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hawaiiansteel
04-21-2012, 03:40 PM
Steelers likely to add to RB stable

By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEWSaturday, April 21, 2012


All signs from Rashard Mendenhall's surgically repaired right knee to the relative inexperience behind him point to the Steelers selecting a running back in the NFL Draft.

Just don't expect it to happen Thursday night.

The position has lost its shine when it comes to the draft. This could be the second consecutive year that only one running back is taken in the first round; Alabama's Trent Richardson is the only lock.

Running backs have been seemingly marginalized, and even Steelers coach Mike Tomlin concedes an argument can be made that their value has decreased.

"That's a fair discussion," he said, "but I don't think that's the case for the running back position in our building."

The punishing nature of the position and the proliferation of passing are reasons NFL teams might think twice about drafting a running back early. Past drafts are also instructive when taking a big-picture look at the position.

The three running backs taken in the first round of the 2009 draft Knowshon Moreno, Donald Brown and Beanie Wells have one 1,000-yard season among them. Arian Foster, signed as an undrafted free agent that year, is one of the top running backs in the NFL.

In 2004, a year in which eventual busts Chris Perry and Kevin Jones were selected in the first round, the Steelers signed Willie Parker as an undrafted free agent. Parker ranks third on the team's all-time rushing list (5,378 yards) and holds the record for the longest run (75 yards) in Super Bowl history.

Teams can make running back a priority and still find good to great ones after the first round.

The Ravens' Ray Rice, Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy were second-round picks.

"There's so many good backs you can get later than in the first (round)," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "Why not go down a little bit further and get somebody worth two backs for the price of one?"

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert doesn't buy into that argument.

"Why would you lock yourselves in to not taking a great player because you think you could get a similar player down the road?" Colbert said. "I think that's where you make a mistake."

The position, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said, is among those the Steelers can't overlook during the three-day draft.

Mendenhall, a first-round pick in 2008, is recovering from a torn ACL, and the Steelers don't know when he will be ready to play. Isaac Redman is on rise, but the other running backs on the roster have a combined 25 carries.

The Steelers hosted Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead and Oregon's LaMichael James for predraft visits, and Tomlin has said the team will add at least one running back through the draft or free agency. A robust running game is significant to Tomlin because of its impact on both sides of the ball.

"It allows your defense to sit on the sideline, and a lot of great defenses spend a lot of time watching," Tomlin said. "It helps your play-action pass game. I think it feeds a lot of beasts."

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Dee Dub
04-21-2012, 03:53 PM
Isaiah Pead, LaMichael James, and Chris Polk would be good selections in round 3 for the Steelers.

Oviedo
04-21-2012, 04:22 PM
Terrance Ganaway in Round 4-6 would be a good choice.

isonator07
04-21-2012, 04:43 PM
Isaiah Pead, LaMichael James, and Chris Polk would be good selections in round 3 for the Steelers.

Do you think our 2nd round pick is to early for Pead? I don't think he will last till our pick in the 3rd, and would love to see him in the black and gold.

RuthlessBurgher
04-21-2012, 05:10 PM
Do you think our 2nd round pick is to early for Pead? I don't think he will last till our pick in the 3rd, and would love to see him in the black and gold.

Yes, I think so. In my mind, Trent Richardson (the complete package) is a round 1 back. Doug Martin, David Wilson, and Lamar Miller (potential workhorse backs) are round 2 backs. Isaiah Pead and LaMichael James (change of pace, home-run type 3rd down backs) are round 3 backs. I'd like Pead if he fell into the 3rd round, but I don't love him to the point that I would use a 2nd round pick on him.

Dee Dub
04-21-2012, 06:39 PM
Yes, I think so. In my mind, Trent Richardson (the complete package) is a round 1 back. Doug Martin, David Wilson, and Lamar Miller (potential workhorse backs) are round 2 backs. Isaiah Pead and LaMichael James (change of pace, home-run type 3rd down backs) are round 3 backs. I'd like Pead if he fell into the 3rd round, but I don't love him to the point that I would use a 2nd round pick on him.

I agree as well. I think at pick 56 the Steelers could get greater value from that pick than any of the three I listed. I see Pead, and James, as compliments to an offense. At #56 I want a fixture not a compliment. Now, I believe if in the right offense, Polk has a chance to be an every down back.

Chadman
04-21-2012, 07:17 PM
Te Steelers sent a large group of coaches to Miami, including Todd Haley.....Lamar Miller is kind of similar in playing style to Jamaal Charles, jst sayin'...