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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Quote Originally Posted by NW Steeler
    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.

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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    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
    "That's just Ben being Superman" -John Madden, Super Bowl XLIII

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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    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.

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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    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.
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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by NW Steeler
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    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.

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    Re: Will potential Ben Suspension effect the draft?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo
    Quote Originally Posted by phillyesq
    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
    Now, that IS funny! I am not doubting Spiller, I just like how you interjected Spiller and the "stir the pot" emoticon.

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