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Chadman
03-11-2010, 06:30 PM
Given the 'excitement' of the last few days, Chadman feels it is an ideal time to update his ever changing mock draft.

This time around there are a few more considerations-

1. The Steelers, by signing both Ryan Clark & Will Allen, look to have taken away the 'need' to draft a Safety. Not saying they WON'T draft one, but they certainly won't take one without considering other options.

2. Pretty good bet to remove WR all together at this point after adding 2 more in Arnaz Battle & Antwaan Randle El.

3. Jon Scott takes away the need to use a mid-round choice on a 'back-up' OT. Unless the Steelers are looking at a starting OT early, might remove OT all together.

4. CHARACTER. Given the developments with Ben & possibly Santonio, here's betting the Steelers won't look to add too many question marks.

5. Compensatory picks- using the projected extra 2 5th round picks & the extra 7th really gives the Steelers plenty of options in the draft. It's too hard to predict trades, so Chadman will assume the Steelers use all 10 picks at this point. (In reality, Chadman will expect some moving up & down & the Steelers might actually use closer to 6 picks).

Now, on with the show...

Chadman
03-11-2010, 06:55 PM
ROUND 1.

MIKE IUPATI OG IDAHO 6'5" 331lbs, 34 3/4" Arm Length, 10 5/8" Hands, 5.26 40 Yard
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Ok, so Iupati has some barnacles on him in regards to pass blocking. But then, so did Kemo coming out of college. The benefit of playing at OG is that he should recieve help from either side in pass protection. And he looks coachable. Coach Kugs is known to implement a blocking system that works to the strengths of the individual, so he might be able to minimise the pass protection errors. The bonus is, Iupati is a devestating run blocker. Just a beast. And with Mr Rooney's desire for the Steelers to improve the running game, adding Iupati moves in that direction. Given that his main competition appears to be Trai Essex & Jon Scott, Iupati is every chance of being an immediate impact player for the Steelers.

Pass blocking: Good initial quickness off the snap. Provides a significant jolt to the defender with his punch. Too high in his pass protection but has the strong hands to latch on to the defender and ride him throughout the play. Good balance and lateral agility to slide with the defender and remain square. Can get himself in trouble with leverage by playing too high. Long arms and great lower strength to lock out. Rarely takes a step back even against a powerful bull rush, but this could be an area of concern against NFL defensive linemen, especially when Iupati fails to move his feet. Has developed into a savvy blocker. Looks to help out his teammates when not covered. Wants to hit someone.

Run Blocking: Can dominate as a run blocker due to his mass and rare upper-body strength. Provides an explosive initial pop that often knocks the defender back. Has to do a better job of latching on, as he'll knock his opponent back only to see him regroup and get back into the play. Very good drive blocker when he plays with leverage and keeps his hands inside. Can physically remove the defender from the hole. Looks to eliminate more than one defender on the play and will release to the second level. Good effort downfield.

Pulling/trapping: Surprisingly agile in getting out and blocking at the second level. Good body control and straight-line speed for a player of his size. Can re-adjust in space to hit the linebacker. Fails to lock onto the defender, at times, preferring to violently shove his target to the ground and look for others.

Initial Quickness: Good initial quickness off the snap in pass protection. Even on the rare occasions when beaten off the snap, his long arms and wide-body make it difficult for defenders (including blitzing linebackers) to sneak through his gap. When beaten by quicker defensive tackles in the running game, has the agility and long arms to catch them as they slide by, typically knocking them down and pancaking them.

Downfield: Intimidating presence on the move. Good athleticism and balance for a man his size and can redirect to make the effective block when he gets close. Will misjudge angles at times, and miss his intended target. When he does so, rather than turn to stand helplessly around the pile, he moves on to the next target. Good effort to block downfield.

