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Oviedo
04-14-2010, 08:21 AM
Will the possibility that Ben is going to be on the bench for 2-4 games effect priorities going into the draft?

Has getting another RB just become more of a priority to take pressure off of Dixon and the passing game? Are we looking for one as early as Round 1 or 2?

Does getting OL become more of a prioroity to help the running game and keep Dixon on his feet?

Or do we strengthen the defense to carry us for those games that Ben is on his butt?

Thoughts?

SteelCrazy
04-14-2010, 08:29 AM
They do what they always do.........BPA

flippy
04-14-2010, 08:32 AM
The Steelers ran the ball well vs Baltimore with Dixon behind center.

I don't think they need to make changes because of Dixon.

Just BPA.

Thomas seems like the right guy.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
04-14-2010, 08:41 AM
I think it depends on the F.O. assessment/prediction of how successful Ben will be in staying out of trouble in the future.

If they think he'll get it right from here on in - draft as usual.

If not, they will consider drafting Ben's replacement, if a decent QB is available. Unless they see Dixon as our long term QB if Ben goes.

steelblood
04-14-2010, 08:53 AM
yes and no.

the team was committed to improving the run game before. we may be even more so now. no one will worry about offending ben by running more even when he is back.

Tomlinator
04-14-2010, 09:16 AM
Even with Batch signing an extension, I thought they'd draft a QB in the later rounds anyway. But I do not think they would change their plans because of Ben's recent activities, however.

On the other hand, the Holmes trade will bring us a new WR, which I thought we would not draft at all this year. Randle El and Battle are 30+ (if i remember correctly) and we all know the Sweed issue.

steeler_george
04-14-2010, 10:25 AM
Most likely scenario is still BPA in the first round.

I was thinking this the other day, what direction are we heading towards, a more running/defense ala "2005", just how the Rooneys want, or keeping up with the times of more passing?

I am not sure with Ben's looming suspension and with SA departure we are the same dynamic offense. I believe that Wallace could fill the role admirably, with more dedication in running better routes, but who is going to take Wallace's place of extending the field in a 3/4 wr set?
Do we draft the 3rd WR and groom for Hines spot in the future? Or is Sweed going to have a break out year. Remember last year in training camp Wallace and Sweed were tied in competition for the 3rd WR.

With Ben out teams are definitely going to load the box. The question now is... is Mendy, Dixon and with our current OL, capable of beating a stacked-blitz-heavy box? Tell you the truth, I don't have in the OL to open the holes and keep Dixon from taking a beating.
Do we draft heavy in running game...OL, FB/RB?

Could our Defense carry the team as in previous years? With last year's defense, no way. But with the return of a health Troy, I assume we will be the once dominate defense we know. Troy just makes everyone better...ask Gay in 2008. Along with Foote's signing, we do have now more depth in the front 7. Don't forget Hood and last years DB to be in the mix.

Do we draft defense and strengthen our weaknesses. ( Evaluating each players performance with out Troy presence.)

Can't wait for draft day and see which way we are heading.

NW Steeler
04-14-2010, 10:31 AM
If they are going to rely on the running game to carry them, our problem lies in OL talent. Sure, our depth is thin at RB, but the talent is there. The OL is the issue. I don't have any faith in our ability to run the ball if teams know that we can't throw it effectively. But I do not feel that a suspension of Ben changes our draft strategy at all.

StarSpangledSteeler
04-14-2010, 12:48 PM
Will the possibility that Ben is going to be on the bench for 2-4 games effect priorities going into the draft?

Has getting another RB just become more of a priority to take pressure off of Dixon and the passing game? Are we looking for one as early as Round 1 or 2?

Does getting OL become more of a prioroity to help the running game and keep Dixon on his feet?

Or do we strengthen the defense to carry us for those games that Ben is on his butt?

Thoughts?

I do believe the questions surrounding Ben will result in a heavy OL draft. I believe now more than ever the Steelers will look to return to the run game and physical attitude, and that doesn't start with CJ Spiller, that starts with Pouncey or Iupati. Also they must strengthen their pass protection, in the event they need to bring in a new QB who can't scramble and throw on the run like Ben.

Oviedo
04-14-2010, 12:53 PM
If they are going to rely on the running game to carry them, our problem lies in OL talent. Sure, our depth is thin at RB, but the talent is there. The OL is the issue. I don't have any faith in our ability to run the ball if teams know that we can't throw it effectively. But I do not feel that a suspension of Ben changes our draft strategy at all.

What the heck are you looking at in RB talent? We have nothing past Mendy. We are one injury away from throwing the ball 40+ times per game.

NW Steeler
04-14-2010, 12:59 PM
If they are going to rely on the running game to carry them, our problem lies in OL talent. Sure, our depth is thin at RB, but the talent is there. The OL is the issue. I don't have any faith in our ability to run the ball if teams know that we can't throw it effectively. But I do not feel that a suspension of Ben changes our draft strategy at all.

What the heck are you looking at in RB talent? We have nothing past Mendy. We are one injury away from throwing the ball 40+ times per game.

Well we are two deep at least. Moore did a great job filling in in 08' when Willie and Mendy were both down. We do need to add another back, but I think we were going to do that no matter what. I just don't think Ben being suspended for 2-4 games affects our draft strategy. We will never run the ball like we used to with the OL we currently have.

WoodleyofTroy
04-14-2010, 01:50 PM
My new mock:

1st round - traded for a 5th round pick
2nd round - traded for a 5th round pick
3rd round - traded for a 5th round pick

phillyesq
04-14-2010, 02:14 PM
I don't think the Steelers would adjust their draft strategy based on 2-4 weeks. This isn't a team that reaches to fill needs, especially not in the first round. Besides, any rookie is unlikely to make a major contribution to the team during the first few weeks of the season.

Oviedo
04-14-2010, 02:28 PM
I don't think the Steelers would adjust their draft strategy based on 2-4 weeks. This isn't a team that reaches to fill needs, especially not in the first round. Besides, any rookie is unlikely to make a major contribution to the team during the first few weeks of the season.

CJ Spiller would :stirpot

steeler_george
04-14-2010, 02:50 PM
I don't think the Steelers would adjust their draft strategy based on 2-4 weeks. This isn't a team that reaches to fill needs, especially not in the first round. Besides, any rookie is unlikely to make a major contribution to the team during the first few weeks of the season.

I agree we are too good of a club to reach for need. However, the organization must be preactive with the premature departures of SA, Parker ( bet they thought they could sign him for cheap), and the possibility of losing Ben from the get go for 2 - 4 games.

Being preactive, they have to implant a new strategy for this season and beyond. But strategy doesn't automatically means success, if there are no pieces to plug into that strategy.

A talented OG/OC, FB, or CB could push for a starting/contributing role.


If they are going to rely on the running game to carry them, our problem lies in OL talent. Sure, our depth is thin at RB, but the talent is th



Will the possibility that Ben is going to be on the bench for 2-4 games effect priorities going into the draft?

Has getting another RB just become more of a priority to take pressure off of Dixon and the passing game? Are we looking for one as early as Round 1 or 2?

Does getting OL become more of a prioroity to help the running game and keep Dixon on his feet?

Or do we strengthen the defense to carry us for those games that Ben is on his butt?

Thoughts?

I do believe the questions surrounding Ben will result in a heavy OL draft. I believe now more than ever the Steelers will look to return to the run game and physical attitude, and that doesn't start with CJ Spiller, that starts with Pouncey or Iupati. Also they must strengthen their pass protection, in the event they need to bring in a new QB who can't scramble and throw on the run like Ben.ere. The OL is the issue. I don't have any faith in our ability to run the ball if teams know that we can't throw it effectively. But I do not feel that a suspension of Ben changes our draft strategy at all. :Agree :Agree

Lebsteel
04-14-2010, 02:54 PM
I don't think the Steelers would adjust their draft strategy based on 2-4 weeks. This isn't a team that reaches to fill needs, especially not in the first round. Besides, any rookie is unlikely to make a major contribution to the team during the first few weeks of the season.

CJ Spiller would :stirpot
Now, that IS funny! I am not doubting Spiller, I just like how you interjected Spiller and the "stir the pot" emoticon.