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    Good article by Wexell. I'm really concerned about Butler's comments about Worilds. What kind of nonsense is this quote

    “He probably had one of the best workouts this year of anyone we’ve seen,” said Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler.
    The guy is obviously clueless and hasn't scouted Worilds on YouTube.


    By Jim Wexell
    Publisher SteelCityInsider.com
    Posted Apr 23, 2010


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    Steelers find necessary depth at outside linebacker in the second round and hope they caught lightning from a run-and-shoot bottle in the third.

    PITTSBURGH – A couple of years ago, the Steelers weren’t sure the defensive end they’d been scouting could drop into coverage. So they went to his Pro Day and that’s the day they fell in love with LaMarr Woodley.

    They drafted him in the second round and he became a Pro Bowler.

    The Steelers are hoping the same scenario unfolds for Jason “All” Worilds, their second-round pick.

    “He probably had one of the best workouts this year of anyone we’ve seen,” said Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler.

    Worilds is a 6-1, 254-pound defensive end from Virginia Tech who led the nation with 38 quarterback pressures last season and projects to outside linebacker in the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme.

    The Steelers drafted Worilds in the second round and followed it up by drafting SMU slot receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the third round.

    Worilds adds needed depth to a position that – fortunately for the Steelers – has been relatively unscathed by injuries the last two seasons.

    “We need some depth on this football team at outside linebacker,” Butler said. “And we need better special teams than we had last year, and we think this guy can help us in that area quickly.”

    Worilds, coming from Virginia Tech, already has the Special Teams Gene. It’s coached into the players’ DNA there. But it's as a pass-rusher that Worilds’ future lies with the Steelers.

    A two-time first-team all-state player out of Carteret, New Jersey, Worilds had 15.5 sacks, 75 pressures, 34.5 tackles for loss and caused five fumbles in 41 career college games.

    His best season was his redshirt sophomore season in 2008 when he had eight sacks. That total dipped to 4.5 last season, and Butler explained that Worilds “got a lot of attention from different offenses he played against. A lot of people doubled him.”

    Worilds’ best game may have been his last. He repeatedly pressured Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton and Worilds’ sack/forced fumble sealed a 37-14 Tech win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

    Tech’s left defensive end was also a big reason Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty gained only 39 yards on 18 rushes. Worilds, in fact, limited opposing runners to just 44 yards on 117 run plays in his career, according to the Tech sports information department, that claims no ballcarrier scored against Worilds during his career.

    That career was shortened when Worilds opted to turn pro after his redshirt junior season. The 22-year-old showed great linebacker aptitude at the combine and followed it up with an impressive Pro Day in which the 254-pounder ran a 4.51 40.

    “Speed,” Butler said of Worilds’ primary asset. “But more than anything he was fluid.”

    “I want to be the best,” said Worilds. “I just want to go in there and earn those guys’ respect, try to be the best that I can be, contribute in any way, and not get in those guys’ way; just be a sponge.”

    In the third round, the Steelers drafted Sanders, a 5-11, 186-pound slot receiver who caught 98 passes for 1,339 yards and 7 touchdowns at SMU under Coach June Jones, a long-time run-and-shoot devotee.

    Sanders appeared to be merely a small run-and-shoot receiver at the East-West Shrine Game, where he was knocked around by king-sized free safety Kam Chancellor on one deep pass and later fell down to cause an interception on another deep pass. Sanders, who averaged 13.8 per punt return last season, showed little return quickness in the Shrine game.

    “He is a guy that without the return value is still highly valued at the receiver position,” said Steelers WRs coach Scottie Montgomery, who said that Sanders is “quick to the tuck.”

    “He has the ability to catch the ball and get it north and south,” Montgomery said. “That’s something that I value quite a bit.”

    Montgomery wouldn’t comment on Sanders’ two-game suspension in 2008, but Sanders explained – much to the Steelers’ PR staff’s obvious disdain – that he only was late to study hall twice and then was five minutes late to practice, thus violating the new SMU coach’s “three-strike rule.”

    “The Shrine Game was a rough day,” Sanders explained. “At SMU I played in the slot, but in the Shrine Game we were all outside receivers. All the rest there had been outside receivers, but it took me a little while to adjust.”

