Let's take a look at 3-4 OLB's on the roster
Right now it is:
James "Silverback" Harrison
Lamarr "Gildon" Woodley
Jason "All" Worilds
Chris "No Nickname" Carter
Adrian "One-Trick Pony" Robinson
Who stays, who goes, do we need to draft one in RD1?
I'll go first:
Harrison is cut/restructured and comes back at a much lower rate
Adrian Robinson and Jason Worilds must have a big off-seasons. Robinson has to hit the weights like silverback and Worilds must stay healthy and have a full off-season of workouts.
Adrian Robinson has a very quick burst and must prove he can take the next step.
Last edited by BigRob; 01-04-2013 at 04:45 PM.
Just shows how thin we are at the most important position in a 3-4 defense and probably a good indication why we have one of the worst sack totals in the past two decades.
- Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
- Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
- Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
- John Johnson-S, Boston College
- James Conner-RB, Pitt
- Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
- Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State
We need one. I'm thinking the pick in the first round is going to be an OLB, CB, or OL. Got to get a pass rusher and stronger in the trenches.
Originally Posted by Oviedo
Could also see us trading back and getting a WR like Terrance Williams or Deandre Hopkins.
It's interesting. The OLB has been the key to the 3-4 defense in Pittsburgh for 20 years, and the only first rounder the Steelers have invested at the position was on Timmons, who was originally projected outside before the emergence of Harrison.
Originally Posted by BigRob
If there is a year to invest a first round selection here, this is it. I would love to see the OLBs next year as:
I'd give the draft choice time at both OLB spots and serve notice to Woodley that his poor conditioning and poor play won't cut it.
I know some here are afraid of mingo in the 1st, but will he be a candidate?
A thin guy who can't defend the rushing game. I don't know.
Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti
I wouldn't draft an OLB in the first round only my opinion nothing more.
I still believe we need a dominate NT before an OLB, when you have a NT that takes on Blocks and double teams it will free up Ziggy, Heyward and Keisel to get more pressure on the QB, but it also helps our LB'ers.
Jason Worlids with limited play had 5 sacks, I wonder if he plays 16 games what his sack total would be, pressures, and tackles. He backs up Woodley, but couldn't he move over to where Harrison Plays should we lose James? I know we have Carter but for me Worlids is our best LB after Timmons, James, and Woodley.
Casey is on his down side, Mclendon is good but not dominate, he actually is better rushing the passer than stopping the run and taking up blocks, thats why we need that void filled at NT.
I think John Jenkins could fill that role, there are two rated above him on the draft board, but after reading everything about them I feel Jenkins is the best at NT.
Btw, If Reid is there in the second I'm confident we take him, we'll need a future starter at safety when either Troy or Clark retires, but also depth for next year. Allen is decent, but Mundy may have seen his last Sunday with the Steelers.
One thing that has not been brought up in this thread: Since more teams are now running a 3-4, does that not make it more difficult to find the 2-3rd round picks to excel as OLBs? It must make it more difficult to find steals - just do the math. More teams looking for smallish DEs to convert into 3-4 OLBs means harder for us to find those guys after the first round.
More college teams run hybrid defenses. Not buying this argument anymore. Half of the league still runs a 4-3 variant. It's been 50-50 for 10 years now.
Originally Posted by lloydroid
Absolutely. I know a lot of people don't like him, but the upside is out of this world. He is also one of the LSU players that coaches said was very dedicated, unlike Sam Montgomery.
Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti