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2010 NFL Combine Results: QB

Below is a list of QB's entering the 2010 NFL Draft – Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Bench
Arm
Zane Beadles
Utah
6-4
310

33 3/4
Ciron Black
LSU
6-4
327

23
33
Charles Brown
USC
6053
303

21
35 1/4
Bryan Bulaga
Iowa
6053
314

26
33 1/4
Kyle Calloway
Iowa
6-6
323

33 1/4
Bruce Campbell
Maryland
6063
314

34
36 1/4
Selvish Capers
West Virginia
6-4
308

19
34
Anthony Davis
Rutgers
6050
323

21
34
Jason Fox
Miami
6-7
303

34 1/2
Kyle Jolly
North Carolina
6-6
311

33 1/2
Matt Kopa
Stanford

Russell Okung
Oklahoma State
6052
307

38
36
Cole Pemberton
Colorado State
6-7
315

34 1/4
Dace Richardson
Iowa
6-5
320

33 1/2
Rodger Saffold
Indiana
6-4
316

33 5/8
Chris Scott
Tennessee
6-4
319

34 1/8
Mike Tepper
California
6-5
324

32 1/2
Adam Ulatoski
Texas
6-5
300

33 1/4
Jared Veldheer
Hillsdale
6081
312

32
33
Ed Wang
Virginia Tech
6-5
314

29
33 3/4
Tony Washington
Abilene Christian
6061
311

33
35 1/2
Thomas Welch
Vanderbilt
6-6
307

29
33 1/4
Trent Williams
Oklahoma
6045
315

23
34 1/4
Sam Young
Notre Dame
6-8
316

29
34 1/2

2010 NFL Combine Results: Tackles

Below is a list of tackles entering the 2010 NFL Draft – Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Bench
Arm
Zane Beadles
Utah
6-4
310

33 3/4
Ciron Black
LSU
6-4
327

23
33
Charles Brown
USC
6053
303

21
35 1/4
Bryan Bulaga
Iowa
6053
314

26
33 1/4
Kyle Calloway
Iowa
6-6
323

33 1/4
Bruce Campbell
Maryland
6063
314

34
36 1/4
Selvish Capers
West Virginia
6-4
308

19
34
Anthony Davis
Rutgers
6050
323

21
34
Jason Fox
Miami
6-7
303

34 1/2
Kyle Jolly
North Carolina
6-6
311

33 1/2
Matt Kopa
Stanford

Russell Okung
Oklahoma State
6052
307

38
36
Cole Pemberton
Colorado State
6-7
315

34 1/4
Dace Richardson
Iowa
6-5
320

33 1/2
Rodger Saffold
Indiana
6-4
316

33 5/8
Chris Scott
Tennessee
6-4
319

34 1/8
Mike Tepper
California
6-5
324

32 1/2
Adam Ulatoski
Texas
6-5
300

33 1/4
Jared Veldheer
Hillsdale
6081
312

32
33
Ed Wang
Virginia Tech
6-5
314

29
33 3/4
Tony Washington
Abilene Christian
6061
311

33
35 1/2
Thomas Welch
Vanderbilt
6-6
307

29
33 1/4
Trent Williams
Oklahoma
6045
315

23
34 1/4
Sam Young
Notre Dame
6-8
316

29
34 1/2

2010 NFL Combine Results: Guards

Below is a list of guards entering the 2010 NFL Draft – Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Bench
Arm
Jon Asamoah
Illinois
6-4
305

33
Dorian Brooks
James Madison
6-2
306

33 3/4
Brandon Carter
Texas Tech
6-6
329

33 1/2
Chris Degeare
Wake Forest
6-4
325

34
Vladimir Ducasse
Massachusetts
6-4
332

29
34 3/4
Kurtis Gregory
Missouri
6-4
305

33
Joe Hawley
UNLV
6-3
297

35
33 1/8
Mike Iupati
Idaho
6-5
331

27
34 3/4
John Jerry
Ole Miss
6-5
328

DNP
34
Mike Johnson
Alabama
6-5
312

32 1/2
Shawn Lauvao
Arizona State
6-2
315

33
33
Marshall Newhouse
TCU
6-4
319

34
Alex Parsons
USC
6-4
309

31 3/4
Mitch Petrus
Arkansas
6-3
310

45
33 3/4
Shelley Smith
Colorado State
6-3
300

32 1/2

2010 NFL Combine: Guards

2010 NFL Combine Results: Guards

Below is a list of guards entering the 2010 NFL Draft - Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Bench
Arm
Jon Asamoah
Illinois
6-4
305

