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K Train
07-08-2008, 02:26 AM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/07/07/steelers-sign-third-round-pick/


The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with third-round draft pick LB Bruce Davis. Davis will receive a signing bonus of roughly $500,000 on a three-year deal, with base salaries of $285,000, $385,000, and $470,000 in 2008, 2009, and 2010, respectively.
everyone is getting 4 year deals and were signing all our guys to 3.

i like what i hear about davis but im still not sure how i feel about him...i really hope he turns out to be good because i really wanted Avril when we made this pick. He was very productive and not only looks like jason taylor hes a clone of him on the field

bonesetter58
07-08-2008, 08:35 AM
I agree KT. Davis looks good on paper but I dont know how he will translate to the real world of football. Steelers have so many LB's right now we needed help at DE for Smith. Our run D went to bubski when Aaron went down. I hope he comes in ready to get after the QB. IF we dont get more pressure from the front 7 our D is going to continue to get sliced. We got no love at CB this year and continue to mess with the very subpar Deshea"feet of concrete" Townsend!!! :cursin: Come on McFadden!!:cope:

BlitzburghRockCity
07-08-2008, 10:06 AM
I like the options that Davis gives us, he's straight out of the mold of Joey Porter, IMO. He's got good speed, sure tackler, a trash talker, and definitely not lacking in confidence. He'll need to pack on alittle weight to his frame but still keep his speed; I think that's where we'll find out how good he can be for us.

BlackGold4vr
07-08-2008, 10:28 AM
Davis will not provide any help except on special teams for a couple years. I believe our defense will be better this year for the following reasons:

1. Woodley replacing Haggans.....nuff said.

2. Aaron Smith.

3. A more powerful offense that is now more capable of playing a "control the clock" kind of game. We will score more points this year and our time of possession on offense will increase significantly. This will keep our defense fresher.


Ever heard the expression, "The best defense is a better offense"? The Steelers O-line woes will be masked by a more explosive offense with more big plays and a more consistent running game.

I am pumped about this coming season. Yes, we have the NFL's toughest schedule, which will make us a tougher team! Come playoff time I would rather my team was 9-7 but hardened by a tough schedule than 15-1 but softened by a creampuff schedule (New England). :yesnod:

steelcityrockers
07-08-2008, 11:31 AM
I agree KT. Davis looks good on paper but I dont know how he will translate to the real world of football. Steelers have so many LB's right now we needed help at DE for Smith. Our run D went to bubski when Aaron went down. I hope he comes in ready to get after the QB. IF we dont get more pressure from the front 7 our D is going to continue to get sliced. We got no love at CB this year and continue to mess with the very subpar Deshea"feet of concrete" Townsend!!! :cursin: Come on McFadden!!:cope:

What the hell? Davis was damned good at UCLA. What do you mean "the real world of football"?

Deshea Townsend is a very solid veteran Corner. He may not have tremendous size or speed but he almost never makes mistakes.

Iron City South
07-08-2008, 11:59 AM
Ever heard the expression, "The best defense is a better offense"? The Steelers O-line woes will be masked by a more explosive offense with more big plays and a more consistent running game.

No, I actually have not ... personally I think you made it up. I have heard the saying, "The best offense is a great defense"

You don't have the luxury of more explosive passing plays and a more consistent running game without an O-line ...... PERIOD.

BlackGold4vr
07-08-2008, 12:35 PM
No, I actually have not ... personally I think you made it up. I have heard the saying, "The best offense is a great defense"


You got me! I jacked it up but obviously you knew what I meant. :bluelol:

K Train
07-08-2008, 01:35 PM
davis is an extemely productive player...hes gonna be backing up woodley and harrison though....he wont get on the field much.

i hate when people say we dont have good corners

MDSteel15
07-08-2008, 06:11 PM
OK, let's work on those top 2 picks already!

BlitzburghRockCity
07-11-2008, 10:07 PM
I moved all the Deshea posts into a different thread, http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/showthread.php?t=14392
since this thread is about Davis signing.

JB 67
07-13-2008, 06:01 PM
I hope this kid can get to the qb

Captcoolhand
07-21-2008, 01:03 PM
The upside of Bruce Davis (http://mvn.com/nfl-steelers/2008/07/19/the-upside-of-bruce-davis/)

Bruce Davis is getting ignored, and that’s just fine with the Steelers’ 2008 third round draft pick.
Davis, a defensive end at UCLA, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round. At 6′3″, and 250 lbs, Davis wasn’t listed as a defensive end on the Steelers draft board, he was listed as an outside linebacker. His specialty in college was his first step, which he could use from a three-point stance to blow around most college linemen. He also was the rare lineman that could drop back into coverage. This makes him perfect as a Steeler, and could make him valuable as an outside, or inside backer. There is one thing for sure, he is built to rush the quarterback.

What was my first impression of Bruce Davis when they drafted him? Not good. As a matter of fact, while commenting here during the draft, I was quite negative about the pick, trying to figure out why the Steelers were taking an undersized end as an OLB, when there were several ‘better qualified’ choices that had already played the position. The LaMarr Woodley book didn’t work here, because Woodley had already played OLB. Davis hadn’t. Then I found out this kid wasn’t 250 at all, but about 230 lbs. He didn’t seem like a linebacker to me, he seemed like Carnell Lake.

