008, 05:48 PM
With as much talent there is in this years draft for OL. I really would like us to grab a DE with the first pick, we need a stud play maker on the DL. Balmer or Merling could be that guy. With Aaron coming back and one of these guys lining up at LDE, we could be an improved D in 2008. These day 2 projects for the DL have hurt us over the years and no one we have besides Smith can make an impact.

BlackGold4vr
03-11-2008, 05:43 PM
If the top OT's and OG's are already gone both of these defenders could help bolster our D-line. Brett Kiesel needs to go back to special teams. Remember the 70's dynasty team all started with a man named Joe Greene drafted #1 in 1969. I think if we went DE in the 1st we could still grab Cherilus in rd 2. Grab Legursky or Lichtensteiger on day two and that should be enough to piecemeal a decent O-line together in ST.



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POSITION: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
SCHOOL: Clemson
CLASS: Junior
HT: 6-4
WT: 276
40: 4.75
Overview:

Phillip Merling is an extremely intriguing prospect. Merling is the type of defensive prospect scouts say, "defies schemes." What this means is he could play several positions in several defensive systems. Merling is a "tweener" in the true sense of the word. This is something that will certainly help his draft stock. Merling is a rare 3-4 prospect in that he could possibly play DE or OLB. Merlings run stuffing abilities might make him more suited to play DE, but his athletic ability and what he showed at the combine make him look like a OLB. Merling is also a good fit as a traditional DE in a 4-3 scheme, and I could even see a case where a 4-3 team might also like him as an OLB.

Strengths:

Merling has a great combination of size, speed and strength. Good straight line speed for a guy his size. Quick nimble feet. Stout at the point of attack. Effective against the run, solid as a pass rusher. Great motor and team leader. High football IQ, excellent in space. Pursues backside action with text book technique.

Weaknesses:

Not a natural pass rusher, relied primarily on athletic ability in college. Will need to refine his technique as a pass rusher at the next level. Can be over-aggressive. Doesn't use his hands well.

Analysis:

Because of his abilty to fit in so many systems, I expect Merling to be a fairly high draft pick. Ultimately he might be best as a weak side OLB in a 3-4 because of his ability to play in space. Merling could find a home on a 3-4 teams roster as a situational player early in his career while his best fit is figured out. Because of the questions on where he fits in he might not get drafted in the first half of the 1st round. I expect Merling to be in play starting with the Arizona Cardinals at #16.

NFL Comparison:

Shawne Merriman, OLB, San Diego Chargers


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POSITION: Defensive Tackle/Defensive End
SCHOOL: North Carolina
CLASS: Senior
HT: 6-4
WT: 308
40: 5.28
Overview:

Kentwan Balmer is a guy who came out of no where and bust onto the scene in a big way. Butch Davis and the new coaching staff were able to dial into Balmer and bring his abilities out and utilize his physical tool. Balmer solidified his first round draft stock with an impressive week at the Senior Bowl. Balmer is a versatile prospect because he fits in as a 4-3 DT, along with being arguably this class's best 3-4 DE prospect.

Strengths:

Balmer is big, strong, and holds up well at the point of attack. He has long arms and a thick solid base. Able to take on double teams. Drives his legs and forces offensive linemen into the backfield. Balmer has good feet moving forward, and adequate overall athletic ability. Versatile, could play inside as a 3rd down pass rusher in a 3-4, could play 3-4 DE, and in time could work in as a NT. Obvious fit for any 4-3 scheme.

Weaknesses:

One year wonder. Raw, and needs to develope better technique. Lacks good straight line speed, could hurt his stock a little as a 3-4 DE prospect. Inconsistant at times, and tends to play high late in games. Does not pursue action away very well, almost quits playing. Latteral movement could use improvement.

Analysis:

I fully expect to hear Balmer's name called in the first round. I ranked him 3rd among this years very talented and deep defensive tackle class. Balmer could go as high as Buffalo at #11. Will be a bit of a project if drafted by a 3-4 team, but ultimately has the most upside at that position as anyone in this class.

NFL Comparison:

Marcus Spears, DE, Dallas Cowboys


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K Train
03-11-2008, 05:50 PM
Cherilus wont be there in the second...he might be a RT but hes a dominating one.

I just dont know....merling and balmer are both great prospects...love merlings versatility and love balmers potential....i dont know, i expect albert to be there at 23 and even though i would probably prefer williams or cherilus ...but, **** now i have a headache. i wish we knew what they were planning on doing with mahan and how kemoeutu is gonna be lol theres so many ????????????

BlackGold4vr
03-11-2008, 06:22 PM
Cherilus wont be there in the second...he might be a RT but hes a dominating one.

I just dont know....merling and balmer are both great prospects...love merlings versatility and love balmers potential....i dont know, i expect albert to be there at 23 and even though i would probably prefer williams or cherilus ...but, **** now i have a headache. i wish we knew what they were planning on doing with mahan and how kemoeutu is gonna be lol theres so many ????????????