33
Dorian Brooks
James Madison
6-2
306

33 3/4
Brandon Carter
Texas Tech
6-6
329

33 1/2
Chris Degeare
Wake Forest
6-4
325

34
Vladimir Ducasse
Massachusetts
6-4
332

29
34 3/4
Kurtis Gregory
Missouri
6-4
305

33
Joe Hawley
UNLV
6-3
297

35
33 1/8
Mike Iupati
Idaho
6-5
331

27
34 3/4
John Jerry
Ole Miss
6-5
328

DNP
34
Mike Johnson
Alabama
6-5
312

32 1/2
Shawn Lauvao
Arizona State
6-2
315

33
33
Marshall Newhouse
TCU
6-4
319

34
Alex Parsons
USC
6-4
309

31 3/4
Mitch Petrus
Arkansas
6-3
310

45
33 3/4
Shelley Smith
Colorado State
6-3
300

32 1/2

2010 NFL Combine: Centers

2010 NFL Combine Results: Centers

Below is a list of centers entering the 2010 NFL Draft - Player Name, School, Height, Weight, 40 Time, Beach, Arm Length

Player
School
Height
Weight
40 Time
Bench
Arm
Jeff Byers
USC
6-3
301
33
33 1/8
Erik Cook
New Mexico
6-6
318
33 7/8
Ted Larsen
N.C. State
6-2
304
32
Eric Olsen
Notre Dame
6-4
306
35
32 1/2
Maurkice Pouncey
Florida
6-4
304
32 1/2
Matt Tennant
Boston College
6-5
300
32 1/4
J.D. Walton
Baylor
6-3
300
33 3/8

Steelers Sign Hampton to 3-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed nose tackle, Casey Hampton to a 3-year deal.  The Steelers  were able to get a long-term deal worked out with the 32-year old Pro Bowler which is great news for both Hampton and the Steelers.

The Steelers did not have a NT on the current roster to replace the Pro Bowler.  Most believed that if Hampton didn't sign a long-term deal, the Steelers would franchise him and most likely draft his replacement in Tennessee's defensive tackle (DT), Dan Williams.  Hampton was against the franchise tag, saying that "there would be problems" if the Steelers did franchise him.

The NFL's elite 3-4 nose tackles are both a hot commodity and a rare commodity especially with more and more teams switching from the 4-3 to 3-4 defense.  This is a win-win for both sides.  The Steelers can now concentrate on other 1st round draft needs including a safety, linebacker or offensive tackle.  It is very likely that the Steelers philosophy of drafting the "best player available" will happen to be one of those 3 positions of need.

Casey Hampton's contract includes 3 years, worth $21.3 million and includes a $6.5 million signing bonus.

The Steelers 2008 Bust Class

Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed continue to disappoint Steeler Nation as well as their coaches.  Let's start with

Rashard Mendenhall

Rashard Mendenhall

the 2008 1st round pick standout from Illinois, Rashard Mendenhall.  Last season, Mendenhall's rookie season was cut short when Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis laid a crushing hit on the rookie, fracturing his should and ending his season in the process. This year, Mendenhall has seen very limited playing time with Willie Parker as the primary back and Mewelde Moore seeing the majority of 3rd down duties.  To top matters off, Mendenhall was basically benched by head coach Mike Tomlin because he wasn't satisfied with the running back's preparation going into Sunday's division showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals.  It was reported that Tomlin requires his players to take a written test leading up to each game to determine how well each player knows their assignments.  Likewise, it's an indicator of how well each player prepares for an upcoming game.  Shame on Mendenhall.  He should be embarrassed to let his more veteran teammates down.  What type of work ethic does this show about Mendenhall?  With the amount of money that 1st round picks are making, and knowing he's probably the future running back of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you would think he would make more of a conscience effort to help his team win.