    Sanders ran the 40 in 4.44 (official) at the combine, but says he’s run as fast as 4.36.

    “I like what Tomlin is about,” Sanders said of Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin. “People would ask me – because I visited eight teams – where was I on a comfort level? Where did I feel at home? I said Pittsburgh. I walked into the organization and it was very laid back. And I feel like that’s the kind of guy I am.”
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    Re: Worilds and Sanders

    good article. we need a "let's run through a brick wall emoticon" now.

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    the Sanders pick sounds like an attempt to find Hines' eventual replacement....

    were all the good DBs gone by this time?

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    Re: Worilds and Sanders

    Here's an article that takes a different spin on the draft. To be fair and cover both sides.

    Pappy


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    3.97) CJ Fiedorowicz - TE
    4.114) Brandon Coleman - WR
    5.145) Lamin Barrow - ILB
    5.173) Terrance Mitchell - CB
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    Re: Worilds and Sanders

    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Here's an article that takes a different spin on the draft. To be fair and cover both sides.

    Pappy
    I didn't like that article. Of course one of the best safeties of all time and one of the best 3-4 DEs of all time are going to have a major impact on the defense.

    Troy and Aaron are to this defense what Ben is to the offense. They are great players and this article suggesting they maybe won't significantly help the defense is a silly argument.

    I'm positive if Smith and Troy stay healthy, we'll be the #1 defense in the NFL again. No maybies.

    I'm more concerned about what if they aren't healthy. And Farrior has lost a step. And Gay isn't the best CB we've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Here's an article that takes a different spin on the draft. To be fair and cover both sides.

    Pappy
    I think I could have wrote that article. That is exactly how I feel, there are a lot of maybe's with the Steelers in 2010. My hope is that we can grab AOA in Rd. 4 or mabye Blount. Either a CB or a RB.....

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    Re: Worilds and Sanders

    Quote Originally Posted by Lebsteel
    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Here's an article that takes a different spin on the draft. To be fair and cover both sides.

    Pappy
    I think I could have wrote that article. That is exactly how I feel, there are a lot of maybe's with the Steelers in 2010. My hope is that we can grab AOA in Rd. 4 or mabye Blount. Either a CB or a RB.....
    I had a turrets attack over this exact article on another board.

    :shaking head:

    how in the heck do they draft for depth when you have a glaring need for a starting corner?

    Clearly- they don't think any of the corners available when they picked are any better than the guys currently on the roster.

    the slot receiver in Rd 3 had me appoplectic. If you're going for depth- which a slot receiver certainly is- (I'd guess the team has about 5 on the roster already) why not draft for depth at positions of greater need???
    S, DL, RB????

    uurrgggghhh

    shoot me now.

    I know they know what they are doing, but this is a very peculiar draft so far.

    I'm fine with Pouncey-
    Worilds strikes me as a guy who is out of the league in 3-4 years due to his shoulder problems.
    Sanders- maybe he is the next Wes Welker- or maybe he is Troy Edwards II.

    ok, I'm coming in off the ledge now.

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    gotta point out that in that Tennessee game he was going up against a true freshman tackle named aaron douglas who is no longer playing college football.

    but, he did dominate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon
    Here's an article that takes a different spin on the draft. To be fair and cover both sides.

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    One article quotes a coach who has actually worked out the player being discussed and the other article is the opinion of a "JV" writer at the PG. No effort to get input from coaches or scouts, just his opinion. No research or stats, just his opinion. He isn't even the beat writer for the Steelers who has good sources cause that's Bouchette. Cook might as well post here because maybe posters here are better writers than him.

    Nice try but I'll take Wexell's article and this is why Wexell is the best of the Steelers beat writers. He gets quotes and facts.
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    5a. Brandon Coleman, WR
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    7a. Aaron Colvin, CB
    7b. Storm Johnson, RB

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    Re: Worilds and Sanders

    LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!
    Here We Go Steelers!


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    5a. Will Clarke, DE, WVU
    5b. Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
    6. Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley
    7a. Devon Keynard, OLB, USC
    7b. Eathyn Manumaleuna, DT, BYU

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