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BlitzburghRockCity
03-12-2008, 06:04 AM
http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/21505.html


Keep in mind that it's doubtful Pittsburgh will choose a wideout with its first-round pick. Most believe that the Steelers will look to an offensive lineman, while some others are thinking defensive end. This would probably be a very sound strategy, so it's likely that if they were to draft a receiver, it would be after the opening round.

Speaking of the first round, Malcolm Kelly, a 6-4, 220-pounder from Oklahoma, will certainly be gone by the time the Steelers choose at 23rd overall, leaving him out of the equation. So will another tall receiver, Limas Sweed from Texas (6-4, 215). That leaves the following players for consideration.

Adrian Arrington (Michigan): The 6-3, 203-pounder runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds. In sum, he can leap, has good hands, and is tough. Last season he pulled in 67 balls for 882 yards and eight touchdowns, but he has never been the featured receiver.

He needs to get stronger.

Of course, the good news is that Arrington has an upside and would likely be available in the late rounds if Pittsburgh were to decide to take a chance on him.

Adarius Bowman (Oklahoma State): Bowman is a 6-3, 223 pounder with 4.67 speed. So, he's not that fast or elusive. But what Bowman has proven over the years at Oklahoma State is that he's a terrific leaper and a big-play threat. Further, he's an outstanding blocker, which is something that Pittsburgh likes to hear, even if there have been some off-the-field issues.

In each of the last two seasons, he's caught over 60 balls. Bowman has also accumulated over 1,000 receiving yards in both of those seasons. Despite his character questions, Bowman is known as a hard worker.

The best part is that he will likely be available in the third or fourth round. Given the Steelers' other needs taking precedence in the early rounds, that makes Bowman a realistic possibility.

James Hardy (Indiana): At 6-6, 220, Hardy fits the mold of a big receiver. Last season as a junior, he managed 79 catches for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns, so he's been productive. He also runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, indicating speed.

The negatives right now would be that he is not a good blocker. But spending time with Hines Ward will likely change that.

Hardy will probably be around when the Steelers choose in the first round. He will likely not be there when the team picks in the second, making him an unlikely selection.

Marcus Monk (Arkansas): The 6-4, 222-pound Monk has average speed (4.59), but he's strong, tough, and is an excellent leaper who knows how to use his size in the endzone.

Unfortunately, Monk battled injuries for most of his collegiate career and was not very productive. Then again, playing in Arkansas over the last several seasons doesn't necessarily lend to catching a lot of passes.

Still, Monk isn't exactly a can't-miss-prospect. Thus, he'll be available in the late rounds. But if the Steelers are looking for a red zone threat with nice athleticism and an upside, they could choose to take a chance on him.

Jordy Nelson (Kansas State): The 6-3, 217-pound Nelson has reliable hands and is a hard worker. Though he's not fast (4.51 in the 40), he is quick. Beyond that, he hasn't played the position for very long, so untapped potential does exist.

Last season, Nelson racked up 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not bad, eh?

The Steelers would have to like this guy's size. Further, he may be available somewhere between the third and fifth rounds.

Devin Thomas (Michigan State): Thomas is steadily rising up draft boards. He's a 6-2, 215-pounder who runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds. Further, he's proven to have outstanding hands and has impressed in that regard during workouts.

Finally, he set school records with 79 receptions and 2,590 all-purpose yards in 2007. Further, Thomas is also a very good kickoff returner. He'll probably be around when the Steelers draft in the first round, but not the second.

Assuming the Steelers avoid the receiver position in Round 1, only a few guys listed above fit the tall receiver bill. Bowman would be a highly interesting selection, and so would Nelson or Arrington. Monk would be a big-time gamble who could prove fruitful in time.

Either way, expect Roethlisberger to get the tall target he covets come April

Saw this on NFLN last night and sure enough RF365 thinks we're going to look on day 2 for a WR. Later round WR's dont usually make much of an impact so if they are going to take one hopefully it's a more early pick.

Some of those guys they mentioned look interesting and just need some polishing.

steelcitysfinestXL
03-12-2008, 09:39 AM
lol damn it i was just about to post this arrticle as well. I really think we should focus on o and d-line in the first 3 rounds... if thats the case i like Nelson out of K-state in the 4th on this list!!!

