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    Name some off the radar 1st round possibilities.

    When the Steelers selected Ziggy Hood and to a lesser degree when they selected Cam Heyward, I think many of us were a bit surprised. The Steelers often conceal their first round targets quite well (and sometimes not so well - like Revis). Who are some some candidates for surprise Steelers first round pick this season?

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    Nick Perry.

    Perry is a little small (shorter 6'3, shorter arms for his height, and only 250 pounds) for a 4-3 DE. His best value is likely at 3-4 OLB. Perry is a tenacious pass rusher with great first step quickness and get off. Perry is still developing as a pass rusher but shows good instincts, defends the run very well and shows good anchor strength to set the edge. He seems like a hard working, high motor steeler type of guy. He could be drafted this season and be groomed as Silverback's replacement while contributing as a rotational nickel pass rusher and special teams guy. This is not a sexy pick. But, this is a Steeler-type pick as he has the right work ethic, motor, and long term value to be potentially the BPA at 24.

    Others?
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    Kevin Zeitler for OG. Experienced blue-collar type, multiyear starter from a major program in a major conference. Reputed to be the anti-Kemo...in other words very smart. Could plug him in at Guard for 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    Kevin Zeitler for OG. Experienced blue-collar type, multiyear starter from a major program in a major conference. Reputed to be the anti-Kemo...in other words very smart. Could plug him in at Guard for 10 years.
    Do you know Zeitler's game (i.e. have you watched)? Just wondering, cause he is intriguing.
    Being from Wisconsin though, I think we may be gunshy, considering Urbik. Zeitler's name seems like it could be interchangeable with Urbik's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    Do you know Zeitler's game (i.e. have you watched)? Just wondering, cause he is intriguing.
    Being from Wisconsin though, I think we may be gunshy, considering Urbik. Zeitler's name seems like it could be interchangeable with Urbik's.
    Urbik seems to be getting high props in Buff so I think we might have screwed the pooch on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikestops85 View Post
    Urbik seems to be getting high props in Buff so I think we might have screwed the pooch on that one.
    Yeah, I did notice that he was starting over there.
    It is sad to know that he would/could/should be manning one of the Guard spots that we are currently trying to fill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikestops85 View Post
    Urbik seems to be getting high props in Buff so I think we might have screwed the pooch on that one.
    He does seem to be doing well there. I also think we gave up on him a year too early and now we are stuck with replacing mediocre Guards in Foster and Legursky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoe View Post
    Do you know Zeitler's game (i.e. have you watched)? Just wondering, cause he is intriguing.
    Being from Wisconsin though, I think we may be gunshy, considering Urbik. Zeitler's name seems like it could be interchangeable with Urbik's.
    From Chadman's understanding, Zeitler is a 'safe' type of pick- in that, the chances of him not making it are slim. His fundamentals are supposed to be good, he's supposed to be intelligent, he seems quite mobile & reports say he is driven to perfection. On top of that, there seems to be no specific weakness to his game. To counter this though- he's limited to OG only & doesn't look like the kind of guy that'll drop your jaw & make you stare in disbelief at just how awesome he is.

    He's...solid.

    Might not be a sexy pick, but he might just be what the Steelers need.
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    You want an "Off the radar" possibility?

    Bruce Irvin.

    The Steelers spent time with him at the Combine, and now both Colbert & Tomlin attended West Virginia's Pro Day. The Steelers don't tend to send the big guns out to see potential 6th round types, you'd have to think they were running the eye over Irvin, who could just be the best pass rusher in the draft.

    If they are not sold on Worilds, Harrison does turn 34 before the season is out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    You want an "Off the radar" possibility?

    Bruce Irvin.

    The Steelers spent time with him at the Combine, and now both Colbert & Tomlin attended West Virginia's Pro Day. The Steelers don't tend to send the big guns out to see potential 6th round types, you'd have to think they were running the eye over Irvin, who could just be the best pass rusher in the draft.

    If they are not sold on Worilds, Harrison does turn 34 before the season is out...
    That would be intriguing. However, are you also dismissing Chris Carter, the OLB we picked out of Fresno St last year too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chadman View Post
    You want an "Off the radar" possibility?

    Bruce Irvin.

    The Steelers spent time with him at the Combine, and now both Colbert & Tomlin attended West Virginia's Pro Day. The Steelers don't tend to send the big guns out to see potential 6th round types, you'd have to think they were running the eye over Irvin, who could just be the best pass rusher in the draft.

    If they are not sold on Worilds, Harrison does turn 34 before the season is out...
    Oh, I think the Steelers do like Bruce Irvin very much. I also think they like Keith Tandy as a corner/safety. But, I think (and hope) they like Irvin as a day two guy.

    Also, I wouldn't read too much into both Tomlin and Colbert attending the pro day since it is only a 50 minute drive or so.
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