Intangibles: Made significant progress over the past two seasons and appears to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Size and athleticism combination enough that some will view him as a better offensive tackle or even defensive tackle prospect. Born in American Samoa and moved to the United States at 14. Began learning English (and football) at that time. Has only played football since high school. Signed with Idaho after bigger programs had concerns about his ability to qualify academically. Voted team captain by his peers for 2009.

Chadman
03-11-2010, 07:03 PM
ROUND 2.

KAREEM JACKSON CB ALABAMA 5'10" 196lbs, 30' arms, 9 1/8' hands, 4.41 40 yard
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A big contributor on a good defense. Confident, aggressive & technically sound. While the Steelers solidified themselves at FS, the CB position opposite Ike Taylor is still up for grabs. Such a deep draft for CB, you almost HAVE to take one. Kind of reminds Chadman of Bryant McFadden in some ways. Could contribute early, and often.

Read & React: Good route recognition. Reads the body lean of his opponent and has the athleticism to react accordingly. He anticipates the path of the ball and extends to reach around a receiver to break up passes. Reads run quickly and attacks the run on the perimeter.

Man Coverage: Good bump-and-run corner. Provides a good, physical pop at the line of scrimmage and keeps his hand on the receiver downfield to control. Good use of body to push the receiver outside, using the sideline to help cut off the space in which the quarterback can throw the ball. Allows too much separation on deep routes and has stiffness in his hips when suddenly changing direction. Face guards at this level, but won't be allowed to do so in the NFL.

Zone Coverage: Good awareness for zone coverage. A bit high in his backpedal and has some stiffness in his hips, but trusts his eyes and locates the football quickly. Savvy, physical player. Likes to use his hands to re-route the receiver. Has quick feet and a good burst out of his breaks to close.

Closing/Recovery: Lacks an elite second gear to recover if beaten initially, but has an impressive burst downhill to close on the ball. Plants his foot and drives, showing good body control to adjust around the receiver and get his hands on the ball. Times his leaps well and has an explosive vertical. Good hand-eye coordination and ball skills to extend and pluck outside of his frame.

Run Support: Aggressive to the line of scrimmage to help against the run, protecting the edge and forcing the back to cut back inside. Fights through the receiver's block and has the agility to elude bigger blockers in tight quarters. Good vision and effort to cut through the trash in pursuit. Takes good angles in pursuit.

Tackling: Strong wrap-up tackler. Brings his hips through and can be a big hitter on the boundary. Willing to face up bigger ballcarriers. Will lead with his shoulder when he sees the receiver in a vulnerable position. Good strength for the drag-down tackle when trailing the receiver across the middle.

Intangibles: Highly competitive player that puts in time in the film room. Asked for his grade from the NFL Advisory Committee, but didn't read it upon receiving it. Jackson gave the unopened envelope to Nick Saban to hold until after the BCS National Championship game so that the contents wouldn't be a distraction.

Lebsteel
03-11-2010, 07:08 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! I'd rather take C.J. Spiller than Iupati! I'd rather take a QB than Iupati. Let's give Urbik a chance. Sorry Chadman, just my opinion.
I like your sig mock much better. Jackson in Rd. 2 is :Clap

Chadman
03-11-2010, 07:12 PM
ROUND 3.

SEAN LEE ILB PENN ST. 6'2" 236lbs, 32" arms, 8 3/4" hands, 4.72 40 yard
http://media.scout.com/media/image/74/748521.jpg

When you look for an ILB for a 3-4, there are a couple of ways you can find the guy you want. You can grab the physical specimen, the athletic freak that can completely blow away opponants with speed & power- you know, Lawrence Timmons/ Patrick Willis types. OR...you take the smart, savvy guy that knows his assignment, knows where to be & when- your James Farrior's.

Or your Sean Lee's.

This guy is good, make no mistake. He's Paul Posluszny without the 1st round grade. Great character, good career record.

Read & React: Excellent football intelligence. Rarely blows an assignment. Reads his keys almost instantly and runs to the ball with no wasted motion. Shows controlled aggression against play-action. Quickly diagnoses screens and misdirection.