The days, weeks and months have passed, and I’m beginning to think that Davis may turn into a player much more impressive than I initially thought. First and foremost is the round he was chosen. The third round has always been an intriguing round for me. Most teams, the Steelers included, take players that are in that post first and second round plateau. These are players that are good, and generally, we see all they’ve got in the NFL. These are your guys that weren’t athletic supermen, but football players.
Other teams take some chances. These teams look for the guys that are either playing out of position, or just incredible athletes, that could come to the NFL and showcase first round talent.

There are three guys that immediately come to mind when thinking about Davis, although I’m sure there are many, many more. The three names are Mike Merriweather, Mike Vrabel and Jason Taylor. All three players could have been considered ‘tweeners’ coming out of college, and were drafted in the third round. All three had first round talent, but no clear position. Merriweather was undersized at 219 lbs, but the Steelers knew that he was uniquely qualified to play both as a blitzer, and could drop back. Vrabel, also a tweener, ended up playing a hybrid position, roving as a linebacker, and an end. Jason Taylor came out of college at 230 lbs, started off as a third down rush specialist, before turning into an ‘all downs’ end at only 255 lbs. He could also drop back. I wanted to talk about Carnell Lake here as well. Lake, drafted in the second round, was a linebacker at 210 lbs in college, before being converted to a safety. We all know how that turned out.

Davis is in the same mold as these guys. His current weight is somewhere between 240 and 250 lbs, so it’s obvious that he has work ethic. Much like the three players just mentioned, Davis is a pure pass rushers. The Steelers see him as a third down rusher right now, who can spell both Harrison and Woodley throughout the game. Drafting Davis has also allowed the Steelers to move Lawrence Timmons to the inside, which gives incredible depth to the linebacker position. Perhaps his biggest role this season will be on special teams, however, where his attitude, size and speed, could make him a difference maker this year.

The best part about this kid, though, is his attitude. We aren’t talking about Jack Ham here. This kid has a mouth, and the Steelers attitude. The day he was drafted, Davis was asked about being a Steelers’ player. Make no mistakes, he gets it:

“What do you have to do in Pittsburgh? It’s blue-collar work. You work or you play ball. It’s the best place to be. Their fans are crazy, ridiculous. A lot of times, there’s more Steelers fans at away games than home fans. With my passion and my excitement and love, that’s going to be great.”


Davis also figured that he was going to get drafted on the first day, since he was a better college player than most of the people picked ahead of him. I’d say he has a chip on his shoulder.

“Yeah, some of those first-round picks were absurd, to say the least,” Davis said. “I think of myself as the best of the best. Hey, I am, let’s face it. For whatever reason, I was picked in the third round. I have better stats than anyone at my position over the last two years. It was tough to watch being a two-time All-American and two-time All-(Pacific-10) Conference and not get picked over the guys that got picked. They didn’t call my name, and I had to get out of the house. Today it happened early and started my day off the right way.”

I remember watching a piece on the senior bowl on NFL.com, and they showcased players with attitudes. The irony was that they showed a piece about Gosder Cherilus, and Davis going up against him one on one. Davis went right at Cherilus, driving him into the quarterback, then getting chippy with Cherilus, who started swatting Davis away from him. He seems to have an attitude that is a cross between Greg Lloyd, and Joey Porter. Lloyd, who was famous for getting chippy on the field while the game was being played, and Porter, who was famous for his big mouth. Of course, both could back it up.
Oh, and when was Joey Porter drafted? That’s right folks, in the third round.

During an interview before the draft, Davis was watching highlight packages, and wasn’t being asked questions. Without prompting, he said,

“If the opportunity presents itself and I catch Peyton Manning with his arm still in the air ready to (drop) back and throw, I’m going to unload on him. Same goes for Tom Brady and all those guys. They’re going to be out there trying to torch whatever team I’m playing on, so if I catch ‘em, I’m going to hit ‘em. I’m going to hit them as hard as I can and let them know that I’m there.”

Well Bruce, guess what…
we know you’re here.I admit that I'm a bit optimistic about this guy but after reading about him I think i'll be checking him out at camp.

Funny thing was that alot of us were saying the same thing about this Kid before this article was even written. :yesnod:

Hell who knows, he might turn out to be a real gem. :dunno:

K Train
07-21-2008, 01:41 PM
love it

Troyisabeast_43
07-21-2008, 07:22 PM
When you stop and look at Davis closely there's definitely comparisons to Joey Porter with Davis for sure.

I believe Joey Porter was around 6'3 250. So is Davis.

Joey Porter was a 3rd round pick. So was Davis.

Joey Porter was an 'undersized' DE in college. So was Davis.

Joey Porter had a big mouth. So does Davis.

I thought Davis was overdrafted, but then again, maybe Porter was considered that back in '99. I liked Davis as a Jr and hoped he actually had come out last year, as I thought he would be a great late round pickup. Well, he was equally impressive as Sr. I wasn't high on the pick at the time, because I thought there were alot of better players available at the time, just maybe Davis could be a great pickup, and maybe could replace Harrison way down the road. There's no doubt that for the next couple of years, he will really only be a pass rushing specialist. Even though I didn't like the pick at the time, I still said its hard to ignore 24 sacks in 2 years. Let's just hope he gets 'it' at the NFL level