Rashard Mendenhall Jersey

Now for the 2008 2nd round pick from Texas, Limas Sweed.  Also a great athlete and standout during his college days,

Limas Sweed

Limas Sweed

the 6-4 220 pound receiver has a great combination of size and speed and a rare ability to beat defenses and get open down the field.  So, what's the problem you may ask?  The guy can't catch the ball.  He reminds me of Nate Washington in the early part of his career but worse.  He dropped a touchdown pass during the AFC Championship Game (AFCCG) which would have clinched the game.  Now, he drops a touchdown pass that inevitably costs the Steelers the game in their second straight loss of the year against the Bengals.  In Sweed's defense, his drop wasn't the primary reason for the Steelers losing against the Bengals (it was actually poor defense and coaching) but still.  When is this guy going to learn to hold onto the ball?  Coach Mike Tomlin threatened him this week by saying that he better catch the next pass thrown his way or he'll be demoted to the 5th wide receiver.  What a disappointment he has been this year.  It was thought that Sweed would fill in nicely as the number 3 wide receiver with the departure of Nate Washington.  With Sweed's combination of size and speed, fans were hoping to see that "big target" that Big Ben has been wishing for.  Instead, we see a guy that was already replaced by rookie Mike Wallace as the number 3 wide receiver.  Regardless if Sweed keeps his number 4 wide receiver spot, he won't see many passes thrown his way at all this season unless he regains that number 3 spot.

Limas Sweed Jersey

The 2008 Steelers draft class is looking like the poorest caliber of players in recent memory.   Let's hope that changes in the very near future.

Discuss at the Planet Steelers Forum

NFL Draft Prospects Visits

The following list accounts for all 30 visits the Steelers scheduled with the below NFL Draft prospects.  Also included are the projected round for each player.

C Alex Mack (round 1)
CB Vontae Davis (round 1)
CB Alphonso Smith (round 1-2)
C Max Unger (round 1-2)
S Louis Delmas (round 2)
DE Jarron Gilbert (round 2)
CB Mike Mickens (round 2-3)
G Andy Levitre (round 2-3)
DT Fili Moala (round 2-3)
OT Phil Loadholt (round 2-3)
CB Sherrod Martin (round 2-3)
LB Lawrence Sidbury (round 2-3)
OG Herman Johnson (round 3)
NT Dorrell Scott (round 3)
WR Louis Murphy (round 3)
DT Sammie Lee Hill (round 3-4)
TE Richard Quinn (round 4)
CB Joe Burnett (round 4-5)
WR/RS Mike Thomas (round 4-5)
QB Nate Davis (Round 5)
CB Donald Washington (Round 5-6)
G Louis Vasquez (round 5-6)
DT Ra'Shon Harris (round 6-7)
FB Frank Summers (round 7 or FA)
CB Don Carey (round 7 or FA)
WR Jason Chery (round 7 or FA)
LB Spence Adkins (round 7 or FA)
CB Ellis Lankster (round 7 or FA)
WR Travis Shelton (FA)
DE Brandon Long (FA)

Steelers Draft Analysis

For those of you trying to put together a Steelers draft- here's a couple of things to ponder:

Since being hired in 2000, Kevin Colbert has had 1 OL player drafted in Round 1 (Kendall Simmons 2002). 1 2nd

Kevin Colbert

Kevin Colbert

round pick was used on OL (Marvel Smith (2000). 2 3rd round picks have been spent on OT's (Starks & Essex), 3 4th rounder's were spent on OL (Hills, Colon, Nkwenti) & 7 picks spent on OL players beyond the 5th round (Only Kemoeatu & Okobi of any real note). What does it mean? Probably nothing. But it seems that Colbert run organisations place OL value in the middle rounds instead of the high rounds.

You think that this trend only began once he joined the Steelers? He was at the Lions before that- Jeff Hartings being the only 1st round OL & Aaron Gibson the only 2nd round OL to be picked on his watch.

Since 2000, 10 'skill' players (RB's, WR's, DB's & QB's) have been selected in the first 2 rounds. In only 2 years since 2000 have the Steelers NOT spent a top 2 round pick on a 'skill' position.

Since 2000, 11 LB's have been selected by the Steelers. Only in 1 year was no LB selected (2006).

