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fordfixer
03-06-2009, 08:34 PM
Steeler Report: Jarret Dillard would be a perfect fit for Steelers
March 6, 12:35 AM

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PITTSBURGH- It's no secret now that the Steelers will look to find a receiver in the draft. Bruce Arians also let the cat out of the bag, so to speak when he made this comment to Mike Prisuta of the Tribune Review.

"It'll be Limas, Martin Nance and whoever we draft, one of those cats,"

Sources say there are two guys on the watch/want list if they are available, when the team picks at No. 32 - Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland and North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks.

In the next few weeks we'll touch base on the both of them. For now, though, how about a sleeper, a guy that would really fulfill a need and be there for the taking in second or even possibly as late as the fourth.

His name is Jarret Dillard, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound burner from Rice University.

True the Steelers utilized a No.2 pick on Limas Sweed last year, mostly in part because Ben Roethlisberger wanted a big guy in the offensive scheme. But has size become overrated when it comes to the wide receiver slot?

After all, Santonio Holmes is just 5-foot-11 and all he did was win the Super Bowl MVP.

Dillard posted some impressive stats at the recent NFL combine, where he posted a vertical jump of 42.5 inches and the best broad jump 10 feet, 9 inches, and he runs around a 4.3- 40.

What he did in college was even more impressive. In 2007 at the New Orleans Bowl, Dillard caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to set a new record for games with a touchdown in a single season (13); besting the mark he shared with Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss of 12.

Dillard also holds the NCAA record for career touchdown receptions with 60, eclipsing the prior mark of 50 set by former Steeler Troy Edwards. In addition, he was only the 10th player in NCAA history to exceed 4,000 career receiving yards. Last year alone, he had 87 grabs for 1,310 yards.

But the one thing besides all his stats that was eye catching is this tidbit. His best day of 2008 was a 158-yard effort against Texas. That was the most yards gained by a receiver vs. the Longhorns, including all three finalists for the 2008 Biletnikoff Award (Michael Crabtree, Dez Bryant, Jeremy Maclin).

So there is no question that he is very explosive and athletic. One draft publication says he is a home run threat any time he has the ball, much like Nate Washington brought to the table. The question now, with all the stats why not a first round pick?

His biggest setback is not playing against the type of competition that a guy such as Heyward-Bey has done. He also is small by NFL standards at 175 pounds. But one thing about Dillard, as defenses shifted their focus onto him n 2007/08 - he still performed at a high level and made his teammates better.

NFLdraftdog has compared him to Marvin Harrison, but time will tell as to whether he can have an impact on the NFL level.

Considering this guy has been called the consummate team player from his coaches, it will interesting to watch in 50 days if the Steelers call his name.

Flasteel
03-06-2009, 08:58 PM
Career punt returns: 0 for 0 yards

I think I would puke if we burned a second round pick on a guy who has never fielded a punt in college.

NW Steeler
03-06-2009, 09:06 PM
No way. Troy Edwards was mentioned in the same article. That's the death nail right there!

steelblood
03-07-2009, 03:59 PM
Prisuta is stupid. He thinks Dillard will play the slot? Hines plays the slot in three receiver sets. We need a third receiver who has the size and speed to play on the outside. Dillard does not.

RuthlessBurgher
03-07-2009, 05:06 PM
Prisuta is stupid. He thinks Dillard will play the slot? Hines plays the slot in three receiver sets. We need a third receiver who has the size and speed to play on the outside. Dillard does not.