Run defense: Time away from the field allowed him to increase his upper- body strength. Relies on quick hands and feet to disengage from blocks, and is not afraid of taking on linemen in the hole. Still struggles to release when effectively tied up. Flows through the traffic efficiently. Good lateral agility and balance to protect his legs. Good straight-line speed in pursuit, especially for the inside linebacker position. High effort player who takes good angles in pursuit. Has the speed to meet ballcarriers on the edge at the college level but will not get to the outside against most NFL backs.

Pass defense: Understands routes and has enough straight-line speed to stay with most running backs and tight ends. High backpedal, but has improved his drop to get deep enough to prevent first downs. Can change direction when running downhill smoothly, but doesn't flip his hips quickly. Very good key-and-diagnose skills and a good burst to close, but is clearly more comfortable moving forward to the line of scrimmage than in reverse. Has trouble recovering in the few instances in which he bites on play action.

Tackling: One of Lee's greatest assets. Fundamentally sound wrap-up tackler who could provide the animated examples for hit-lift-drive. Plays on the balls of his feet and has the body control to break down in space and tackle smaller, shiftier ballcarriers. Long arms and accurate hands to trip up the ballcarrier. Could develop more explosiveness as a hitter. Reliable open-field tackler, but not an intimidator.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Often asked to blitz in this scheme as a stand-up rusher. Good initial burst from the outside to get past the tackle. Needs to improve his explosiveness to quickly disengage from blockers. Shows some lower-body strength and use of leverage for the bull rush, but could improve in this area. Only marginal use of pass-rush technique -- relies on his good lateral agility and straight-line speed to elude. Good closing speed on the quarterback and has the body control to re-direct. Times his blitzes effectively with the snap count.

Intangibles: Unquestioned leader of the defense despite missing the 2008 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Traveled with the team as a coach on the sideline and during practice. Held out of spring practices and returned this fall after nearly 15 months away from football. Blue-collar work ethic. Highly competitive. Brother was a placekicker for the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Comparison: Dan Connor, Panthers

NW Steeler
03-11-2010, 07:19 PM
I don't feel that Urbik will be the answer at RG. His complete absence last year gives me doubt. While Iupati is not an "exciting" pick, I can definitely see it happening. Having Kemo pull and seeing those two bearing down on you would be a scary sight. Improving our Oline improves the team a a whole as we all know. At some point we need to add premium talent via first round picks into the OL. I don't care if we won the SB with the oline we have. We got there because our defense was completely lights out all season, and Ben pulled a rabbit out of his arse time and time again. I want us to draft Weatherspoon, because if we don't the Patsies will and he will probably end up being a perrenial pro-bowler, which will really chap my azz! All that said, I bet you are dead on in the end, Mr. Chadman!

Chadman
03-11-2010, 07:21 PM
ROUND 4.

LINVAL JOSEPH NT EAST CAROLINA 6'4" 328lbs, 34 1/2" arms, 10" hands, 5.09 40 yard
http://www.patriotsdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Linval-Joseph1.jpg

With all the talk of Terrence Cody being the ideal 3-4 NT, this guy has almost slipped under the radar. Until the combine, that is, where he blew away all & sundry with a great workout. Showed great athletic ability to go with a terrific body for the 3-4. Very strong- even with long arms, benched 39 reps. Only a junior, and from memeory, only 23, so can afford to sit behind Casey for a year or two & learn how to become a dominant NT.

Pass rush: Looks like a nose tackle but plays like a three-technique, penetrating and getting consistent pressure when fresh. Good closing speed for his size, swallows up quarterbacks that lack great elusiveness. Straight-ahead runner, however with limited lateral quickness, will not break down to change direction in the backfield.

Run defense: Adequate anchoring against double-team blocking due to thick legs and a wide upper body and will move to the ballcarrier after he's through the line. Can be moved and doesn't rip off blocks to stop the play before it starts. Willing to chase down the line and downfield between the tackles if he sees the ball in his area. Susceptible to the cut block. Not strong enough to arm tackle backs in the hole.

