Assuming Starks is here when Camp starts that's an option for us, but if Max leaves once FA starts we're going to need anybody with experience we can get to play Tackle for us.
We don't have room on our roster for 9 rookies anyway. May as well do some moving up by offering up picks to get players we want. Can we do that? :bigthumb:
I'm not saying Willie Colon can't play OT but I have read that some think he is better suited for guard. The Steelers really have no choice but to resign Starks unless they are going to bring in a experienced free agent OT. Looking at the free agents out there isn't really impressive. There is Leonard Davis but he was average at best with the Cards and looks like the Cards don't want to resign him.
Starks leaves? Our line could look like this.
Starks stays? Our line could look like this.
Few years down the road our right side would be our dominant side while we were looking for Faneca/Smith replacements. Either way I like both of these combinations of youthful exuberance and crafty veterans. We know Grubbs is good and can start (thats why he's projected as 16th overall). Colon showed us some of that New York Bronx attitude he can play with and I think he's gonna be good! Starks or Okobi would be the wild cards but I believe they would both play hard so they wouldn't be shown up by Willie and the rook! After last years play some change is in order on our O-line! There were a bunch of rooks that started last year on the O-line and performed very well. D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Marcus McNeil, Davin Joseph, Deuce Lutui, Daryn Colledge.........these guys were all rookies who started! Doesn't scare me to start rookies on the O-line. After just a couple games they will be seasoned and will learn from their mistakes! :bigthumb:
Grubbs isn't projected 16th overall by everyone so let's not get all too worked up on him just yet. Your source says he's projected where we are picking but 20 other sources say something different so it's anybody's guess. Im not saying he wouldn't be a good fit for us, he may very well be, and if we take him he can be a rock for us for years to come.
Im sorry but Im just not real big on 3 of our 5 OL being either rookies or guys with very little experience. Especially with us coming off a year where the OL sucked *** for the most part. I'd rather have Starks here if we can help it. Colon could be a good tackle or guard for us or he could royally flop ( the guy only played 2 games so far), and we have other options to explore but the early part of this NFL season is far from promising from an OL standpoint.
Colon could very well be a beast guard or tackle for us or he could be a major flop. As I mentioned before the dude only started 2 games for us so he has a lot to learn. I want to see Max brought back if at all possible, and as you mentioned if he goes, I would like to see us grab a decent OT in FA just to help out with experience.
we're goin defense in the first and RB in the second....tomlin told me so