Since 2000 only 3 players have been selected on Day 1 (first 3 rounds) that did not play for a good sized foot ball program- Trai Essex (Northwestern), Ben (Miami OH), Ricardo Colclough (Tusculum).  Conversely- 5 FLORIDA STATE players have been selected in the top 3 rounds in that time frame (The highest of all schools for the Steelers). FLORIDA STATE & GEORGIA are the two schools to have the most players selected by the Steelers since 2000 with 5 a piece. TEXAS is 3rd with 3. (This DOES NOT INCLUDE UDFA).

Since 2000 only 2 DL's have been selected in the first 3 rounds- Casey Hampton in 2001 & Kendrick Clancy in 2000. 9 DL's have been selected in Colbert's reign. The latest 2- Ryan McBean in 2007 & Orien Harris in 2006 were both 4th round selections. (To balance this- the DL has been set for the Steelers for some time).

THE BREAKDOWN
Since 2000

QB- 5 selected- 1 1st round pick & 4 5th round picks.

RB- 5 selected- 1 1st round pick, 1 5th round pick & 3 7th round picks.

WR- 9 selected- 2 1st round picks, 2 2nd round picks, 1 3rd round pick, 2 4th round picks, 1 6th round pick & 1 7th round pick.

TE- 5 selected- 1 1st round pick, 1 3rd round pick, 1 5th round pick & 2 6th round picks.

OT- 7 selected- 1 2nd round pick, 2 3rd round picks, 3 4th round picks, 1 6th round pick.

OG- 3 selected- 1 1st round pick, 1 5th round pick, 1 6th round pick.

C- 3 selected- 1 5th round pick & 2 6th round picks.

DT- 3 selected- 1 1st round pick, 1 3rd round pick, 1 7th round pick (Please note- Casey Hampton, selected in 2001, has started for 8 years with Chris Hoke his back-up most of that time- no real 'need' for this position).

DE- 6 selected- 2 4th round picks, 2 6th round picks, 2 7th round picks.

OLB- 7 selected- 1 1st round pick, 2 2nd round picks, 1 3rd round pick, 2 5th round picks & 1 6th round pick.

ILB- 4 selected- 1 2nd round pick, 1 4th round pick, 1 5th round pick, 1 6th round pick.

CB- 6 selected- 2 2nd round picks, 1 3rd round pick, 1 4th round pick, 1 5th round pick, 1 7th round pick.

S- 4 selected- 1 1st round pick, 2 3rd round picks & 1 6th round pick.

ST- 1 selected- 1 4th round pick

By Round-
1st round- 1 QB, 1 RB, 2 WR's, 1 TE, 1 OG, 1 DT, 1 OLB, 1 S (6 'skill', 3 'non-skill')

2nd Round- 2 WR's, 1 OT, 2 OLB's, 1 ILB, 2 CB's (4 'skill', 4 'non-skill')

3rd Round- 1 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT's, 1 DT, 1 OLB, 1 CB, 2 S's (5 'skill', 4 'non-skill')

4th Round- 2 WR's, 3 OT's, 2 DE's, 1 ILB, 1 CB, 1 P (3 'skill', 7 'non-skill')

5th Round- 4 QB's, 1 RB, 1 TE, 1 OG, 1 C, 2 OLB's, 1 ILB, 1 CB (7 'skill', 5 'non-skill')

6th Round- 1 WR, 2 TE, 1 OT, 1 OG, 2 C's, 2 DE's, 1 OLB, 1 ILB, 1 CB (4 'skill', 8 'non-skill')

7th Round- 3 RB's, 1 WR, 1 DT, 2 DE's (4 'skill', 3 'non-skill')

You will notice a heavier weighting on 'skilled' players in the first 3 rounds, while there is a heavier weighting on the 'non-skill' players in the middle rounds.

Round 5 is weird- 4 QB's?? It would seem that Colbert uses Round 5 to grab the 'BPA' more often than not, while leaning towards playmakers early & 'grunts' in the middle.

This might all mean nothing. After all, the Steelers have been set in many positions that appear to be 'negleted' for a number of years (Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith, Marvel Smith, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, James Farrior, Alan Faneca, Kendall Simmons, Jeff Hartings, etc)

But then again, if it's used as a guide to Colbert's 'draft weighting', we might find our guessing to be a little less 'random'...

Post provided by Chadman at the Planet Steelers Forum

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