Explosion: Surprising quickness off of the snap for his size, gets into his gap in a hurry when fresh. Does not deliver much pop to his opponent with his hands on initial contact, however, relying on athleticism to get the job done.

Strength: Does not play as strong as you would think because he plays high and does not consistently use his hands to disengage. Does not reset his hands, get leverage by getting his hands under pads, or attempt to churn his legs after contact to push his man into the backfield.

Tackling: Length and wide body allows him to engulf players in his path. Gives effort to chase, can be effective when well rested. Gets a lot of assisted tackles because of his hustle. Does not sink his hips when approaching the ball, however, and is easily eluded by quicker players in space.

Intangibles: Part of a rotation inside, possibly due to stamina issues. Looks to be winded when playing two consecutive series. Dropped 70 pounds after his freshman season (came to EUC at more than 370 pounds) due to a back injury, regained 20 before 2008 season.

birtikidis
03-11-2010, 07:26 PM
If the draft fell out that way i would whine and cry about such a bad draft.

RuthlessBurgher
03-11-2010, 07:32 PM
If the draft fell out that way i would whine and cry about such a bad draft.

So, you are saying that it is not a well-thought-out mock deserving of praise and compliments??? :)

fordfixer
03-11-2010, 08:04 PM
Everybody Else is Doing it Part 3....

Another one lost to the dark side

Lebsteel
03-11-2010, 08:44 PM
ROUND 3.

SEAN LEE ILB PENN ST. 6'2" 236lbs, 32" arms, 8 3/4" hands, 4.72 40 yard
http://media.scout.com/media/image/74/748521.jpg

When you look for an ILB for a 3-4, there are a couple of ways you can find the guy you want. You can grab the physical specimen, the athletic freak that can completely blow away opponants with speed & power- you know, Lawrence Timmons/ Patrick Willis types. OR...you take the smart, savvy guy that knows his assignment, knows where to be & when- your James Farrior's.

Or your Sean Lee's.

This guy is good, make no mistake. He's Paul Posluszny without the 1st round grade. Great character, good career record.

Read & React: Excellent football intelligence. Rarely blows an assignment. Reads his keys almost instantly and runs to the ball with no wasted motion. Shows controlled aggression against play-action. Quickly diagnoses screens and misdirection.

Run defense: Time away from the field allowed him to increase his upper- body strength. Relies on quick hands and feet to disengage from blocks, and is not afraid of taking on linemen in the hole. Still struggles to release when effectively tied up. Flows through the traffic efficiently. Good lateral agility and balance to protect his legs. Good straight-line speed in pursuit, especially for the inside linebacker position. High effort player who takes good angles in pursuit. Has the speed to meet ballcarriers on the edge at the college level but will not get to the outside against most NFL backs.

Pass defense: Understands routes and has enough straight-line speed to stay with most running backs and tight ends. High backpedal, but has improved his drop to get deep enough to prevent first downs. Can change direction when running downhill smoothly, but doesn't flip his hips quickly. Very good key-and-diagnose skills and a good burst to close, but is clearly more comfortable moving forward to the line of scrimmage than in reverse. Has trouble recovering in the few instances in which he bites on play action.

Tackling: One of Lee's greatest assets. Fundamentally sound wrap-up tackler who could provide the animated examples for hit-lift-drive. Plays on the balls of his feet and has the body control to break down in space and tackle smaller, shiftier ballcarriers. Long arms and accurate hands to trip up the ballcarrier. Could develop more explosiveness as a hitter. Reliable open-field tackler, but not an intimidator.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Often asked to blitz in this scheme as a stand-up rusher. Good initial burst from the outside to get past the tackle. Needs to improve his explosiveness to quickly disengage from blockers. Shows some lower-body strength and use of leverage for the bull rush, but could improve in this area. Only marginal use of pass-rush technique -- relies on his good lateral agility and straight-line speed to elude. Good closing speed on the quarterback and has the body control to re-direct. Times his blitzes effectively with the snap count.

