I can see ILB but I wonder how the FO feel about Williams. He was thrown into the fire and struggled ealy but I thought he improved as the season went on...
IMO, the Steelers will grab Dennard if there...but I don't think he will be. That leaves Nix and Mosley.
Unfortunately...They only know about Spence. I would say if they drafted an ILB within the first 3 rounds they don't feel to good about Spence & they feel Williams is just a solid back-up. Although someone like Van Noy could back-up inside & outside...So that may be an option.
No problem with ILB or CB at #15 here...No argument. I wouldn't take Nix. I wouldn't be interested in Nix unless the Steelers traded back.
The Steelers had their NT on the field 375 snaps out of 1,070 and everyone thinks having a True NT would have helped the 21st rank run defense? The Steelers gave up 65% of the rushing yards against nickel & dime. The reason the Steelers were in Nickel & Dime was because the teams forced the Steelers to go to sub with 12 personnel. If they had a secondary that could play cover 0 or even a Safety that could play centerfield in cover 1...They could have stayed in base.
The Steelers have to fix the back end because that dictates what they will do up front with match ups. Because Heyward & one of Keisel-Hood stayed on the field in subs...Nix won't push the DE to the sideline in sub. If Nix was a Ngata or a Poe that wouldn't come off the field...I would feel differently. Ngata & Poe played over 700 & 900 snaps on defense. That's a good investment. Having a true NT like Nix would help us in base & situational football. But I wouldn't be spending #15 on a player who will be spending 65% of the snaps on the sideline. Using those snap numbers...It would be like the Steelers spending a Top 100 pick on a FB. Fix the back end. That will help with the coverage matchups & the pass rush. Then they could worry about getting the next Hampton.
interesting stat on the NT snap totals... but I have to wonder if those would change if we had a true NT. What were Hampton's snap totals?
1.15) Ryan Shazier - ILB/OLB
2.46) Stephon Tuitt - DE
3.97) Dri Archer - RB
4.118 ) Martavis Bryant - WR
5.157) Shaquille Richardson - CB
6.173) Wesley Johnson - OT
6.192) Jordan Zumwalt - ILB
7.215) Daniel McCullers - DT
7.230) Rob Blanchflower - TE
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
didnt see what rooney said, but how is WR not one of our biggest needs??
take all 22 starters and who's the weakest? i think we can all agree that sanders wont be back. that leaves cotchery and a relatively untested wheaton as our starters. heck it might be the weakest starting spot with manny back