Prisuta may or may not be stupid, but your opinion of Prisuta should not be swayed by this article, because it was written by some guy named Matt Pawlikowski. But Pawlikowski is stupid for writing that he runs around a 4.3 40. Hey, Matt, the combine was on TV for everyone to see. The results are even posted online. His 40 time did have a 4 and a 3 in it. But it was 4.53. Nice try, though.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/2009/combine/wr.html

By the way, Walter Cherepinsky has him ranked as the 25th WR overall, projected in the 5th or 6th round.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2009WR.php

Scott Wright has him ranked slightly better as the 21st ranked WR overall.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/rankings/wr.php

You can't deny that he was productive:

2005 11 35 524 15.0 5
2006 13 91 1,247 13.7 21
2007 12 79 1,057 13.4 14
2008 13 87 1,310 15.1 20
Totals 49 292 4,138 14.2 60

But as the article mentioned, so was Troy Edwards. He wouldn't be an awful pick, in round 5 or later, but I would be upset if he was taken in rounds 2-4 like the article suggested. And I would prefer a WR that we draft to have some experience returning punts and/or kickoffs as well. But that is just me.

MaxAMillion
03-07-2009, 10:37 PM
I love Nicks, but I doubt he is around at 32. The Giants will take him.

steelblood
03-08-2009, 10:22 AM
Prisuta is stupid. He thinks Dillard will play the slot? Hines plays the slot in three receiver sets. We need a third receiver who has the size and speed to play on the outside. Dillard does not.

Prisuta may or may not be stupid, but your opinion of Prisuta should not be swayed by this article, because it was written by some guy named Matt Pawlikowski. But Pawlikowski is stupid for writing that he runs around a 4.3 40. Hey, Matt, the combine was on TV for everyone to see. The results are even posted online. His 40 time did have a 4 and a 3 in it. But it was 4.53. Nice try, though.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/2009/combine/wr.html

By the way, Walter Cherepinsky has him ranked as the 25th WR overall, projected in the 5th or 6th round.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2009WR.php

Scott Wright has him ranked slightly better as the 21st ranked WR overall.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/rankings/wr.php

You can't deny that he was productive:

2005 11 35 524 15.0 5
2006 13 91 1,247 13.7 21
2007 12 79 1,057 13.4 14
2008 13 87 1,310 15.1 20
Totals 49 292 4,138 14.2 60

But as the article mentioned, so was Troy Edwards. He wouldn't be an awful pick, in round 5 or later, but I would be upset if he was taken in rounds 2-4 like the article suggested. And I would prefer a WR that we draft to have some experience returning punts and/or kickoffs as well. But that is just me.

Ha! I thought Prisuta wrote it. I must be projecting my disgust.

Still, I don't think we need a slot-only receiver.

BigBen2112
03-09-2009, 09:02 PM
Prisuta is stupid. He thinks Dillard will play the slot? Hines plays the slot in three receiver sets. We need a third receiver who has the size and speed to play on the outside. Dillard does not.

Prisuta may or may not be stupid, but your opinion of Prisuta should not be swayed by this article, because it was written by some guy named Matt Pawlikowski. But Pawlikowski is stupid for writing that he runs around a 4.3 40. Hey, Matt, the combine was on TV for everyone to see. The results are even posted online. His 40 time did have a 4 and a 3 in it. But it was 4.53. Nice try, though.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/2009/combine/wr.html

By the way, Walter Cherepinsky has him ranked as the 25th WR overall, projected in the 5th or 6th round.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2009WR.php

Scott Wright has him ranked slightly better as the 21st ranked WR overall.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/rankings/wr.php

You can't deny that he was productive:

2005 11 35 524 15.0 5
2006 13 91 1,247 13.7 21
2007 12 79 1,057 13.4 14
2008 13 87 1,310 15.1 20
Totals 49 292 4,138 14.2 60

But as the article mentioned, so was Troy Edwards. He wouldn't be an awful pick, in round 5 or later, but I would be upset if he was taken in rounds 2-4 like the article suggested. And I would prefer a WR that we draft to have some experience returning punts and/or kickoffs as well. But that is just me.

And you forgot--Benny has him rated between 18-20 LoL.

Oh and the article has his weight wrong...probably b/c they went to the Rice site instead of looking at official weigh-in numbers from the post-season drills etc.

