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    Move Ziggy Hood to NT in 2012?

    He'd have to put on probably a good 10 lbs., IMO. He's listed at 6'3" 300 lbs. Hood finished with 31 Tackles and 1.5 Sacks in 2011. The main thing with Hood is that he needs to be able to take on the blocks and not get swallowed up and pushed around at the point of attack. That's absolutely paramount at NT.

    I know back when he was drafted and up through last year as well we talked about the possibility of moving him to NT. Steve McLendon is only listed at 280 lbs. but he is very strong at the point of attack, he just needs to get experience. I'm not sure about putting Hood at NT full time. He doesn't always make the play but there were many times when he was helping to corral the running back into the arms of another Steeler, or forcing the Quarterback to slide right into the grasp of a teammate.

    Personally I'd like to see McLendon put on some weight as well, he's listed at 6'4" 280 lbs for this season. Just to compare, Chris Hoke is 6'2" 305 lbs. Casey is obviously the biggest player and move immovable of the 4 we're talking about. His status is up in the air right now because of his salary; a restructure is in order for him to return.

    In any event, since Hoke is most likely done with football and the status of Big Snack still not confirmed, NT is going to be a key position for the Steelers.

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    i could have sworn that we drafted him to be hamptons eventual replacement, then they moved him to DE. i could be pulling a hillary though...misremembering. sorry, a little political humor.
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    id like taamu or chapman in round 2, possibly poe in 1.

    but ive been saying move hood to nose for 2 years now so im on board with that.

    hopefull woods can do something, cant just be labeled a raw player forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raleigh Steel View Post
    i could have sworn that we drafted him to be hamptons eventual replacement, then they moved him to DE. i could be pulling a hillary though...misremembering. sorry, a little political humor.
    no he was drafted as a 5 technique DE...poor pick back then, poor pick now. He would be great as a UT in a 43, but is just average in his role here

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    I've liked the progress that Hood has made, although it's been a SLOW process. I'm just not sure he's stout enough to take on a Center and Guard and occupy those blocks enough. If the NT gets blown off the ball the offense is going to run it down your throats all day long.

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    I hope we get a classic NT that can be a force. If Hood is that, I am all for it too. I remember when our D had 4 or 5 great games in a row to start last year. It seems we have had injuries galore since then and the team hasn't been the same despite going to the SB and winning 12 games this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    id like taamu or chapman in round 2, possibly poe in 1.

    but ive been saying move hood to nose for 2 years now so im on board with that.

    hopefull woods can do something, cant just be labeled a raw player forever
    Woods is like Keisel size, hopefully he sees he is at the end of his tryouts... we are team three now right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    id like taamu or chapman in round 2, possibly poe in 1.

    but ive been saying move hood to nose for 2 years now so im on board with that.

    hopefull woods can do something, cant just be labeled a raw player forever


    We can get poe in round 1. That's the direction we need to be thinking.
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    NT is most definitely his best position.

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