I don't think we have any shot at Williams without trading up and the Rooney's don't do that too often. Branden Albert is seeming more and more likely our first pick this year. But where do we put Albert if we take him? IMO that first round draft pick needs to be someone who can start as a rookie. If Chris Kemoeatu is currently penciled in as Faneca's replacement, who will get bumped? Marvel Smith will stay at LT. You could put Albert at RT but then what do you do with Willie Colon? Could move Willie to RG and make Simmons a back-up. We still need to draft a center and that player needs to be capable of anchoring the middle of that line. Legursky or Lichtensteiger could fill that role nicely if Darnell Stapleton doesn't work out. I think that Cherilus might still be on the board at 53 if we do decide to go with a DE in the first. There are currently 11 O-lineman ranked higher on scout.com's top 100 draft board than Cherilus. :scratch:

K Train
03-11-2008, 06:32 PM
albert would be a terrible tackle. i like heath benedict in the second. we trade up when we need to....polamalu, holmes...not exactly never
those centers have bum written all over them imo....we need to strike gold for that idea to work out

K Train
03-11-2008, 06:36 PM
and i dont think our pick HAS to be an immediate impact....that overrating how bad of shape were in, which isnt exactly horrible when you look at the other teams out there...we just need some solid picks

BlackGold4vr
03-11-2008, 06:48 PM
Would you agree that we don't currently have our starting 5 O-lineman on the roster? We definitely need an answer at center.

Also that we need to draft a DE that can play this year. Kiesel was one of the weak links on our defense.

Safety was another vulnerable position for us after Clarke went down.

K Train
03-11-2008, 06:54 PM
im telling you anthony smith is gonna be a badass again this year and a 100% clark is only a good thing. i know we need oline....BUT starks played well at the end, smith will be healthy, i do think colon is moving to guard and he will dominate there. Chris K is definetly servicable and so is simmons who was made out to be alot worse than he is because of mahan...i just dont know what to think about some of this but its gonna drive us all crazy until the draft. Our oline is not good, but its not the worse ever either. it will be addressed, i just dont know who or where exactly....i just know it will be in about 45 days

DIESELMAN
03-11-2008, 07:51 PM
We have to figure Stapleton in there somewhere. He got over 300lbs in camp last year but despite getting hurt, being a UDFA, he still made the team. I guess the coaching staff sees something in him, just don't know if thats a good thing or a bad thing :lol:

Black@Gold Forever32
03-11-2008, 08:14 PM
We have to figure Stapleton in there somewhere. He got over 300lbs in camp last year but despite getting hurt, being a UDFA, he still made the team. I guess the coaching staff sees something in him, just don't know if thats a good thing or a bad thing :lol:

SCOUTING REPORT: The coaches are really hoping Darnell Stapleton, a rookie free agent in '07, continues to improve because they think he will be their starting center this season. Sean Mahan, last year's starter, struggled with big nose tackles and will likely be used to replace Alan Faneca at left guard or as the team's sixth linemen this season.

Stapleton has a strong lower body that allows him to gain leverage and does a good job using his hands inside. Even though he missed a large portion of training camp last season, he still made the 53-man roster because the coaches like his ability.

-Dulac


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Here you go Diesel.....This is a article I found that Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac wrote for Sportingnews.....The Steelers brass does have some high hopes for him....I say draft Legursky and have him battle it out with Stapleton.......Both have to be better then Mahan.....

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albert would be a terrible tackle. i like heath benedict in the second. we trade up when we need to....polamalu, holmes...not exactly never
those centers have bum written all over them imo....we need to strike gold for that idea to work out

I guess you want to keep Mahan at center?:lol:......This isn't a great center class......I like Legursky as much as I like Pollack...Center is one of those positions you can always find value......Yea you won't find the next Dirt Dawson or Jeff Hartings in the later rounds....But we don't need that level of a center....Just a solid center would do....Mahan isn't that....I'm telling you Legursky is a player just watch....:yellowthumb: I don't see any future Pro Bowls but a solid player in his own right....

BlitzburghRockCity
03-11-2008, 08:20 PM
I think Stapleton is the X factor here, if the team thinks he is capable of becoming the Center of the future for us then they won't go after anybody in the draft and they'll just use Mahan as a backup Center and Guard like was mentioned before. He's versatile enough that in a pinch he could play but I wouldn't want him in there for any length of time. I think I'd rather give Simmons a chance at Center before I'd let Mahan get that position again.

If Legursky can play Guard as well Center that would bode well for him getting a look with us, the Steelers love versatile lineman. Albert would be a great choice for us again Kemoeatu is there now too. Like Ktrain said there's so many variables right now we just don't know until the draft happens what's going to go down.