And while you think he'd be a decent pick in the 5th...I think he'd be a decent value at 4th. His production was off the charts even against some good teams...and the difference between him and Edwards? He's not going in the 1st round.

4-5 is perfect...in the 3rd is a little high, even as a comp. pick.

Instead you'd want who? Quan Cosby the 26 year old?

No earlier than the 4th...but we pick so late in the 4th that he'd be a pretty decent value there.

And about someone who returned kicks/punts...how many TDs did Joshua Cribbs have as a returner for Kent State? How many did he return at Kent State? Was he not a starting QB as a true freshman?

Dillard's speed is more than adequate at 4.54...runs good routes...has good hands...willing to go across the middle...can make huge plays...and is elusive as well. Why would he be a bad value pick? Because you want a returner? I'd rather have a 2nd reliable receiver. And again he could return kicks...we'll find out but what's the argument why he cant...b/c he hasnt?

He'd be a fine pick in the 4th and if there in the 5th he'd be a good value pick.

frankthetank1
03-10-2009, 08:27 AM
i like nicks a lot but no way i want the steelers to draft bey. havent seen dillard play but he sounds kind of small. i would rather see them get a wr more like sweed's size. they already have tone and hines who are not big wr's

Oviedo
03-10-2009, 08:56 AM
Prisuta is stupid. He thinks Dillard will play the slot? Hines plays the slot in three receiver sets. We need a third receiver who has the size and speed to play on the outside. Dillard does not.

Prisuta may or may not be stupid, but your opinion of Prisuta should not be swayed by this article, because it was written by some guy named Matt Pawlikowski. But Pawlikowski is stupid for writing that he runs around a 4.3 40. Hey, Matt, the combine was on TV for everyone to see. The results are even posted online. His 40 time did have a 4 and a 3 in it. But it was 4.53. Nice try, though.

http://www.footballsfuture.com/2009/combine/wr.html

By the way, Walter Cherepinsky has him ranked as the 25th WR overall, projected in the 5th or 6th round.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2009WR.php

Scott Wright has him ranked slightly better as the 21st ranked WR overall.

http://www.draftcountdown.com/rankings/wr.php

You can't deny that he was productive:

2005 11 35 524 15.0 5
2006 13 91 1,247 13.7 21
2007 12 79 1,057 13.4 14
2008 13 87 1,310 15.1 20
Totals 49 292 4,138 14.2 60

But as the article mentioned, so was Troy Edwards. He wouldn't be an awful pick, in round 5 or later, but I would be upset if he was taken in rounds 2-4 like the article suggested. And I would prefer a WR that we draft to have some experience returning punts and/or kickoffs as well. But that is just me.

And you forgot--Benny has him rated between 18-20 LoL.

Oh and the article has his weight wrong...probably b/c they went to the Rice site instead of looking at official weigh-in numbers from the post-season drills etc.

And while you think he'd be a decent pick in the 5th...I think he'd be a decent value at 4th. His production was off the charts even against some good teams...and the difference between him and Edwards? He's not going in the 1st round.

4-5 is perfect...in the 3rd is a little high, even as a comp. pick.

Instead you'd want who? Quan Cosby the 26 year old?

No earlier than the 4th...but we pick so late in the 4th that he'd be a pretty decent value there.

And about someone who returned kicks/punts...how many TDs did Joshua Cribbs have as a returner for Kent State? How many did he return at Kent State? Was he not a starting QB as a true freshman?

Dillard's speed is more than adequate at 4.54...runs good routes...has good hands...willing to go across the middle...can make huge plays...and is elusive as well. Why would he be a bad value pick? Because you want a returner? I'd rather have a 2nd reliable receiver. And again he could return kicks...we'll find out but what's the argument why he cant...b/c he hasnt?

He'd be a fine pick in the 4th and if there in the 5th he'd be a good value pick.

I'd also consider Austin Collie, BYU in Rounds 4-6 along with Dillard.