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    should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    NFL Mocks Prospect Rankings: Top 5 Running Backs



    1. C.J. Spiller, Clemson

    Spiller is an explosive back that has scouts drooling. He has drawn comparisons to current Saints running back Reggie Bush, but Spiller has a more solid build and his legs don’t go dead on first contact like Bush. Spiller also has added value with his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and he will contribute in the returning game.

    As a receiver, the Clemson back runs excellent routes and has great hands. He would be a perfect change of pace back and will be utilized in many positions. You could see Spiller in the backfield, lined up at slot or even split out wide.

    Spiller will need to work on his pass protection and he isn’t going to be effective around the goal line, however, his explosiveness and versatility along with his patience and vision will land him in the top of the draft.

    Grade: Top 15 pick
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    2. Ryan Mathews, Fresno State

    The nation’s leading rusher Ryan Mathews, unlike C.J. Spiller, has the size (5?11, 220) to become an every down back in the NFL. He has incredible footwork and balance. He proved during his time at Fresno State that he can handle the main load while still maintaining his speed.

    Mathews will need to improve as a receiving threat, but he is a very reliable ball carrier.

    What he lacks in the receiving game, Mathews more than makes up for it with his ball security and toughness. In his 535 career carries, Mathews only allowed the ball to hit the turf three times.

    Mathews runs with power and he still has the ability to make defenders miss in tight spaces. If Mathews see a gap he will beat the defender to the spot and take the ball all the way to the endzone.

    Grade: Top 25 pick

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    3. Jahvid Best, California

    Jahvid Best has been out of action since November 7 when he suffered a serious concussion against Oregon State. Best is another speed back, which this class is heavy on.

    He has elite speed, but what makes him dangerous is his ability to maintain that speed in and out of the cuts. Best always keeps his feet moving and that allows him to pick up some extra yards. He does need to get stronger and run with more power, but with his elusiveness and vision, Best will be able to find the hole.

    Best also brings the added value as a receiving threat. He has soft hands and is brilliant in open space. He runs with a low pad level that will make him a challenge to bring down for defensive backs.

    Grade: First-round pick

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    4. Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss

    McCluster is the most exciting player in this year’s draft. He is the jack of all trades and has really seen his value skyrocket in the offseason. McCluster blew scouts away at the Senior Bowl with his ability to play both running back and wide receiver.

    With his lack of size (5-foot-6, 165-pounds), McCluster will likely be drafted as a running back and could see himself filling the “Darren Sproles” role for an offense. The running style is similar, however, the Ole Miss back is a much better passing threat than Sproles.

    McCluster will be highly valued with his home run ability. Offensive coordinators will be lobbying to take this guy in the teams war rooms on draft day.

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    5. Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech

    Dwyer is one of the top power backs in this year’s class. At 235-pounds, he runs with incredible power and will not shy away from contact. Dwyer had 517 carries during his time at Georgia Tech and he never recorded a fumble in his collegiate career.

    His numbers are not as eye-dropping as some other prospects, but that is mainly due to his role in the Yellow Jackets triple-option offense. Dwyer served as the fullback where most of his work was done inside the tackles.

    While his numbers may have suffered, his leg strength and bruising running style was highlighted.

    Grade: mid to late second-round pick

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    I would pass on any running back until the 4th or later unless a freak drops.

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    I would pass on any running back until the 4th or later unless a freak drops.


    would you draft Anthony Dixon or Joe McKnight in the 3rd round?

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    I would pass on any running back until the 4th or later unless a freak drops.

    And then I'm sure you and most others on this board will be the first to rip the front office when Mendy gets hurt and we have no running game and Ben is passing the ball 40+ times per game and getting killed.

    Our stable of running backs is weak past Mendy. Moore is a third down back and nothing more. FWP won't be back. "Tank" Summers may not even make the team and Issac Redman is nothing more than one of those frauds that Steelers fans fall in love with every preseason.

    Taking a RB in the first couple of rounds to get a legit playmaker would be a smart move early.
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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    Spiller could be the best value at 18. If we need him is a different story altogether.

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    I hope the Steelers think outside of he box, which most fans are not doing and look at Stefan Logan seriously as a change of pack back.

    I think he is special. It has been misportrayed by some, but he had an outstanding season as a return specialist for the Steelers.

    He averaged 8.6 or something yards per carry in college and set school records for offense, also in the 60-yard dash. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry in the CFL. He is the same size as productive players like Darren Sproles and LaRod Stephens-Howling.

    He is not a lightweight. He is short which can be an advantage in terms of being a snap quicker or having more maneuverability, or being able to hide in the forest of huge bodies.

    He will be 29 next year and is in good shape which should give him a few years at the peak of his abilities..

    I think they should give him a real shot at this job, and the Steelers might already have their secondary back on the roster. I am not in favor of bringing back Willie Parker, although I haven't completely given up on Isaac Redman.

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    For Chadman, the Steelers best options regarding RB are these-

    1st round pick on CJ Spiller- if he's there, he has so much 'impact ability' that it's hard not to pick him.

    3rd or 4th round pick on Toby Gerhart- the next Mike Alstott gives a different kind of option to Spiller- a FB type player that could, realistically, play every down for the Steelers & provide a nice 'option' to Mendy at any given moment.

    Late round pick on LeMarkus Coker- this dude is SERIOUSLY fast- think Chris Johnson fast. Had some troubles in the past, but proven to be a solid character for the last year or so at Hampton. Not a great option on his own, but couple drafting him with a FA RB, then he's good value.

    FA signing of Owen Schmidt- see Toby Gerhart, only without the draft pick used.

    FA signing of Adrian Peterson- no, not THAT Adrian Peterson, the Bears version. Can 'do it all', without being a starter. If Mendy got hurt, Peterson offers greater confidence to Chadman than say, Mewelde Moore. Couple his signing with Coker & the Steelers backfield would be alright.
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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    I hate the idea of a running back in the first two rounds. I don't think the Steelers can go into the season with just Mendy and Moore, but I also don't think the Steelers need to spend another premium pick on a RB. Running backs can be found later in the draft, and there are always a number of competent veteran backs who are available. The Steelers need to get a compliment to Mendy, but they can do that in the middle or later rounds of the draft.

    The Steelers are in a position to grab a premium tackle this year if they choose. They also need an injection of youth in every unit on defense. I just don't see how taking a RB in the first two rounds makes any sense.

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    I hate the idea of a running back in the first two rounds. I don't think the Steelers can go into the season with just Mendy and Moore, but I also don't think the Steelers need to spend another premium pick on a RB. Running backs can be found later in the draft, and there are always a number of competent veteran backs who are available. The Steelers need to get a compliment to Mendy, but they can do that in the middle or later rounds of the draft.

    The Steelers are in a position to grab a premium tackle this year if they choose. They also need an injection of youth in every unit on defense. I just don't see how taking a RB in the first two rounds makes any sense.
    Agreed it's a luxury we can't afford. But, I do suspect RB will be a higher priority to the Steelers than to us. With the pressure from upstairs to run the ball more I suspect we will draft a RB in the first 4 rounds. I'm thinking a guy like Dixon is a serious possibility. Me personally, I would rather go with Tate who will be a tremendous underrated value late in the draft.

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    Re: should we draft a RB in rounds 1 or 2?

    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel
    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn
    I would pass on any running back until the 4th or later unless a freak drops.


    would you draft Anthony Dixon or Joe McKnight in the 3rd round?
    Yes, I would. And I think Joe McKnight would be the perfect back to compliment Mendy. Make no mistake, we are going to need to draft another RB for that role. I like Mewelde, but not enough to be the only RB backing us up..

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