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Oviedo
11-09-2008, 09:23 AM
Davenport has been cut. Big question is who will be back returning KOs this week. The easy answer is Moore, but do we really risk him with Russell and him being the only healthy RBs? Santonio? Do we risk our best WR? Can Sweed return KOs?

Lots of questions which leads to this question. Do we use a premium pick on a KR/PR in this years draft? Try out this scenario:

Steelers will likely be drafting #25 or lower. All the best OTs (for sure) and DL (not as likely) are gone and Derrick Williams from Penn State is on the board. Do you take him?

I take him in a heartbeat. I take him in a primary role to return kicks. If you can't get a OT or DL who will be starting or playing significant minutes why not get a dynamic returner who will touch the ball probably a minimum of at least half a dozen times a game and maybe more. With Williams ability to catch, run and return he is a true triple threat. Best Player Available.

Thoughts?

MeetJoeGreene
11-09-2008, 10:11 AM
I like DWill (Being a PSU homer).

I just am not sure that he will go in the first round or would warrant it. Depends on his workout #s.

I would spend a 2nd or 3rd on him in a heartbeat.

And when I say heartbeat, I mean assuming we have signed at least 1 FA OL or DL.

stlrz d
11-09-2008, 10:13 AM
We do need a returner. Specifically someone who can return both kicks and punts.

But I have to wonder...is our lack of returning on the returner or on the guys blocking for him?

I'm not saying that's what it is...just wondering is all.

RussBII
11-09-2008, 11:00 AM
We do need a returner. Specifically someone who can return both kicks and punts.

But I have to wonder...is our lack of returning on the returner or on the guys blocking for him?

I'm not saying that's what it is...just wondering is all.

If it's not the blocking, the Steeler's have had the worst run of players in that position in the history of the NFL.

I'm sure it's a combination of both....

pittpete
11-09-2008, 11:48 AM
No way in hell do we spend a number 1 on a KR/PR.
Id let A. Smith return since he loves to hit so much.
Of course this is my opinion.

steelernation77
11-09-2008, 01:13 PM
I like DWill (Being a PSU homer).

I just am not sure that he will go in the first round or would warrant it. Depends on his workout #s.

I would spend a 2nd or 3rd on him in a heartbeat.

And when I say heartbeat, I mean assuming we have signed at least 1 FA OL or DL.

Derrick Williams is impressive. I was at the Penn State/Iowa game yesterday and I think they could've run out of shotgun with him every play and won. Like you said, I don't know if he would be worth a high pick.

Btw Go Hawkeyes!

buckeyehoppy
11-09-2008, 01:35 PM
The Steelers need to draft well all the way through the draft...a concept that eludes That @$$hole Colbert.

The Steelers REALLY need a OT in the first round...even if they have to TRADE UP to do it.

But, here's the hitch...they will also need to sign a FA OT at the same time they will need to re-up Kemo. Realistically, even though franchising Marvel makes the most sense he is damaged goods at this point and may not be worth even the one-year tender after being injured this year and the year before. Aside from that, unless Tony Hills becomes next year's Darnell Stapleton, there really isn't a viable option anywhere on the current Steelers depth chart.

Ergo, the Steelers will need to:

1) Re-up Kemo
2) Sign a starting (probably) LT in FA, and
3) Draft another OT in the first two rounds of the draft.

That's why I led off with the statement that the Steelers need to draft well all the way through the draft...a concept that eludes That @$$hole Colbert.

That would include getting a PR/KR. Perhaps the Steelers could combine the need for a CB with PR/KR duties. That would be a fabulous value for the team and if they can score that in the third or fourth round, so much the better. But the chances of getting an effective package of all of that that late in the draft are remote. However, if you re-sign Kemo and sign a FA LT, then the importance of drafting another OT is a bit more fluid.

Shawn
11-09-2008, 03:04 PM
I'm not sure I'm down with a first round gimmick/kr/pr.

buckeyehoppy
11-09-2008, 03:25 PM
I'm not sure I'm down with a first round gimmick/kr/pr.

I am definitely sure I'm NOT down with a first round gimmick/kr/pr.

Josh Cribbs was an UDFA. I rest MY case!

RuthlessBurgher
11-10-2008, 02:22 PM
The earliest I would even consider a return specialist would be with the comp pick we get for Faneca (and even then, I would want someone who might also be able to contribute elsewhere, such as at corner, rather than a return man only). Day one picks are reserved for the trenches this year, and yes, I think we should be actively attempting to trade up to assure us of getting the guys we want (like we did to get Troy and Santonio).

Oviedo
11-10-2008, 04:39 PM
Not sure how getting talent is a gimmick when your KR/PR will touch the ball 6-10 times per game. That is typically more balls than Santonio sees during a game and more touches than this year's 1st round pick Rashard Mendenhall was getting when hurt.

If you get someone like Derrick Williams who could also be your #4 receiver there is no gimmick to that.

A couple of other name available later in the draft to consider: Pat White, West Va.