Jordy Nelson (Kansas State): The 6-3, 217-pound Nelson has reliable hands and is a hard worker. Though he's not fast (4.51 in the 40), he is quick. Beyond that, he hasn't played the position for very long, so untapped potential does exist.
Last season, Nelson racked up 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. Not bad, eh?

With us paying Ben an @ss load of money to be the franchise player... im sure they are gonna do what it takes to keep him happy and successful!!! I agree a bit with ward saying they won a super bowl with him wilson and A.R.E. but this team could do wonders with one more weapon in the passing game. A tall WR is gonna give ben confidence to put the ball up and let the guy make plays instead of holding onto the ball and taking the sack! If that holds true, Eventually that WR is gonna draw more coverage meaning less on ward, holmes and miller and less blitzers!!!

MDSteel15
03-12-2008, 10:05 AM
I agree with us taking Jordy Nelson, I hope he becomes a stud with us! But if he isn't there I think the "Problem Child" Adarius Bowman might learn some humility being picked in later rounds and having to earn his way on a roster.

seth_westover
03-12-2008, 10:28 AM
what about eddie royal? ive been watching him for quite a while now! he had a great showing at the combine! id love to see him in black n gold!

steelcityrockers
03-12-2008, 05:56 PM
My Top 5 WRs for the Steelers (realistic)
1. Dexter Jackson App. State
2. Eddie Royal VA Tech
3. Pierre Garcon Mount Union (could probably be had in the 5th-7th rounds. Real sleeper potential)
4. James Hardy
5. Marcus Monk

K Train
03-12-2008, 06:02 PM
dexter jackson....**** yeah

kgreen
03-12-2008, 06:12 PM
what about eddie royal? ive been watching him for quite a while now! he had a great showing at the combine! id love to see him in black n gold!

Eddie Royle is a hokie #1. #2 he can't catch worth anything. #3 the last time we draft a Hokie he was on and off our practice squad. No there are better options.

Hawk Believer
03-12-2008, 06:17 PM
Is Marcus Monk related to Art Monk?

K Train
03-12-2008, 06:23 PM
Eddie Royle is a hokie #1. #2 he can't catch worth anything. #3 the last time we draft a Hokie he was on and off our practice squad. No there are better options.

basin that on what school he came from is retarded....thats gotta be the worse way to analyze a player...cause hes a hokie.

if a player can play who gives a **** where hes from, the irish have a history of good lineman....and yet sean mahan sucks dick.

that being said...royal is garbage lol

GoBenGo
03-12-2008, 06:58 PM
6'6" 221 micah rucker eastern illinois...anyone see this tree play?...i haven't, but heard his name thrown around a few broadcasts...might be a late round diamond in the rough...

like dexter also! playmaker...

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2008, 07:12 PM
Personally I think James Hardy is a beast.....But noway the Steelers take a WR in the first.....Especially if one of the OTs like Williams, Cherilus or even Albert are still there......I would also select a DL over a WR.......I also would considered defensive players like Talib or Groves over a WR......

Since I really don't see any 3-4 DL being there my board would look like this.....

Williams
Albert
Groves
Cherilus
Talib
Hardy

K Train
03-12-2008, 08:03 PM
im going

williams
albert
balmer
cherilus
Merling
sweed/hardy/kelly
DRC or talib...DRC will be long gone

AR Steeler
03-12-2008, 08:39 PM
living in Fayettevile i got to see alot of Marcus Monk even though he has had injuries his raw talent is worth a chance plus he never got into trouble unlike alot of Arkansas players. Felix Jones is better than McFadden in my opinion.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-12-2008, 09:24 PM
im going

williams
albert
balmer
cherilus
Merling
sweed/hardy/kelly
DRC or talib...DRC will be long gone

I don't think Balmer or Merling will be there.......Noway DRC will be there like you said....

K Train
03-12-2008, 09:29 PM
at 23 i guarantee one of them will be there

steelcityrockers
03-12-2008, 10:04 PM
Talib isn't that good. His footwork is an absolute mess. He has quite a few mental lapses as well.

DIESELMAN
03-12-2008, 10:27 PM
Look at it this way...theres a lot of talent that won't fit in the first rd, let alone the first 22.