you know... I was thinking... if we lose Cotchery, we will be about as thin at WR as we are now at RB, meaning there is one player at each position that has contributed anything worth mention. Not exactly leaving Ben with much to work with IMO.
I'm really optimistic about Wheaton...but he is still unproven in the NFL.
And, as we have seen the past two years when the defense is mediocre and the offense is mediocre no matter how good Ben is you can't win enough games to get into the playoffs. Upgrade the defense, tweak the offense (although in light of the past 72 hours the offense may need more than a tweak) and the Steelers will compete in the playoffs again.
I gotta say, the idea of a plug and play hoss in the middle of the 3/4 Defense truly piques my interest. I'd have zero problem if they ran to the podium and snapped up Louis Nix.
Walter Football rates Nix as the clear #1 3/4 NT. I'd have to agree.
3-4 Nose Tackle:
NFL prototype: Vince Wilfork, Patriots
Recap: A good nose tackle in a 3-4 defense is a tough commodity to find. Someone like Vince Wilfork sets the tone for the pass rush and the run defense by blasting the center into the backfield. An effective zero-technique stuffs the run and occupies interior blockers to open up lanes for blitzes up the middle.
Nix played nose tackle for years and is very skilled at it. A few seasons from now, he could easily be the player who replaces Wilfork as the prototype. Nix is a natural with his power, burst and body type. He should be a perfect fit manning the zero-technique in a 3-4 defense.
Hageman also has experience playing nose tackle. He can line up over centers and overwhelm them. As stated above, Hageman would be a good fit in a 3-4 that bounces between the five- and zero-techniques. Jones has enough beef to get consideration as a nose tackle.
Some 3-4 teams like smaller and squatty nose tackles. Those teams might like Donald, Jernigan and Sutton for those roles, but all of those prospects will probably get drafted by 4-3 teams. Ditto for Johnson and Ferguson. Neither one of them showed the ability to man the middle of a 3-4 at LSU as the Tigers run a 4-3 defense.
Is Nix heart into playing? He says in the video he tried to quit in high school and then again in college. I dunno about spending a #15 on a guy with that attitude.
But, you are suggesting that if it happened in a particular round once, that it can happen every time. Antonio Brown was what, a 4th rounder? Why spend an early pick on a WR? And because Tom Brady was a 6th rounder, teams needing QBs should just take one in the 6th round.
Each draft depends on the personnel at a particular position and how deep that position is. If there is a significant drop-off from one guy to the next, you take him, if it's in the right general area.
If I could draft the career of Casey Hampton at 1-15 out of this draft, sign me up. I could say the same about several positions.