I still get a kick out of the mentality that just by drafting all these OL in the 1st round is gonna guarantee that BB doesn't get hurt again..... lol.. BB got hurt the past 2 years on plays where he stayed in there (and this isn't a knock on him, its the way he plays the game) and instead of living for another play he gets drilled...... You can put him behind 5 all pros and he can STILL go down with an injury...
6- Time Super Bowl Champions......
IX X XIII XIV XL XLIII
Hall of Fame 2012......
Drop back and draft one of the WR prospects who are mid-late first rounders
Every time I hear that our two drafted tackles can't play because they haven't proven anything yet I think about Duane Brown. I forget which year it was, but Brown was projected to go in round 3-4. There was a huge run on tackles that year and he was the next OT available to the Steelers when their turn to draft came in the first. Of course we were not going to overdraft a tackle. He went a few picks later to the Texans.
That bore itself out when we faced the Texans that first season and Harrison destroyed the rook. Wow, did they ever mess up by over drafting this kid.
Fast forward to this season. Brown is a perennial pro bowler and considered top 5 tackle in the game. My point is that both Adams and Gilbert have looked somewhat ordinary, but have also shown glimpses of ability. Why is it so hard to believe that these two guys can improve. Thats what young players do, they get better with experience and coaching. Why is it that we always seem to recognize improvements in other players, but believe that what we see from our players on their first day is everything that they will ever be. I'm not saying that they will both follow the path of Duane Brown, but I understand that that is the goal and a possibility moving forward.
This is mostly in response to those who think that we need to draft a tackle.
While I really have no idea, right now I'll say whoever is the highest rated TE when we pick. As I've explained before, this helps with both protection and attack. This gives Heath a partner, someone to mentor for the future and somebody to handle the load if he isn't ready physically to start the year.
If the Steelers let Starks walk and Ben gets killed because of Gilbert then that is their own fault. I don't know how they can feel comfortable with Gilbert as their starting LT.
Ben needs to help Ben. Also, we need a legit #1 RB. Ben running around like a chicken with it's head cut off doesn't help him stay healthy. Maybe, by the time Ben retires, he'll learn that throwing the ball away is an acceptable option.