I hate no knowing !! LOL

Black@Gold Forever32
03-11-2008, 08:31 PM
I think Stapleton is the X factor here, if the team thinks he is capable of becoming the Center of the future for us then they won't go after anybody in the draft and they'll just use Mahan as a backup Center and Guard like was mentioned before. He's versatile enough that in a pinch he could play but I wouldn't want him in there for any length of time. I think I'd rather give Simmons a chance at Center before I'd let Mahan get that position again.

If Legursky can play Guard as well Center that would bode well for him getting a look with us, the Steelers love versatile lineman. Albert would be a great choice for us again Kemoeatu is there now too. Like Ktrain said there's so many variables right now we just don't know until the draft happens what's going to go down.

I hate no knowing !! LOL

To be honest I'm not expecting much from Kemoeatu...I predicted this current mess for the Steelers OL before the 07 season started....Which one poster on this site told me to wait and see before to predict the play of the OL....Well I was right the OL sucked...lol This current group is even worse with Faneca gone...Faneca's best days are behind him but still he was better then Kemoeatu....I liked Kemoeatu coming out of Utah and was stoked when he was drafted......But he has shown nothing.....

Mahan sucks and should be shot.....Colon and if Starks is back both suck at RT.....Smith is solid at LT when healthy but really needs to be moved to RT.......Kendall Simmons is ok and would benefit if the Steelers were solid at RT and C.......The Steelers need impact at C and LT...I would settle for an impact RT and keep Smith at LT for a year....

Two of the Steelers biggest needs are OT and C....Both must be filled in this draft in my opinion...I wouldn't be against the drafting of Brandon Albert but OT is a bigger need.....

The Steelers coaches seem high on Stapleton and I hope they're right if a center isn't drafted....

K Train
03-11-2008, 08:42 PM
i wish mahan would die and give us a better idea of their plans lol

DIESELMAN
03-11-2008, 08:51 PM
Mahan sucks and should be shot.....Colon and if Starks is back both suck at RT.....Smith is solid at LT when healthy but really needs to be moved to RT.......Kendall Simmons is ok and would benefit if the Steelers were solid at RT and C.......The Steelers need impact at C and LT...I would settle for an impact RT and keep Smith at LT for a year....

Two of the Steelers biggest needs are OT and C....Both must be filled in this draft in my opinion...I wouldn't be against the drafting of Brandon Albert but OT is a bigger need.....

The Steelers coaches seem high on Stapleton and I hope they're right if a center isn't drafted....
Well whether anyone likes it or not, Mahan is here to stay for at least another year, we can't afford to cut him, who knows maybe hes a better OG then a C :hilarious:Seriously.....your right, we do need to address a OT and a C in the draft, we could move Kendall to C but hes got problems snapping shotgun, which should be a easy fix? :scratch: Colon would suit us better at OG. Smith has missed 18 games the past 3 years, so we really don't know how good he really could be at LT until he gets and stays 100% healthy.

K Train
03-11-2008, 08:54 PM
and they are paying starks an awful lot of money....i have a headache

darnik44
03-13-2008, 10:55 AM
Would you agree that we don't currently have our starting 5 O-lineman on the roster? We definitely need an answer at center.

Also that we need to draft a DE that can play this year. Kiesel was one of the weak links on our defense.

Safety was another vulnerable position for us after Clarke went down.


I would disagree. If the Steelers take an offensive linemen in the first, I wouldn't call him a lock to start. I could see this being the week 1 OL

LT - Marvel Smith
LG - Chris Kemoatu (sp?)
C - Kendall Simmons (draft pick waiting in the wings)
RG - Willie Colon
RT - Max Starks (draft pick waiting in the wings)

Because this OL would be adequate, I think they could afford to look OL in rounds 2-4. That said, if Chris Williams is available at #23 he should be the pick.

K Train
03-13-2008, 04:02 PM
i kinda think starks and smith might switch. and simmons wont play center

DIESELMAN
03-14-2008, 10:18 PM
Rob Rang, of CBSSports.com, reports University of Clemson DL Phillip Merling (groin) recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and will not be working out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14

BlitzburghRockCity
03-16-2008, 11:44 AM
Rob Rang, of CBSSports.com, reports University of Clemson DL Phillip Merling (groin) recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and will not be working out at his school's Pro Day Friday, March 14

Yep, saw that on NFLdraftcount.com to too in their blog..


Phillip Merling Hurt (Again)

After not working out at the Scouting Combine due to a groin injury the Clemson defensive end now had to go under the knife to repair a sports hernia. Merling will definitely miss Clemson's March 14th Pro Day and his availability to work out prior to Draft Day is now in question as well.

Scott's Take
- This is why you don't skip the Combine. Merling passed on an opportunity to show his wares in front of hundreds of coaches, scouts and top decision makers and now he is hurt and may not get another chance. Speed is one of the big question marks with Merling so if he can't work out before the draft his stock will likely take a decent hit. He had been in competition with Derrick Harvey to be the second defensive end chosen and maybe even a Top 10-15 overall pick but that is probably out the window now. Who knows, Merling could even potentially fall all the way to the end of round one.