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    Steelers 5th Round Draft Pick -2012 - Chris Rainey - RB - Florida

    Steelers take their 5th round pick and go for running back depth and value with Chris Rainey out of Florida. Good hands, good route runner out of the back field. 5'8" 180 lbs so he brings that speed dimension and change of pace to the backfield. Pittsburgh is full of power backs, tough, hard runners so Rainey makes some sense here and will compete with Baron Batch.


    Rainey, like his teammate Jeff Demps, is a burner. Unlike Demps, his track-speed translates to the football field, which makes him an intriguing prospect who has played various roles in Florida's offense. While not nearly as big as former teammate Percy Harvin, Rainey has been able to deliver for the Gators in a similar fashion. He uses his agility and quickness to make guys miss. He could move up into the middle rounds.

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    Rainey is quick and decisive off the snap. He usually looks to get the edge. He is a very effective short-area mover who can ignite a two-step power move to beat a defender laterally and get to the edge. He is a straight-line runner but is elusive and make defenders miss in the open field. He is a good route runner out of the backfield and out of the slot and he will likely get work there early in the pros. Weaknesses

    Rainey is undersized and it shows when he tries to run inside or pass protect. He almost always looks to get outside and will go down on contact when running in the box. He is not willing nor able to block linebackers and protect the quarterback and will get overpowered at the next level. He is a strict work-in-space player at the next level and will have a hard time playing as a traditional running back.

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    He strikes me as a Haley type RB.
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    This guy will definitely add some much needed speed to the backfield. I have no issue going with Rainey in this round especially with such a solid draft so far.

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    I don't hate this pick! Makes sense to me..
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    i like this pick for a long 3rd down option

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    At this point, they could pass on all the rest of their draft picks and I'd still be thrilled with this draft.

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    He compares pretty well with McCLuster. He is not a typical runningback, but if you find some way to get him the ball he has break away speed!
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    The new NFL were passing the ball dominates and teams need to provide their QB with all the weapons they can get their hands on....I agree that Haley had influence in the drafting of Rainey.........Rainey also offers value as a dynamic return man......I like the pick big time........Its going to be nice to see an OC like Haley actually use his RB's in the passing games as a legit threat.......The Steelers offense will soon be on par with the likes of the Pack, Pats, and Saints.....

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    Haley had a say in this pick for sure and I like it
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    wow , a burner , 4.38 speed that was Chris Johnson speed when he was drafted . I'm excited seeing this guy in black and gold .
    I cannot wait to see all these 4 guys in black and gold . We probable got the heaviest and lightest players in the draft . lol

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