Intangibles: Unquestioned leader of the defense despite missing the 2008 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Traveled with the team as a coach on the sideline and during practice. Held out of spring practices and returned this fall after nearly 15 months away from football. Blue-collar work ethic. Highly competitive. Brother was a placekicker for the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Comparison: Dan Connor, Panthers
Much better :tt2 :tt2 I like your rounds 2-4 very much. Put Odrick in Rd 1 and you would be a genius. :wink:

Chadman
03-11-2010, 10:57 PM
ROUND 5A.

COREY PETERS DE KENTUCKY 6'3" 300lbs, 34" arms, 9" hands, 4.90 40 yard
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Last season the Steelers added Ziggy Hood & Ra'Shon Harris to the DL to get younger, this season Linval Joseph & now Corey Peters complete the transition from old to young. Experienced, 4 year starter. Good upfield moves. A little under rated, but perhaps has a limited upside. But in Round 5, a guy like Peters can be used as a situational guy & still be good value.

Pass rush: Relies on his initial burst off the snap and good closing speed to pressure the pocket. Too often resorts to a simple bull rush when his initial quickness is contained. Shows minimal pass-rush technique but he continues fighting inside. Has enough size and athleticism to warrant development in this area, but is raw.

Run defense: Good initial burst to create a disruption inside. Locates the ball and works to get to it. Comes off the snap too high, negating his own strength. Moves well laterally and keeps his feet when moving backward. Strong and active enough to slide off blocks and meet the ballcarrier in the hole. Good pursuit laterally and downfield for a player of his size.

Explosion: Flashes an explosive burst off the snap with an initial surge to knock the guard backward to disrupt the play before it even has a chance to begin. Needs to show greater strength and use of leverage when fighting blocks. Lack of explosive strength is evident in his tackling.

Strength: Stands too upright out of his stance, negating his own strength and too often being knocked back in short-yardage situations. Improving upper-body strength to stack and control his opponent. Can slide off the block to make the tackle at or near the line of scrimmage.

Tackling: Makes most of his tackles at or a few yards past the line of scrimmage by slipping of blocks and dragging down the ballcarrier. Lacks explosiveness as a hitter. Shows a good burst to close when he is given a free lane and hustles laterally and downfield in pursuit. Shows some agility and good balance when on the move and can trip up smaller, more elusive ball-carriers due to his long arms.

Intangibles: Took his academics seriously. Earned recognition as a National Scholar-Athlete in high school and made the SEC Academic Honor-Roll after the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Earned his secondary social-studies degree in December of 2009. Steadily improved on the field throughout his career. Earned Most-Improved Defender award, as voted by the UK coaching staff, after the 2007 season. Voted UK's Most Outstanding Defensive Player after the 2009 regular seasons. Also recognized with the Jerry Claiborne Award, presented to an offensive and defensive senior based on academic success and a team attitude.

Chadman
03-11-2010, 11:09 PM
ROUND 5B.

LONYAE MILLER RB FRESNO ST 5'11" 221lbs, 30 3/4" arms, 8 7/8" hands, 4.49 40 yard
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Ryan Matthews back-up got only limited opportunities in college, but he has the skill set to be a player. Big & powerful, tough runner with a burst. As Rashard Mendenhall's back-up, could be ideal. Very little tread on the tyres.

Inside: Has the size to be effective inside, but too often dances behind the line of scrimmage to find an opportunity for a big play rather than fight for positive yardage. Good burst through the hole when it is there and can gain yardage in chunks. Good eyes for the cutback, as well as the burst to take advantage. Wraps both arms around the ball securely in tight quarters, but has an upright running style that lends to big hits. Only marginal production in short-yardage situations.

Outside: Patient runner who will allow the hole to open and has the burst to attack when it is there. Good lateral agility to shake the defender in tight quarters and can accelerate off either foot. Good speed to beat the linebacker to the flank and can turn upfield. Good straight-line speed, with a legitimate second gear to pull away when in the open field.

