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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyplay1 View Post
    Well Lacy suffered a slight hamstring injury while training very hard for the combine. He will possibly be able to do the Bama pro day on march 13.

    I was just pointing out the odd coincidence that it seems that only the best Steeler players somehow have not done the combine [probably not 100% ready] for some reason or other. Even Ike Taylor [not invited] has a nearly blank page. I had a hard time finding him. I forgot his name was Ivan.

    Probably just wishful thinking, but I was hoping somehow Lacy could join this group.

    Not discounting your theory. It could still hold up. And if it does- we'll add it to the 2014 version of this thread...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyplay1 View Post
    Well Lacy suffered a slight hamstring injury while training very hard for the combine.
    Wait a minute...I thought NOT training hard led to hamstring injuries?!?


    Or, is that only for Woodley?

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    Steelers | Steve Breaston open to signing
    Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:04:39 -0800

    Free-agent WR Steve Breaston (Chiefs) said he would be willing to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason but said the most important thing will be signing with a team that will give him playing time.
    0 Comments | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly


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    COMBINE RUMOURS:

    Steelers have reportedly already interviewd OG Jonathon Cooper- North Carolina
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    If I could wish for an ideal situation I would love the Steelers to trade down in the first in order to move up in the second...and grab

    Lacy and Ertz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    If I could wish for an ideal situation I would love the Steelers to trade down in the first in order to move up in the second...and grab

    Lacy and Ertz
    History isn't on your side...
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    Steelers | Interested in Ezekiel Ansah
    Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:28:15 -0800

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are believed to be interested in Brigham Young DE Ezekiel Ansah as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defensive alignment.
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    2013 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Tight Ends

    Stanford tight end Zach Ertz (6-5, 249) checked in with surprisingly short arms (31 3/4). That tied for the shortest arms of any tight end in Indianapolis. Teams would prefer it if he had longer arms, but it shouldn't hurt him tremendously on draft day. However, Ertz is in a neck-and-neck race with Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert to be the first tight end selected, and the short arms won't help Ertz's cause.

    Fellow Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo had been listed at 6-foot-8 by the Cardinal, and it was no exaggeration as Toilolo checked in at 6-foot-8, 260-pounds. The athletic Toilolo had long arms (34 1/2) and big hands (10 1/4). That size will be very intriguing for teams looking for a red-zone weapon and receiving tight end.






    UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria (6-7, 259) had an impressive weigh-in. He was listed at 6-foot-7 by the Bruins and is clearly every inch of that. Fauria also had good length on his arms (33 3/4) and massive hands (10 7/. Fauria had the largest hands of any draft prospect of all the tight ends in Indianapolis. He pulled out of the East-West Shrine with an injury, so it will be interesting to see if he takes part in the field activities.

    Florida tight end Jordan Reed was expected to be smaller, but at 6-foot-2, 236-pounds, he is significantly undersized for an NFL tight end. Reed's game is athleticism and speed as a receiver. His blocking ability was known to need work for the NFL, but at that low of a weight, he may not be an option to keep on the field as a blocker. Being viewed as only a situational player will hurt Reed's draft stock.



    Another tight end who was lighter than expected, but in a good way, was Michigan State's Dion Sims (6-4, 262). The Spartans had him at 285 pounds. Sims is a good blocker with receiving ability and that lighter weight should help his capacity to contribute to the passing attack. He could turn out to be one of the tight ends who helps himself the most if he runs a fast 40-yard dash and looks fluid in the field work.
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    2013 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Offensive Linemen

    The consensus top-rated offensive linemen, Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, checked in at 6-foot-6, 306-pounds with 34 1/4-inch arms. Those are all good numbers and Joeckel should have the ability to gain 10-15 pounds once he enters an NFL strength and conditioning program. It was good for Joeckel that he didn't measure significantly smaller than his listed measurements by Texas A&M (6-6, 310).

    There are some who believe that Alabama guard Chance Warmack is the best player in the entire 2013 NFL Draft. He did his cause no harm by measuring in at the weigh-in at 6-foot-2, 317-pounds with 34 3/4-inch arms. Warmack has the strength and athleticism to be a star in the weight room and field work. The combine will probably just reinforce his high draft grade.

    North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper (6-2, 311) was an inch shorter and 16 pounds heavier than his listed statistics. That height doesn't matter very much, but showing more bulk should really help him. Cooper illustrated superb speed and athleticism in college, but weighing below 300 is very light for an NFL offensive linemen. Cooper's weight at 311 is enough for a guard or center. The weigh-in definitely helped his draft stock.


    Wisconsin center Travis Frederick (6-4, 312) had one of the most shocking weigh-ins. The Badgers had listed him at 338 pounds. That is too heavy to play center in the NFL, but 312 pounds is practically ideal. Frederick was a big masher at Wisconsin who beat defenders with power at the point of attack.

    Centers in the NFL need to have flexibility and athleticism. If Frederick struggles in the field drills, it could cause teams to project as a guard - the position he played in 2011. Frederick's draft stock would be hurt by him being viewed as only a guard. As a center, he is in the running to be the first selected. The weigh-in was a good first step.


