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    NPB Draft Recap 2014

    Need = Positional/Roster Needs
    Talent = Player's Talent Level today (PERFORMANCE)
    Potential = Duh
    Value = Value of the draft range

    1st - #15 - Ryan Shazier LB Ohio St
    NPB Board:
    #11 Overall
    #2 LBer

    I covered him in his own thread. I'll simply reiterate that I think he's the most versatile and dangerous weapon we've drafted defensively since Troy Polamalu. He should start immediately inside next to Timmons, and at worst, be a major force in sub package football

    Draft Grades:
    Need: B
    Talent: A
    Potential: A+
    Value: A-
    Overall Grade: A

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    2nd - #46th - Stephon Tuitt 34DE Notre Dame
    NPB Board:
    #40 Overall
    #2 34DE

    With Tuitt, its all about 2012. He did not look good last year. And I'm glad... if he repeated his 2012 season, he would've been a 1st rounder easily. I had him as a target for our 2nd round pick all year. But I'm concerned about his injury history, and his ability to return to form. He'll have a chance to start, thanks to his competition all being relatively weak (cam thomas) or unproven (arnfelt, williams)

    Draft Grades:
    Need: B
    Talent: C
    Potential: B+
    Value: A-
    Overall Grade: B

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    3rd - 97th - Dri Archer RB/WR/KR Kent St
    NPB Board:
    #98 Overall
    #6 RB
    #24 Offensive Weapon (WR, TE, RB)

    I didn't expect a player like Archer to go in the range justified by his talent... guys like him usually fall... and he was a guy I liked more in the 4th/5th round range. I was really bummed we didn't take Bryant here (but that worked out ok). Archer should be the day 1 Kick Returner, and Haley should find ways to get him him 5-8 touches per game in the offense. The Sproles comparisons are a given, because of his size... I hope he's the first guy in years to live up to that comparison.

    Draft Grades:
    Need: C+
    Talent: A
    Potential: A
    Value: C
    Overall Grade: B+

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    4th - 118th - Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
    NPB Board:
    #54 Overall
    #11 WR

    YEA!!!!I love his stride, separation, and high point skills. He separates vertically. He's super raw, drops a ton of balls, and has little route tree experience. But he has the athletic skills that we lack at WR, and getting him in the 4th is a steal. If he went back to Clemson, as the #1 WR, with better QB play (Boyd was awful last year)... he could've played himself into the 1st round, no doubt in my mind.

    I begged for this pick to be made

    Draft Grades:
    Need: A+
    Talent: C+
    Potential: A
    Value: A
    Overall Grade: A

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    5th - #157 - Shaq Richardson CB Arizona St
    NPB Board:
    #221 Overall
    #26 CB

    Not sure if he was the top corner available, i'm shocked Terrance Mitchell went in the 7th....Not sure about his long term potential. But I am sure we needed a young CB, as the last few drafts have produced nothing but cuts (seriously we've cut 5 CBs drafted in rounds 3-7 over the previous 4 drafts...). Ii didn't focus much on late round CBs, as I expected we'd surely take one in the first 3 rounds...

    Draft Grades:
    Need: A
    Talent: C-
    Potential: C+
    Value: D
    Overall Grade: C-

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    5th - 173rd - Wesley Johnson OL Purdue
    NPB Board:
    #N/A
    #N/A

    I didn't have him on my board. Never got an indication from anywhere that he was worth looking into. I watched the 2 games available on breakdown, and he actualy held his own vs Clowney. And I read that he was very impressive at the Senior Bowl. Feedback from the team is that they see him as a swing #6 Oline, who can play all 5 positions. that's nice...

    Draft Grades:
    Need: C
    Talent: C
    Potential: C
    Value: C
    Overall Grade: C

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    6th - 192nd - Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA
    NPB Board:
    #199 Overall
    #22 LB

    I wanted him... I wanted him at both of those 5th round picks. I watched a ton of UCLA last year, and he stands out all the time. If there is one way to describe his game, it is "violent". He is going to be penalized at the next level... and he's also going to knock guys out of games. I expect him to be an impact special teams player, while being versatile depth at ILB.

    Draft Grades:
    Need: B-
    Talent: C+
    Potential: B+
    Value: B
    Overall Grade: B

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    6th - 215th - Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
    NPB Board:
    #119 Overall
    #10 DT
    #5 34NT

    I wanted him... I wanted him at both of those 5th round picks. lol.
    Great project pick. McCullers never came close to living up to his massive potential. He was a total dud last year. But late in the draft, you draft what cannot be taught... a 6'7" 350 cannot be taught. Terrance Cody in the 6th round? Yes please.

    Draft Grades:
    Need: B
    Talent: D+
    Potential: B+
    Value: A
    Overall Grade: B

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    7th - 230th - Rob Blanchflower TE Umass
    NPB Board:
    #234 Overall
    #15 TE

    Injuries limited him last year, but he has some tape that shows me he's an NFLer. He's a very good inline blocker in the run game, he works the chip perfectly in pass protection, and he has great hands in the short area receiving game. He's very strong, and makes an impact on any snap. He's a #2 TE at best, and more likely a #3 who is used in the run game, short yardage game, goalline game.

    Draft Grades:
    Need: C
    Talent: C+
    Potential: C+
    Value: B
    Overall Grade: C+

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    All in all, I'm very pleased with our haul of prospects. I would've preferred a bigger impact CB, but other than that I am very happy.
    Our Haul on defense should set us up for long term success I think this future nucleus up front has the chance to be very very good:
    Worrilds OLB - 2010 2nd
    Heyward DE - 2011 1st
    Jones OLB - 2013 1st
    Shazier ILB - 2014 1st
    Tuitt DE - 2014 2nd

    We also accomplished giving Ben some new weapons in Archer and Bryant, to go along with our very young and maturing Offensive Line that has 1st and 2nd rounders at almost every spot.

    The last 2 years (8-8) have been tough, but the re-tool should be considered complete. The cap nightmare is over. The Steelers are back on the perennial contender path.

    2014 AFC North Division Champs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPatrickBanana View Post
    The last 2 years (8-8) have been tough, but the re-tool should be considered complete. The cap nightmare is over. The Steelers are back on the perennial contender path.

    2014 AFC North Division Champs!

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    I don't know if anyone had seen ESPN's "NFL Insiders" post draft show, but they had the Steelers draft ranked second in the entire NFL and the best draft in the AFC. (The 49ers were ranked first). What impressed them was the incredible speed and athletic ability the Steelers drafted this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky#20 View Post
    I don't know if anyone had seen ESPN's "NFL Insiders" post draft show, but they had the Steelers draft ranked second in the entire NFL and the best draft in the AFC. (The 49ers were ranked first). What impressed them was the incredible speed and athletic ability the Steelers drafted this year.
    Don't worry, Warren sap and all the other idiots will still say we are too old due to the fact that the only 2 players being Ike and Troy are still left.

    Rest of the team is very young.

    And yes, this team will be fast, just as fast as the team back in 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelchamp204 View Post
    Don't worry, Warren sap and all the other idiots will still say we are too old due to the fact that the only 2 players being Ike and Troy are still left.

    Rest of the team is very young.

    And yes, this team will be fast, just as fast as the team back in 2005.
    Well, as much as I hate Sapp, he was right about our D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TarlsQtr View Post
    Well, as much as I hate Sapp, he was right about our D.
    If you say it long enough it'll be true eventually. He said it for like 4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TarlsQtr View Post
    Well, as much as I hate Sapp, he was right about our D.
    Yea, but for christ sakes, he started saying it back in 2009? For every freaking year lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelchamp204 View Post
    Yea, but for christ sakes, he started saying it back in 2009? For every freaking year lol.
    How old was sapp when he couldnt play anymore??

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPatrickBanana View Post

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    All in all, I'm very pleased with our haul of prospects. I would've preferred a bigger impact CB, but other than that I am very happy.
    Our Haul on defense should set us up for long term success I think this future nucleus up front has the chance to be very very good:
    Worrilds OLB - 2010 2nd
    Heyward DE - 2011 1st
    Jones OLB - 2013 1st
    Shazier ILB - 2014 1st
    Tuitt DE - 2014 2nd

    We also accomplished giving Ben some new weapons in Archer and Bryant, to go along with our very young and maturing Offensive Line that has 1st and 2nd rounders at almost every spot.

    The last 2 years (8-8) have been tough, but the re-tool should be considered complete. The cap nightmare is over. The Steelers are back on the perennial contender path.

    2014 AFC North Division Champs!
    I'm in agreement on just about all you wrote, I was really upset with the Archer pick (as a need, not as the potential explosive weapon he can be), but I'll just hope for the best.

    I also am a big fan of McCullers, I know many will say there isn't enough opportunity in most games to warrant keeping the big, lumbering NT's but he should be thought of as more of a specialist (for now) than part of any base package. I actually wish there were a way to get him on the roster this year.........how many times is there going to be a team on our goal line, or in 3rd and 1 or less? I want a behemoth of a man sitting in the middle for those plays, I even want it this year.
    Quote Originally Posted by questforSB7 View Post
    And I have EVERY Steelers game on tape going back 20 years BEFORE Terry Bradshaw even picked up a football.

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