Breaking tackles: Doesn't possess the power runner his size would indicate. Keeps his feet moving, but is only marginally effective at breaking tackles due to his upright running style and only marginal strength, overall. Relies more on his changing of speeds and head fakes to make defenders miss, rather than power and determination to run through their tackles.

Blocking: Squares to the pass rusher in pass protection and provides an initial pop, but lacks the strength or the determination to sustain. Willing downfield blocker who keeps his head on a swivel.

Receiving: Rarely was asked to do anything more than catch swing or screen passes out of the backfield. Has the natural athleticism to warrant development in this area, as he seems comfortable tracking and securing the ball. Has limited experience as a kick returner.

Intangibles: Some upside here as he has a rare combination of size and straight-line speed and has a great deal of tread left on his tires. Quality teammate who handled the demotion behind Ryan Mathews well. Intelligent. Kinesiology major. Has a two year-old son.

Chadman
03-11-2010, 11:16 PM
ROUND 5C.

JOHN CONNER FB KENTUCKY 5'11" 241lbs, 32" arms, 8 1/2" hands, 4.71 40 yard
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One of Chadman's favourites. Connre is a pure Fullback- a blocker that can catch & run a little bit- much like Alstott, McLain &...John L Williams. Tough, hard nosed player that gives everything, every time. Versatile enough to be used as a single back on occasion. Catches well. Blocks decently without being a "Kreider". This is the sort of 5th rounder that can actually contribute in some form next season. Plays ST too.

Inside: Bullish runner who doesn't waste time looking for the big play. Good lower leg drive and forward body lean to get the tough yards. Runs with good pad level and keeps his feet driving to generate as much yardage as possible. Good ball security. Keeps both arms locked around the ball. Has enough wiggle to surprise the unsuspecting defender and can gain yardage in chunks.

Outside: Typical fullback. Lacks the speed to beat linebackers to the edge and has only marginal agility to elude.

Breaking tackles: Tough back to bring down as he keeps his feet moving and runs with good pad level. Doesn't offer much more than the helmet, shoulder and knees pads for the defender to target. A determined runner who will become a coach and fan favorite due to his second- and third-effort runs.

Blocking: Old-school traditional lead blocker willing to sell out to knock the linebacker out of the hole. Good size, explosiveness and accuracy to clear the way. Athletic enough to adjust in the open field to hit the moving target. Keeps his head on a swivel in pass protection and blocks inside-out. Aggressive in pass protection. Will take on the bigger man and holds up surprisingly well due to his accurate hand placement, use of leverage and determination. Accurate, reliable cut-blocker.

Receiving: Soft, reliable hands. Will allow the ball to get into his pads, but is quick to secure the pass. Shows the ability to extend his arms and pluck the ball out of the air. Appears to have enough athleticism to handle more complicated routes, but was typically used only on short to intermediate dump passes and the occasional screen.

Intangibles: A former walk-on who is well respected by coaches, peers and fans for his physicality, toughness and consistency. Played in a school-record 54 games over his career. Team captain. Also plays extensively on special teams. Nicknamed "The Terminator" by his teammates.

Chadman
03-11-2010, 11:23 PM
ROUND 6.

O'BRIEN SCHOLFIELD OLB WISCONSIN 6'2" 221lbs, 32 3/8" arms, 9 1/2" hands, 4.60 40 yard

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Hard not to feel sorry for him after he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl. Bad news for him- good news for the team that gets a bargain as a result. Great pass rusher that will need to convert to OLB due to his size. Might want to add 10lbs or so. Fast, great instincts...worth a shot. Even if you put him on PUP or IR, he's worth the investment.

Read & React: Very good nose for the ball playing near the line or in space. Plays faster than his timed speed indicates because of his football IQ. Aware and reads misdirection on the edge. Gets his hands up to block passes near the line.