    One of the players who impressed at the weigh-in was Arkansas guard Alvin Bailey. He has good size at 6-foot-3, 312-pounds while also having nice a nice arm length of 34 3/4 inches. Bailey entered the draft early in a good guard class and would have been better off returning for his senior season. However, a strong showing at the combine could help him to rise higher on the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.

    Alabama center Barrett Jones is the most versatile lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft given his ability to possibly play all five positions on the offensive line. Jones (6-4, 306) was an inch shorter than expected, but his arm length of 34 1/8 inches allows teams to consider him for tackle in the NFL. He was an All-American at left tackle, center and guard for the Crimson Tide. The intelligent and experienced Jones could end up being a second-day pick who causes a lot of people to wonder why he wasn't selected early in his draft class.

    Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker (6-5, 339) helped himself with his weigh-in. He dropped 16 pounds since the Senior Bowl. The decreased weight should help his speed and mobility. Fluker had some struggles in pass protection in 2012, so slimming down should help his ability to block on the edge. Teams also will like to see that he has worked hard to slim down. Fluker had the longest arms of any offensive linemen at 36 3/4. Those long arms will surely get offensive line coaches excited.

    Syracuse's Justin Pugh (6-4, 307) played tackle in college, but he has to move inside to guard in the NFL. Not only is Pugh short and light for tackle, but his arms are extremely short at 32 inches. He was tied for the second shortest arms of any offensive lineman. Considering Pugh's performance at the Senior Bowl, playing him at tackle would be dangerous.

    Florida State offensive tackle Melenik Waston was shorter and lighter than the Seminoles billed him to be. He was listed at 6-foot-6, 320-pounds but checked in at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds. He had a solid arm length of 34 inches and should be able remain at tackle, but part of the appeal of Watson was that he was said to be extremely athletic for a big tackle. The former basketball player could make up for it by excelling in the field work.

    Kent State guard Brian Winters (6-4, 320) grew from the Senior Bowl when he was (6034, 310). The height was rounded up slightly, but it was impressive to see him pack on 10 pounds of bulk. Winters is in the running to be a second-day pick and that added strength he showed off at the weigh-in should help his cause.

    There was an important medical exam for North Carolina tackle Brennan Williams. His senior season ended early with a torn labrum. The results of his rehab and current condition of his shoulder haven't released. Williams was an impressive 6-foot-6, 318-pounds with 34 inch arms at the weigh-in. He has excellent size to be a starting right tackle in the NFL.

    San Jose State guard/center David Quessenberry is extremely versatile and has the ability to play four positions on the offensive line. To go along with a 6-foot-5, 302-pound frame, he has 34 3/8 inch arms. That will allow some teams to consider Quessenberry for right tackle. He also hides his weight well and could gain another 10-20 pounds in the NFL.
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    2013 NFL Combine: Weigh-In Recap - Quarterbacks

    There has been a lot of attention given to USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the early days of the Combine. Barkley said that his injured shoulder hasn't healed enough to throw in Indianapolis. At the weigh-in, he measured 6-foot-3, 227-pounds and had the third-largest hands of the quarterbacks at 10 inches. Barkley has enough size to be a starter in the NFL, but there are a lot of questions about his arm strength. He'll have a lot to answer when he throws at his pro day.

    Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was either very underbilled by Tennessee or he has been hitting the weight room hard. Bray measured 6-foot-6, 232 pounds at the Combine after being listed at 210 pounds by the Volunteers. During the 2012 season and throughout his career at Tennessee, Bray looked very thin. The truth could be a combination of both. Bray has gone somewhat under the radar with more attention being devoted to other quarterback prospects. If he throws and interviews well at the Combine, Bray could leap ahead of some of the more high-profile quarterbacks.

    The consensus top quarterback is West Virginia's Geno Smith. His weigh-in was solid but not impressive. Smith stood at 6-foot-2, 218-pounds with 9 1/4-inch hands. His numbers were nearly identical to Robert Griffin III's last year. West Virginia listed Smith an inch taller, but the dropoff isn't significant enough to hurt his draft stock.

    A quarterback who is starting to get some acclaim from pundits like NFL Network's Mike Mayock is Duke signal-caller Sean Renfree. He had a solid weigh-in at 6-foot-3, 219-pounds. Renfree's stock could rise in a weak class of quarterbacks with the high demand for throwers across the league. A drawback for Renfree is having the second-smallest hands of any quarterback.
    The smallest hands among the quarterbacks belong to Arkansas' Tyler Wilson (8 3/4). With hands that are that small ,fumbling could be an issue. A number of evaluators already question Wilson's arm strength. It would help Wilson (6-2, 215) if he throws better at the Combine compared to the velocity he displayed at the Senior Bowl.

    A sign of hope was given by North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon. The lanky quarterback looks likely to take a lot of hits as a pocket passer in the NFL. Glennon (6-7, 225) has added five pounds since his Senior Bowl weigh-in. It was clear that Glennon could use more beef on his frame to help absorb the punishment in the NFL. Glennon looks limited in how big he can get, but adding another 10 pounds should help him in the NFL. His Combine weigh-in makes that look feasible.
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