Run defense: Takes good angles to the ball and is a reliable tackler in the open. Stands his ground very well against tackles on either side of the line considering he is undersized. Explodes into double teams. Able to punch and disengage to chase down run plays run to his side, but will be engulfed regularly by NFL offensive tackles. Beats cut blocks with his hands, recovers quickly to chase down the ball.

Pass defense: Displays the speed needed to cover tight ends and running backs downfield and in the flat. Attacks plays in front of him, takes good angles and wraps securely. Aware of screens and can take out a running back before quarterback can throw the ball. Better receivers and tight ends will separate from him using their length. Must improve the fluidity in his backpedal and drop to get into position in coverage. Inexperienced recognizing routes and will need to prove he can make the interception.

Tackling: Always hustles to the ball whether the play is on his side or he needs to chase down the line or downfield. Uses his long arms to wrap up securely, can be explosive enough to knock the ball loose. Doesn't have the size or strength to make a lot of arm tackles. Former special teams ace with a future there because of his speed and willingness to throw his body into the fray.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Relentless pass rusher. Often double-teamed and works through blocks and traffic until the ball is away. Explodes from three-point stance or when standing up, although he will be the last guy off the ball at times. Gets the corner against slower tackles and tight ends, and can push them into the pocket using his lack of height to get under their pads. Strong hands to rip off blocks and force fumbles. Stays balanced after a spin or outside-in move. Nice backfield awareness; stays home on misdirection and can disrupt passing lanes with good vertical and arm length if unable to reach the quarterback. Explodes into running back blocks.

Intangibles: Facing a nine-month rehab, at minimum, after tearing ligaments in his knee at the Senior Bowl. Team captain. Looked up to by younger teammates and respected by all players and coaches. Leader by nature, growing up in Navy household and in junior ROTC while in high school. Pushes his teammates to match his standards in the classroom, weight room and practice field.

Chadman
03-11-2010, 11:31 PM
ROUND 7A.

ADRIAN TRACEY OLB WILLIAM & MARY 6'3" 248lbs, 33 1/2" arms, 9 1/2" hands, 4.79 40 yard

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Adding another young LB here makes sense if Schofield needs to sit for any part of the season due to his knee injury. Also, the back-up LB's on the Steeler roster are nothing to be overly excited about. Plenty of talent in this small school prospect that might get an extra look due to Tomlin's college connection.

William and Mary All-American defensive end Adrian Tracy will showcase his talents in front of coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 NFL teams when he participates at the upcoming 2010 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. Beginning on Saturday, Feb. 27 and going through Tuesday, March 2, full coverage of the combine will be televised by the NFL Network. Tracy is scheduled to work out with the defensive linemen on Monday, March 1. Tracy becomes the second Tribe player invited to the combine, as offensive lineman Archie Harris participated in the 1987 combine. Honored by five organizations as an All-American in 2009, Tracy established himself as one of the nation's top defensive players and recently competed in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Game. A Buchanan Award candidate and a two-time first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree, the Sterling, Va., native ranked seventh nationally with 1.57 tackles for a loss per game and 15th with 0.79 sacks per game last season. With 12 sacks, he equaled the single-season school record established by Luke Cullinane in 1996. Additionally, Tracy ranked sixth in the conference in tackles among defensive linemen with 5.6 per game. In addition to registering an outstanding senior season, the two-time ECAC All-Star was one of the country's top defensive players throughout his career. His 62.5 tackles for a loss led the nation among all active players, while he ranked third with 31 career sacks - a W&M record. He also started every game of his career (47) en route to establishing a school record. - William and Mary football

Chadman
03-11-2010, 11:53 PM
ROUND 7B.

DARIAN STEWART FS SOUTH CAROLINA 5'11" 213lbs, 32 1/2" arms, 8 7/8" hands, 4.50 40 yard


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With the second pick of the 7th round, the Steelers can add a safety to push Ryan Mundy & challenge for the last safety spot on the roster. Decent play maker, if unspectacular. Good hitter, a bit of an enforcer of sorts.

Could he be the fabled "Special Teams Maven"?


Hard-hitting player who filled the role of the "Spur," a hybrid linebacker/safety in USC's defensive scheme in 2008 figures to either return to that position or could slide over to the vacated strong safety position held by Emanuel Cook last season could be an all-league performer in his final season defense will rely on his leadership and experience excellent in pass coverage considered an excellent tackler has a wealth of experience with 23 career starts single-game high is 11 tackles, turned in against Clemson in 2008.

Chadman
03-12-2010, 12:02 AM
So, a quick re-cap..

Round 1- OG Mike Iaputa
Round 2- CB Kareem Jackson
Round 3- ILB Sean Lee
Round 4- NT Linval Joseph
Round 5a- DE Corey Peters
Round 5b- RB Lonyae Miller
Round 5c- FB John Conner
Round 6- OLB O'Brien Schofield
Round 7a- OLB Adrian Tracy
Round 7b- FS Darian Stewart

calmkiller
03-12-2010, 09:09 AM
So you are telling me you think that we will actually draft 10 players? I don't think that will happen.

Chadman
03-12-2010, 09:15 AM
So you are telling me you think that we will actually draft 10 players? I don't think that will happen.


5. Compensatory picks- using the projected extra 2 5th round picks & the extra 7th really gives the Steelers plenty of options in the draft. It's too hard to predict trades, so Chadman will assume the Steelers use all 10 picks at this point. (In reality, Chadman will expect some moving up & down & the Steelers might actually use closer to 6 picks).

Like...duh!

:D

If you are going to continue to kill calmness, can you do it observantly? :tt2

For mock purposes, at this point, it is far too difficult to predict where & with who the Steelers would move with. That being said, don't be surprised if instead of trading UP from #18, the Steelers could trade DOWN. Then, with extra picks, maybe move UP in Round 2 & 3 to get better picks...who knows at this point in time?

steelblood
03-12-2010, 09:43 AM
So, a quick re-cap..

Round 1- OG Mike Iaputa
Round 2- CB Kareem Jackson
Round 3- ILB Sean Lee
Round 4- NT Linval Joseph
Round 5a- DE Corey Peters
Round 5b- RB Lonyae Miller
Round 5c- FB John Conner
Round 6- OLB O'Brien Schofield
Round 7a- OLB Adrian Tracy
Round 7b- FS Darian Stewart

IMO, Linval Joseph is not a good NT prospect. I watched him play a few times this season. I think he'd be a good 3-4 DE. He is tall with really skinny legs. He does not get low enough or have enough lower body strength/mass to survive the double team inside against shorter players with lower centers of gravity. He will be effective as a 3-4 DE because he has good athletcism, mass, and long arms to keep athletic, taller tackles and TEs at bay. He could be a player that could play both 3-4 DE and be an emergency NT. I just don't think he is a natural NT.

I like the Shofield and Tracy picks. We need to improve our OLB/pass rushing depth. I really haven't been impressed with Sean Lee post knee injury. If the explosiveness comes back, I'd be more interested.

I am not as opposed to Iupati as many are. I think he will develop into a very good pro run blocker who can hold his own in pass pro. But, he is a bit of a project and he is not very smart.

MaxAMillion
03-12-2010, 09:45 AM
I am thinking about changing my board name to Pounceyman. The only interior OL I want the Steelers to draft in round 1 is Pouncey. I see him moving up Mock draft boards now. He would be a 10 year starter for the Steelers. You could play him at RG for a year if Urbik can't play and then move him to center in 2011.

Also, I would still like to see the Steelers take a safety in round 2. There are several good safeties available and I would hate to see the team pass because they are bringing Clark. I could see the Steelers targeting some of the guys you mentioned in later rounds.

calmkiller
03-12-2010, 01:41 PM
Damn it Chadman you caught me. I didn't read all of the fine print. Shame on me. :nono